MadIndian (2512) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gift from Sj. Dark brown pour with roasted malt, wood and chocolate aromas.
Taste is full roast, some wood, smoke and sour fruit. It was good, but odd.
daknole (10035) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A sour? Total bullshit. Seriously. WTF?! Dark pour. Coffee, tart fruits, oak aroma. Flavor is loaded with a coffee/grape/cherry note. Again, bullshit on the sour ale.
BOLTZ7555 (2879) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Midnight pour produced a latte head that left a spot or two of lacing. Nose of cocoa, sour dark fruit (unripened plum), tart cherry skin, and Folger’s Crystals. Truth is, this isn’t a stout nor a sour. Hell, don’t know what it is and wouldn’t recommend anyone attempt to recreate this. The description thus far does it way too much justice. Flavor is weak chocolate with a lactic sourness...small bitter coffee punch. Not a favorite.
Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 poured into snifter. Poured a almost cloudy black with minimal tan head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma is wonderful mix of sour cherries, chocolate and coffee. As the beer warms up the rich sweetness of the malts really begins to balance the relatively strong sourness. Full bodied with an almost creamy palate that is almost contrasted by the fizzly carbonation and sourness.
Ernest (6517) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is cloudy dark brown to black, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of vanilla and apple skins.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/oily texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Well, for better or worse, it’s not a sour beer. There’s some mild tartness here, but it’s quite a bit less sour than, say, Harvey’s Imperial Stout, or many traditional English porters. Malty aroma and sweet on the tongue, it’s not bad overall, just don’t expect La Folie mixed with a stout, which is what I thought this was going to be. Although on second reading, "dark wood" ale may not refer to their Belgian sour beers after all...I’m not really sure what that means...is that anything like "dark hops"?
trevor211 (1392) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brouwer’s. Pours black, with a tan head. Chocolate-covered sour patch kids on the nose -- overripe berries, and a good tartness. That tartness is gone in the flavor, which is weak overripe fruits. It’s thin -- far lighter than I’d hoped -- and it really doesn’t have any pucker in the flavor. I’d hardly call this a sour ale. Disappointing.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BVery (7386) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
twindog (266) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
emacgee (4244) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.