b3shine (8800) - Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2012
750 ml bottle to snifter (thanks tmoney99). Looks solid; a semi-transparent brown with off-white lacing. Smells sweet, yeasty, and malty. Tastes tart and sour. Good on the palate. Good, but not what I expected. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Unique bottle. Corked and caged. 750mL, BRC. Pours brown color, hint of red. Thin tan foam. Aroma of sour cherries, tart yeast, sweet malts, oak wood, with some earthy notes. Flavor of tart cherries, wood, oak tannins, tart malts, sour yeast, and a touch of tart vinous character. Finishes tart, very much like a Sour Ale. Honestly I was expecting an Imperial Red. Instead I got a Flemish Red. Very well done, just not what I had anticipated. (3485)
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Bomber. Poured a deep amber with a red tint. Thin tan head. Aroma of sour cherries, earth, faint malt. Flavor was lots of sour cherries, earthy yeast, some oak, a touch of biscuity malt. Quite vinous. Moderately sour, mild to moderately sweet, low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel; soft carbonation. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer; it’s a real sour ale. Good for Sam Adams. hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2012
750ml bottle. Poured an amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of cherries, wood, dark fruits, and caramel. Tastes of dark fruits, cherries, lighter wood, and alight vinous quality. Alcohol content hidden for 9%, djd07 (14366) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle as shown. Pour a cloudy amber and ruby hue with thin beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is earthy malt and fruit. Medium mouthfeel with a tangy fruit malt and tart with oak and nice lingering dry finish. A good sour ale.
beerandfishin (9) - Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2012 does not count
Very beautiful reddish brown color with white head. Not much on the nose. Taste is that of malt, wine and very faint oak. Mouthfeel is medium with some carbonation. Decent overall.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Sammy (12099) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2012
Pours brownish-red. A tad of cherry medicine aroma. Medium bodied. Decent drinkability. It seems to be an understated balanced out Flander’s Red. Very woody in the finish. Not complex and not exceptionally interesting. Bottle found in a Maine bottle shop. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2012
750 ml bottle C&C. Pours a dark red-brown color with a small beige head that fades to a fine ring around the glass. The aroma is tart with cherries, currants, tannin and oak. The taste resembles the nose, lots of tart cherries, berries, oak, black walnuts and some port wine. The malt base is fairly neutral with a bit of dry biscuit which lends a nice touch that accentuates the berries and oak quite well. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering sour cherries. Overall: I loved it, not nearly as sour as I would have preferred, but there is no doubt about its sour intentions and they are nicely balanced and make this quite approachable. Perhaps the best San Adams I’ve sampled. Compares to the Rodenbach reds. jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with thick off white head. Aroma of sour cherries, oak, and light vinegar. Flavor is tart and sour. Good mouthfeel. More fruity than sour but pretty good. Surprised at 9%. Drinks lighter.
dwyerpg (6062) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Wow I am loving this. A nice sour flavor that isn’t too sweet. A bit of stickiness to this that is nice. I would buy this again in a second. The best Sam Adams in a while.