beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at the 5th Annual Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest on 11/13/2010. This Imperial Stout pours a dark black color from the tap. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, tart, funky and sour. A medium bodied Imperial Stout/American Strong Ale. The malts are chocolate, coffee, funky and sour. Did I mention this beer was sour and funky? I mean you might think that beer you had last week was sour and tart, but this beer is sour and tart. There is some of the imperial stout in the background, but lots of tartness and sourness. Excellent beer, not bogus at all. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is tart and sour.
bb (7915) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a tan head. Wine, and malt aropma with some tartness. Big acetic sour flavor with light chocolate, light roast, and light wine. Medium bodied. Acetic/sour lingers with light dark malt and light fruitiness. Itís a beer youíll either love or hate - or sometimes even both.
Ratman197 (12130) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a translucent dark brown nmearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of nail polish remover, fruittiness and light oak. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of nail polish remover, fruittiness and light oak with a crisp tart lingering nail polish remover finish.
nickd717 (3859) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Darkest brown in color with a small tan head that fades to swirls on the beer. The aroma is - WHOA, enormous nail polish remover virtually stripping the lining from your nostrils. Besides that itís very sour and vinegary with slight roasty notes, but damn, thatís some acetone if Iíve ever seen it. The flavor is less appalling. The acetone is still there, and itís very, very acetic and tart, almost like drinking soured red wine vinegar. Thereís also red wine, roast and chocolate in there. The palate is actually pretty nice and smooth, although there is a bit of a strange tingling to it. Medium-full body and soft carbonation. Youíve got to be kidding me with all the high ratings - this is rather off-putting. If you like acetone beers, this is an awesome one, but Iím not a fan.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost black with no head. Balsamic and pitted fruits in the nose with tart vinous fruits as well. Same in the full flavor with moderate acidity.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Poured dark brown, roasted malts, wood, tart berry, vinegar.
bhensonb (13208) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Bistro BA festival. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Creamy burnt malt and lightly sour grapey aromas. Nice slour. Oak, grapey. Really strong sourness. Grape is a nice touch. This was aged in a port barrel, so maybe thatís what I get as grape.
joeneugs (4872) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted at the Bistro Barrel Aged fest. Certainly a sour head delight. It pours dark brown with a tan head. Sour wine aroma thatís confusing given the appearance, but very inviting. Nice sweet and sour flavor with some vinegar. Pretty much all the "stout" qualities are obliterated here. Thatís OK, it was most excellent beer and not at all bogus.
marcus (8278) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Bistro BA festival. Pours dark brown with a decent tan head and a very sour acidic aroma. There is a very sour vinegar-like dark malt flavor. This is an unusual blend that is both interestiing and tasty (if you like very sour).