Tmoney99 (9956) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, chocolate, cherry and wood alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt, nutty and dark sweet fruit flavor with a heavy dark cherry sweet & sour and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler… This beer rocks!… Pours pitch black with a tiny, creamy, khaki head with no staying power. The nose is a mélange of dark chocolate, bourbon, a hint of red wine, sour cherries and a faint nutty component. Full-bodied and oily with faint carbonation. The flavor is a swirl of sour cherries and burnt chocolate The acidic component is dominant here. Finishes tart, mildly burnt and moderately bitter. Thanks so much to darkguardian for sharing yet another world class beer with the south Florida crew!
Dogbrick (7054) - 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.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, 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.
DrSilverworm (4715) - 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.
JaBier (4400) - 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.
alexsdad06 (4338) - Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Jackie O’s. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small fine beige head. The aroma is chocolate, barrel notes, dark cherry that is both sweet and tart with some acidity and wild character. The flavor has dark chocolate, bourbon, wood, black cherry, tart, red wine, acidity; with everything working together nicely. No bottle share allowed me to enjoy more of these solid offerings than I did in the past.
drewbeerme (3836) - 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.
pantanap (3334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jackie o’s dark robustic. Growler thanks to Josh and brad... Pours a
darker shade of deep stout with less intense edges and topped with a
thin light khaki head tha quickly disperses... Aroma of bourbon barrel
and a semi-sweet chocolate focus. Brett and cherries then come into
play at the middle but smoothens out letting the stout breathe a
touch... Flavors are more of the same with smoothe chocolate flavors
upfront which eventually sours up on the backend. Silky somewhat full bodied overall with a lighter than medium level of carbonation that goes along well for what it is. Rather enjoyable for me even with not being a sour stout type of person.
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.