brokensail (12479) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 27, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The beer pours a murky brown color with a finger of off-white, perhaps khaki head.
S: Not a terribly good aroma. Mild to moderate acidity with a definite acetic character. Grass, lemon zest, and charred oak make up much of the aroma. There’s a bit of a burnt bread smell in there, too.
T: The charred/burnt flavor really takes over. The taste is also fairly chalky, which just isn’t very nice at all. There is a bit of sour fruit (cherry?), and a moderate acidity, but that’s not enough me to say I like the beer.
M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation and an astringent feel on the tongue.
O: Really a disappointing effort from a brewery that I usually like quite a lot.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stone Sourfest 2010. Not much on the notes. Dark pour. Clear. Too sweet in the mouth. Candy. Nice spicy finish. Not sour.
Leighton (13520) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Good, although I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did the regular Grand Cru. This one definitely has a more funky, sour character. Pours dark brown with a thick, tan head. Some funk and Belgian yeast in the aroma, some band-aid. Flavor has a nice, tart and fruity character, but very rich and not light. Mild roast in the tail. Medium to big in body, a little boozy. Good stuff overall.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at San Diego Real Ale Fest, Carlsbad (6/12/09): Mostly opaque dark mahogany pour has an airy, spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet toasty dark caramel and vinous oaky woody complexity with a touch of black cherries. Starts with good earthy fullness and rich toasty caramel with some dark cherry fruitiness and vinous tart notes before an oaky finish. Well-balanced and complex.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a fairly murky brown.
Nose is big on raisin, candi sugar, red wine, hints of funk.
Taste is great, funkier than the nose would let in, nice earthy oaky and leathery taste, red wine and funk. Big sweet back to it.
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stone Sourfest 09. Clear brown pour. Aroma is funky, caramel, hoppy, and nice grape sweetness. Flavor is caramel, some funkiness, wood and a bit of brett funk.
alexanderj (3394) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Color was reddish/dark brown with an average sized head. Aroma of brett, wood, fruit, sugar and grapes. Flavor of cocoa, fruit, brett and cocoa. Average to mild sourness. A pretty amazing beer.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried twice: At real ale festival and stone sour fest. Large bubble cask head. Dark brown color. Mild flavor, mild sweetness. Some brown sugar. Sourness is low if at all. Decent though.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours a deep amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of raisins, yeast, brown sugar, leather, and vinous. Flavor of vinous, raisins, brown sugar, caramel, light funkiness, some spices, and subtle oak.
daleharshman (970) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Stone Sour Fest 2009. Pours dark brown, almost black. Aroma is earthy malts along with some alcohol. Surprisingly not sour in the nose or the flavor considering the barrel aging and brett. Flavor is rich and sharp, almost stout-like with espresso tones. Oak flavors are present too. The finish is a medicinal-like bitterness rather than sour. This along with the Spicy Folie were my favorites at the festival.