SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Sample from a bottle at NotF. Pours a dark brown fizzy color with a small head. Nose is lightly toasty and biscuity with a light oaky and funk note. Palate is full and fizzy. Flavor is more of the toast and light notes of dark fruits. sloth (2921) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Small tan head with good retention, minimal lace. Lightly hazy amber body, red hued. Tart funky nose light vinous notes, pleasently musty, fruity. Medium body, gently carbonated, tart but not overly, the way i enjoy them. Dark fruit flavors, raisins, berries, gentle woodiness faint caramelly malts, cherries, spicey with a just right alc. warmth. Nicely tart fruity finish. Props to Gabe/Steve(cougar killer) for sharing this @ the Sour tasting! Thanks guys! Batch 001-4x. Nice... brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - OCT 14, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 Earthy garnet pour with a bubbling, rocky head that quickly disappears completely. Looks like wine in my glass, and is one of the prettiest colored beers I have ever seen when held to the light. Aroma is funky red grapes, cranberries, and rain-soaked wood. Flavor follows the nose but adds iron-like tannins, cherry pits, and nuances of balsamic and oak. ABV is well hidden. The carbonation in the mouthfeel is surprisingly great considering the lack of head/lacing. Overall, a stellar brew, and one that I will come back to again and again through the years. Once you have a handle on all the flavor nuances, do not be afraid to let it cut right through a nice semi-soft cheese like Abbaye St. Mere. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Bottle, thank too Jon. Poured a muddy, brown-auburn with not much off white head. A really delicious aroma; cookie dough, caramel, fruit, sour cherry, wood with a faint touch of vinegar. Flavor wasn’t quite as good, but still ver nice. Very fruity, woody, cherry, caramel, with a bit of dough and a touch of vinegar. hallinghansen (3352) - Odense SV, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2009
Rating # 250. Bottle. Batch 001X3. Cloudy red/brown body, with a medium off-white head. Aroma is sourish, berries, strawberry and balsamic. Flavor is also sourish, berries, blackcurrant and oak.. Alcohol is vell hidden.
bp (930) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Draft: dark red, no head, sour cherry tart aroma and taste, some hints of the oak, makes you pucker up a bit, quite smooth, really an excellent beer. Glad I got to try it. ManvsCity (183) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2009
1/2 growler from Bottleworks. Really have to coax the head out of this one. Thin ring of bubbles, no lacing. Golden red body, placid. Aromas of finished oak wine barrels and stone fruits. Flavors of strawberry, cherry, balsamic, hoppy sourness, and hints of cognac. Smooth mouthfeel with a real pucker at the end. A nearly perfect sour red ale from RR. Macegan75 (846) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Pours a nice dark ruby color with a light tan head a more corbnation than I expected. Nose is complex with oak, sweet currants, sour cherries and other slightly funky phenols are prevalent. The first sip is strong with sour flavors a hint of vinegar and alcohol but the oakiness overwhelms every thing but the sour. I well balanced beer and probably the best American sour. drjay44 (3772) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Pitcher pour at 2009 GABF. Pours a thin head over an amber (SRM 15) clear body....nose is barnyard, urine, sour fruits.....taste is sour, balsamic vinegar, fruity, with cherry, raisin, ending with a vinous tang....mouth feel is light, carbonation low. This is a lovely example of its type, and the wonderful results being created. Tasting of 9/26/09. 1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2009
As far as Russian River beers go, this is definitely not my favorite. IMO, they make better beers. Batch 001X1. Thanks Jason. The beer pours to a dark ruby brown body with a tall foamy light tan head. The aroma is tart cherry and raspberry and rhubarb. Almost a light lychee fruit. Kind of Rodenbach Grand Cru like aroma (but better). The flavor is kind of has a deep chocolate and cabernet wine thing. Tart and only slightly sour flavor. Deep currants on the finish. The palate is sour and dry.