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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Sour Barrel-Aged Stout Shut up and listen. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally conditioned.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2012
Cask @ Borefts - so much better than the Farmhouse Black Metal - cask really works for this one - black with a smaller mocha head - pure sweet mocha nose, light roast, sweet malts, light sour berries - mellow nice sweeter mocha roast, chocolate combined with light vinegar, sour berries, light dark fruits, nice mellow acidity in the back - cask lessens the carb. which is quite good - very easy to drink - sessionable sour stout - great stuff people

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
starkmarvelo (29) - Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Jester King Funk Metal A- black with 2-3 finger caramel head. S- T- Tart cherries, currants, blackberries, plum, leather, slight balsamic sweetness. Roasted coffee and chocolate finish. M- slightly sticky, moderate carbonation. Nice lingering stout aftertaste. O- Excellent! Think chocolate covered cherries. -

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Metallion66 (103) - - MAR 30, 2013
I've had this beer a total of 3 times now. And I have to say, each time it has been a gusher. Tonight's bottle didn't gush as much as the other's. but still, holy hell. Tonight's pour had lost a lot of the roasty aroma and taste I had from the other two. But it seemed to make up for it by becoming a little more sour. Sour stouts are a niche product, and I haven't had many. But this is still to date the best one I have had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pyrmir (2766) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2013
On tap @CBC13. Black with small off-white head. Aroma faint; roasted malts, green apples and other fruits. Flavor is tart, lactic, citrus zest, chocolate, roasted malt and some vinegar notes. Very nice

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 1, 2013
from Erzbierschof - dark reddish-black beer with a poor head retention; roasted malts, ashes and chocolate, some sourish cherry notes; full-bodied, moderate carbonation, a pretty assertive sourness; quite dry and hoppy with long cherry, earthy and chocolatey notes - very nice and original profile for a great astonishing beer

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
BOSSbrewer (1314) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Very nice. Toasty on the finish. Had this at the Beer Geeks of Northwest Arkansas thanks to Butler.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
moonbug (66) - Bryan, - DEC 31, 2012
funky, malty aroma. so black. malty citrus barnyard earth. light and sour. soft and smooth. delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
A - Dark black with a hint of brown and a thin finger of frothy chocolate-khaki head. Fades fairly quickly. S - Sweet chocolate malts, sour cherries and other dark fruits, oak, red wine, some light roastiness and lactic acid, and a touch of booze. T - Sweet chocolate malts, sour cherries, other dark fruits, red wine, oak, some lactic acid, vanilla, hint of black licorice, and a bit of booze. M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour, sweet, and warming finish. D - Great sour stout. Great overall balance and mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (617) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 12, 2013
750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Opens with a slow gush over. Thanks gtermi! A - Pours a nice black body with two fingers of khaki foam. Initially the foam sits around for a while but as I drink it down it loses its touch as the foam fizzles away into some thin edging. Decent lacing and some random bouts of absurd retention. The beer has some sediment that is visible around the edges while in the light. The bottle also had a ton of tan sludge along the walls, this is definitely bottle conditioned! S - Chocolate and coffee falling into some light lactic acid and cherries. Tamer notes of vanilla, oak, tobacco and ash. Smell is great but quite deceiving of the sour bomb that awaits. T - Sour to the extreme. Faint notes of dark chocolate and coffee get absolutely engulfed by sour cherries and lactic acid. Bright and tart, this is closer to a Flanders Bruin than a stout. The finish is of smokey roasted malts. Smooth oak lingers after the sour burn fades away. This reminds me of some infected stouts that I have had in the past, only this is well rounded and perfected. Medium bodied and creamy mouth feel, does have that "infected" feel to it. O - This was certainly different. Loads of sour cherries and lactic acid dumped on top of an innocent stout. The barrel aging is subtle but the bacteria really steals the show here. I feel a charred heartburn coming on but it was damn worth it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Batch 1, bottled in Fall 2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, red wine, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, oak, clove, hay, straw, vinegar, musty funk, leather, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, oak, and acidic yeast ester flavors; with good strength. Taste of big sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, red wine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, oak, clove, hay, straw, vinegar, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of acidic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, oak, clove, vinegar, straw, hay, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of roasted malt, oak, and acidic yeast ester flavors; with a great balance of malt/acidity and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly acidic/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome sour imperial stout. All around great balance and complexity of roasted malt, oak, and lactic yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the moderate acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.


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