DrSilverworm (4109) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, thanks to FlandersNed. Sticker on the cap indicates "2010". Shared with local raters. Mostly hazy dark brown / red color. Thin khaki head. Couple loose dots of lace. Smooth, lightly soft lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Good vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit aroma. Moderate sweet, and tart taste. Some chocolate aroma. Awesome, big bourbon barrel sour ale, very well-done. Hint of coffee, tannins. Awesome stuff. Alcohol very well-hidden.
markwise (4098) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to HonusWagner for sharing this one at IBrew2or3’s going away. Pours cola brown with a tan head. Nose is chocolate, spice, sour cherries, lactic sourness, vinegar, bourbon, and a nice tart dark bite. Flavor is similar. This beer has amazing complexity. As HonusWagner said, there are several things going on here, and each aspect of this beer is clearly defined. It has the chocolate elements of a porter, it has the bourbon of a barrel-aged beer, and it has the sour/ lactic quality of a tart sour. There is so much complexity stemming from the bending of all of these styles into one. The result is an enjoyable, smooth mouthfeel and a veritable plethora of flavors that must be sipped and pondered.
boFNjackson (3921) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2009 Tap @ AnniBrew 2 Barrel Aged Beer Festival... Poured dark brown with a tan head. Sour, sugary aroma. Flavors of tangy plums and grape-like wine characters. A little tart, but not overly puckering. A fruity, rind bitterness in the finish ending with a roasted, malt sweetness.
nimbleprop (3920) - 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.
JohnnyJ (3910) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at stone sour fest 2010. Dark brown pour, small off-white head. Dark fruit, very sour and tart, funk, berries, rich sweetness, dark malts, and cherry. This is excellent, one of the better ones.
alexsdad06 (3862) - Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared by DrSilverworm. Pours a cloudy dark amber with very little head. The aroma and flavor have a nice tart dark fruit, caramel, wood, vanilla, some spices, wood, very enjoyable. Smooth and the flavors work well together.
nuplastikk (3839) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2013 750ml bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar. Really nice merge between a sour and a big bourbon beer. Sweet huge brown ale, but completely balanced by the sour tones. Dark orange brown body. The sour starts to eat away at other flavors Excellent beer.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. thanks to kan. pours dark brown with off white head. nose of raisin, vanilla, nail polish, and vinegar. flavors of sweet dates, vinegar, hints of bourbon.
radagast83 (3798) - 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.
emacgee (3749) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally popped this ’09. Has held up nicely. Clean rich garnet brown with a thin fizzy tan head. Big nose, dark fruits and some alcohol show with a noticeable acidity and touch of spice. A lot going on in the flavor, booze shows and the acidity is upfront with rich dark fruit tones on the finish. Medium bodied and warm on the way down