5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle:   Has this sweet chocolate cherry covered Bourbon sorta sourness going on.   Sweet and tart, with that chocolate covered cherry aspect.   Instead of Rum we get Bourbon.   Great balance, smooth, a little dry.   When I thought Sour Porter, give me a break, but it actually works.   Its more Sour than Porter, which is why it works.   Showcases the chocolate covered cherry aspects pretty well.   Smooth, tart, yet with that chocolate covered cherry and bourbon.   Doesn’t hurt that its 12.1% either.   I am rather impressed with this one, and it exceeded my expectations.   It really is like a soured dark chocolate covered cherry aged in Bourbon.   Wonderful stuff!
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle mail ordered from the brewery. Pours a very dark blackish brown hue, near opaque overall, some brownish edges with a big tan cakey head that dies to a moderate size, laces small. Aromas area nice dose of roasted malts and coffee, followed up by lactic acid and wet oak, bigger red wine tannins and flourishes of Bourbon spirit, grapes and sour lemons and plums, cherries. Roast throws some nice notes, light vanilla spice and faint cinnamon really makes it welcoming, complex. I get more red wine and then the vanilla really starts to assert itself as it warms a bit more. Initial is doses of vanilla and red wine, sour lactic acid, sour red cherries and grapes, some lingering roast sticks through, touches of more wet oak and bourbon spirit. Touches of cinnamon, red wine tannins grow a bit more as it warms. Some more sourness, as it swoops into vanilla and a dryness in the finish. Certainly, a very interesting and complex beer. The sourness and oak, lactic acid and moderate to lighter sour is compelling, the vanilla gets a bit cloying on the backend, covers up lingering roast a bit more than I’d like. But the oak and sourness really are nice, a more feeling red wine, but Bourbon definitely creeps in. This is a complex beer, fruity and sour, good oak presence, roast and spices of vanilla and slight cinnamon play well, but in my opinion muddle the roast/sour synergy. Very nice beer
nimbleprop (6338) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Curtis, the brewer, was kind enough to allow me to sampled this on tap from the keg room at the brewery. This beer is completely legit. Pours an opaque, deep brown with a very frothy off white head. The nose is really good, sour mash, lactic acid, big vanilla, whiskey, brown sugar, licorice, chocolate, dried fruits. Flavor was just as good, starts with a lactic tartness which is rounded out by a mellow sweetness, oak, vanilla beans, light Belgian chocolate, some light spice. Full bodied, roasty, tart finish. So happy I had a chance to try this, it’s very exceptional.
Sledutah (6248) - Utah, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Barrel House
Dark brown with a small beige and good lacing. Aroma is woody, chocolate and vanilla. Flavors of bourbon, woody, vanilla and chocolate
Nice and tasty
czar (6203) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks dude. pours unclear brown-reddish with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. cacao and cherries, roasted spicy chocolate, unmistakable bourbon - loads of it, even tannic, grass, pepper, other spices. surprisingly not too boozy with a moderate sweetness. light to medium acidity - few balsamic notes and an overall nice acidity complexity. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily, grassy-spicy astringent finish. just a tad roastiness missing for it to taste more like a porter in my sense, but eh, it’s a quite nice offering!
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: An over-the-top sweet, sour, boozy, oaky dark sour ale. Acceptable sipper
How: Bottle 750ml shared at RBSG 2011 grand tasting
The look: Cloudy dark burgundy body topped by a medium beige head
In long: The strange intense nose is full of barrels, funky oak and sour fruits. Taste has a lot of oak barrels is, tart cherries wrapped in chocolate, lots and lots of tannins, plenty of sugars, too much booze. Low carbonation. This in an intense beer that is pushing the envelop in too many directions, very sour, very sweet, very tannic, very boozy. Not a bad sipper at all, but as a Cascade sour this is a bit of a letdown. I wish I could suffer from bubonic plague instead of alcoholism, or any other disease you don’t get yelled at for having.
radagast83 (6101) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle provided by CaptainCougar. Thanks! Poured a really nice brown color with a tiny tan head. Aroma was sour notes, a touch of vanilla. Flavor was vanilla oak, with some bourbon and a touch of sour notes to it. A nice melding between a sour and a bourbon barrel aged ale.
Mora2000 (6097) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with tan head. The aroma has a lot of tart dark fruit and a bit of funk. The flavor is a lot more complex. I get a lot of chocolate and tart dark fruit notes, as well as some roasted malt and vanilla. As the beer warms I start to get a lot more bourbon and oak notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great sour.
Braudog (6066) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, caged and corked. One word: STRONG. Dark, unappealingly muddy and brown. Drinks with a over-the-top sugary sweetness, woody, more sugar and a hint of whiskey burn. Did I mention it’s strong? (#5748, 9/21/2014)
Pailhead (6015) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Secret Santa December 2010
Bottle: The aroma consists of sour fruits, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, and a touch of roast. It pours a dark brown that is more of a orangish-brown with some transparency when held to the light and has a small beige head that fades to a moderate ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate and lightly sweet fruit. It quickly turns sour in the finish and mixes with some vanilla, bourbon, and just a touch of roast. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Medium bodied with lively carbonation that does come across a tad prickly at times, but mellows with some time in the glass. I haven’t been a fan of sour stouts or porters in the past, but this is very tasty.