tectactoe (2931) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2014 Tap: Pretty dark brown, basically black, pouring with almost no head; barely even a thin, tan collar around the edges. Aroma is pretty roasty with a strong dark fruit presence. Thereís a light, appreciable tartness but nothing that smells "sour" or vinegar-y like others describe. Plums, roast, light cocoa. Not much of a barrel presence, either. Taste has a touch of syrupy tartness, something like plums or dates (general dark fruitiness) but again, doesnít reach "sour" levels before the roast, chocolate, & dark malts take over. Slightly tannic finish, lightly astringent - perhaps the only hint of a barrel in here. Some strange soy sauce notes in the finish. Light anise. plum, & roasted malt aftertaste coating. Not bad, but perhaps Iím being too hard on it, based on how much I love the non-sour version.
Bottle: Thanks, Travis. Holy shit. Iím almost convinced that what I had on tap was not the same beer. Because out of the bottle, this shit is pretty horrible. Overly sour, lacto & acetone notes, roast, soy sauce, tart plums, ash... Nasty, very hard to finish. I donít normally adjust scores downwards, but this is too terrible not to account for, & I seriously think the tap version was something different. Or at least "not as soured" because this was borderline putrid.
Tmoney99 (11550) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap sample at MBGSF 2013. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. moderate to heavy roasted malt, chocolate and sour dark fruit aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Good complex roasted sour & sweet flavor with a medium to heavy roasted sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. Good complex standout brew.
flatmatt (1207) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at MBGSF 2013 as Aigre Sour Plead the Fifth. Pours a very dark brown with a brown head. Sour soy and dark malt aromas. Flavor again somewhat sour, soy and dark cocoa. Quite good.
TheShepherds (54) - chapel hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good beer. Little aftertaste. Nice rich flavor. Great color and palate. Aroma...not great but smelled worse. Very nice imperial but thereís better for the price.
Mittenator (1511) - Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at 2013 MBG Winter Beer Festival. Really neat version of plead the fifth. The sourness compliments all the chocolate and malt. Very well balanced. Almost has a raspberry tartness to it.
jstraw (1942) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with no head (barrel-aged) / Rich nose of coffee, molasses, chocolate, and sour dark fruit / Medium body, no carbonation, a touch thin, modestly sour, some sweetness, with good balance and bitter finish / Sour, subdued flavors of dark roast coffee, licorice, bittersweet chocolate, plum, prune, strawberry, and balsamic vinegar / This being my second DH sour, clearly they havenít mastered the technique as both have been flat; however, positive elements are evident.
madmitch76 (17031) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
25th November 2011
Noted as Aigre Plead The 5th. Opaque black beer, zero head. Smooth palate, semi dry. Smooth dark malt, no roast. Fair bit of bretty sourness with a red berry fruit undertone - strawberry readily identifiable. Finishes semi dry with traces of chocolate and coffee. A sour RIS eh? Very drinkable.
PhillyCraft (3692) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle compliments of Bill with a bunch of heads. Pours uncarbonated brown. Roasty taste, chocolate, aromas were cheese and weird wet wood funk. Maybe some brandy barlet notes, super flat with a light mouth. Not a big fan of this brew.
AGAquino (663) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown, opaque with almost no head at all. Aroma of coffee. Flavours of coffee with sour notes, some oak and roasted malts. Almost no carbonation. Interesting beer, courtesy of Liam.
Sammy (9233) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Liamís bottle. An imperial stout at heart, with sourness that is bretty in the finish. Roast aroma. Very undercarbonated, despite a cork that took Shwartzneiger work to remove. Very dark brown without a head.