Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle; Pour is murky dark golden with an average off white head that retains fairly well, actually. Average lacing into this glass as well. This brew is funky, spicy, earthy from the oak, and slightly fruit. The flavor profile is where this one really shines; the layers of flavors mesh absolutely perfectly; perhaps its at the right time. I seriously wish I had more of this one. Red wine,Figs, tart sour character, a bit of funkiness, lactic acid - Wow! I was so pleasantly surprised by this brew.
Beaver (1670) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, bottled 2/11/11. Pours a clear dark reddish amber with a medium off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is a whole lot of sour - some tart fruit with some vinous alcohol and some wood.
The flavor is sweet tart and sour fruits with some wood and some vinous alcohol leading to a dry, acidic, bretty, finish. As it warms it gets a little musty and leathery. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, an excellent, complex sour. Itís a little on the acidic side, but overall, well balanced.
phaleslu (9426) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle via recent BA trade. Pours a cloudy amber-gold color with a finger-thick cream-white head. Notes of tart fruits (grapes, apples, berries), oaky funk, lactic acid, oak, vanilla, and caramel. The high ABV is absolutely buried. Light-medium bodied, with a tart, funky, and then metallic mouthfeel and high carbonation. Nice sour.
JohnnyJ (5419) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at Stone Sour Fest 2011. Clear amber, slightly red, white no head. Lacto, sourness, berries, notes of citrus and fruit.
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle dated Feb 11, 2011) pours clearish rich orange/amber. Wispy tan bubbles. Nose of tangerine pulp, sour cherry mash, funky bugs, wet barrel and a bit of acetone. Taste of raw grain (a distraction), rye, acetone, sour cherries, bitter orange peel, tinge of wet wood, an some orange pulp as well. Complex and nice. Well carbonated, sour grainy linger.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This orange brown colored sour is tart. This is a full on sour. So much so that other flavors are pushed to the background. Sampled at Stone Sourfest 11.
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at stone sour Festival 2011. Copper pour no head. Sour yeasty nose. Taste is tart with a hint of maybe infection, got that almost buttered popcorn thing.
Maddog (523) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderful, big sour ale. I love sours, and this one rates with Russian Rivers sours that I so love. This ale is very fruity, oaky and full of citrus and of course tart. An incredible beer, Iím thinking it gets some dryness and big fruit from the Cab Sauv barrels, but man what a sour. It truly represents the style.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home - Thanks to Forgetfu !!! - shared with Mette. Clear red/light brown - white head. Wooden, sourish, bretty, red berris, dryness, acid, medium malty, wine notes, sparkling feeling, peppery, light spicy, tannins, fruity, light caramel notes, horsey, lacto sharpness, citrus, lovely complexity.
deyholla (10220) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to Scott on this one. Pours a clear ruby amber with a gray head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is nice with lactic acid, stone and other red fruits with some backing funk and wine dryness. Flavor is much more strongly acidic with a bit of red fruit and a bit of oak and dry wine in the finish.