JohnGalt1 (1515) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 11, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Bittercreek.. Pours the expected thin looking black... smell is tart blackberry and light bourbon... This tastes pretty much like any other "sour stout" out there and honestly reminds me of a mistake... Not terrible, but it just doesn’t have many redeeming qualities, 10-12 oz was waaaaay too much. Hints of cocoa/coffee with tannic puckering plum skins. Only okay at best.
eManu (531) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
From draft @ Taps KL. Pours black with a tin tan head that immediately disappeared. Aroma of dark dry fruits, herbs. Flavors of dry dark fruits, plums, grapes, roasted malts cacao, hints of coffee. Somewhat watery at first, light. Sour sweet finish. Somewhat between a light stout and red sour ale. Interesting.
BucannonXC5 (1411) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Type: 10-oz. draft (I think)
Glass: Clear tulip glass
From: 50/50 Slater’s in Anaheim Hills, Calif.
Purchased: June 1, 2016
Consumed: June 1, 2016
Misc.: Reviewed as an American Wild Ale
Had never heard of this one, but I generally like Anderson Valley beers, especially the boozier and more unique ones. I originally wrote down 12 ounces, but I think it was actual 10 ounces. The “Sour Stout” label at Slater’s initially piqued my interest. After doing some research, found out it was a “unique beer is made by souring our Barney Flats Oatmeal stout in wild turkey bourbon barrels for up to 18 months. The acidic and fruity profile is reminiscent of cherry cordials and chocolate cake.” Jeez, Sour Stout is right, but reviewing this as an American Wild Ale.
Poured a dark brown, murky color with two fingers of frothy, tan lacing when I got it. Did not notice any bubbles. Very good spotty lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 3.75)
Smelled sour mostly (Slater’s calls this a Sour Stout) compared to stout. Got bourbon, sour cherry - much better than Alpine’s Dark Elixir, tart cherry and light chocolate. Like cherry chocolate candy. (Smell - 4.00)
Tasted a nice mix of sour cherry and boozy bourbon. Also chocolate, chocolate covered cherry shell, tart cherry, oakiness and light wood. (Taste - 3.75)
Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Oaky, sour finish. (Feel - 4.00)
I really liked this one. Much better than Alpine’s Dark Elixir, the only other comparison I could think of off the top of my head. Would have it again for sure. (Taste - 3.75)
3.84 86 B+
jmgreenuk (7419) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAY 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Taps Beer Bar, Changkat, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a clear dark brown colour with a long lasting frothy light tan head. The aroma is yeast, blackberry, raspberry sour citrus. The flavour is light roasty malt, moderate sour with an a big acid citrus fruit, yeasty biscuit dough palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.
bhensonb (13978) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown. Mild bourbon aroma. Medium body. Flavor is lightly sour, dark malt, light bourbon. Nothing really strong, but the combined flavors are very good.
Earlier Rating: 2/18/2012 Total Score: 3.9
Tasted on Sour Sunday at The Jupiter. Pours dark black with beige bubbles. Nose is light sour mash. Med+ body. Flavor is sour, like sour malt, finishing with dark malty stout, but sour is ever present. Wild!
slowrunner77 (9925) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"A bit of an odd duck. Definitely well balanced between sour.funky and smooth chocolatey stout. The combo was interesting, but didn’t quite work for me as the best ones have (thinking Tart of Darkness or J pumpkin). Molasses sweetness, roasted malts, lemony pucker and a hint o cheese. A work in progress, perhaps, that i’d get again."
czar (7525) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at slows bar bq, detroit. unclear dark brown pour with a small light beige head showing minimal retention and lacing. tannic cherries, wood, other red fruits, faint chocolatey notes, hint of molasses and sticky vanilla, coffee grinds, very light acidity - mostly lactic, hence linear. average carbonation - fizzing a bit, light body - fairly light, semi-sweet and coffee-tannic disturbing finish. meh - linear sour stout.
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Craftsman, pours a very dark brown with an off white head, the aroma has a good amount of chocolate and dark fruits with a sour touch, the flavor has a tart front end with quite a bit of chocolate and port coming through as well, abv tastes bigger than the 5.8%, interesting.
Iphonephan (6039) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Whole Foods Pasadena. Pours a hazy brown with an ecru head. Light malty nose. Flavors of caramel with vinous notes. Slightly tart finish. Pretty easy going for a sour beer.
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap during SF beer week. Pour is dark red with a small beige head. Aroma is of sour barrel aging, chocolate, roasted malt, and flour. Flavor is more sour than the aroma with notes of cherry skins, oak, and semi-sweet chocolate.