Ostomo517 (73) - Norton Shores, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Limited run can. Pours deep black. Nose is coffee and granny smith apples. Taste is immidiate coffee followed by sour cherries and chocolate and hoppy bitterness, chocolate, hay, barnyard. The soir character is perfect. Amazingly played Brewery Vivant!
AirForceHops (4352) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 23, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
16 oz can thanks to Willrunforbeer. Dark brown color, fast dying head. Aroma starts with a good amount of roasty hints, mild Berry type hint and light smoke.
Flavor is an odd mix of smoke, with a sour grain base. Lacto bacteria type notes. Yeah, I guess the 90 plus degree fermentation really did some off the wall stuff to this brew. Personally I really don’t enjoy this brewery yeast strain. Just my taste, hard for me to enjoy this. I got to go against the grain here... Just not good at all.
WillRunForBeer (1327) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16oz can. pours coca cola black with a beige head. Aroma is burnt, roasty, a hint of cherry. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, sour cherry. I’m not sure why they thought that fermenting this at 90 degrees was a good idea.
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap, dark reddish black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, cherry, raspberry, some nice lemony tart notes into a bit of roast, some molasses, dried fruit, candied fruit and caramelized sugars. Taste was a mix of molasses, dark fruit, rum soaked raisin into some slight woody, earthy notes into a bit of tart cherry, some berry, finishing slightly sweet, slightly tart. Pretty nice.
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[7021-20150111] 1pt can. Tart roasted dark fruit aroma. Dark brown cola body with a quick foamy tan head. Tart dark fruity plum roast flavour. Medium-full body. Good. (7/3/8/3/15) 3.6
Brigadier (3225) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml can
While a little expensive the description and name made this beer a must purchase. The outcome was nothing short of world class. If you are fortunate enough to run across a can or draft don’t wait. This beer lives up to everything that Michigan beer is capable of.
Aroma / Appearance - A fluid chocolately brown base sweeps into the shaker. Sharp beige head is dense and oily. Bittersweet chocolate and rich malts linger with a sweet dessertlike profile. Velvety smooth, it blossoms over time.
Flavor / Palate - Tangy raspberries, chocolate, and a latent sharp tang burst onto the tongue with a sharp presence. Crisp and bright, it feels a bit like someone soured an imperial stout. If Brewery Vivant were my local I’d have no qualms about drinking it regularly.
MrHangover (3139) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canned, 500ml, thnx to Secret Santa 2014/15. Pours an almost black beer with a small, creamy beige head on top. Aroma is tarty, licorice, chocolate and a faint Bretty funk note. Flavor is moderately sweet and sour, some notes of chocolate in there. Very subtle and fruity and overall good stuff.
williamstome (1320) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown pour. Minimal, sweet aroma. Flavor is big fruit, booze, chocolate, berries, raisins, and stone fruits.
wchesser (1429) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from flandersned-thanks, Steve! Dark black with transparent clear ring, dark coffee crema head that fades quickly. Nose of dark burnt malts, sour dried. Dark and burnt malts, with good carbonation and sour red fruit. One of the better dark sours I’ve had.
Patrickctenchi (4722) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, with a small, creamy, dark tan head.
Smoke, chocolate, molasses aroma.
Black cherry, chocolate, flavour.
Thick, rich, sweet,...very fruity...
TheBear11D (361) - Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz can poured into Trappist glass.
Tart Side of the Moon pours a very dark purple to black with a pretty thin bubbly dark brown head that lasts just a little while. The aroma is molasses and dark fruit with a bit of chocolate. The flavor is molasses, dark fruit, chocolate, bread and licorice. Overall this is a pretty good brew.