phaleslu (5701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by DrSilverworm- thanks again, Chris! Pours a clear berry gold color with a few bubbles around the edge. Aroma of vanilla, sweet malts, raspberries, funk, leather, yogurt, and cheesecake. The flavor is the same, but with more berries and more balanced sweetness. Medium-bodied, with moderate to medium carbonation and a sweet, mildly tart mouthfeel. Good sweet and sour ale.
DrSilverworm (4723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7oz bottle. Mostly hazy red orange color. Thin off-white head, light bubbly head, a couple bits of lace. Despite the minimal head, a solid looking color and appearance. Good raspeberry aroma, some cheese cake like aroma, maybe light butter ( a lot of discussion about that at our tasting ). Smooth, creamy carbonation, more dry finish. Bigger body.. Very smooth. Good creamy raspberry aroma, nice light woody taste. Moderate tart taste, good sweet. Amazingly, these Dark Horse 4Elf beers have been way tastier to me than the rates indicate. I was actually afraid to open them from the current rates, but this tastes awesome. Really enjoyed it.
Chudwick (1706) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle thanks to DrSilverworm - berry nose with strong carbonation. Tart.
alliance100 (321) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at 4 Elf Party 2013 - pours a transparent ruby red . Lots of barnyard funk with fresh raspberries. Fairly sour fresh raspberry flavor, not overwhelming. Very refreshing.
drsordr (832) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster at FoBAB 2013. Copper red. Nose funk, sour, and light rasberry. Taste funk and sour. Thankfully raspberry calmed by the sour. Tart finish.
HonkeyBra (3060) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at FoBAB2013. Pours a rich hazed red color with a small offwhite head. Aroma of raspberry, mild lemon, lactic acid. Some yogurt and oak, mild funk and slight barnyard notes. Flavor is tart, with strong raspberry and funk notes up front. Heads to a fairly lactic sour note. Quite sour, actually. Lively carbonation, somewhat medium bodied. Finishes sour. Nice.
tectactoe (1038) - Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2013 Tap: muddled, muddy looking crimson-red body light a fresh pressed raspberry skin bloodbath. No head at all - not even a film or collar. Aroma is gushing raspberry juice, jam, & preserves; mostly sweet with a tartness that crescendos with each sniff. Slight musky, oak-y funk... not on par with the Belgians, but thatís okay. The freshness of the fruit is impressive. Taste has a nice sour bite up front; fresh, lightly sour raspberry juice that fades into a subtle sweetness. Grape skin, almost vinous, with a lightly tart & sweet raspberry jam finish. Would have liked more oak/funk like a true Belgian lambic, but this is still a damn good raspberry "fruit" beer. Solid tartness & great fruit flavor.
b3shine (4188) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to taster at FoBAB. Looks good; a mostly transparent light raspberry (reddish orange) with thin white lacing. Smells and tastes solid; tart and wild with notes of raspberry. Nice on the palate. Enjoyable; definitely the best sour Iíve had from Dark Horse thus far.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at FoBAB 2013 (Chicago, IL). Pours a deeper hazed reddish orange hue, decent haziness, some floaties and loose offwhite head dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are pulpy raspberry, oranges and lactic acidity. Some firmer yogurt, more fruit and gentle oak. Initial is smaller body, quite crushable with a big lactic element up front. Spritzy lemony life, yogurt, and lemon rind, juice. Touches of oak, funk, straw. Gentle pulpy raspberry, straw, and some oranges grow, a touch sweeter but still nice citric acidity. Backend is still potently sour, raspberry and bgig lkemony lactic presence. Doesnít cross over into the harsh realm, quite approachable. A bit grainy but some nice stuff. Pleasantly surprised and highly likely this is the best Dark Horse sour beer Iíve had.
Beerman6686 (3727) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, I am really suprised by this one. Poured a hazy pinkish yellow color with a wite head. Aroma was loads of fresh raspberries, mild funk and lemon juice too. Falvor was very fresh raspberries again, tart, and seedy and earthy too, light cheese and llactic finish. Great stuff all around.