durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville. Pours dark brown with a head only summoned by an aggressive pour. Nose of sour black cherries, oak, must, bitter cocoa. Taste adds more acetic notes and lovely bitter chocolate. Great mix of bitter, earthy, and sour lively mouthfeel. Fantastic.
DrnkMcDermott (2717) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Bavarian Lodge. Guess we missed connections again, Alum. Color is just a shade lighter than the average stout. Thin scraggles of foam. The smell brings up sour cherries with a little roasted malt and chocolate, then notes of red wine. Taste is all about the sourness; I can’t find much of the dark malt at first. The cherry yields to cream sherry. Quite puckery. A fuller texture than the average sour beer. Now I’m picking up some chocolate roast malt toward the end. And at the very bottom, a sense memory of Pop Rocks. Definitely a sipper.
TheAlum (4986) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft on tap at Bavarian Lodge (Lisle, IL). Part of their Belgian Fest/Night. Pours a pretty dark brown hue, some reddish brown edges, pretty well hazed and near opaque aside from the edges in this light. A moderate sized light brown tan head with a touch of red, good froth and lacing as it stays decent sized. Aromas are a nice deeper sour cherry and grape nose, red wine, wet oak, some cocoa, and light roast. Really nice growing cherry and red wine essence really draws me in, some red grapeskins, touches of vinegar, more wet oak and that subtle stouty cocoa and roast beneath. Initial is medium bodied, a motuh enveloping sourness, cherry, grapes, and red wine. Some oak, red wine tannins, touches of vinegar, some darker malts, faint cocoa. Touches of vanilla, more oak. The sourness is solid and firm, yet not overdone and getting into that acetic zone. Some firm vanilla and cocoa mellow into the backend with toast and some decent sourness, good red wine essence. Really like the cocoa, touches of vanilla, with some caramel, toffee. Really nice, proper sourness, good barrel presence, and that stout blend adds just the right amount of clash/balance on the backend. Really great beer here, gem in the rough that I would have never expected as such.
bhensonb (9837) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Pangaea in Sacramento, CA. Pours quite black with a small tan head. Slightly aroma accompanied by dark, chocolaty malt. Flavor is medium sour, with enough fruit to make me think of cola. And a little chocolate comes forth. There seem to be several different fruits mixed together, but the persisting sour renders them difficult to isolate. Seems a bit vinous with time. Beautiful beer with lots of flavor.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - JUL 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Jan (fonefan); my bottle says 8% ABV
The color is almost black; it has a medium sized thick head, beige. Aroma of roasted nuts and vinegar, chocolate; perfumy, elegant. Correct body structure; the mouthfeel is quite dry; chocolate flavor, followed by ashes and a sharp woody sourness and also some astringency; unfortunately there is some acetone in the end. The Mano Negra seems to be a too aggressive beer to be mixed with red wine.
It actually remonds me the Struise Aardmonik, with more chocolate and less acetone.
The result is good but not exceptional.
mile (2450) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown, small and fully diminishing light brown head. Moderate to full, sweetish aroma, fruitiness with dark berries, sourness with vanilla and faint chocolate. Body is medium, lightly sweetish flavor, fruitiness with berries, sourness. Finish is average to long, dryish and sourish, dark berries and some vanilla. Nice fruity sour ale.
Kinz (3105) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, very little head fades immediately. Aroma is rather intense, sour cherries, a bit of the barnyard, a touch of oak. Flavor is vinegar - acetic acid really showing here, more of a sour cherry note, and then an oaky finish. Dry. A very nice Flemish. Really enjoying this.
shrubber85 (6510) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (gift from Travlr - huge thanks - bottle says 8%). Vinegar and vinous berry aroma - smells spectacular. Opaque brown with no head. Slightly sweet fruity wine flavor up front with a dry/musty finish. Nice body. Very smooth and nicely balanced. This is a sour I could drink every day.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a dark cream colored head. Tart/sour aroma with light oak and light fruitiness. Dark fruit flavor with tart/sour notes and oak. Medium bodied. Low carbonation. dark fruit and tart/sour notes linger.
marcus (5620) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 21, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Trappist. Pours dark brown with a massive tan head and a sour brown aroma. There is a very sour fruity flavor with some chocolate and plum and a soft finish.