HonusWagner (1130) - Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reminds me of the sour stouts that were all the rage a year or two back, nice lambic-like tartness with some sweet chocolate flavors.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Supermarket Liquor Fort Collins. Pours a deep brown appearance with a big foamy brown head. Aroma has roast, dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, white fruits / pear, and mineral. Pretty heavy carbonation. A touch metallic. Pretty roasty / burnt malty flavor. Some fruit / apples on the finish. Nothing special and certainly not worth $7.49 which I paid.
Douberd (1537) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stubby 330 ml bottle, from Secret Sinterklaas, thanks! Into a snifter, ABV 7%
The beer is a very very dark brown and very close to black one, with one finger of tan head on top, good desnity and retention, leaving medium lacing on the glass.
Aroma is of sour cherries, grapes, mixed with some coffee and milky chocolate when I swirl the glass.
Taste of chocolate, some roasted malts, mixed with sour cherries. Nice mix of sourness upfront and a bit of bitterness on the finish and on the aftertaste, where it actually struggles to be noted actually.
Medium boby, low and soft carbonation.
Overall quite interesting this one, and nice.
17thfloor (2426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. I love this. Ah-mazing. Pours a slick near black with a fizzy head. Aroma of burnt popcorn, light roast and tart fruit. Flavor is sublime... perfect balance or tart and roast, berries, fruit, funk, dry but not thin.... insanely good. I love sour porters!
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate), with notes of sour cherries, sour apple, and wood.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Weird aroma thatís kinda like a blend of a simple porter, cough syrup, and a Flemish red ale. Infected-like sourness in the mouth doesnít work well with the roasted malts. Another drain pour from De Proef, naively I thought Armandís involvement might help but I guess not.
knickskicks (600) - - FEB 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour, some red hues. Nose is lambic funk, some maltiness. Taste is some tartness typical if a lambic and then a mellow malty sweetness, some chocolate. A very light lingering tartness and chocolate. Light on the palate.
Eructoblaster (2824) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 330ml. pours an opaque black body with an average beige creamy head. Complex, robust malty aroma with vineous, oaky, and hoppy hints. Its well balanced malty/hoppy taste carries vineous, yeasty, and oaky notes. Ends with a decent sour finish. Very interesting.
DandyWolfFloyd (554) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma - there is some dark sugars, light roast, light chocolate, and some dark fruit, and a vinous like alcohol
Appearance - body is black, the beige head gets up about 1/2" and settles into a halo, with a little foam floating on the body.
Taste - very interesting this beer is not initially what I think when I think brown ale. It really takes a unique character - itís been quite some time since Iíve had one, but it is almost similar to Unibroueís Trois Pistoles, just not as strong in taste or boldness. It has a dark berry note (raspberry), with an underlying dark malt, with chocolate hiding even further beneath that. There is also a yeast quality about it that is reminiscent of what Unibroue does with itís beers. Almost as if Iím drinking a beer from the Unibroue line.
Palate - body is medium, the texture is slick, the carbonation is lively, and the finish is on the short side, but with a tartness.
This was a challenge to give a rating. Iíve said before, I try to judge a beer by what the brewer tells me it is. It says itís a brown ale, but really never felt, tasted, or smelled like one. It seemed to me more like a couple different things - a port wine, a Belgian Strong, a Flemish Ale. It was really a pleasant experience, so instead of deducting points, which Iíd normally do - I just enjoyed it and allowed to be what I will call a style anomaly, truly complex. Itís truly unique. Certainly a must try, but Iíd recommend rating it as itís own thing.
Plovmand (6123) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a creamy beige head. Roasted aroma with notes of sour tart berries. The flavor is roasted and light acidic with notes of grapefruit peel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
rxeight (975) - Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lots of raspberry on the aroma. Light creamy body starts off stout and then switches to a tart raspberry sour. Might be the best sour stout Iíve had.
Imperial_Scout (355) - Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with tan head. Nose is a bit irony some berry sweetness. Taste is coffee in the front and berry at the end. Not bad