hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2013
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… RBWG 2013… Pours muddy and light brown with a small, wispy, off-white head that dissipates faster than you can say “quick.” Smells chocolaty and nutty, but also wafts an inappropriate chili pepper component. Light to medium-bodied with a thin mouthfeel and lazy carbonation. Odd flavor – bretty & yeasty with light mocha and a tart aspect that screams “INFECTION!” Fortunately, it’s a clean acidity instead of funky, foul or overly offensive. Finishes crisp and tangy. Not at all what a stout is supposed to be. Normally, I don’t care whether a beer is brewed to style, but this is really a low-quality brew. Ah well, I guess my CIB cherry has been popped. Where’s White Birch when you need them?
djd07 (5885) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2015
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle on RBWG bus. Pours a murky brown with small beige head. The aroma is herbs, metal, and roast. Thin mouth with weird off flavors, infected?
M82 (393) - Kansas, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black to mahogany body sits beneath a tall, frothy, lightly fizzing, med-light khaki head, which creates light lacing, and settles to a thin ring
This is a tale of two very different styles realizing they actually have a lot in common, interesting aromas and flavors with leather, weathered barn wood, red fruit, mellow creamy lactic notes, and mild green and yellow sourness merging wild yeast character into a coffee stout with brown notes of chocolate, woody coffee, dark fruit, and oat creaminess on a smooth, medium body with medium carbonation leading to tart red fruit dominant residuals with accents of the other previously mentioned components
An interest in wild ales is a must heading into this one as CIB brews everything with wild yeast and/or bacteria, I wasn’t quite sure what I would taste based on the description, but they pulled this off, and I’m surprised at the very low scores, I’ll get this one again
1pt 9.36oz capped bomber, bottle number 516, served at 45º into 14.7oz Zwiesel Cognac snifter
OldMrCrow (2135) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Earlier this year I asked Chris to bring back my Iowa tick, and he came through in true style with this bottle that we shared at a tasting. Glowing brown appearance, sweet tart aroma and similar sweet tart flavors, hints of mosquito repellant and, as others pointed out, tomato puree. Oatmeal cookie. No hint of the coffee. Overall, it’s almost drinkable and I’m almost disappointed. It’s not nearly as bad as I had hoped and expected.
luttonm (2909) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at a Seattle tasting. Sour breakfast ale, rich brown, small head. Strange beer, obviously. Fruity sweet aroma, tart body, skunky dusty chocolate. licorice. Not as bad as we would have thought. Style is kind of insane, so hard to judge it against that. Odd beer.
mcberko (9199) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
750mL bottle, pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma brings out notes of smoke, leather, coffee, and sour notes - not cohesive at all. Flavour is quite terrible, but not a disaster somehow, with notes of coffee, wild yeast, sour notes, and vomit. Man, this is bad, but certainly not quite as bad as the overall rating suggests.
dicemanstl (21) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Amazing. Drinks like Jesus juice. This is a total desert island beer, seek this out.
kbudd19 (857) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle shared by Ferris, not sure if I can thank you for this one buddy! Aroma..WTF coffee, and an Easton aluminium stick that Getzkey used when he played for the Kings. Taste is sour up front which isn’t bad, but the aftertaste is like chewing a peace of juicy fruit with the foil still on. Not very good.
pintbypint (2882) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
From a 750ml green bottle, yellow wax. Pretty sure the label said "Breakfast Ale", not stout. Deep brown pour, noisy beige head on top that dies quickly. Smells like a cheap brown ale, metallic notes, caramel. Taste is lemony and metallic, come chocolate malt and cola notes. The aftertaste is like sucking on a penny. Why the fuck would someone brew this.
Ferris (7551) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2014 Bottle - Briny, metallic and soured malts. Deep brown with a bubbly beige head. Not great, but not as horrible as expected. Soured malts and briny.
jtclockwork (10624) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2014 Bottle at weekly tasting. Requested by Nick. Pours brown tan head. Nose/taste of sour coffee, sour coffee grounds. Not much else. Some cocoa. Lighter medium body. Not as awful as the ratings but certainly not good.