troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Tap] Part of a sampler at GI-Clybourn in early September. Pours a jet black color with a light brown colored head. Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, bittersweet malts and coffee grounds in the aroma. Distinct tart cherry and rhubarb are surprisingly forward in the taste despite the dark malt backbone. Coffee and molasses round it out. Sour and lasting finish. Light bourbon finish suggests this beer is bigger than it actually is. One of the many odd beers I tried at GI that evening.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at GI Clybourn. This was one of the strangest beers that I’ve had in a while. Pours a deep brown, near black with wispy tan head. Nose is intensely tart, cherries underneath vinegar. I think this has gone aceto. Rhubarb and faint cocoa also come through. On taste, sharp sourness initially that is held in check by the roast somehow. The fact that this is acetic and not lactic has me not liking it particularly well. The sharpness of the acidity is a bit abrasive. Not my bag.
chibuck (3509) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at Clybourn... dark brown with a bit of amber... smells like creamy bourbon with a bit of sweet fruits, interesting... the taste is a bit muted as the bourbon is gone and you get generic sour, a tale of two beers half ba stout half sour... drinkable and unique, worth trying
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at goose island clybourn. Poured into a snifter glass... Pour yields a deeper, mostly transparent cola-like pour more dark ruddy mahogany in nature and topped with a one inch creamy light beige head... Aroma immediately hits with a coffee and roasted grind kindness, sense of creaminess, while slowly transitioning to a subtle light fruity sourness on the backend. What seems to be like a soft chili pepper also permeates and mingles with the rest... Sour chili pepper without any of the heat alongside more of the coffee profile mentioned in the nose. Sour fruit takes center stage here almost the antithesis of what the aroma suggests. Thinner bodied overall with light yet prickly sense of carbonation. Still not convinced with these stouty sours although I admire the coffee presence which was more prominent in the nose. Nice aroma but flavors doesn’t entirely follow through for me.
TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2011 Draft on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). A new interesting sour. Pours a nice blackish hue, pretty opaque and murky, with some brownish edges, a frothy brownish head of decent sized. Dies to a nice thick ring, laces ok. Aromas are a ridiculous blend of sour cherries and coffee, roast with strawberry rhubarb, lemons, and bretty funk. Lingering roast and chocolate. Wet oak, vanilla, and toffee. Sour into the backend. Quite interesting, if not a bit off. Different. Initial is sour rhubarb, lemons, and touches of dark fruit up front, pretty potent. Moving into roast and coffee, touches of oak, faint spirit. Really lingering lactic sourness, quite potent up front. Backend throws lingering roast and touches of oak, some decent toffee, a full chocolate and bakers cocoa element. Weird, with that sour kick up front trailing into roast and toast, coffee and cocoa. Touches of oak, coffee lingers way into the back. Pretty interesting, the yeast offers some rhubard and touches of berry, with that lingering coffee. Different, a bit better than it’s "Dishonest" cousin with the apparent coffee difference. I like it. The aroma is it’s strength.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at clybourn. Pours black with tan head. Nose of ancho chilies, fresh roasted coffee, flavor has tart cherry and plums, sweet chocolate and roasty coffee and pepper in the finish. Med body. Sourness is mild. Pretty easy drinking. Good stuff.