robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Prototype Batch of Sour Brown. Very Murky Cloudy Brown Coloring with Red Tints and a Tan Head. Complex Brew in Aroma and Taste. Caramel Bittersweet Aroma. Sour Rich Mouthfeel...Would Be Extremely Hard to Finish a Whole Pint of This...Better a Snifter. Fruity Malt Texture, Almost Syrapy Texture. One of the Heartier Tart and Heavy Sour Browns I’ve Tasted. In Small Batrches, This Would be a Great Seasonal.
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another pull off the 5-gallon test batch. Musty attic aroma; totally unique. Virtually opaque body. Dark brown, off-white head with beautiful lace. Interesting flavors with a lot of sour and a dirty aftertaste, but in a good way. Very unique. Smoky, dirty, malty and sour. Nice, but since I’m not much of a sour guy, a bit hard to drink for my palate.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark brown-red. Good nose, sweet chocolate and cherry with some bright, sweet fruit like sniffing strawberry ice cream. Flavor is initially very sour, then some sweet fruity malts. Sourness is a mite odd, very cheesy. Maltiness has a strong weedy character. Not awful by any stretch, but it’s a bit like drinking a smoothie made up of cheddar and dandelions.
badgerben (4504) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A special five gallon test batch that will hopefully become a regular, or at least frequent guest on the taps. Pours a murky pitch red (if that makes sense) with a medium tan head. Outstanding aroma loaded with toffee and wrapped up with caramel and oak. Purckeringly sour on the first few sips, then mellowing off a bit. So much to taste... sour cherries abound with a dry malt base. Some syrup drizzled in for good effect. Almost a little grass as well. Possibly a bit of lemon. Dry finish. The final numbers may be a bit high, but I’m in love... Out-freaking-standing!