hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
750ml bottle. Poured a dark reddish brown color with a very small sized head. Vinegar and some more vinegar. Tart dark fruits.
levifunk (12) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2013
0.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottle was an extra. Cage is loose, so assuming low/no carb. Required a wine opener to get the cork out. I think there was actually a vacuum instead of pressure...ha.
Smell isnít horrible, but is intense vinegar. a bit of oak.
Ah shit....that was nasty. Not sure when this was bottled or how this was when it was released, but if it was anything close to this, piss off Dark Horse for releasing it. Just so bad. I canít even consider taking another ship. vinegar and vomit.
jmikolich (1292) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750mL shared by RobConoClast from BA, Thanks Rob. This is just a acetic bomb, tons of nail polish remover in the nose and stinging in how bitter it was, I think DH needs to up their sour game before they continue.
jstraw (1837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark mahogany with scant beige head, no legs / Light, sour, acidic nose of dark & orchard fruit, oak, hint of acetone / Light to medium body, mostly flat, good balance otherwise, somewhat hot / Sour, mellow flavors of plum, dark cherry, chocolate, balsamic vinegar, oak / Iíve now tried a number of this series. Varied from awful to average. Sort of seems like an ownerís kidís pet project.
kaser (1755) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not sure about this one. Not a fan of sours. It is drinkable but not enjoyable. Dark reddish pour from bomber at dark lord
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle... Pours dark brown (nearly black) with no head. Looks dead. I wonít lie. Iíve seen what this beer is averaging with beer raters. Not good. I though: Hell, itís probably another Flanders red that most raters donít appreciate due to the misunderstood acetic acid that is nearly synonymous with the style. This is not a Flanders red; just a poorly executed, molasses-heavy (too much black malt) imperial stout. Then they threw some lactobacillus into it and hoped for the best.
polomagnifico (1157) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Chris from Dark Horse. Aroma has notes of sour funk, horse blanket, white fleshed fruits, dark red vino fruits. Interesting aroma. Very dark brown hue with a small off-white head. Flavor is very sweet and sour. Palate is full bodied with a medium finish. Overall the sourness and the stout tones end up conflicting with each other instead of complimenting each other. Interesting and fun to try.
craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Plum colored pour. Very vinous tart vinegar bite with tart cherry, balsamic, unripe plum, vanilla, and peach. Actually pretty all right. Thin and aggressive on the palate, but a decent array of flavors going on.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Deep opaque brown body, thin light beige head. Nose of acetaldehyde/vinegar; sour and leathery with maple, sugars, vinaigrette, and alcohol. Vinegary body, lots of leathery sugars and dark fruits- grape, etc. Not exhibiting much in the way of porter characteristics, this beer is odd and sour and frankly unpleasant.
markwise (4090) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2013
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
750mL bottle courtesy of kind visitors to the Tampa tastings. Pours a hazy brown with a tan head. Nose is acetone, chocolate, and some plummy sugary notes. Flavor follows with smoke, tart plums, and some acetone. Medium in body and a strange fish overall.