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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Pure rock fury meets Belgian-style brewed folly in this collaboration with Maryland hard-rockers, Clutch. A pronounced bass line of dark chocolate, coffee and black malts bridge the sourness of our dark wood ale for a fluid riff.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3282) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Tap. Pours to a black body with a super dense but thin (height wise) tan head and excellent lacing. The aroma is sour fruits and chocolate malts. Lots of cocoa notes and slight coffee. The flavor is mostly chocolate malts with some coffee and subtle fruity sourness that works really well. The palate is medium bodied and lingers with a light dry malt. Silken texture with a light tarness. Very smooth drinking.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (5613) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2013 Tap at Romans in Milwaukee. Very dark pour with a foamy off white head. Hell yeah - this is innovative and ballsy. I love it. Nose is mostly sour but the dark malts kill any residual fruit nose. Moderate palate with the perfect carbonation for this beer. Taste is a terrific tango between the sour side and the roasted malt side. Very well done.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
twindog (251) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Beer pours a dark rich color with a deep Brown tan head. Who would ever think that sour and coffee would work. Keep on brewing guys good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3873) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Thanks turd for sharing. Pours a nice dark black with one finger of soft tan head. Nose shows a nice sweet roast with some coffee and bakers chocolate, a light acidity coming through and some burn toast. Flavor is chocolatey with some coffee and a nice roast coming through. Acidity shows and is fairly well integrated. Thought it would have been a mild disaster. Enjoyed it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nikiel (870) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Bottle with Carla. Pours dark brown with tan foam. Smells sweet and lightly sour of chocolate and slightly reminiscent of mint. Feels thinner than expected, but has a nice roasty flavor with hints of sour chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldStyleCubFan (76) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2011
I was expecting a lot more sourness out of this beer but I actually enjoy it. I was thinking this was going to be a flanders like sour with acetobacter for some reason...I dont know why. Its like a very slightly sour dry ba stout. I get a more sourness in the nose vs. the actual beer. Maybe the base beer is over powering the souness. Fair price point at $8 bomber. I’m not a stout person but enjoy this. Maybe a little flat. As it warms, it gets more complex. Drink this on the warm side.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown with a small tan head with good retention. Nose of roast, cocoa, woody tartness, light suggestion of raspberry or cherry. Flavor is roast, light sourness, wood, molasses, coffee, cocoa. Pretty good, but maybe a bit too much black patent malt which makes this slightly unbalanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a dark mahogany color with a small tan head. The nose is a mix of roasted malt and a tangy sourness. Interesting. The flavor reminds me of a soured stout. There is a good bit of roasted malt, some nuttiness, chocolate, and coffee with a nice twang of sourness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The alcohol remains well hidden. This one really grew on me as I drank it. Definitely worth a try.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3108) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2011
22 oz. bomber. Black pour with tan head that quickly dissipates. Decent lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Mild vinegar and tart cherry twang. Flavor has lots of dark chocolate and coffee, roast. A mild tartness, some sour cherry. Sour notes come out as I drink on. Wood, tannins, some vinegar. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Finishes on a tannic oak note.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (2646) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Bomber from Lighthouse. Pours a deep red/brown with a ring of a head. The aroma is tart with a little vinaigrette and notes of coffee, mocha, cherry and oak. This isn’t one of New Belgium’s more sour offerings. It’s enjoyably tart with vinegary flavors as well as some lactic bite. The malts work well, being fairly roasty without necessarily falling into stout territory. The finish is oaky with fruity undertones.


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