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Craftsman El Prieto Sour Black Ale
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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Sour Beer.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 1, 2008
On tap at Stone. Dark brown with no head. Sour apple, cherry, and oak aroma. Sweet and sour cherry and lemon taste with a dry oaky finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Tap @ Father’s Office in Culver City. A beer I have not had an equal for. First half of aroma is sour - underripe fruit, harsh grain; then suddenly this is taken hostage by a darker carameled whiskey flavor like a barrel-aged barley wine. The same two-faced character appears in the flavor: step one is a nice dark sour flavor seemingly based on bing cherries; step two is a thick, dark aged quality where all fruit is cast aside and there is only wood, malt, and time. Misses a 10 on flavor because the flavor has two distinct parts: marrying these two heads would be genius. Misses overall points because I don’t know if I have the gumption to drink such a creation again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Tasted on tap at the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival 12/5/2008. This sour ale pours a medium black amber color from the tap. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruit and sweet, with a touch of tartness and vinous sourness. A medium bodied sour ale. The malts are fruity and sweet with a touch of funk. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Sourness is kind of subdued but it hangs around a long time. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3175) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Sampled on draft at the Provisions store. It pours dark brown with ruby tinged highlights and an off white head. The aroma is sour black cherries with hints of cocoa and funk. The flavor has black cherry with some lactic, lemony sour pucker and nice graham cracker and cocoa malt quality. Mildly toasty, bretty finish. I really enjoyed this one a lot. I’d get this again any time I see it on draft, which unfortunately for me will not be often enough.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Tasted at the brewery. Thanks again to Mark’s for his hospitality. Black (it’s a derivative brew from their baltic porter). It a very nice tasting brew with a grapey-sour finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8852) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2008
On tap at the 2008 Strong Ale Festival. Poured a dark brown color with a reddish tint and a very small sized off white head. Aromas of lots of roastiness, dark fruits, cherries, and black berries. Tastes of grapes, dark fruits, somewhat vinous, and cherries. Light to medium sour finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Tom beat me to it, at my new stomping ground. Tulip at Pizza Port OB. Looks brown/black with garnet edges and a small light beige head, solis thick beige ring. Flavor has some caramel sweetness and light chocolate, moderate lactic acid with some underlying acetic acid. Flavor is nice and sour--mainly clean lacto--with good roast and chocolate towards the dry finish. No burnt notes. Sourness peaked at 5, bitterness 2. Medium full body, low to moderate carbonation. Quite tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3009) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Draft @ Downtown Johnny Brown’s. Pours translucent black color with tan head. Aromas of sour cherries, oak, toasted malt, and oak. Similar flavors with some bourbon, quite sour. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 21, 2008
10th taster @ Stone Sour Fest 2008. Pours deep brown almost black with a creamy tan head. Caramel and smoked malt with a faint sourness on the nose. On the palate it is both sweet and sour, a nice change of pace.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2008
RBSG: Tap @ The Linkery. Poured a very dark brown color with a beige head. Great tart aroma with earthy caramel notes. The flavor is tart and acidic. Caramel malt flavors with leather and mild earthy notes. It was nice and sour and refreshing. Very drinkable and tasty.


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