pineypower (2523) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to Miver for sharing this bottle at RBSG. Pours out a slightly reddish hued dark brown color with a small head. Aroma is of some light tartness, cherry, and chocolate. Taste is very complex and well balanced. Tart/sweet cherries, chocolate, sour notes, funk. Lots going on in here. This was pretty impressive.
GT2 (8509) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL at RBSG 2011 in Philly. The pour is a very deep ruby looking black in the glass with a red, Martian head arising. Looks like black cherry stout. Fizzy retention. Nose is blueberry and fruit acidity along with some spicy impeding acetic character. Body has tart raspberry and richer chocolate along with some obvious roast and mild coffee remind you this is a stout. Big berry skins and tannic skins add to the mix to give this quite a light body. Softly tart. Riveting carbonation detracts. Very nice.
jtclockwork (8593) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ridiculously awesome bottle share at RBSG. Pours black. Tan head. Nose/taste of tons and tons of black cherries, bitter chocolate, dark cocoa and tannins. Light tartness. Low acidity. Full mouth feel.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sour acetic nose with cherry and chocolate, light roast and light bourbon. The taste is light to moderately sweet, lightly tart, with lots of cherry and coffee, some light vinegar notes. Decent, nothing special.
MrChopin (3347) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
homer alert! Don’t be quick to guzzle, breathing for 5 minutes removes metallic notes in nose. Beautiful pour, dark brown with a cardboard head, not quite as dark as CCB but creamier appearance. Strong roast and a heavy purée notes. Light Brett notes, more roast in flavor, heavy fruit in the finish. Chalky finish, dark chocolate at the back. Reminds of madrugada obscura with more integration and more of a body. Compared to the balance-striking sourness of P4 right before this one, BCB is very balanced, and the low acidity allows roast elements to emerge, heavy smoked malt comes through softly. A true sour stout, very soft, the fruit pith in the finish is remarkably delicate despite hints of oxidation.
pantanap (3365) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Thanks to Sean (not the Chicago one)... Pours a dark stouty black pour with lesser intense edges with more of a lighter cherry cola extremity... Aroma of roastedness and chocolate qualities with red wine berry qualities to it. Sour to a moderate degree... Flavors are semi-roast and dark cocoa with an even dispersement of smoked malt, a fair bit of meatiness, and red wine fruitiness. Woodiness comes into play. Nice moderate body verall. Good drinkability and very much well worth the wait. Not always the biggest fan of sour stouts but this has livened up to expectations. Really enjoyed how the smoked malts came through late as the brew warms to room temperature.
Pailhead (4897) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of mibirder
Bottle: The aroma is smokey tart cherries, choxolate, and a touch of roast. It pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that quickly becomes a ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with modwrate-steong sour cherries with a touch of chocolate. It finishes roasty with a touch of coffee. Medium bodied with lively (on the edge of prickly) carbonation. Overall I’ve never been a huge fan of roasty and sour.
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is very dark brown, nearly black with a nice brown head.
S: Plenty of cherries and a mild vinegar note, but good sourness all around. There is also a good chocolate character that you don’t often find in these types of beers.
T: The cherries have a nice sweet and sour note to them which balances nicely with the chocolate and roasted flavors of the beer underneath. The flavor is surprisingly vinous in the sense that it is comparable to a big red wine.
M: The mouthfeel is really one of the more impressive aspects of this beer. A full, creamy, rich body that you don’t expect from a sour beer.
D: This beer actually lives up to the talk. A very nice beer that I am pleased to have been able to try.
daknole (9225) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another crazy rare beer at Diegos. Black pour, brown head. Really a cool beer. Aromas are very tart black cherries, very bitter chocolate, some molasses and light vanilla tones. Flavor is much the same. Sour black cherries, prunes, molasses, raisins, bitter chocolate. Coats the mouth wonderfully. What a great brew.
Glouglouburp (6075) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2012 In short: An intense, very sharp, very dry, roasted ale with a ton of cherries
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when over 1 year of age. A bottle sitting in the back of my cellar, left behind by kmweaver. Thank-you so much Ken.
The look: Cloudy dark brown-ruby topped y a medium beige head
In long: Nose is a bit barnyard with a lot of black cherries. The taste is an explosive mix of three main elements. First there is the black cherries (d’uh), and lots of them, with a mouth puckering tannic cherry skin character. Second are the highly roasted malts. My girlfriend though it was so roasted it brought out a coffee flavor. I wouldn’t go that far but this surely is the most roasted fruit beer I’ve ever had. And third is the wild yeast that ties everything together. The beer is very sharp, acidic, a little sour, and very very dry, almost too dry. Some caramel just It took me one hour to drink my bottle and I was thirsty (as usual). This is a very intense one-of-a-kind beer. Carbonation is a bit too aggressive and it kills some of the flavors and brings down this fabulous creation to only “only excellent”. Also, this to me is much more, much much more a fruit beer than it is a sour ale. Whatever it is, it is excellent. I gave the keys to my apartment for a few days to kmweaver and when I got back home I found this bottle sitting on my kitchen counter. Ratebeer can really bring out the best out of people. As for me I am very very good at bringing the best from my local police, fire, and sanitation departments.