Ernest (7282) - 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, itís not a sour beer. Thereís some mild tartness here, but itís quite a bit less sour than, say, Harveyís Imperial Stout, or many traditional English porters. Malty aroma and sweet on the tongue, itís not bad overall, just donít 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...Iím not really sure what that means...is that anything like "dark hops"?
trevor211 (1599) - 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 Brouwerís. 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. Itís thin -- far lighter than Iíd hoped -- and it really doesnít have any pucker in the flavor. Iíd hardly call this a sour ale. Disappointing.
1FastSTi (3360) - 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 (9482) - Plymouth, 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 (274) - 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 (4593) - 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.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
OldStyleCubFan (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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. Iím not a stout person but enjoy this. Maybe a little flat. As it warms, it gets more complex. Drink this on the warm side.
TURDFERGUSON (4043) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.