t0rin0 (62) - Do Not Resuscitate, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fantome rating number 50. I was hoping it would be the original BBB beer or maybe Millennium but this came along first. Shared with mattboz and swellbrewer. Thanks Matt for opening this.
Pours a hazy brown with some white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a thin layer. The bottle opened with an extremely loud pop and we all thought it would gush, but it didn’t.
Aroma when cold is caramel, roast, and a bit of rubber. Not a great start but enough of a malty lighter Noël that I thought that might win out over the rubber. Unfortunately, as it warmed the rubber came out more. This was accompanied by some barn yard aromas.
The flavor is malty, a little chocolatey, and bretty with a bit of lemon but also some some of that burnt plastic / rubber that has plagued Fantome the past couple of years. Not really a fan of this one, though it is interesting because of how much funk is present.
Hair6a11 (1319) - Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Swing top Bottle; Pour is murky brown with a modest, fine bubbled khaki head into this glass - retention is modest, with light lacing presence. The nose is vibrant dark fruit, earthy oak and mild vanilla notes, moving to a sweet and sour vinous character here. Interesting. There is the obligatory spice note (of course) - Anyway - Love the bottle, love the nose on this one - but the appearance and the flavor profile leave a bit to be desired here. Initial sweet tart, spent grain, moving to belgian yeast presence, dark fruits (currant), smoked oak, with a lingering bittering - the center lacks heft here though - It’s interesting / different - but it doesnt... quite... mesh
JK (4353) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Levi’s. Another awesome Fantome, I love this brewery. Smoke and osur aroma. Flavor has more smoke, some meat. Dry and earthy, with a light sourness. I might have classified this as a smoked beer rather than sour, as the smoke is much more prominent than the sour character.
Bacterial (1402) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy brown pour with a slight head. Thanks Ryan! Smoked peat nose. Really nice sour taste, lots of complex character with peat and smoke in the finish. Cool beer.
BVery (5969) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Murky amber brown pour with a light beige head. Smoke, meat, and must on the aroma and taste. Not overly sour but slightly so.
Steasy66 (845) - Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with small tan head. Smokey and tart aroma. Quite tart flavor. Strangely fruity.
Experiment_Ale (913) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2014
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
At this douche that spell his name Stephen’s house during GABF 2013. Aroma is musky, huge smoke, BBQ, wood. Taste is huge smoke, BBQ, slight tartness. This ish is too smoky and weird. Not very good.
oRos (1054) - sacramento, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from hot city pizza. Pours black brown with off white head. Taste is lots of smoke with a slight tart lemon finish
marcus (6342) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours dark brown with a rich beige head and a sourish brown ale aroma. There is a smoky slightly sour brown malt flavor with a very dry finish.
merc7186 (1981) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Dark Brown Hue; Passes Mild Light, White Head, Decent Lacing
S: Mildly Bready, Mild Plum
T: Bready, Mild Plum, Mild Band Aids
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bready
Overall, medicore at best, the flavors are mediocre at best...blahhhh
Steve_0 (2537) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is murky brown, almost black with a small cream-colored head and decent lacing. Big smoky, meat drippings, bacon, roasty, lightly tart and dark fruity aroma. Taste is big smoke, sour roasty, lightly tart, caramel, bready, and dark fruity witha lightly sour finish. Light body with soft carbonation. Pretty weird, but kind-of cool.