kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Sour and tart aroma. Mouthfeel is sour and tickling. Vinegar, cherries, wood, some mild "horse", warming finish. Very satisfying beer. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 28, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2012 375 ml bottle purchased at the brewery. Batch 002. Poured a hazy sunset orange-red color. Head was two fingers high, fizzy, and off white. It reduced to a thin film after a minute or two. Aroma was of oak, sour cherry, and cereal grain. There was also a whiff of red wine vinegar. Effervescent on the tongue with assertive acidity. Tasted of sour berries, dry white wine, lemon, lime, and vinegar. Sour throughout. Delicious. tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2009 Bottle via trade with MrBendo. Aroma or crushed sour cherries. Sweeter malt vinegar. Wine tannin. Oak and sour yeast. Pours bright ruby/pink with a thin white head. Initially dry and quite tart on the palate. Definite vinous and oak notes. Some sour cherry as well. Well balanced. Really great stuff! Rich and creamy with lively carbonation. My first Russian River, and I look forward to more. Thanks Todd!
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Batch 3 has dried out an incredible amount. Assloads of acetic acid throughout. A screamingly brash finish. Tons of funk, tons of barrel and all shades of deliciousness.
Batch 2. Wow, wow, wow. Absolutely heavenly aroma. The perfect amount of acetic acid, wine tannin and tart fruit skin. Rivals Castleton for aromatic complexity. Flavor in this batch is absolutely at it’s peak (maybe, just maybe starting to go downhill)? Still fantastic, though. Nearing zero fruit presence. The cherries have all been eaten up by the yeast. Wood tannin is still quite strong. The acid, though not as bracing as some other RR sours, is still quite present, especially on the finish. Hot damn... this beer sneaks up in my ratings ever time I drink it! Thanks for the most recent taste Jake!
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2009 Big J-Nizz pulled in this batch 002 goodie for the d-metal Saturday (9-15) afternoon haze. This was the starter - not bad eh? One of my fav. sours to date. The brett influence was elegant and subtle - as was the barrel. All around - a great contemplative, complex, "beg for the next sip" type of brew. MMMMMMMM! hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 16, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2008 375mL bottle, Batch 002 from the cellar list at Toronado in San Francisco. Hazy, opaque orange color with a fine head that fades into a light film. Lace subsides towards the end of the glass. Sour cherries and brett yeast funk are dominant in the aroma, backed by malt and a wine nose imparted by the Pinot barrels. Very smooth brown ale presence that slides right into a near-perfect balance of cherry tart and sour brett yeast finish. The oak wood and earthy tones linger on the palate behind the sourness. Great brew...this must age beautifully!
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Bottled, Batch 002. Poured medium caramelly-orange with a short cap of off-white head and a light ring. The aroma picked up lots of extra-tart cherries and vinous notes with a substantial toasted oak presence.. sour with very intricate (yet full) barrel influence. The flavor was all over the sour cherry and oak flavors... skins and pits with plenty of Brett and white wine influence.. sour oak and cherries still through the finish. Mouth-puckering tartness on the palate and grainy at times with a wonderful tart cherry finish. Great beer! beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 Batch 2 from Schroppfy. Such a thick looking red, lightly orange, color with a small but strong head, No clarity whatsoever. Aroma is a thick cocoa sourness, very sour, and strong brett. Taste is sweet cherries with sourness, orange, and a good acidity. Leaves a long dry aftertaste. 9/5/8/4/17DarkMagus (540) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2007
Batch 3, a little different, I am also consuming it younger. A lot more straight up brett and sour. Taste has aceto but I miss the "cherry" and "cocoa" that I have gotten in the other batch. 8/4/8/4/17.
Pours a somewhat fizzy orange/reddish/brownish/amber color with a slightly pink foamy head on top (that fades away very quickly). Sour cherries are predominant in the aroma along with some oaky woodiness, some slight citrus, some very funky brettanomyces/lactobacillus character, a strange musty shoe-leatheriness, and a very slight hint of vinegar. Very pungent and intense sour cherry flavors with a lot of the promised oak character. No trace of the vinegar that I detected in the aroma. Seriously just overwhelmingly SOUR and funky with a huge sour cherry candy flavor. I drank this so fast just because it was so damn GOOD. Lots of carbonation--prickly and fizzy and champagne-like on the tongue Pleasantly syrupy mouthfeel that completely dried up in a super tart/acidic finish. Pretty much perfect. Hugely complex, yet all of the elements were well-balanced. Couldn’t really take my time and savor this one, just too addictive and mouthwateringly tasty. Completely amazing stuff. Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Muchos gracias to SoLan for sharing this brew that is currently unavailable here in Florida. Poured an orange-ish maroon with hefty lace. WHOOO---can smell this beer a mile away!! Impressions from the nose trick me into thinking this is a lambic. Huge, I mean HUGE tonsil-biting sour yeast here. This is the Brettanomacron of beer, cuz this kills! Yes, that’s Brettanomyces mixed with Necronomacon. Look it up on Wikipedia. Tastes, besides the sourload, are incredibly tart cherry, small malt, yogurt, bagel n’ cream cheese, and wood. High carbonation, full-bodied. The cherry is long-lasting on the palate. I love Russian River brews and look forward to when we can get them in FL again. Amazing and sinister. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009
Date: January 27, 2006
Source: Tasting, Cask Eve, 2006
Appearance: opaque orange, thin whispy head
Aroma: sweet cherry aroma with a nice touch of funk
Flavor: huge tart cherry pit flavor approaching on sour, lots of nice funk
Date: December 25, 2007
Vintage: batch 002
Appearance: opaque burnt orange, big dense beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: big tart cherry aroma with lots of woody character
Flavor: lots of tart cherry flavor, balanced with strong oak, dry and tart, underlying chocolate malt provides a good base for the wood and tart fruit
Date: February 20, 2009
Vintage: batch 003
Aroma: woody tart aroma, developing musty funk
Flavor: big tart flavor, puckering tartness, light sweet fruityness adds some balance to the big tartness, oak adds a touch of balancing bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20