thome50 (999) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black with little to no head. Aroma is sour and wine barrel forward. There is some vanilla and barrel to start off with and then the pedio sour comes in and takes over. Nice but not super balanced. Light mouth.
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured at the Festival. From what I remember it was dark brown with thin tan head, medium body, very good tasting
czar (4153) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pour @ THE festival, maine. almost clear dark brown with a nice beige head, some retention/lacing. nutty, hazelnuts, frangelico, chocolate, caramelized nuts, wood, red grapes’ must, lactic and acetic acidity, hint of sweetness, spices. moderate carbonation, light to medium body - oily, lightly acidic and spicy-woodsy finish. much enjoyed!
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer is a slow gusher, easily able to be poured before overflowing. A steady pour into my teku glass produces a two-finger thick, nicely browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is a near black color that shows opaque when held up to the light. From afar the beer smells of dark, concentrated fruit (fig & prunes), a closer inspection yields a solid tartness, a slightly musky funkiness, and a touch of roast character towards the finish. A really deep draught of the nose yields a rich, toasted, whole grain brown bread, and roasted bread like richness to the malt character. Tart fermented fruit notes of berries, touches of strawberries, and a richly concentrated note of fig jam, chocolate, charred raisins, and deeply caramelized berries all add to the abundant richness and complexity here. Spicy, woody smelling oak notes lightly perfume the nose and serve as an accentuating and anchoring note.
Rich feeling up front the beer lightens up considerably through to the finish were it is quite light. Deeply rich fruit notes are here, without really having any sweetness; dense fig, charred raisin, bright prune all are here in a fruit and floral sort of manner. The finish has a roasted bitterness to it, and the finishes suggests charcoal, blackened toast, and a touch of dark roasted coffee. Quite vinous as well, the pinot noir wine character really comes through quite well, and is where much of the rich fruit character seems to have germinated from; restrained, but supporting oak flavors marry the beer with toasted woody notes, a slight spiciness (that gets bigger through to the finish), a touch of toasted character, and maybe some soft vanillin notes. The tartness here is not overly aggressive, it helps to accentuate the vinous character and the fruit, but is actually fairly slight and is much more noticeable in the aroma somehow than in the flavor. This beer drinks on the light side for a beer of this strength and complexity, it is still a sipping brew though.
Quite a nice beer, definitely complex and interesting with the roast, the Pinot Noir barrel aging and the light funk. Having said that, it could use a touch more sourness and funkiness.
jcartamdg (1876) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours jet black with no head. Aroma of smoke, malt and funk. Taste is malty and smokey with slight tartness. Not very good
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Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours with a dark brown body that supports a thin tan head. The aroma offers up modest dark roasted malt notes, mild smoky bacon and a bit of wild yeast sour tartness. The taste delivers a mix of dark roasted malts, a touch of chocolate malts, a faint smoky note and then a decent degree of vinegar and sourness. Pretty nice.
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a brown head. Tart, red wine aroma with light sourness. Tart and malt flavor with red wine, light cocoa, and light oak. Medium bodied. Tartness and red wine linger with coca and light darker malts.
Christian (11027) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
CBC. Black with a small tan head. Aroma of licorice, fruit and funk. Dry and roasted flavour with licorice and funk
jredmond (5260) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at THE FESTIVAL 2013 with Andrew, Jay and Kramer. Pours a deep, murky brown body with light brown lacing. Aroma is sour fruit, oak, wine and light roast. Mouthfeel is medium with nice sour vinous flavor, sweet caramel malt, light roast, wood and tart acidity. Very nice sour stout.
ericdevin (673) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 16 Tons Taphouse, Eugene. Pours a dark color, good amount of head which dissipates quickly. Aroma amazing. Lacto, wood pedo. Vinous, roasty notes. Body tart, finish somewhat smoky. Effing lovely, maybe not as sour as I had expected, but very nice.