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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Collaboration, available on draft only at Armsby Abbey and Julians.


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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2012
This is for the Maibock/Imperial Stout blend, which is different than what went to Armsby. On tap at Sierra. Pours our a reddish brown deep hue, white head. Aromas are deeply malty, some sour notes, dancing acidity, lighter fruits berry-like. Palate is very strange, quite acidic and bitter up front through the mid, and an almost astringent finish. I didnít get any sour notes, it was lighter on the palate than what I thought considering the two blended beers. Not bad, but not very sour. Iím not sure what the name of this beer was other than the sour ale, and that they made 3 versions.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Imaena (1817) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2013
Draught at Julians i Providence. This was a complex beer that was more sour than I anticipated. Still an interesting drink.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Had this during the Backwoods Brewdown up at Hill Farmstead. Pours a hazy ruby orange with a medium sized white head. Aromas of wood, bugs, tart berry and fuzzy cherry notes. Medium bodied, fruity and funky, light acid. Tart but smooth, caramel and toffee and some lacto on the end. Surprisingly good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4473) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Tap at BBD10. Pours a reddish amber with a small bubbly white head. Aroma of wild yeast, woody, bretty, some green apple and sweet malts. Flavor the sourness was a liitle less, malt sweetness a little too up front. Still solid.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (5312) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2010
[BBD 10] Red amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, wood, wild yeast, leather, bacteria, green apple, and caramel malts. Taste of wood, some apple, light sweetness, wood, and a lightly sour finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CamdenD (1092) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 20, 2010
Real nice sour ale actually. Didnít know this was a collaboration, but itís a strong addition to the BBC lineup. Good sour notes and clever sweetness allows good drinkability. Friend of mine totally unaware of sour ales enjoyed it too. Consider this a gateway sour. And a good one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Several samples at Julioís 8th annual. This is the Berkshire ale open fermented then blended with the Berkshire stout. Pours a reddish color with a small off white head. Nose is somewhat fruity, with some light funk notes. Palate is medium, with a nice foaminess to it. Flavor is funky with yeast notes and some light roast from the stout, flavors mesh well to give an overall good impression representing both styles as well as the funk.


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