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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.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1268) - Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown with a beige head that retains fairly well into this tulip - spotty- cobweb lacing is present here. Anyway - the nose is heavy on the malt side - I wouldn’t even say it bridges anything, the keyword is dominate for me. The nose is dark chocolate, licorice, and coffee. The flavor profile , for me, makes it hard to find the sour here. But it is definitely there. Barely. I find it fairly hard to drink in quantity - the sour notes are begging to come out, but are so beaten back by the dark malt profile. I found it a little disappointing, honestly.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peregrinari (143) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Hmm, I am interested in how this beer has expanded on the sourness that is inherent in stout beers. Overall a pretty nice chocolate stout with an enhanced sourness and a very dry finish relative to style. Good stuff. Thanks Argo0!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2011
22oz bottle. Medium beige head, dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, cocoa, some sourness/cherry, light roast/coffee. Taste is medium sweet, cocoa/milk chocolate, some cherry, light sour, roast. Medium body, alcohol well contained.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scottw86 (1069) - Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Poured almost black with a thick foamy tan head. Aroma is mostly chocolate with some dark fruit like grapes. Some slightly sour notes but not too much. Taste is very smooth and a little sweet. Chocolate roasted flavors. Finish is slightly sour and tart with yeast and fruit. Very interesting and well balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arone12 (907) - Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Pours a dark brown color with a brown head. Drinking this with my Pei Wei food. Delicious. Smells like rotting grapes. Little bitter. Little more sour than bitter. Holler. Smooth like whip cream.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (2915) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Tap at flying saucer eleventeen. Pours a dark brown with medium tan head and sticky lacing along glass. The aroma is dark chocolate malt abd coffee Medium mouthfeel with smoke and light roast and nice light dry finish. An Interesting wild ale from new belgium.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sherm1016 (1057) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a tan head and some lacing. Aroma is roasted malt with a slight hint of sour. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is bitter, chocolate, roasted malt, with a strange finish that is sour and chocolate. Not my cup of tea.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (343) - Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Dark brown with lightish brown coloring around the edge of the glass. Almost nonexistent aroma. Interesting that this is marketed as a dark sour. It has a little acidity in the body but very little sourness. The acidity provides a nice compliment to the roasted coffee flavor. Nice drinkable dark ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Bottle shared by Barbecue (BBQ? Barbeque?) at Sam’s. Pours dark brown with a thinnish beige head. Nose is lovely... dark chocolate malt, mild coffee, cherries, and acetic tones. Taste is more porter-like and less sour than desired; unfortunately, the finish is a watery, especially for a 9% brew. Surprisingly thin. Almost great.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (7948) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2011
New Belgium hit Virginia today and I think its safe to say this will be the biggest rollout of the year, though one of our local distributor reps is hinting at something else big coming fairly soon. This was a bottle shared amongst staff at Whole Foods Market Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear dark brown amber color with a thin brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of earthy notes, berries and a slight vegetal note. The taste is mildy tart with notes of nuts, berries, toffee and some toastiness. Not a very sour sour ale but a pretty tasty beer nonetheless.


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