Changed (369) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Movin, thanks!!!! Pours dark cheery with off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is sour funkiness. Flavor is a lot funkier than I expected, less sour than expected, and amazingly complex. Oak, wine, cherry? At first i was a little scared, but I started to warm up to this brew as it warmed up. I think I enjoyed the Vlad better, but this beer has more going on with it for sure. I’m just happy to have had the opportunity to try it.
Huhzubendah (2807) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!
A: Dark brown hue, with an eighth inch of head that leaves some good lacing on the glass.
S: Sourness, cherries, booze / alcohol, oak, funk.
T: Ooo...this is different...I like it. A healthy level of complexity exists here in this glass. Intriguing and challenging, with flavors of oak, wine, cherries, bourbon, and funkiness. This daring beer walks a fine line between triumph and failure. I’m a fan.
M: Pretty smooth feel, notwithstanding the massively complex pungent blitzkrieg of funky, fruity booze.
D: While I do prefer Vlad the Imp Aler, I really enjoyed this brew. I love sours, even / especially ones that challenge the palate. This was a really fun experience. I’d happily drink this again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-22-2010
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 Bottle. Thank for sharing, Sam! A sweet, toasty clean acid flavor rises first, but then the bourbon comes in quickly. Loads and load of vanilla, almost a bit too much, but rich and full of pipe tobacco. The middle part of the palate gets too spicy, there’s too much going on, but the bourbon and brown malts really clean out the finish. This worked at the point in the tasting we had it, because of the bold bourbon quality, but it felt akimbo. I don’t think plain clean lactic acid goes well with porters if the acidity is too high and the bourbon was completely overbearing on the whole beer. There are some fun sugars in it, but the overall presentation is too much of being hit over the head with a hammer.
madvike (3045) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by TheAlum at Muckfest III...thanks Adam! - Pours ruby brown with a thin bubbly tan head. Nose is sweet bourbon with some cinammon that comes through the light tartness. Maltier than I expected, until I read the label and realized this was a sour porter. Taste is real sweet, but not cloying, with vanilla and brown sugar, a cherry sourness, and real mild tartness. Smooth and well-carbonated, this beer was pretty restrained for what it is--impressive.
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bursts out of the bottle, a lot going on here. some dark fruit, toasty, vanilla, the sour brown component seems at odds with the bourbon barely trying to break through. the spiciness is nice but, again, doesn’t play nice with the rest of the flavors. Vlad Impaler knocks this one out.
tderoeck (5696) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2012 29/VI/2012 - 75cl bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - 2009 vintage (2012-666) Thanks to BoBoChamp for sharing the bottle!
Little cloudy brown beer, no head. Aroma: very pungent sourness, earthy, tobacco, red wine vinegar, bread dough (yeast), sour cherries, red currants, alcohol, little cheesy, spices, pepper, gingerbread, chillies. MF: no carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet sugary caramel in the start. soft tartness, very fruity, cherries, strawberries, red currants, tannins, lemony acidic. Aftertaste: little sweet, earthy bitterness, tobacco, some alcohol, tart red berries, overripe plums, wine must.
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl, Vintage 2009, at 12.1%Vol, exclusive American brew, with dates, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex sour Porter, roasted/vinous and slightly sweet/alcoholic, not too heavy, very balanced, cloudy, small head, top class!, yet very expensive!
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing!
Pours a dark chocolate brown, almost black color with purplish plum edges and a 1.5 finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of lace left behind.
Slightly spicy, vinous aroma with a decent barrel character along with dark malt, toasted oak, vinous fruit and earthy funk. Hints of vanilla and bourbon followed by grape, dark cherry and plum.
Medium bodied with tight carbonation up front and a tart vinous red wine flavor along with some dry, earthy oak. Good balance of dry toasted oak, dark malt, subtle puckering acidity, vanilla and bourbon. Really complex but a bit too sweet for my liking. Hints of toffee, vanilla, spicy bourbon, oak, chocolate and dark fruit. Really sweet but not boozy with the abv dangerously well masked. Faint vinegar in finish but not overly acetic or solvent like. Pretty good but I that there was more bourbon. There’s a bit too much going, overpowering the bourbon and hurting the overall flavor.
anders37 (18721) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sour funkycaramel aroma. Fruity sour funky tart caramel and bourbon flavor. Has a fruity sour funky bourbon and caramel finish.
jesperhammer (3316) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22-MAR-2012, bottle @Papsø.
Unclear brown with lasting beige head.
Sour nose with roast.
Taste is sour porter with roast and Flemmish-like vinegar notes.
Black IPA meets sour?
Strange beast, but really interesting.