WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle via trade with sleestack. Dude you rock, this is completely and totally a sour beer, no way is it a Belgian Strong by any means. Pours brownish with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and rich with a touch of tart. The taste on the other hand is full of sour, funky, tart and super pucker. Holy shit, this is really excellent, I am once again blown away.
emacgee (3796) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by Ucusty and JCB morning of the Sexual Chocolate release. Pours a dark brown with no head. Some bubbles come when coaxed through. The nose is nice and woody, cherry skins come through, tart, acidic, woody character, yeasty. The flavor is tart, woody, cherry tartness comes through, great layered sour character. Palate is tart and acidic.
bierkoning (9738) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Schroppfy, thanks! Deep dark brown color, almost opague. Oak, vanilla, raisin and bourbon in the aroma. Grapes and a cherry tartness in the flavor, combined with some roasted malt. Has developed the finesse of an old Flemish brown ale. Oak, raisin and vanilla in the aftertaste. I just loved this one.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by ucusty, courtesy of StFun - thanks, David and Josh!!! I was surprised at the dark pour, for some reason. Viscous and rich with sediment, this was a hearty breakfast treat at Sexual Chocolate Day! Dank autumn fruit in the nose, with oak and sour apple coming to the fore. Mildly chalky mouthfeel, perhaps due to the many earthy elements. Dry as hell, with a long, pleasing finish. Lovely.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Stfun for this!!! Hazy dark brown pour with a thick tan head that slowly settles to a fine film. Sweet malts and dark cherries on the nose. Flavor was nice and tart. Oak, apple, cherry, caramel, and chocolate. A really nice treat!
pimpp (8) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2009 does not count
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Pours dark brown, hazy and murky. A small head on the pour leaving just a skim. Some spotty lacing.
S: Good blend of the Noel and La Roja. Plenty of sour cherries with a dark malty base. A bit of added funk along with the sour and tart aromas. Not really getting anything from the stout.
T/M: Great sourness and pcukering tart cherries. Tartness is oustanding and at a very nice level. A bit more of the funk with some musty wet hay. The carbonation is way too low, unfortunately, making it feel pretty much flat. Body is medium to medium light and could really use the help of some carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable but 12oz. would be enough for me.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown body with a tiny light tan head. Nose is red berries, light chocolate and roast, some cola, a touch of bourbon and a lot of oak. The flavor is lightly sour and lightly sweet, starting off much like Roja with cherries, tart apple, light acetic acid and lemon, before getting into some cola/carmel and a touch of chocolate. The finish is long and sour with some roast coming through from the Magrugada. Mouthfeel is slick and a touch oily with extremely light carbonation.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black with no head a few small bubbles around the edges. Aroma is amazing. I keep smelling this thing. Tart, wood, funk, acid, raisin, paint thinner, and a touch of nail polish remover. Has a medium thin mouthfeel and has carbonation. Flavors are very sour, tart, acidic, oak, raisin, nutty, and complex. Overall a complex and impressive brew. Reminds me of oerbier reserva or earthmonk. Very nice indeed.
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown with really small head that fades quickly. Really sour and acidic. Very tart with some brown sugar, nutty flavors, and raisin. A little too much acidity for me. Interesting blend.
JAXSON (523) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 Pours a deep brown with a little orange around the edges. An aggressive pour is needed to coax a good head, which is strange, flimsy and soapy. Woody aroma of earth, leather, cherries, and some balsamic vinegar. Flavor is a strange and lovely progression. At first dark and earthy, with sour cherries and vinegar. Suddenly bright with rich and powerful citric acids. Finish is long and rich, kind of spicy, with a very pleasant nutty tone. Gains character as it warms. This is very complex, more so than blend 3. In the same vein as Oerbier Reserva, but it’s closest cousin would seem to be Cuvee de Tomme, a beer I don’t love by any stretch, but this clearly is superior. Could use more carbonation, but it’s kind of not an issue in that the thing is so wine-like to begin with, and is just super complex.