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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Brewed with Summit Hops. Aged in French Oak Pinot Noir barrels with Brett, Pedio and Lacto. Triple Fermented.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2013
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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcartamdg (2268) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Pours jet black with no head. Aroma of smoke, malt and funk. Taste is malty and smokey with slight tartness. Not very good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2013
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7052) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11391) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2013
CBC. Black with a small tan head. Aroma of licorice, fruit and funk. Dry and roasted flavour with licorice and funk

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5815) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2013
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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (961) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2013
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Pouring at The Festival in Portland with Kramer, Andrew, and J-Dadmond. Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights under a thin white head. Big sour acid, soft wood. Funk, chewy malt. Big warm malt. Big and warm, roast and acid, soft and funky. Warm alcohol, roast and acid.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9796) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Dark brown color, beige head. Balsamic, tannins, funky yeasty flavors, tart wine grapes, roast. Interesting if not odd.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3685) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 27, 2013
750 corked and caged bottle. It pours a very dark brown/black color with a brown head that disappears within a minute. The aroma reminds me a bit of Consecration. Heavy balsamic sour and blackberry notes with some nuttiness coming from the wood. Mild vinous red wine and black malt with leather. The flavor is dirty and funky with some nice sweeter notes of dark berries, wood vanillins and maltiness. It’s actually a bit too sweet and not enough of a sour pucker. It is definitely effected by wild yeast with some leather, tart berries and funky underpants, but I was hoping for more tartness here. The finish has a little bit of ashtray roast . This may actually benefit from a year or two in the bottle. Seems like a common thread with this brewer.


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