Prufrockstar (2038) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Bigwood, 12/6/2012 [11 of 11]. From notes.
Aroma: Citrus. Hops. Some funk.
Appearance: Light, gold. Mostly clear, but with a little haziness. Nice head.
Taste: Apple ... (at this point my notes start to look like I’m writing in tengwar -- either that or I wrote something about a malty goat and light uplifting brass).
Palate: Lively carbonation, light and pleasant.
Overall: This is my last rating of the night, as I’m clearly losing my ability to articulate. I certainly like this, though, and wish I’d gotten it earlier in the night to better appeciate its more subtle aspects.
wchesser (1976) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extra bottle from a trade from either cpetrone or jtclockwork-anyway, thanks! Light orange gold. Nose is bretty tropical fruit, white grape must, vinyl, smoke. Taste is slightly tart with flavors following nose. Vinyl and smokey element bite on the finish and the vinyl docks it a notch for me.
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to mora...Pour is golden with no head..Nose is oak, wine, dry, berries, tannic, ...Taste is oak, grape skin, dry, grains...
egajdzis (6231) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy golden color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of Brett, citrus, wine, spices, oak, and light alcohol. Taste of spices, citrus, some vanilla, wine, light spices, and a tart, acidic finish.
BuckeyeBoy (6544) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle thanks to Matt. Pours out a pale wheat color topped with a soap head. Nose is spice brett smoke bandaid and sour. Taste is as the nose with lots of medicine cabinet and peat.
ddemmingjr (798) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle- pours clear deep golden, bright whit head. Horse blanket funk, smoke, oak and some light grains. Lighter bodied and real drinkable. Barnyard funky farmhouse flavors and just a great offering from Stillwater as usual
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A clear golden body with a white head that had nice retention and lace. Nice presence of carbonation and there was the natural yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Aroma had some nice funky barnyard qualities. There was a mild hint of smoke and esters. Flavor was nice there was a slight tartness to it. Smoke was a surprising presence in the finish. Carbonation was perfect. Easy to drink.
tom10101 (5685) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Prohibition Pig (Waterbury). Slightly hazy bright golden with a small persistent white head and some lacing. Aroma is incredible and powerful with red wine (really present), brettanomyces, some fruity notes, light spices and oak tannins. Taste is slightly sweet and milder than aroma with a nice red wine touch, brettanomyces, oak tannins, light spicy notes and red fruits. Light to medium body. Lively carbonation at first that mostly stops after a few minutes. Tannic and winey mouthfeel. This beer is mostly defined by the barrel treatment as the Brunello is the main feature in the aroma and taste, but it’s so good that I can’t give a lesser note. Quite drinkable despite the heavy wine presence. I loved it and even ordered a 2nd glass!
Drake (13141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Birch. Pours a hazy peach color with a thin frothy off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of stone fruits, nuts, dates, citrus, mild wine. The taste is tart fruits, stone fruits, herbal hops. Medium bodied, lingering tartness.
jackl (7166) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, cheers Mr. Drake. The pour’s medium gold with a small head. The nose is that general farty yeasty funk that you get in every Stillwater beer. This isn’t a great calling card, lads. The taste is nice rich, grape. Apple and honey. Lightly tart. More Stillwater house yeast character. Light body, moderate carbonation. Pretty tasty. Not bad.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was stunned when I saw this Brunello barrel aged ale was Golden. It felt natural to me that this would have been darker and I was glad to be proven wrong. I’m very fond of Brunellos though and were it not for the hefty price tag, I’d drink one every month. This hazy golden alternative comes with a robust white head and a powerful aroma. Pretty sharp barrel notes with stewed grapes, figs and just a general dark fruity depth accompanying tannic oak with a certain wild character, very phenolic anyway and toasty to the point of feeling spicily smokey. The beer below is spicy, pale, seemingly on the dry side, gently floral and not very malty save for now understated cereal notes. Effervescence is initially fairly vigorous in this relatively thin beer, but it does fade out after a few minutes to a level which showcases the soft tannins with greater interest. The barrel steals the show. Attractive and convincing, albeit stripping lots of character from the beer underneath. In other words, if this flavour profile were as ubiquitous as bourbon barrels are these days, I’d probably go "meh", but it’s extremely rare, so I go "how interesting" and would be very curious to try a few more renditions before I grow tired and look for something more drinkable.