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Ballast Point Hout Series - Black Currant
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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Vinous black currant melodies serenade the tastebuds before raisins and citrusy tartness elevate this Sour Ale’s aftertaste.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the orange-hued brown.
-The smooth carbonation and fruity tartness make for easy drinking.
-The raisin-y malts underneath are a perfect match with the black currants and lactic bacteria.
-The red wine flavours within are very alluring.

On tap at their Linda Vista brewery.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
A: A brown beer with plenty of blood red notes to it and a noticeable absence of head. S: A mix of sweet and sour currants in the nose with a bit of oak and just a touch of vinegar to go along with the lactic notes. T: Not an overpowering sour by any means, but a nice lactic acidity, mild vinegar, and plenty of currants. The fruit skins really help to dry the beer out and provide a bit of depth. M: A light bodied beer with a mild but tingly carbonation and a dry finish. D: Not anything that will change the world, but a really easy drinking and refreshing sour beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2010
tap at rattle: tasty beer, and unusual. It’s very sour (lactic and somewhat acetic) tart and very puckering mouthfeel. Fizzy and soda-like, candy sweetness, fruity berries. Still, for its lack of its complexity, still very tasty. sometimes simple works better.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
Tap at Rattle N Hum for the Ballast Point Promo night with Joe and Zach. Pours a deep violet brown hazy with thin filmy head. Aroma is black currant jam, earth, woody, funk, aceto and a light caramelized malty tone. Flavor is woody, earth tones, oak,dirt, funk light horsey brett lots of pedio and modest aceto mineral and slight wet dog hair. reminds me a touch of Iron Hill cassis lambic but not quite as sharp with aceto, and this BP had a touch less fruit, but still quite good in the fruit dept. This one may be developing fast, since its older lower ratings. I thought it was pretty damn good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 21, 2010
On tap at rattle n hum. Served in a goblet. Wow... ultra sour and overwhelming cherry and red wine flavor. Balanced? No. But still a bit underrated.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4361) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2010
On tap at Stone Oakquinox 2010. Pours a reddish brown off-white head. Berries, currant, lightly sweet malt, and tart fruit. It’s okay, but doesn’t hold its ground against other sours.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2010
Draft @ Johnny Browns. Pours cola brown with a creamy off white head that left some great lacing. Interesting notes of butterscotch, currants and other berry fruits, medium sour. Finishes with some diacytal qualities. A fairly under rated sour.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
UPDATED: APR 19, 2010 On draft at Downtown Johnny Brown’s (San Diego, CA) for their bitter/sour event: At first I thought this beer was totally underrated. Deep purpleish brown in color and topped with spotty, off-white lacing. Nose of black currants, brett, barnyard funk, bready, and some basalmic vinegar. What other B nouns can I think of? Moderately to finely carbonated. Not as effervescent as I hoped for. Lightly tangy, but more in sour blackberry/grape in the flavor. The acidic feel dies down before the finish, tasting more like stale juice. Overall, I’m a fan. But it’s when you dissect it that you can feel the cracks. Drinkability: Tastes more sweet than sour, bland finish. Pairing: Marinated Pork Roast with currant sauce. Rebuy: Sure. #402 on 16042010, DG.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
That1Guy (1934) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Avery Sour Ale Fest. Hmm. Terrible nose doesn’t help the initial reaction to this brew. Kinda moldy, slightly sour, with no currant aromas present. Flavor is aight though. Still not very sour, but a sweet, fruitiness with no mold whatsoever. Eh.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Draught from Avery’s inaugural Boulder Sour Ale Fest (amazing). Brown with little head. Aroma is lightly hoppy, whiskey, funk sour, and light coco and berry fruit. Flavor is sour cherry and apple with whiskey booze and berries with sugar. Finish is long, wet and not to sour or bitter.


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