pushkinwow (2243) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a dark beige head that completely fades. Funk, saison, malty, boozy, tannin, brett, mild carbonation and moderate body, tart and a slight burn on the finish.
XaenDovet (1222) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share taster. Dark brown minimal cap. Aroma of raisin, chocolate, sour fruit. Taste is sour and tart. Long dry finish.
Westmeister (2093) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Perhaps the first dark sour beer that I have enjoyed. This comes off quite complex with dark roasted malts, lightly to medium tart, dark fruits, hints of cocoa, barrel, vinous. Rather unique.
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur de raisins avec une pointe de cerise sûrette. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat et de céréale grillée avec une pointe de cerise sûrette. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement sûrette. (Rating #5479)
Natai (115) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours near black with a small but creamy tan head. Aroma dominated by caramel and sour cherry - the pinot noir in oak definitely comes through. Flavor is deliciously complex, beginning with a smooth wine-like flavor that quickly transitions to the brett sour before subtly finishing with a caramel and coffee blend.
rejtable (1749) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice beer! Bottle one year old. Pours cola black with an immediately disappearing head and no lacing. Nose is barnyard and light roasted cereal. Notes of light espresso, sour cherries, yeast. Taste is light sweet medium sour, minimal bitterness. Light body with low/medium carbonation.
OldMrCrow (2160) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from somewhere in Portland. Belmont station?
I didn’t have much idea what to expect from this beer, but Anchorage beers are always worth trying in my experience. This one is a way-out-of-the-box experiment in wine and chocolate. Only a puff on opening, but it left unattended in the kitchen after pouring a glass, it foams over and leaves a good sized amount of beer to stain the white counter. In my tulip it pours dark near black with a robust if short-lived brown head. Unusual nose melds aromas not usually experienced together: tons of chocolate: chocolate cake, baker’s chocolate; bretty sour funk; intense red wine barrel. Also hints of balsamic and steak sauce, cobweb, wet fur musk.
Strange as that combination seems, the taste actually follows fairly directly. The wine is right up front, bringing a blackberry juiciness that I’d associate with a merlot more than a pinot, plenty of chocolate roast, more wild than sour, closer to Jolly Pumpkin than any other brewery I can think of, sweet on the early part of the finish before drying out with a roast coffee finish. Mouth-filling palate, some heat on the back of the throat long after swallowing. It’s an interesting experiment, packed with flavors so big that 12 ounces are good; 22 is too much. I bet this one kills it in the 2 oz pour category. That’s points off in the overall.
No surprise - this one is not subtle in the least. I need to start drinking subtle again.
Shinskyweiser (49) - - MAR 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2014 Pours dark as night. Little head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma of red wine, sour cherry and oak. Taste of wine, sour cherry, bitter dark chocolate and coffee. A bit spicy on the palate as well. The flavors that develop when this beer warms are fantastic! Great roasty sour ale!
chuckstout (327) - Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brett in the aroma, pours a dark black with a mocha colored head and good lacing. Lots of Brett in the flavor with a slight touch of roast and chocolate.
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
An intense interplay of brettanomyces, lactobacillus, wine barrel and chocolate-y malts produces a complex brew which one must sit down to sip on.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the blackness.
-Carbonation is prickly, forceful.
-The finish is dry with lots of brett and peppery, coniferous hop bitterness.
-Malts also contribute raisin-like qualities.
-This probably needs to lie down for a while. It’s already impressive, but perhaps too boastful for my tastes.