TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampler flight on tap at the brewpub (Athens, OH). Pours a rich opaque thicker blackish hue, dark and thick with bigger cakey dark brown head. Dies to a firm film that laces ok. Aromas are bretty, funk, sour cherries. Roasty, cocoa, bourbon spirit and vanilla, gentle oak presence come into the fold. Richer aromas, cherries and brett really strike a firm note. Initial is heavier end of medium bodied, offering firm tart cherries and funky cobwebby brett. Wet oak, spirit related heat, roast and toast, some cocoa hit the palate firmly as it starts to do some work. Sour cherries come in firmly, toasty, cocoa, some red wine and dark fruit elements. Middle is a bit thinner, funky as the heat and barrel elements strike the palate firmly. Very interesting, a touch hot with great cherry influence, firm barrel and growing heat. Roast, toast, coffee, and cocoa elements stay behind but do their part. Really interesting brew here.
50belair (2356) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Swing top courtesy of Chris. Dark brown pour with an off white head. Roasted malt and caramel aromas. Starts off slightly sour with smooth chocolate and caramel notes to follow and undercurrents of sour cherries. Like all Jackie-O’s stouts this one is a little thin in the body for me, but still very good..
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a black colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is big tart cherries, some chocolate, oak, funky and sour Brett, a hint of bourbon, and some roast. As this warms, the tartness remains big, but the chocolate and roast really come out nicely. Flavor is similar. Lots of tart cherries and funk up front with a nice oak and chocolate in the middle. A nice bourbon presence with a light roast towards the end as this finishes dry with lots of tart cherries, oak, and a nice dark chocolate. Again, the chocolate and roasts really come out nicely as this warms. Lengthy aftertaste with a light to moderate bitterness and a bit of a sour pucker lingers. Medium-light body and a slightly lively, light tickle of carbonation. Overall, an awesome sour barrel aged impy. Tons of tart cherries with a nice funk, wood, light bourbon, and solid chocolate and roast notes that really come out nicely as this warms. Very impressed with this one.
DrSilverworm (6579) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample on tap at the brewpub. Black color, minimal brown head. Bits of lace. Suprisingly sour - I didn’t realize this would have wild yeast in it going in, but it’s a nice and tart flavor. Light crisp carbonation, with an acidic light bite., and some warmth. Long sour / tart roasty aftertaste, interesting. Fruity, and roasty aroma, notes of chocolate.
Dogbrick (8259) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at Jackie O’s as part of Ohio Brew Week. The beer pours black with a bit of ruby around the edges and a thin light beige head that diminishes quickly. Minimal lacing noted. The aroma consists of tart cherries and roasted malt. Full-bodied with a moderately sour cherry character and notes of chocolate malt and a bit of oak. The finish is fruity with a tart cherry aftertaste. Enjoyable beer all around.
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler brought back by Dogbrick. Pours pitch black with a medium tan head. Sour wild yeast and cherry aroma with roast and a bit of chocolate. Acidic sour flavor with lots of tart cherry. Roast and chocolate creep in at the finish. More sour than the raisin version, so depending what mood you’re in, your choice may vary.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler, thanks Kan. Pours black with off white head. Aroma of Brett brux, smoke, cherry pits, and raisins. Flavors of raisin, cherry pits, cinnamon and chocolate, nice whiskey and port barrel finish. Sticky feel. I’m still not sure what to make of sour stouts but this is a good version of one.
JStax (3077) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured on draft. Pretty much an inky black with a dark brown head of foam. Aroma is primarily boozy bourbon with an accentuation on sour cherries and chocolate.The wild yeast plays nicely off the cherries in this giving it an interesting feel. The bourbon and cherries are the predominant flavors in the taste but they give way to a wonderful tart finish. This would make for a pretty cool dessert if it were made. Bourbon glazed sour cherries drizzled with melted chocolate. This one is probably my favorite of the first two Dark Robustics.