Appearance - 9 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 9 | Overall - 9
Had both batch 1 & 2, might have preferred #1. Reviewing #2 because I'm down to my last of the former. Bottle delivery by 3s. Short tumbler @home.
Oude bruin sort of color, with a splash of purple, lingering pale pink foam; clear.
Smell is obviously sour, sharp & seriously tannic(grape skin).
I take back my opinion on batch 1 vs 2, as it's probably just inconsistent. This is again a mellower sour, fruit forward with dark & rich dried blueberry/concord/shiraz-y grape flavor. Wine-like acidity that lingers. Steel-y, green/stem bitterness, hints of beneficial oxidation & even some vanilla if you wait in between sips.
Smooth on the tongue but ending dry. Moderate to boozy, but warm. I've had richer fruit beers, but this is not on the low end either. Textured & not bluntly bashing me over the head with Sourhead candy. It drinks very much like a bottle of softly oaked wine.