UXO (823) - CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear dark brown (nearly black) with one fat finger of medium tan head, good retention and lacing. (4/5) Nose is complex, vinous dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, earthy funk. (8/10) Taste is mild sweet, moderate tart, faint bitter. (8/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, drying tart finish. (4/5)
Well, first and foremost: calling this a ďstoutĒ is pretty misleading. Itís most definitely a sour, albeit a dark one with coffee and chocolate tones. Thatís not to say itís aggressively sour, because it isnít (although it does open up and get a little more emphatic as it warms). And it is goo-ood. (16/20)
RedSox2004 (1443) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pitch black with a dense one-finger head and ok lace. Dark fruit aromas dominate with a modest infusion of coffee and cocoa. Flavor is similar, as dark fruit sourness predominates - mostly black cherry and tart apple - with gentle hops bitterness in the background. Full body, minimal carbonation, silky mouthfeel and a puckishly sour finish. There are black IPAs, why shouldnít there be black sours?
EtTuCthulhu (1376) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer pours a very dark brown color with a small tan head, and the aroma blends sour dark fruit, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. The taste isnít a traditional stout due to the heavy sour presence, but there is an underlying touch of umami and a slight bitterness. The palate fuses a lively carbonation, slick texture, and a light body.
dlovell2 (1223) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bomber. Pours dark brown almost black with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, with cocoa, tart cherries, dried plums, light licorice and yeasty funk. Flavor starts off roasted malt and dark chocolate followed with sour fruity flavors of tart cherries, berries, and prunes that carries through the finish of coffee roastiness and yeasty earthiness. Nice Brew but a bomber for one person is a bit much, should have split it.
boozedude (2191) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber shared with hakes dr at club w, pitch black pour with kacki head, aroma is sour bitter wine like, taste is sour grape? I donít know, doesnít make much sence, I mean, its good, but unlike any stout ive ever had
katrinaez (589) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2015 Good sour. Not a stout the way you expect. It may be brewed in that style but don?t expect a coffee rich chocolate stout. Slight fruit. Carbonation it?s great and helps make it. Would not do a Full bottle. Tap
zvikar (4015) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Mom and Dad. Pours black with a brown head, aroma of chocolate, wood, fruits, wine, flavor of wood, brett, fruits, smoke, roasted, medium bodied, nice.
AgentAle (1087) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is dark cherry, sour tartiness, and yeastiness. Taste is apple, cherry and light sweet malts with a light creaminess. The tartiness is strog but not overpowering. Finishes with a puckering taste. Not much bitterness or hop profile detected. Appearance is a black body with a thin pearl head that retains fairly poorly.
superspak (3418) - Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/13/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart cherry, green apple, lemon, raisin, plum, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, licorice, light char, hay, straw, grass, oak, musty funk, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, dark/roasted malt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of tart cherry, green apple, lemon, raisin, plum, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, licorice, light char, hay, straw, grass, oak, musty funk, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, green apple, lemon, raisin, plum, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, light char, dark bread, licorice, hay, grass, oak, funk, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/funky yeast, dark/roasted malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly acidic/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian sour stout. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, dark/roasted malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
ansalon (1830) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
SWBF 2014. Pours black with almost no head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, roasted nuts, brown sugar and funk. Taste is chocolate, roasted nuts, roasted malts, brown sugar and some funk. Mouthfeel is dry with medium carbonation.