brokensail (9128) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Bobby’s house, thanks to GT. Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Aroma of balsamic vinegar, black cherry, oak, and cola. A nice bit of chocolate, lemon, and grass. Flavor is tart and acetic. Light cola and caramel sweetness. Plenty of balsamic, cherry, oak, green apple, and lemon. Mild chocolate. Solid.
GT2 (7033) - Riverside, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375mL. Pours a clear, deep cola red/brown. Weaker foam. Okay for oude bruin. Really solid Flemish red nose- stuffed with blackberry, cabernet red wine, cinnamon, steak fat, mild acetic acid flash (okay for this style). Taste is more lime heavy, very citric, as it warms falls more into Flemish red with red wine, minerals, cinnamon, saltwater. Solid!
merc7186 (1469) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Dark Amber/Brownish Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Tart Cherries, Red Plum, Mild Vanilla
T: Tart Cherries, Red Plum, Semi Acidic
M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Sour, Mildly Bitter
Overall, pretty solid sour ale, nice dark fruit tartness.
adamjackson (1750) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Leighton. Enjoyed at 55F in stemware.
A - Pretty dark pour espresso head. Nice lacing
S - Nose is roasted malts and a hint of tootsie roll. Not much sour in the nose. More oak and leather
T - Wow. Very sour. Musty and like a soured porter. Interesting but very sour!
M - Thin and oily mouth feel. nice roasted notes.
O - Not a beer I’d seek out again but pretty drinkable for a sour.
JulienHuxley (2137) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Murky brown pour with browish head. Aroma is really fruity, cinnamon, acetic notes, orange, berries, very rich and interesting. Taste is sour, lots of acetic and citrusy notes, woody, spicy, almost smoky finish. Best dark sour I’ve had I think.
Minderbinder (1287) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with low brown head. Some lacing. Aroma is of fruits, acetic stuff, berries. Taste is of fruits (berries), sour/acetic stuff (a tad too much imo). Palate: Ligth body. Overall: Very good. I would have dig it a little more if it had been a bit more subtil on the sourness.
tom10101 (1819) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (375 ml). 1 + years old. Thanks O’s! Murky dark brown with a small off-white head and little lacing. Aroma is complex and enticing with a lot of fruits, light acetic notes, cinnamon, orange peel, wood, funk notes and light roasted notes. Taste is moderately acetic with a lot of fruits, wood notes, orange/citrus, light funk and light roasted malt. Slightly to moderately dry mouthfeel. Good carbonation. A tad winey. Acetic notes tickle the tongue. By far my favorite dark Sour Ale up to now. Superb balance and good complexity. Very fruit. Superb aroma. Great beer!
brystmar (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opened one this weekend and couldn’t believe how different it’s become after a year of age. Leaving the original (fresh) rating because I liked it better back then.
Black, stouty appearance remains: pitch black liquid produces thick, deep brown head with good retention. Soured yeast + funk in the nose.
First sip shows just how much this has changed in the past year. Was turning highly acetic in the fall/winter, but that’s fallen off quickly in favor of a return to its stout roots. Mild, delicate flavor profile is predominantly oaky; soured yeast feels like it’s been whipped by its SO, if you catch my drift. This is quite good, though I preferred it fresh (or lightly aged).
Original rating from 6/17/2012, when fresh:
Same label as BS Black, though this sports the new yellow CL cap. Nearly black pour, decent lace. Honestly looks like a stout with the frothy tan head. Aroma is sour, funky, and oaky with mildly dark/roasty notes too.
Taste seems to be a slightly roasted blend of CdC and Rosso. Fruity; lots of oak too. Tart with mild sourness & acidity, but plenty of lacto. Works surprisingly well, finishing clean and dry. Another winner from the Captain Lawrence sour program!
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle shared by Ari. Thanks, dude! Pours a rich murky brownish hue, a nice hazy body is darker. Some ruby brownish edges glow a bit well. Frothy offwhite tannish head dies to a ring, laces small. Nice deeper body. Aromas are a touch of acetone, red wine and oak, bigger cherries and touches of balsamic vinegar. A bit thinner, some gentle toast, some acedic qualities. Initial is thinner, red wine and some acetone, bigger cherries and oak. A bit intense, mellow acidity up front tapers off. Middle is a bit more enjoyable, gentle darker toastiness tapers, firmer sourness, cherries. Red wine, oaky tannins and splinter. Some thinness, a touch metallic into the backend and finish. Oaky, the acidity doesn’t stick too much. More tannic, red fruit and cherryskin. Finishes much better, dry and red wine, some tannic qualities, more red wine, oak. Really gets better as it warms and I settle into it. Quality.
deyholla (5385) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Ari, thanks! Pours a hazy dark ruby brown with a gray head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has note so sour cherry and a good amount of oak with light funk and grain. Flavor has sour cherry with a good amount of oak with a hint of funk.