Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is dark dark brown, almost black with a thin brown head that laced well...smell is roasty roasty cocoa up front...like a well made porter...slight hints of charred wood...taste is rich and roasty up front with lots of dark chocolate and faint coffee notes...bits of tartness come up in the finish...I bet this will be awesome in a year...seems just like a bright chocolate porter...but a good one so maybe the word "just" shouldn’t have been in that sentence...the more I drink this the more I like it...
peteinSD (1281) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Thin tart with green apple and light chocolate roast in the aroma. Taste is light tart up front followed by a disjointed malt backbone showing some light roast with tea and watery generic sweetness. Light, somewhat clean mouthfeel. Decent but perhaps I should have opened this sooner.
DesertDevil (448) - Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Whole Foods Market - Chandler. Medium aroma of slightly sour cherry, light balsamic vinegar, and a muted touch of dark roasted malt. Pours almost a inky dark purple (nearly black) with no head. The taste has faded quite a bit with muted sour stone fruit, oxidized chocolate and carob, an earthy malt backbone, medium acidity, and light coffee beans. Medium body, slightly slick texture with barely any carb. Too bad, it was awesome when fresh.
minutemat (881) - 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 (3183) - 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 (2157) - 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 (3491) - 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 (1448) - 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 (1737) - 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.