Strykzone (4405) - 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.
Pailhead (4381) - 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 haven’t been a fan of sour stouts or porters in the past, but this is very tasty.
alexsdad06 (4371) - 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.
b3shine (4236) - 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.
markwise (4177) - 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.
nimbleprop (4163) - 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.
nuplastikk (4093) - 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.
Sledutah (4071) - 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
radagast83 (4049) - 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.
JohnnyJ (4048) - 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.