iowaherkeye (2700) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL no date from Monument. Hazy auburn with a 1/2 finger off-white head. Fake blackberries in the aroma with some light soap, hints of wheat. Flavor continues with a dry finish, acidity @ a 3. Mod carb with light carb. Speed rating, and not that good!
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle courtesy of illidurit. Opaque red-brown with a light brown, almost pink tinted head. The aroma caught me off guard because of the blast of milk chocolate. Pretty oaky with the chocolate and a rich blackberry quality as well. The flavor has some chocolate and is lightly sour with lots of berry. Very effervescent with a lighter body. While the aroma was bursting with chocolate, the flavor was more dry and tart. Pretty cool.
illidurit (2245) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours the color of blackberry preserves, with a little dark caramel color in the highlights. Lasting ring of pinkish ecru head. Aroma is very oaky with sweet milk chocolate notes and unripe berries. Flavor is blackberry seeds with raspberry cordial sweetness. Solid tartness but not sour by any means. Obvious oak influence. A little too bubbly at first but it settles down. Finish is pleasantly dry. Way better than the Kriek.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Hamilton’s Tavern. Pours deep brown with a purple-ish hue. Head was about 1/4 inch thick and was off white/ pink in color. Nose of fresh black berries and other dark fruits. Aroma was slightly tart with hints of oak and vinegar as well. Flavor was sweet and sour. Pretty much what I expected from Cascade, good, not great.
KimJohansen (10403) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy brown with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with caramel and roasted malt and plums. Flavour was sourish with soru plums, cherries, vinegar, leather, wood and lacto notes. Finished sour.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Blackberry Ale was an intriguing hazy purple with hues of black and deep rose depending on how the light graced her surface. A puffy lavender ringlet corrals roaming puddles of foam while an onslaught of tart, unripe berries storm my nose. Black berries, boysenberries, blueberries harvested long before their prime speaks of crisp acidic skins and tart berry juices. A softer background of wood and warm baked pie crust brings me into a topping of vanilla and soft cream. Wow. Ok, maybe I have a sour-tooth, but that is one mouth-watering aroma. Wait not, though I certainly want, and my first quaff is as lip-puckering sour as I was hoping it would be. Clean with the perfect weight, crunchy sour berries electrify my tastebuds while wood, pie crust, and vanilla hang out further in her finish. She obviously wants to grab my attention first, and then offer soothing reassurance in end, and I am perfectly fine with that. As my palate slowly dries under her tart sour berry assault, I am able to pick my berries of choice within her brew; blackberries, boysenberries, and a pleasant addition of raspberries. As I make sure to lick the last drop from my glass, I can think of about a couple dozen different desserts I would love to pair her with.
There are many fences to tear down or crawl over in the wide world of beer, and sour ales are certainly one of the tallest for any beer aficionado, new or seasoned. But once one catches the sour bug, there is no going back, and that siren’s song of bracingly dry, tart, and sour will call for you where you are. Do as I do and don’t fight it. Instead, embrace the sour and watch as yet another limitless field of beery possibilities opens up before you.
JK (5135) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very much like the cherry. Dark red. Dry aroma with berry and yeast. Some berry in the flavor, more yeast, and moderately sour.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at SWB’s Sour Fest along with 15 others. Gorgeous deep fuchsia with a fluffy rose head. Predominate berry aroma, including strawberry, raspberry, current and of course blackberry. The taste is not quite as prevalent as the aroma, but definitely of blackberry. Not overwhelmingly sour. Slight grassiness.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brouwer’s for Sour Fest. Purple reddish color with lots of lacing and fluffy head. The aroma seems to have a slight raspberry tilt but is dominated by blackberries. The taste is not as fruit sweet as I would thought, pure sour. Gripping but smooth palate.
BillKismet (3562) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was titled "Nightfall Blackberry" at The Dray in Seattle. Beautiful red aled with a cream soda cream head. Tart blackberry aroma with earthy, farmhousy, sour brown notes. Fruity flavor, though difficult to pry away and discern any blackberry. Sour, citric, salty, tart, bretty, with woody sour brown notes. Earthy, with a prick of uric on the finish. Patently well-crafted, but not much an appreciator of the style.