alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had on tap at Happy Gnome during craft beer week in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
A: Dark but not pitch black, had some alright carbonation but left quickly.
S: I can smell the brett for sure, but it is working nicely. I had the infected 09’ Abyss and that was awful but this is interesting for sure. Chocolate, malt and maybe some bourbon?
T: Awesome, damn I was not expecting this. Its hard to describe. A little funky on the after taste but up front its sweet then leads into a sour dryness, this is just fantastic.
M: Kind of thin but not too thin, I think for the style (whatever that is) it works well.
O: I really enjoyed it and I hope they bottle this because I am looking forward to trying it again sometime.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Acre. Pours a stout black with a tan head. Nose is pie cherries up front with chocolate and char coming through. Strong roasted quality is present and the Brett dosing really ties this one up. I don’t get a ton of the barrel in the nose. A bit perfumey, which is alright. On taste, the roasted grains come first, then are chased by a light tartness, more of the pie cherry note and some faint vanilla. I’m guessing 2nd or third use barrels here. Pretty well integrated as it stands but it is a bit difficult to finish towards the end. Pretty interesting beer, for sure.
BVery (5930) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Jet black pour with no head. Brett dominates the nose. Brett and lemon cleaner on taste. Excellent.
rubbishystuff (1795) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At Small Bar. I thought that this worked. It was a little strange at first but it sort of had a wine likeness to it. Mellow dried fruits soaked in liquor, oak, brett. Nice. Serving: Tap
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
many samples at Stout fest ’11, I wasn’t the biggest fan of it at first but after giving it a second try I was hooked. just a wonderful dark brett bomb of a beer with hint of pappy. not sure how it works but it does and very well. poured dark brown with small head. big brett and raisin aroma. flavors are nice and bretty, some chocolate, dark fruit, and touch of pappy bourbon. very dry and earthy finish. somehow this beer didn’t get screwed up. awesome beer.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
This was a terrible idea for so many reasons. If it just sounds bad, it probably is. Ugly as sign brown... The nose is ok, sweet malts a little hops, a hint of brett... The taste is all breat, just seems like its a gone bad, which is strangely what they were going for.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at GI Stoutfest 2011. Pours inkish black with a small light tan creamy head. Aroma is a fine example of the blend of tart funky brett and barnyard witht he smooth cocoa and roasty malts, along with the hint of wood and vanilla balancing the sharpness. Flavor is even better with all of those components swirling together and working together, the funkiness and barnyard, the dark fruits, the bourbon and oak with the smooth chocolate and roast all balanced really well. Medium full to full body and a bit higher side of carbonation. Excellent stuff, a great showing at the fest
pantanap (3349) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2011 Multiple samples at Stoutfest 2011 - . Pours a close to black pour with lighter reddish edges while topped with a light beige head.... Aromas of light vanilla and bourbon but with a fair amount of brett and a general pineapply funkiness... flavors had a little roast, chocolate undertones and a slight bourbon bent but this one was mostly on the funky sour bretty side. medium bodied overall with a decent level of carbonation. Wasn’t expecting this but a nice surprise all around - kept going back to this when i needed to change up the pace.
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on tap at Stoutfest 2011 (Chicago, IL). Pours a near blackish inky pour, dark and ominous with a small tannish light brown head that laces small. Aromas are a healthy dose of brett off the bat, with fruity esters and dusty funk, touches of sour lemons, and roasted malts, toffee. Initial is medium bodied, a full brett feel, dusty and dry, baryard and hay with a touch of tart lemon, banana, with roast and toast, lingering sweetness really gets dried on by the brett. Touches of oak, the spirit from the barrels seems to be overtaken, not a focal point as the brett takes over. Finish is prickly and dry with funky brett, a touch of cheese, and grass. Very interesting, palatable. For a near 9 ABV it’s ridiculously drinkable. The roast gives it another element, but the brett has transformed it for the good. I was very happy with this experiment and wish I had a couple bottles to share to wild fiends. The brett really asserts itself, stinky cheese and horseblanket on the nose, dusty brett, some moldy cheese, and some fruity elements on the tounge. Now this a "wild" beer worthy of some loving. Not a sour, but definitely a beer where the wild yeasts transform it, make it wonderful. My favorite beer of the day.
wedgie9 (1822) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted on 3/12/11 on draft at Goose Island Stoutfest. Pours an opaque oil black with a thin tan head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is sour and smells strongly of brett funk along with some barnyard, and just hints of dark malt, bourbon, and overall, is just stinky (in the best of ways). The flavor is all funk and no sour with dark roast and subtle hints of bourbon and coconut oak. The body is full with average carbonation and a long funky finish.