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. potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Tasting at GABF. Big dark copper/brown clear body with white head. Sweet boozy aroma that is very fruity and fruit-sour. Roasted alt notes also. DIverse smell. Medium body. Alcohol is there the whole way through. Sour fruit and wood chip dominate. dry lightly sour finish (best part of the brew) AcctError65545 (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2009
courtesy of hellbilly pours a hazy red ruby with a small white head. aroma is currants light sourness oat. flavor is currants sourness wood cidery tartness. great brew. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2009
750mL bottle, batch 1. Poured crystal-clear medium garnet with a fizzy, but surprisingly-retained cap of beige head. The aroma was sour with red vinous notes and black currants leading.. softer berry, light toffee, and nutty backing.. extremely well presented. The flavor opened with tart currants and lesser berry notes with more woody and vinegary notes showing up across the middle.. finished tart and funky with more currants. Medium-bodied and bracingly tart on the palate.. sour, woody, and well put-together, with great use of the oak and fruit. kyzr (1591) - Montana, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Rusty amber pour with small thin tan head. Sour funky cherry nose. Flavor is woody, cherry, dried current, chunky figs and a ton of other stuff that I’m too dumb to figure out. Just makes you pucker, but man I want another sip.
mar (5434) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2009
bottle thanks to my brother. deep chocolate brown with ruby hints. nose is wood, and funk with a smooth tartness. very nice on the palate with a definite champagne characteristic that defines the sour/tartness quite well. scoth (688) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Pours clear auburn, with a medium khaki head, good lacing. Aroma of currant, spice, toast, woody with a little bit of earthy, farmhouse hay. Medium body, very tart and spritzy, lightly dry. Very strong sour taste, vinous with lots of citrus and currant, some light farmyard brett, cherry, caramel, and grass notes. Predominately sour, but there’s plenty of sweetness to balance it out. Keir (183) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Pours dark amber with tan head. Aroma was heavy of dark, dried fruits and sweetness. Tastes of sour fruit with a sweet, dry finish. Carbonation pronounced. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 10, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2009 Dark brown with very thin head. Cherries, very sweet with donuts and lightly musty wood. There was a pleasing vinous note throughout. Taste was funky tart with currants. Woody with some hints of cocoa behind the tartness. Well balanced with enough tartness to keep it interesting. It also has a sweet note that keeps it easy to drink at the same time it is being complex. This is a sour more along the lines of Rodenbach and I get why some that want mouthpuckering sourness find that to be a turn off. Everything about this beer hit me the right way. I would love to try it again. Awesome. DeeBee21 (51) - NH, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Big bubbly head, pretty think dark mahogany color in the pour. Aroma of dark dried fruit in the sweetness, some vinegar, and sour apple in the nose. Flavor is very similar, lots of the sour apple and a apple cider as well. Tart at the front but finishes sweeter yet still dry. Really quite nice, and I am not a sour fan.