TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a deeper blackish brown hue, well hazed with some darker blackish middle that extends to some muddy brownish glow on the edges and bottom. Brownish head atop stays a bit cakey, but starts to dissipate to a frothy filmy ring, laces ok overall. Aromas show firm wine barrel, tannic red wine and oak meet some decent funkiness, sour cherries, yogurty sourness start to hit the nose. Decent funk as we settle in starts to grow a bit more with dust, cobwebs, leathery life. A gentle roast, but the wild elements and barrel seem to hold the reigns here. Initial is a bit different, opting for a decent roastiness, some gentle dryness as we start to hit the sourness, red wine and sour cherries. Mixing liberally, a medium body further delves into lactic acidity, horseblanket and some cobwebs. Sour cherry, gentle tannic barrel and red wine. Backend offers more bitterness, funk, almost a hoppy feel. The tannic element presses on as the roasty bit up front tapers off. Leather, earth, and decent sourness still keeps going. Gentle Belgian influence disernible at times, touches of fruit and yeast. Still, the barrel and wild yeast lead, the roastiness does some covering up here. Finish is red wine, gentle carbonation, funk and mellow tannic elements trailing out. Overall, this is very well put together. The flavors and combinations might not be for everyone, but I really enjoyed it.
oh6gdx (20299) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled@SBWF2013. Quite close to black colour, small head. Aroma is fruity, ripe dark fruits, some raisins, mild vanilla and sour wooden notes. Flavour is very similar with also some spiciness as well as mild floral and liquoricelike notes to it.
DialSquare (2615) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from Kingdom Liquor in Brandon. Near black pour with a thin than head. Aroma is a little acidic, chocolate, wood, dark roasted malt. Tastes are wine, oak, cocoa, caramel, light smoke, grapes. Finishes a little tinny, little bitter, little dry. Moderately sour and well balanced - albeit a strange mix of flavors. Interesting overall though.
bubblehouse (357) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark with big foamy head. Smell more sour than it actually tastes. Really nice coffe and chocolate notes with just the right amount of sour berry coming through.
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Dan. Aroma is tart elderberry, roasted coffee, and a tangy chocolate. Pours black with a chunky white head and lingering film. Tastes tangy and roasty at the same time. The result is almost a sour meat taste like a pimento loaf or italien ham. Nice tart and roast linger. Very enjoyable sour stout.
rbrazell (1629) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Proof. Black pour with a creamy brown head. Aroma is thick chocolate, roasted malts, dessert wine, oak, lactic acid and sourdough yeast. Chocolate on the tip of the tongue followed by Pinot Noir oak barrel, lactic acid, lemon peels and sourdough. Smooth carbonation with a tart finish and a touch of alcohol. Not too shabby.
Niko100 (1977) - Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, oak, yeast, & tart dark fruit; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, yeast, oak, sour dark fruit, and some chocolate; Finish is dry & only slightly sour/tart; Nicely balanced; Nice vinous qualities - good stuff!
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from Winooski. Rated on Ratebeer app.
Pitch black with nice brown small head
Nose great acidic vinous notes nice roasted malt nice green apples
Taste green apples roasted.malt vinous, some wood spices
Finish sour and woody with vinous notes roasted malt some chocolate.
Great chocolate finish nice clean tartness no very acidic not very sour more clean tartness.
One of the best dark sour I’ve had.
Nice coffee finish. Quite tasty, well balanced. Very complex. Great beer !
mverity (265) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is very dry, yeasty and really earthy. Appearance is the deepest of browns with a tan head. Taste is very much like a sour red wine. The blend of yeasts is considerably less tart than what I was expecting.
jbruner (2296) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to kantrauch! Batch #1 mar2013; pours a translucent black brown with thin ring of brown lacy head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit and roast. Taste is funk up front, wine middle, and a sweet chocolate finish. Well yeah, a Flemish red mixed with stout, but awesome!