VertBaconStrips (2100) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap during MBF 2010, RBSG. Dark amber, almost read, dark tan head that’s pretty thick, bizarre aroma, chunky and nutty somehow but totally sour, kind of rubbing alcohol actually. Little bit of shoe leather int eh taste. mm. as this warmed it became a bit of a mess. The sourness is fading leaving a weird dullish strange after taste to it. I dunno, this is actaully pretty shitty but considering its gluten free it’s pretty good. It’s got a weird stale fake candy / fruity laste to it. Goes back quickly.
JoeMcPhee (8622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Ann Arbor location. The nose is quite odd and a little bit solventy as well. There is a light caramel sweetness. Light plummy fruitiness with a bit of odd sweetness on the back. A little bit of herbal character - the there doesn’t seem to be any malt character at all. Earthy with a bit of lightly berryish fruitiness. It’s okay although it’s incredibly odd.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
At MBGSF ’10 as "Golden Manatee Beliportigo (Gluten Free Sour)". Spicy and fruity nose, lots of strange phenols. The taste is moderately sweet, lightly tart, but lots of funk, some cherry and apple skin, a touch of honey, light citrus and yogurt. Certainly odd.
zdk (1816) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Jolly Pumpkin, Ann Arbor - Tart arouma. Very odd... probably because they’re no malts. Warm, tannic and grapey aftertaste.
ketchepillar (1171) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled on tap at the MiBGF (Ypsilanti, MI). Straight paint. Slightly smoky paint, but really really painty. How do I rate drinking paint?
j12601 (7000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor on our way to RBSG. Pours a hazed ruby orange (which since this was billed as a double sour porter, definitely stuck out as something weird), still with no head. Smells initially of acetone and latex paint. Rotting apples, chocolate notes show up as it warms. Medium bodied and smooth, but with lots of nutty acetone. Wasn’t super sour, but eventually becomes very acidic. Long lingering chocolate and coffee flavors. Cinnamon & chicory, old ice cream. Strange and very hard to drink. Talking with the bartender there, he said they do all of their gluten free things in house at Ann Arbor, and the speculation was that some wild stuff from either their house made pickles or kimchi got into this one. Interesting concept, and very cool that they’re trying to make some gluten free stuff that actually tastes good, but this one fell short of the mark for me.
CanIHave4Beers (3362) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Imbibed at MBGSF. Pours a reddish color with a good head and good lace. The aroma is some bug spray and some earthy and fruity notes along with some cherry, but after someone mentioned I can’t get it out of my head that the aroma here is very strongly similar to paint. The flavor has some sour cherry and it’s really bizarre. It’s kind of bitter in a chemical way but somehow it works nicely with the bugginess and sourness of the whole thing. A weird experience but if I became a celiac I’d drive to Michigan for it.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Ann Arbor. Odd, chocolatey kick of boiling grains and bacteria. Some coconut and lime. The flavor is off the wall, nearly causes me to recoil in horror, but not necessarily in a bad way, if you know what I mean. Bacterial notes, grain mush, pulpy orange juice, peanut oil. This is so weird.