madmitch76 (16807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
24th June 2009
Cloudy purple - brown beer. Dry palate. Sharp and sour with a very dry finish. Not my favourite style but this is quite drinkable. No lemon acid and a decent amount of blackberry fruit coming through. Quite minerally in the finish.
brokensail (12169) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a murky dark amber color with a short lived pinkish head.
S: Definitely a nice blackberry aroma. There is a moderate level of tartness and a touch of oak. Moderately sweet berries and malt aroma and some chocolate oxidation. Just a hint of vinegar is present.
T: Nice lactic tartness with hints of vinegar. Surprising amounts of blackberry flavor still present. Some dark caramel malts and a noticeable oxidation. Despite that, it still tastes pretty good.
M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.
O: While still good, I prefer the Apricot, which is just one of my favorites.
JoeinDahlem (1350) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dry and tart and full of blackberry fruit. Doesn’t put a foot wrong and might be the perfect aperitif. Very impressive.
cpetrone84 (1581) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A-pours a dark cloudy brown, very murky and dirty with a thick light brown head that has huge retention.
S-the nose has a plethora of black berries, there is little to no sourness to this but something in the back is slightly sharp, either acidity or a tinge of metal.
T-the taste has a hint more complexity but is also a little bit more watery than the nose. there is a fair bit of berry with a decent amount of tartness to it. dark malts are there as well showing notes of chocolate and a touch of raisin. the finish is slightly messy and a little watery with notes of acidity.
M-lighter body with tons of carbonation and very grainy prickly feel. the finish is thin and watery falling off from the body with a hint of driness.
D-this has a fair bit of malt to it and for a fruit sour it seems a little off. the tartness and dry finish seem pretty solid but the flavors are slightly off.
daknole (10007) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish/brown pour with a big beige head. Aroma has mostly a woody vinegar note with light berry presence. Flavor is tart, very carbonated, oaky and finishes with a very slight berry/cherry note. Good, not amazing.
oh6gdx (21545) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (thanks after4ever). Quite much close to black colour, big brown head. Aroma is sour and wooden along with some mild berryish hints. Flavour is berries, sour wooden notes as well as some mild acidicness. Very pleasant sour ale.
mto (96) - helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottled and shared with oh6gdx) brown, almost black colour with long lasting head. blackberry (not phone) on nose, you can smell the sourness. tastes very sour and fruity
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark plum color, plump pink head. Nose is heavy blackberry, light citrus, oaky, and dusty malt, bit of cookie and licorice. Flavor is similar, more malt sweetness and blackberry, thin lagerish body, bit of milky finish.
italarican (1500) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Where the Wild Beers are, courtesy of Jay. Purplish tan pour. Aroma has dark, tart features of blackberry and some oak but is heavy on caramel. Flavor has that toffee/caramel sweetness in the front with a background of sharp lemon and cherry tartness. Funk and caramel in the finish. There’s a touch of artificial sweetness that I don’t like, but overall the sweet-tart balance is very good.
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle that I took to the Where the Wild Beers Are event graciously hosted by Mission Dolores. Pours a tawny brown with a thin beige head. Blackberry, toast, acid and vanilla on the nose. Sweet and sour with some acid through the middle. Supple and smooth, nice long acids.