badlizard (5154) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 27, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2008 On tap at Stone. Black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of sourness, oak, and vanilla. Sweet chocolate taste transitioning to a pungent sourness with berry notes and finishing with a vanilla oaky alcohol taste. Excellent beer.
BBB63 (5406) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 MIBGF Special Tap: Near black with ruby highlights, very good head and lace. The aroma has notes of charred and tannic oak, chocolate and raisins, big time brett and lacto funk, and some almost peat like vapours. The taste starts with a major kick in face of wild yeast, sour and aggressive. The malt is a backgorund player here. Some ripen fruit adds depth of palate. The mouth feel is aggressive but yet soft too. Not your daddy’s stout for sure and MIKEY LIKEY.
bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a big tan head. Tart, oaky, malty aroma. Tart, malty flavor with a bit of oak (not as strong as in the aroma). Medium body. Easy drinking. LIngering malty tartness.
fordest (1954) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled during the First Annual Stone Sour Fest. Very dark with a decent head. Roasty aromas. The flavors started off a bit sour, slowly moved into chocolate. Very roasty with some burnt malt flavor. Black coffee with some woody notes. Pretty good.
beerme420 (50) - Corona, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity smell with dark color. Creamy head with nutty fruity taste. Chocolate and caramel notes. Very good beer
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the 1st annual Stone Sour Festival 2007. Interesting to see this beer as dark as it is carry some sour notes. I enjoyed this one in color and flavor after seeing through so many of the other samples.
FlacoAlto (3450) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled on tap at the First Annual Stone Sour Fest, July 2007
This has only a dusting of a head, appears to have a very low carbonation. The beer is a chocolate to black color. This definitely smells like a stout, notes of coffee, chocolate and a rich-blackened, concentrated malty character. Underneath the dominant roast driven aromatics is a solid fruitiness of blackened plums & raisins moving towards an almost brandy or rum like note that seems to accent some oak barrel character. Dusty cocoa aromatics are noticeable in the nose as well, but this is really fruity smelling at times. In fact I get a pronounced blackberry note that is so distinct it almost seems like some of them have been added.
The taste is quite fruity up front, yet it still maintains quite a dry character overall. The fruitiness is defined by a distinct blackberry flavor that becomes tart and roasted in the middle through to the finish. The pronounced blackberry note comes through in the finish again and lingers long after the beer has left my mouth. The beer is fairly light feeling in the mouth, but it is still rich and almost chewy, which is quite good for a soured beer (or is that the color that makes me think it is rich; I donít think that is the entire story though). The blackberry note is so pronounced, I almost wonder are these actually somehow involved (what was in the barrel, hell what type of barrel was it). Oaky barrel notes are also noticeable (mostly in the finish); spicy wood notes, a touch of buttery oak, an austere tannic palate coating character. The stout flavors here are definitely noticeable, but not dominantly so; a roast acidity and a character of a smooth, first pull espresso are definitely noticed, but the Stout character is more apparent in the aroma than in the flavor.
The barrel for this beer mush have had something in it prior to this beer (Brandy, or more likely some berry like red wine). The blackberry note I have been talking about is not the dominant character here, but it adds such an intriguing accent that is just so apparent. This is very good, much better than I was expecting. I really like how rich this beer is, yet it is still quite quaffable & I really like how this beer melds all of the interesting flavor components.
bikesandbeers (546) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Stoneís Sour Festival, July 2007. Ebony brew with no head. Malty stout like aroma but with a strange sour edge to it. The flavor match up well to the nose with an interesting blend of sourness and maltiness. I haved had the nomral Madrugada so i canít compare bu this beer is in a catagory all its own.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), California, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft-13th brew of Stone 1st Annual Sour Festival, July 22nd 2007. Shared this cool day very mellow day with bikesandbeer, wetherel, westsidethreat, padrefan, fordest, denverlogan and many others. Pours black with no head. The nose is sourish with a malty edge, an intriguing combo. Its actually a sour stout and its actually pretty tasty, blends sour tastes and malts as appropriate. Surprised me from what iíve heard about regular madruga, guess iíll have to finally crack that bottle in my fridge. Pretty damn good overall.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried from tap at Stoneís 1st Annual Sour Beer Tasting. Seemed well received. Curious to try, because itís both sour and a stout, which is an odd combination. Pitch black color. Little head, but small bubbles. No overroasted grain notes, which is nice. A bit sweet, which is also nice. My palate was losing itís way at this point, so this beer ended up nearer my average rating.