b3shine (5121) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by DrSilverworm). Looks good; a cloudy dark brown with beige lacing. Smells solid; tart with notes of cherry, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and spices. Tastes like it smells with a nice mouthfeel. Good beer.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Shared by Max. Pours a hazed deep amber woody brown with a thin head. Aroma is tannic- woody, earthy bourbon barrel- hints of oaky vanilla, toast, wild brett, light lacto and bacteria- sour notes, wine-like, and grapeskin with slight burnt roasty hints. Flavor is light ashy chocolate, then wine-like acidity and woody barrel- bourbon is noticed but subtle mixed in with the sourness and malts- dusty earthy and good grapey tannic and acidic finish. Good stuff. Wouldnít think this would work but it did.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Served in a snifter.
Pours a somewhat-dark brown color with a bit of a crimson hue. Slight retention as well as a nice cap as it settles down. The nose brings forward a sourness as well as some funk and oak. Strong lactic character. A bit of bourbon. The flavor is quite strong with some bourbon, booze, and a bit of a sour character. The flavor and feel have a bit of a strange astringency plus quite a bit of booze. Very odd indeed. I did not like this nearly as much as the Vlad. Probably my least favorite Cascade beer to date.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-20-2010
Strykzone (4781) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. From Shep. Dark brown with some red. A tan ring. Sour funk dominates the nose but bourbon is noted. Fruit, too. The flavor has all kinds of stuff going on. Bourbon. Fruit,msour funk, wood, interesting, unique, and good.
notalush (4748) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF 2010 - I liked this well enough, but didnít love it like others did - a lot of damp wood - very mellow acidity - the porter character was evident, adding some chocolate and roasty character that works better with the moderate wildness than you would expect - quite a bit of cherry - char, vanilla and moderate bourbon - interesting.
Pailhead (4572) - Brownstown, 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 havenít been a fan of sour stouts or porters in the past, but this is very tasty.
nimbleprop (4531) - 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, itís very exceptional.
markwise (4424) - 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 IBrew2or3ís 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.
radagast83 (4409) - 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.
tderoeck (4371) - 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.