rxeight (3256) - Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2014 conway (2210) - - JAN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from brew pub. Poured black with little head. Aroma and taste both dominated by barrel and cherries. Tasty, but base beer never really makes an appearance until a slight roasted malt note at the very back end. Similar to Cabra in that regard.
Rating #1 was black sun. Now almost 3 years later, I’m here with the cherry ba version of that same batch. No bottle number for those late 2012/ early 2013s but If I remember correctly, this was one of the rarer ones. Black as night. Aroma has a bit of cherry cordial. Taste starts off with the same in your face 3 Floyd’s barrel presence that everyone knows and hates. The finish shows more of the tart cherry, but still a heavy barrel punch. Very thin. hopscotch (11248) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle... Pours clear and dark brown with ruby flashes and a small, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Heaps of chocolate and bourbon in the nose, accompanied by a faint note of cherries. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The flavor is tart and roasty, featuring charcoal and sour and black cherries. Really nice. Bottle courtesy of newcigarz! 50belair (3682) - Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle shared by Tony. Dark brown pour with a light kaki head. Big roasty malts and booze. Muddled, mixed up. Cherries. Average body and mouthfeel. RobertDale (6860) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Bomber. Thanks for the trade Keith. Pours almost black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, wood, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, dark cherries, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and a touch of bourbon. A bit thin, but very enjoyable. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2013
750mL waxed shared at Woodshop 8. Pours a clear deep cola brown with healthy foam. Nose is big tomato paste style bourbon barrel. Taste is thin, dusty, no cherry character. Palate is weak, especially for abv and style.
hallinghansen (3421) - Odense SV, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2013
Trade from Sean9689, thanks bro. Black body with a medium light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, milk chocolate, cherries, oak, bourbon. Flavour is chocolate, roasted malt, cherries, oak, tartness, light hops. Nice. Dedollewaitor (16393) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle. Thanks to Hallinghansen. Cracked at the Pre C4 Pale Ale Festival Odense, 2013. Pours black with a creamy beige head. Nose is oak, roast, coffee and cherries as well as some alcohol. Flavor is wood, fruit, roast and cherries. Some sweet vanilla and warming alcohol. Christian (13823) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2013
Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, licorice, cherry, coconut and oak, with alcohol that reminds me of highland whisky. Sweet and a little tart, mild roasted flavour with oak, cherry and alcohol TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle shared at Great Taste ticket line (Madison, WI). Pours a rich blackish hue, darker black body with good haziness. Some brownish dark glow on the edges. Not thick but dark and near opaque overall. A frothy tannish head atop dies to a firm film, laces well. Aromas are good touches of whiskey, vanilla, and some dry earthy hops, mellow toast and biscuit. Some gentle cherryskin and fruit compliments, with touches of sweetness, tart, and dry earthy hops meet barrel tannins. Almost a touch of dryhopping. Initial is medium bodied, a bit thinned out with some nice dryness, toast, and roast. Firm mellow died out hopping meets gentle cherry, medium spirit hits the palate as we move on. Spirit, whiskey, mellow yet growing heat as we round the corner. Wet oak, a touch hot. The cherries hit in the middle then give way to that barrel. A touch thin now to support that backend turn. Gentle cherryskin, spirit, dryness and roast. A touch smokey and earthy, lingering roast, barrel presence and mellow warm spirit. It’s not a bad beer, it’s just a bit thin and oddly suited for the barrel. The cherry is mellow, never gets medicinal but really disappears into the backend and finish. Firmer dryness, a touch thin overall. A touch hot in certain jabs. Pretty pour, good nose, some good flavors but a bit off for experoence/synergy/balance. The smokey element works well with the barrel, but it’s just a bit too thin to make it a winner. Solid and interesting. cbfobes (2891) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle shared at GTMW line, thanks Adam! Pours black with a thin tan head and some lacing in the glass, the aroma is of more chocolate than anything, a little bit of the cherry comes through on the nose with the oak as well, the flavor has a cherry front end with some malt and chocolate in the finish, the cherry doesn’t overpower it but doesn’t really help it at the same time, mouthfeel was nice at least, kind of different.