johnnnniee (4457) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2012
UPDATED: APR 18, 2012 Wow that looks pretty in my glass! Deep garnet and brown with a bubbly beige head that slowly recedes. I can smell a mix of tart and barrel as soon a I wrestle the cork off. Lots of vanilla oak and bourbon aromas with some sweet sugary malt and some non descript spicy tartness. Taste lives up to the aroma. Tart lemons and cherries up front a bit of sweet sugar slides in quickly with a bit of barrel treatment before the tartness comes in to tell us who is boss. Medium body and level of carbonation with tart puckering kind of mouthfeel. This one is pretty good. It smells like tart and oak, tastes like puckering. I enjoyed this, I wish this wasn’t my last bottle. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
Bottle (batch 1) number 26/240 thanks to womencantsail. Pours with a hazed amber body and a small, off-white head. Smells messy. Aromas of rye, rubber, wood, tannins, whiskey and a lot of esters. Flavors are lightly sour, alcohol, sawdust, spice, sour and regret. Acidic and dry mouthfeel. brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 20, 2011
A: The beer pour s a dark amber color with a rather short lived off-white head.
S: A slight acetic note to the beer right away, but it’s not overwhelming and does provide a nice tartness. Still some rye notes with a decent amount of oak and barrel. A little bit of sour fruit, particularly cherries.
T: There’s a little bit of a sweet-tart thing going on here. Some light caramel and fruit sweetness. The tartness of cherries, strawberries, and grapes follows. Oak is still prominent and there’s a slight mustiness to it.
M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.
O: Pleasantly surprised by this. Not amazing in anyway, but good all around. jtclockwork (17634) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle shared with jcwattsrugger. Pours cranberry brown. Off white head. Nose of chocolate covered cherry, rye, wood and yeast. Taste is lightly tart cranberry, caramel and chocolate candies, wood and yeast. jimhilt (2634) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Pours a two finger off-white head that fades quickly, leaving some lace. Murky amber/brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Tart apple nose. Flavor is tart, a little caramel, high ABV is totally hidden, the label says 11.3% but it doesn’t feel like it. Over priced at $16.95 for a 750ml caged and corked bottle from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH. Bottled Sep 22, 2010, batch one, bottle 14 of 240.
ben4321 (6827) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Location: Cask at Blind Tiger, 12/12/10
deyholla (12583) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Aroma: The nose was sour, lots of fruit and funk accompanied by some rye bread
Appearance: The pour of this one looked almost cider-like, dark orange-brown color
Flavor: The taste is sour and weird, sour fruits, breads/yeast, and yet somewhat troublesome
Palate: This beer is medium bodied, the mouthfeel is fine, and it is quite smooth from the cask
I assume this is the same beer, it was on cask at BT as White Birch Barrel Aged Rye. Anyway, this beer was really freaking weird. That’s really the most glaring thing I have to say about this one. Wow was this weird stuff. The whole group I was with were in concurrence that we had never tasted anything quite like this one. I’m not sure how to feel about this one, but ultimately, it didn’t leave me wanting another one, so that should say something.
Bottle thanks to a generous BA. Poured a hazy brown with an off-white head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had sour red fruits with a spicy grain backing and hint of funk. Flavor began with sour red fruits with some spice and rye. Became a bit acidic in the finish. hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Thanks Josh for sharing this 750ml bottle. Bottled SEPT 22, 2010 - # 71 / 240. Poured a deep and dark amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of rye, spicy, bready, and caramel. Tastes of rye bread, caramel, some vinegar,and spicy. Sour finish. Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Bottle # 219 of 240 Pours a lightly hazed amber with a bubbly off white head. Moderate sour notes with a good amount of rye malt in the back ground. Light - medium sour on the palate. oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Extremely dark garnet brown pour with a two finger tan head. The aroma comes through with a prevailing sourness that is complemented by spicy rye, caramel, and toffee. A good deal of diacetyl comes through as well- this manifests as buttery apples. Lactic cream and warming booze round out the nose. The flavor is super sour with biting acidity and peppery rye. Fruity apple and pineapple come through near the middle with some bready toffee. More diacetyl comes through in the finish. The palate is medium bodied with bracing acidity and a dry finish.