nimbleprop (8382) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Bottle from Batch #2 sampled at the DC local gathering and again at the Russian River pub in Santa Rosa. Pours a copper, ruby amber with a soft beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, wood, funk, sweet tarts. Flavor is great, red grapes, sweet tarts, candy, lemons, cherries, wood. Finish is chalky, bitter and funky. Super drinkable. The bottle version had more/better carbonation than the pub version. boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Pours a dark amber color with just a little white head. Has a funk, woody smell to it. Taste was a lot like smell but with a little bit of grapes in there and pretty sour on the finish asedzie (827) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Bottle.Pours garnet with off-white head. Heavy oak and very mild viniousness dominate the aroma, mild fruitiness and slight mustiness. Flavor has lots of tartness, chewy berry notes, lightly dry with very slight astringency in the finish. Strykzone (7363) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Thanks Rencelas! Pour is reddish brown with a thick tan head that dissipates slowly. Very active carbonation. Vinegar and fruit in the aroma. Flavor is the same with soy sauce coming late in the sip. Lots of funky cherry sourness. Warming brought out the wood flavor along with tannin. This is definitely a favored style of mine but this sour ale is full of interesting flavors. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Bottle from a beer store in Redmond, WA on 08/01/2009. Slightly untwisted cage waiting to be opened suddenly popped indicating that the beer demanded to be consumed. Batch 001X1. Very clear deep amber body with ruby highlights and a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet fruity aroma, lots of oak and a bit of alcohol. Sweet fruit, light funk and barnyard, some oak notes with some alcohol lingering around blending into a fairly dry fruit background. Medium body with high carbonation.
Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Death Metal Sour Fest. Sweet mother of christ, was this stuff tasty. Reminiscent of a strong Flanders red/brown with a deep, fruity flavor and a tiny bit of heat on the backend. Probably my favorite of the night and definitely another stellar RR sour. Good show. Drake (13741) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2009 C&C 750 mL bottle courtesy of maniac. Thanks! Batch 001X1. Well, I untwisted the cage once, and about 20 minutes later it decided to open itself. Wow. Pours a dark copper color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is deep, rich currant notes with toffee and mild funk. Some citrus, banana, pear and other fruit notes. Taste is tart currants, cranberries, citrus zest, oak. Nice dry, tart funk. Very faint caramel and vanilla in there also. Full bodied. Nice and smooth. Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Death Metal Sour Fest.
Way, way way better than I expected. Had this side by side with Duck Duck Gooze and this one blew it out of the water. Dark, rich, color with lots of cherry and berry aroma. Very tart, but still somewhat balanced and easy to drink. Leave it to Russian River to make a beer I like in a style I hate. mkunz (19) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Batch 2 on tap. Aroma was sweet caramel, tart cherry, and raison. very pleasent. Color was deep red/brown/purple. Taste was sweet at first and then moved to tart and dry. Tasted of sour cherries, berries, oak, citrus, a bit of vanilla maybe? Very well balanced, great beer. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Chestnut brown, small thin white head, gentle aroma of sour oak, seems deceptive. Abrasive dry wood, bright tart fruit, firm welcomed tannins on my tongue. Artistic even, I really could drink a glass of this like it was lemonade or enjoy a snifter for an hour.