KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. First reviewed 3/11/2011. 2007 750mL bottle served in a pint glass.
My pour looks like blackberry jelly in the glass, that unique blackberry color with a brown tint and a beige foam head.
The aroma is full of blackberries, with light tart acidic notes, and a little bit of vinegar.
The malt backbone has all but disappeared, leaving a lot of fruit in its place. The blackberries impart a pleasantly sour flavor with some nice dry oak and acidic tannins.
The body is definitely on the lighter side of medium. Fully carbonated, this beer starts off crisp, eventually smoothing out with the oaky finish.
I thoroughly enjoyed this; not crazy or overwhelming, but the beer is made to simply let the goodness of the blackberries shine through.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for grabbing this bottle for the Cascade tasting. Served in a Cascade Barrel House goblet.
Pours a somewhat-cloudy and murky amber-ruby color with a short off-white head and not much in the way of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some muted blackberry plus a light bit of lactic sourness. Base malt is present and is reminiscent of a Flanders sour beer.
The flavor is also Flanders-esque and has a good bit of acidity. Slightly chewy with some fruit and oxidation notes in the background. Medium body with low carbonation and a slight chewiness. Altogether not a bad beer, though it has not held up all that well.
jrallen34 (3498) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle... dark purple with a bit brown to it, a big light tan head, a bit of purple tint, good retention... it smells like a fresh, blackberry thick and sticky not sweet, a bit tart... the taste is a bit too light, wish there was more flavor there, not very tart but a new fruit sensation... try this
madmitch76 (18948) - , 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 (13755) - 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 (1380) - 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 (1732) - 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 (10346) - 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 (23131) - 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 (97) - 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