TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Double pour on tap at the Hop Juice Festival (Warrenville, IL). Always excited for a new Sour rate. Pours a striking deeper brown pour, amber edges, well hazed with some glowing edges and a frothy offwhite head atop, decent sized dies to a loose film, light lacing. Aromas are caramel and toffee, sweeter malts with toast pairing with some sour fruits, apples and pears mix with some more crab apple, light lemon appeal, with funky brett and a light sour yogurt sourness. Light essences of Bourbon, vanilla, and brown sugary sweet malts do poke through a touch, but the Lacto seems firm in itís presence. Decent sour fruits, but the base still shines through, sweeter with some wet oak, vanilla. A touch of booziness, as touches of more tart apples and sweeter pear come through. Interesting nose, perhaps a bit sweet for my liking. Initial is surprisingly tart, a healthy sour fruit throws lemons, apples, a touch of minerally iron and vinegar. Thinned out a bit, some residual sweeter malts of toffee and caramel still poke through a bit, but Lactobaccillus has claimed this beer. Lemons and moderate acidity, with some sour fruity apple, crab apple. Light oak influence as the lacto-related sourness seems to claim the day. Into the backend lingering lactic acidity, I guess with some complexity to it, but maybe a little sharp. It certainly is on itís way to covering up the Barleywine base with a touch of saltiness, lingering metals, and lemony lactic acid pressing on. Sour apples, pears, maybe touches of bananas and sweet caramel malts mix into saoid lactic acidity, it isnít all that funky, leaning towards a lack of Brett on my palate. Some wet oak, faint Bourbon presence seems eaten up, but sweet malts scamper through, but the lactic sourness rues the day (and I do enjoy it, actually). Interesting experiment. A stronger lactic acid presence than I expected with some "oomph" behind it won a couple points with me.
cheap (3659) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at mad mex. Nice dark pour, with a thick head. Dull sweet beery aroma. Off the bat I can tell it tastes much better than yer typical american barley wine, after all it was listed as a barley wine at the bar. Has some tartness in there fer sure. but that strong alky in yer face thing is still going on. ITs just less apparent with the tart thing happening. Yes, the wild aspect saves this beer. Finish is cloying tart alky laced fruit. Yes, in the end one of the better American barley wines if it actually is one.
GigglesGal (12) - - NOV 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2013 Draft dark brown/red pour with tiny head. Bourbon, sour aroma with slight vinegar. Taste is what I expected a sour barleywine to taste like. Lots of oud bruin elements also apparent. Both characteristics blend well for a lasting mouthfeel of sour cherries and oak. Easily palatable and absolutely delicious!
Pailhead (4242) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap: The aroma consists of cherries, chocolate, caramel, and the slightest hint vinegar. Itís a dark brown with some a faint orange glow around the edges of the glass. It has a one finger off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of cherry with some light-moderate tartness. There is a hint of vinegar in the background. The finish has moderate chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Itís medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, I was really skeptical about this one...expecting an infected Barley Wine being passed of as a "sour" Barley Wine. Itís actually very good.
arondee (503) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown/red color with a small off white head. Aroma is sour cherries, wood, bourbon, and hops. Oh man it tastes just like it smells. The first taste I get is sour cherries, then comes the barrel aged barley wine. Itís really well balanced. This is what I want my beer to taste like.
stantheman (497) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at St Augustineís onThe Drive in Vancouver. A very dark reddish copper color. Itís a barleywine that wants to be a sour ale, or possibly the other way round. Okay, so itís got identity issues. Donít we all? No matter. The net net is a very flavourful concoction. Kind of like a sour ale with an added dimension. The barrel aging is quite evident. A big winner here!
arminjewell (5231) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour on tap at All Pints North, dark reddish pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of slight vinegar, earth, grain, hints of lemon, wood, hints of dark oak, interesting. Taste is a mix of dark red vinegar, toffee, caramel, bread, hints of oak, finishing fairly sweet, slightly tart. Interesting, but not that great.
alexsdad06 (3855) - Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Dutchís in February "13. Pours a clear brown color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma has sweet caramel, butery toffee, tart/sour brown notes, wood and hints of rum. The flavor has much of the same, but the tart/sour notes are more intense. Still sweet caramel and rum barrel. This seems like a rum barrel barley wine that got infected. It is still pretty tasty though.
NikkTwist (1254) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. 2011 vintage. Hazy brown pour with some light tan foam. Vanilla caramel and dark red fruits given the sour treatment. Flavors are well blended but thin. May have aged a bit too long. Still worth having.
Damico (2213) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours swampy amber with a lacey beige head. Uniqe aroma bringing weird blend of resin fruity malts and hot mint. Flavor brings some resiny sweet malts and a bit of a Flemish red profile, but not very pleasant.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber pour with an off-white head. Sweet caramel malt and bourbon up front with lots of dark fruit. Leather and balsamic vinegar, vanilla, oak, and grass. Notes of lemon and berries. The flavor is nicely sour. Thick, syrupy balsamic vinegar, bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit. Berries, raisins, plums, and leather. Sweet caramel and vanilla, oak, lemon zest, and some grass.