JanLaursen (2665) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Øl Festival 2011: Black and brown beer with a beige foam. Slightly sour aroma of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The taste starts with a crisp acidity before the roasted coffee-like malt tones emerge. Medium body, fresh carbonation with many bubbles. Vinous, very pleasant beer. Great drinkabillity - a fab session beer.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at City Beer, SF. Some confusion over the style designation has ultimately been clarified by several raters and by CB. So yeah, not at all the Schwarz you’re thinking of. Pours a deep murky brown, with faint carbonation and a thick consistency. Nose ripe, semi-tart coffee bean, deep chocolate, malts, and yes, sour mash. Body is medium, with more carbonation than is visually apparent. Tart flavors have the edge on the dry baker’s choc. Interesting and quite quirky take.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at City Beer (Sour Mash Black Ale was the mentioned style). Pours with a black body and a huge tan head. Aroma was roasty, bready, lightly sour and caramel. Flavor was roasty, nutshells, lightly sour, vinous. Lively bubbles with a dry mouthfeel.
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Flavor. Pours a deep, dark cola-brown color; huge, textured, creamy, fine-bubbled light-tan head with perfect retention and lacing; great pour; huge amount of head, like a covering of mousse. The light tartness in the aroma is either citrus of a touch lactic (or a combination of both; Josh mentioned this was a 3 1/2 day mash), but nothing especially tart; a nice accompaniment to the dry roasted malts and dark chocolate; reasonably quiet aroma overall, but nicely dry and crisp and juicy. Medium body; lively carbonation; a very light amount of creaminess, nothing astringent and no alcohol showing; following the aroma, the edges of things are lightly tart and nicely crisp, with a juicy citrus note; doesn’t quite seem like lacto, and I think I’m just inclined to think that way due to the tartness being alongside the roasted malts (in the vein of a foreign stout); modest levels of dry roasted malts, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate; a very solid core following Death and Taxes; some red apple apparent as well (though light); nicely dry, highly drinkable, and a well-balanced presentation overall; the tartness builds. Medium finish of dry roasted malts, dark chocolate, citrus, and a lasting, light bitterness.
marcus (5896) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Monks Kettle. Pours black with a pretty tan head and an enticing treacle aroma. The flavor is treacle, coffee and a bit of chocolate. Top-fermenting (ale) yeast was used to create significant sourness, unusual for this style, yet a pleasant enhancement.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City. Pours black with a lasting tan head, not unlike regular Death & Taxes. Aroma is rather tart with roast, coffee, and cocoa. Flavor is also tart and roasty with chocolate and coffee and a nice restrained tartness. Well-balanced. Medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with just a little tart bite. A very enjoyable beer overall. Unique.
944play (340) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Flavor. Deepest brown with large, sudsy tan head. Roasty and vinyl dominate the nose with a bit of dusty brett. Flavors go immediately to the phenolic side, but mellow back into a more interesting sour thing. Carbonation is on the high side, but as the beer warms everything is more in place. Very dry, very bretty, slightly tart are the watchwords here.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark mahogony beer with a tan head. Light malt and light berry aroma. Tart, berry flavor with cocoa. Medium-light bodied. Tart, berry flavor with cocoa.
popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Toronado. This beer was delicious and refreshing. It pours quite black with brown edges in the light. A very small beige head. The aroma is light roasted malt with a clear lactobacillus sour backing. The sour lends a fruitiness, raspberries, grapes and apples. The flavor is refreshingly sour, though the sourness is rather mild, with some roasted malt notes. There’s a light, floral hoppiness, as well. The mouthfeel is light and a bit bracing, in a very pleasant way. This is a terribly refreshing beer, easy to drink and satisfying without being filling. Good stuff.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with fizzy off white head. Chocolate roasted grain and sour ruit aroma and taste with a tart chocolate finish