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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Sour brown ale with red tart cherries. First we mash in a high gravity brown ale recipe with lots of pale ale, brown malt and oats. We then inoculate the resulting wort with a strain of Lactobacillus and let it work for 38 hours before boiling it, adding hops and fermenting with ale yeast. The resulting beer is tangy, malty, slightly sour and downright weird. But we don’t stop there, next we added over 10 pounds per barrel of Oregon red tart cherries, giving a nice sweet and fruity finish.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (7947) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Draft. Sour red cherry and chocolate malt aroma. Brown with small head. Sweet-tart cherry and mild caramel-chocolate malt flavor. Nice easy drinking beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hammy78 (771) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
Had this last night at the Blue Monk in Buffalo. Poured a dark ruby brown, tan head and lace. Smells sweet, tart and of cherries. I was expecting more cherries, but it tasted a lot like coffee, which I can only assume was from the malts. I liked that though. Sour dark cherries in there though as well. I really liked the complex nature of this brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4175) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Draught at brewery. Sour brown/red with some vinegar. Big acidic taste to it countered by the fruity brown taste. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ContemplateBeer (1580) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Aroma of tootsie roll and tart cherry. Appearance is ruddy red brown with tan head. Flavor has a pretty constant undercurrent of mild tartness, starting with chocolate malts and finishing with some light cherry. Palate is bubbly. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13233) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Draft at the source. Dark maroon color, scant head. Aroma of slightly sour prunes and raisins. Taste is softly sour dark fruit. Tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernbourbon (1326) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Tap. Pour is clear brown wih a smattering of white bubbles. Aroma and flavor are light tart wood with hints of sweetness and light cinnamon. Interesting. Not very tart with lots of wood.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Draft @ CB at the ATG tap takeover. Hazy brown with a light tan head. Aroma of tart pie cherries, chocolate, dough and light apple cider vinegar. Flavor is not as sour or tart as the aroma would suggest, chocolate and dark fruit mostly with a light sour/tart edge. Medium body with a long, dry finish. Interesting beer, but the flavors don’t really come together.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3014) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Tap at brewery, Tart cherry, caramel malt, and light yeasty aroma., Chestnut with a small beige head. Tart cherry, roasty/toasty malt flavor., Medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Sampled at FoBAB 10 - 2012 (Chicago, IL). Pours a richer brownish deep hazed hue, darker body, frothy offwhite head laces ok. Aromas are coffee, brown malts, gentle cherries, lactic acidity. Coffee, oak. Initial is a bit tart, coffee, oak, lactic acid and yogurt in mellow qualities. Some cherry. Middle is coffee, brown malts, gentle sourness. Backend and finish is coffee toast, and gentle oak. Lots of brown malts, pretty young wild influence. Ok.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2012
On tap at brewpub
Reading the description on the board I was excited to try this beer thinking it might be in the vein of a Flemish sour. Instead it is a bland and not very sour brown ale that feels rushed. Maybe it was a bad batch (or the fact the bar has been set pretty high by previous experiences) but this one should be passed.

Flavor / Palate - The velvety red base looks like a liquid cupcake. A thin mocha head sits deftly on top. Almonds, bittersweet chocolate, and mild cherry touches hint of depth but don’t quite get there.

Flavor / Palate - The acidity I was expecting seldom materializes in the sips I took. A coffee driven malt bomb lets the cherries show up from time to time. Otherwise though this is a stronger brown ale that would have been good on its own merits. Maybe it was just trying to do too much that pushed it towards mediocrity.


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