BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pours a dark mahogany color with a tanish head and nice sticky lacing. The nose has a big dose of chocolate and roasted notes, nutty and sharp with a hint of sour. The flavor is tart and roasty but the sour comes across mainy as astringency or infected yeast. Good and robust, but just seems a little too balanced between the two styles that neither take the reigns, but the other makes the other look like a flaw. Interesting; not bad.
minutemat (740) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ the 2nd Shrewsbury Bottle Share, courtesy of myself. Was given this by a friend in Maryland and stood on my shelf as a geeky momento in France for a while before being packed away and forgotten about. 3 years later here it is, aged unintentionally, and it tastes fantastic. Pours an ostensibly pitch black with a bassline of dark chocolate and a few cherries & raisins dotted about, some caramel coming through offsetting the sourness. Wouldn’t necessarily have labelled this a sour, but age can do wonders do a beer. Very impressed with this. Shame i didn’t pick up more in the States.
BlackHaddock (3164) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle broached on 24th Feb 2014: shared at the second ever ’Shrewsbury Bottle Share’, four of us tucked into this: cheers Mat for bringing it (he’s a Clutch fan). I’ve never heard of Clutch of course, apart from the ones in the various cars I’ve owned.
Anyway the beauty poured a dark, dark brown, almost black in fact.
Dark fruits wrapped in chocolate with a sourness that belies the sweetness that is trying to burst through the brew. A dusting of caster sugar towards the end gives the beer a slightly less sour finish and adds a little lightness to the whole thing.
Different and pleasing, my third beer from New Belgium, they are doing OK in my eyes.
bigbeersrule (111) - USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt malt sourness is how I would describe this beer. Really didnt float my boat. Called a dark sour ale but I would call it a sour stout.
Gription79 (2131) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Choice City Deli. This is a two year old beer. Bitter chocolate, cherries, roasted malts. The mouth feel is soft and creamy, silky, soft acidity. Very drinkable.
jkwalking05 (3393) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Backlog) 22 oz bottle. Tart smell with fruits, roast, malts, acid, and slight barf. The look is brownish colored, darkish, with a tan head. The taste is tart, fruits, roast, and malts.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
1.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottled: AUG? 2011
A: pours black with a finger of latte foam which falls to a quilt of the same leaving behind rings of lace.
S: Burnt malts, some lacto tones, a bit of pepper.
T: Tastes like a poorly made stout with souring. Some coffee and soil malts. Grape and sour cherry tartness. Like a toned down Abyssident.
M: Medium bodied with hi carb. Semi dry finish.
O: This beer should never have been made.
Serving type: bottle
merc7186 (1665) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Dark Brown Hue, Passes No Light, Off White Head, Some Lacing
S: Dark Plum, Brown Sugar, Mild Molasses
T: Light Plum, Brown Sugar, Mildly Malty
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Malty
Overall, a mild sour that would be great for beginners but not for your average craft guy.
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a very deep brown color with ruby highlights and a tan head that falls quickly. Nose is all black chocolate, roasted grain and coffee. Taste is of dark roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, slight coffee, sour fruits, and wood. A very mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp, medium body.
TimE (2943) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color. No real head. Molasses, chocolate, caramel rich nose. Med body, no carbonation. Slightly sour, rich mouth. Not the best.
SDalkoholic (2057) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 28, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: The liquid appeared a dark and opaque brown color while a fluffy topping of foam was created as a head. In the aroma, a confusing mixture of scents come through with the initial aroma being a black roast malt along with a background of sour Belgian yeast and a faint smell of rubbing alcohol. The drink is definitely different than any other beer I’ve tasted since there is a funky taste of roasted malts that showcase a taste of coffee bean or chocolate and at the same time a taste of spicy yeast that comes across astringent. Again, there is a heavy presence of alcohol that comes across as if I were drinking hydrogen peroxide or witch hazel. Nothing I would buy again, but I did enjoy the design on the bottle.