TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a very dark blackish pour, brownish throughout as light pokes throuigh, a small tannish head dies to a film, laces small. Aromas are some sour lactic acid, touches of roasty malts, some caramel, toffee, and roasty cocoa. Light, but lightly soured, touches of lemons and cherries. Some significant sweetness beneath. Initial is medium bodied, a bit full, light roast and moderate sour lemonade, lactic acid moves in to take over the roast sector. Ruby really shines through with a sufficient sourness, lemons and lactic with some sour cherries let roast and sweet toffee, caramel come back through. The lingering sourness preaches lactic acid, lemons, cherries, and some dark roast way at the back. Sourness largely dominates the roast on a neutrality point, a sweeter thicker malt body does some wonders, but overall, a sour lactic bend takes over. I liked this, a true lactic bent stout, sour lemons and cherries and roast clash, some cocoa and lactic acid with roasted malts. Touches of wet oak, more gentle perhaps a touch of spirit, but the barrel character seems a bit covered up to me. Body is lighter but solid, a good beer. Solid sour, but combating bigger malt presence. Nice beer, some sour cherries, but they die out as this becomes a lactic acid vs. Roast battle. I liked it, offered a good balance and a nice sour kick whichh grows on me.
WillCarrera (10) - Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
04-05-2011. On tap at Goose Island’s Clybourne Brewery; served in a snifter.
A - Nearly black appearance, nearly opaque with deep ruby tinge at edges. Thin, cream-colored lacing.
S - The smell is dominated by bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts with hints of bourbon, any sour scent is minimal, at this point you would still be expecting a pretty normal stout.
T - A wave of sour notes is dominant at first, but this fades into a very long series of malt flavors, dark chocolate and roasted flavors are dominant. You can just pick up on a little vanilla and bourbon in the background. A slight cherry flavor lingers from the sourness, blending into a chocolate-covered cherry taste.
M - Medium carbonation, finishes very dry.
D - The finish and ABV on this one make it very drinkable. The flavors on this brew are incredible, definitely one of the most tasty and interesting beers I’ve had in a while.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Clybourn. I had very low expectations going into this, though I shouldn’t have I guess. Pours deep brown with a tan head that fizzes away. Nose is tart with cherries and a cocoa note. The barrel is also notes as well, lending some soft vanilla quality. On tasting, there is no vinegar notes and the roast works really nicely with the sourness in here. Well balanced, chocolate and cherries thing going on. Really great beer and interesting.
Ughsmash (6912) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Goose – Clybourn. Poured deeper brown with a short-lived, dense tan head. The aroma picked up sour oak, lactic notes, and cherries over burnt roasty malts (chocolate and black patent primarily).. refreshing twist on the stout. The flavor found sour oak and metallic bourbon throughout.. roasty dark chocolate and coffee at the core.. very dry oaky and bourbonny finish.. tasty, and fairly well executed. Medium-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. tangy from the barrel treatment, refreshing, and interesting.
wedgie9 (1664) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 4/5/11 on draft at the Clybourn Brewpub. Pours deep and thick oily black with a thick light brown head that slowly recedes to a thick blanket of lace with a ton of residue left along the inside of the glass. The nose is dark malt, chocolate, coffee, and a unique chocolate covered cherry aroma. The flavor is sour from the beginning, moving to the dark chocolate, coffee, and chocolate covered cherry along with some light vanilla oak. The body is medium with average stinging carbonation and a long sour chocolate covered cherry and tannic finish.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with sour notes on the nose and then into the deep palate. You get the feel of the bourbon and the hint of typical stout flavors.
Poured in a tulip.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Snifter pour at gi clybourn... Pours like a standard regular stout, mostly black in nature, and topped with a light beige head quick to dissipate. Lighter brown towards the edges... Nice bourbony stout nose, not too sour at all actually initially with additional notes of coffee bean, roast, and a faded vanilla. A light sourness introduced as the beer warms adding a nice quality to it... Lactic sourness is way more pronounced in the flavor while the roast and stout qualities take a backseat but doesn’t hit on an acidic note which is good. Lighter bodied with prickly carbonation.