Tmoney99 (14747) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Draft sample at brewpub. Poured dark reddish brown color and an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy tannic, tart fruit and woody aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy tannic tart cherry flavor with a medium to heavy tart cherry finish of moderate to long duration. Refreshing change of pace standout fruit beer.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 8/10/2011. Served on tap in a wine glass.
Pablo Picasso is a "Dark belgian ale aged in Cabernet barrels for over a year with Piedt Farms sour cherries."
Just for the name alone I had to order this. Pablo arrives with a dark cherry mahogany color with a 1" off-white creamy head.
The aroma is full of sour cherries, cabernet, oak, and some dark fruits.
The flavor starts with a bit of molasses, cherry, and fig and raisin sweetness along with a touch of caramel malt. Brown sugar, oak, and cabernet come in with a blast of tart cherry. The sour flavor levels off by the end.
This is sweet to start, but the sweetness vanishes by the finish. Definitely some strong tannins toward the end, and there is a decent amount of acetic acid near the end. The oak gives a dry sensation, especially at the end.
This is a promising start to my experience with Revolution’s barrel aged beers. They really take the base beer and abuse it (in a good way), completely transforming a sweet style into a complex beer with a nice tartness. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Sampled @ Revolution!!! Dark mahogany/crimson-colored brew with a small eggshell head. Aroma of tart cherry skin, caramel, vanilla, wood, and a hint of molasses. Strong red wine presence in the flavor with tons of varying barrel notes (oak, vanilla, cabernet, merlot, syrah spiciness). Can also get some of the Belgian influence with the yeast...bready, biscuity. Toffee, honey, and candied fruit. Really complex...enjoyed it!!! FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep ruby brown with a small off white head. Aroma is very vinous, wine forward, the cherries really come out along with some oak and a bit of spiciness, clean and crisp. Flavor is very very cabernet forward, very vinous winey and oaky with some sweet vanilla and a booziness in the finish, again adding a wine like character. Medium lightly sticky body and a soft carbonation. I actually really dug this, in the same way I enjoy some very bourbony barrel aged impy’s Newk (299) - - SEP 27, 2011
had this on tap and it poured a rich dark black color.
Rich nose that had some port-qualities to it along with some caramel and sour black cherries. A bit boozy on the nose though
full bodied and rich as well. Better flavors with dark chocolate, black cherries and caramel. There was also a port-ish style to it on the feel with a good finish
This doesn’t show the booze on the feel where it does a bit on the nose. This is a bit of a bruiser and it would be great if they bottled this in 22oz format
User29624 (1683) - - AUG 14, 2011
I was a fan of this one. Pours dark brown with an off white head. Aroma of sour cherries, oak, Belgian yeast. Nice tart cherry, mixed with the oak. Spices, nice clean flavor. I thought it was well done. Atom (2525) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2011
On tap at brewpub pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin ring of a brown head. Sour cherries really coming through in the aroma with wine and oak notes. Taste is well balanced with oak notes, sour cherries, grape skins, tobacco, and vanilla. Pretty interesting brew here, I’m impressed! illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Draft at brewpub. Pours a dark brown/black with a beige head. Aroma of oak, cherry, and Belgian yeast esters. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation and slick texture. Flavor of chocolate, dark roasted malts, cherry, and red table wine. Finish is semi dry, spicy, and medicinal. Definitely a sipper. While there are lots of complexities here, they aren’t quite harmonious. wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Draft at Revolution bew pub. Pours a blackish brown. Light tan head. Aroma of bourbon. Flavor is bourbon and cherries. Noticeable alchohol feel. Medium heavy palate. This is a sipper, but a good one. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
On tap at the brewpub, poured into a wine glass. Very deep brown, hazed body with hints of ruby and black. Finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is really nice. Lots of wine up front with plenty of cherries. Nicely spiced with a slight tartness and a solid malty cherry sweetness. Some oaky vanilla comes out more as this warms as well as a bit of a boozy bourbon. Flavor is a bit too boozy up front initially with lots of vinous fruits. It does settle down a bit and definitely grew on me as I continued sipping. Pretty oaky throughout with a nice yeasty spicing again that goes well with the oak and big wine flavors. Some lighter cherries grow more in the finish with a light vanilla and a touch of tartness. Malts are present throughout and are a bit thin, but seem to work with this. Oaky bourbon takes up a lot of the finish as this dries very cleanly and more wine and semi tart cherries take up a lengthy aftertaste with lots of barrel coming out too. Medium-light body with a moderate carbonation. Overall, an interesting beer. It is a bit messy at times, but I definitely liked it more than some of the other reviews. Lots of wine and barrel flavors with a light cherry tartness, an enjoyable yeasty spice, and a light malt sweetness throughout. A very forward beer that I enjoyed trying.