ineedbeer (630) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 Vintage bottle 360/384.
Aroma has medium chocolate, dark caramel and toffee with faint roast. Light acidity with moderate cherry, berry and cassis. Light alcohol spice.
Pours brown with a thin tan head that quickly recedes to the edges and disappears. Light lacing and a sheet of alcohol.
Flavor has a moderate cherry character with quite a bit of berry and cassis. Some light oak notes with medium chocolate, dark caramel and toasted bread notes. Light alcohol spice in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall a pretty nice beer that has held up really well. A high alcohol version of a flemish style red with a bit more cherry character. A nice beer.
deekyn (1118) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Autographed by Johnathan.
A -pours almost opaque black brown with very little light tan head. S - well it smells like a sour brown. aromas of sour cherries, cherry lozenges, wet musty oak, nice cab notes, tobacco, leather, tart red berries, chalky chocolate. subtle and fairly complex aromas. nice. M - lacto tartness right up front. Some lemon tartness as well. medium light body wih no real carb. thinner palate and dry end. T - The tastes don’t quite meat up with the nose. basalmic vinegar, tobacco-y leather red berry cab, musty wet oak, tart red berries and lemon juice. very light almost buttery notes as well. The porter is almost non resistant. very quiet dark malts, chocolate and coal. vegetal malts. O - nice dark sour
olr1984 (1036) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle pours a dark brown with zero head cherry and oak aroma. Sour cherry red wine and wood taste.
VsXsV (2144) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with medium tan head. Aroma of cherries, almonds, wood, chocolate, pumpernickel, bread and apple skin. Taste is dry and medium sour with notes of lemons, apples, cherries, almonds and wood. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really nice.
Errl (1474) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Hugh thanks to Jstax..2012 Vintage bottle#131/312...Pour is dark black with a small tan head..Nose is cherry pie, chocolate, funk, spice, dry, Grape skin..Taste is nice chocoalte, roast, spice, cherry, funk, grape skin, earth..
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glass shoved in my face. Great beer. What the hell? Jesus ok uhh more characters
tmoreau (2288) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2013 Cellared 2011 bomber shared, and poured to snifters displaying a darkest brown color, with ruby highlighting, little to no head & lacing, but a bit of leggy coating on the glass. The nose was controlled yeasty funk, dark red wine, chocolate, cherry, and a touch of underlying roastiness. The taste had more of a lingering sour nature to it, with cherry, barrel/tanniny astringency, and dryness to the finish. Held up quite well, although much of the Porter profile faded, and the alcohol mellowed.
tom10101 (2615) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (22 oz). Shared by cparles, thanks! Dark brown with a small off-white head and little lacing. Aroma of dark cherries, light roasted malt, chocolate, wood and mild Cabernet notes. It was mild at first, but it became a little more complex as it warmed. Taste is slightly sweet with tart cherries, roasted malt, vinous notes, oak and light chocolate. Alcohol is really well hidden. Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Slightly winey mouthfeel. A tad watery too. Not very complex (components of this beer doesn’t merge well to create layers of complexity) beer considering it’s a 10% abv dark Sour Ale, but not bad at all either. Drinkable for the style and enjoyable.
DrSilverworm (5932) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, shared by caterwaul. Bottle 30/312, 2012 vintage. Very dark brown color. Thin light brown head. Leaves nice arcs and dots of lace. Awesome cabernet dark grape, chocolate aroma, light wood. Very nice light to moderate tart taste, not overly sour, but pleasantly so. Light sweet taste. Bigger body. Nice chewiness to the texture. Light carbonation. Lightly sticky texture. Awesome, delicious complex barrel-aged imperial porter.
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
sample from the newer creepier label .. . pours a ruby brown .. light head, light lacing .. . some cherry, jam, twisted yeast, and stupid flowers . . very quick finish with an empty finish .. needs more girth .. . . driving through an entire group of cyclists isn’t a tragedy, its justice!