Travlr (9819) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy brown color, tan head. Aroma of sour coffee. Taste is sour coffe grounds, cocoa, vinegar finish. Odd.
tgncc (2497) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at WTWBA 2012, Brooklyn. One of the coolest beers I tried here, and a great recreation of a beer from history. The aroma is honey, molasses, sour, unmistakable brett. The appearance is a translucent light brown, light for the style really, light tan head. The finish is sour milk, fruit, coffee. The finish is sour, acidic, coffee. Quite good, and very interesting.
sethbreaker (173) - New York, Greater London, USA - MAY 8, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle. Classic English malt aroma, solid malt body, tastes like a really good porter with some added sourness. Very interesting and somewhat complex.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Originally reviewed: 3/19/12. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a murky dark brown, with slight amber tints on the edges. Minor globs of lace stick to the glass. The aroma is musty and slightly sour. This smells like their Enigma, with faint old mushy fruits and oak. Glad I read the label before partaking in this, as I would have been thrown with this aroma.
The mouthfeel is moderately heavy with ample carbonation. Light funky flavor right away - old apples, raspberries, mild acidity. The first half of this beer finishes mildly tart as well. Itís interesting though, because the more I sip, the more pronounced the "actual" Porter flavors pull through. My final few sips were more roasted in character carrying a semi-sweet toffee flavor.
This was a very unique and special brew. One of the more complex beers I have had in quite awhile.
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Raisins, raisins, raisins! This beer is definitely brewed in the tradition of the style as originally intended but veers strongely towards old ale/oxidized flavors with some sourness/malty notes on the backend. This was overpowering for all friends that I shared this with. Not entirely drinkable because of the lingering raisin note. Not a bad beer for this style but different than what most BAís would consider a porter.
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAR 29, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Multiple bottles, I think all of them from my good friend Matt. Thanks!
Deep rusty red-brown pour, with a thin creamy tan head. Graham cracker, strawberry, balsamic, and cocoa in the nose. Flavor is lightly tart, lightly sweet, and adds a wonderful earthy forest floor character to go with the soft acidity. Body is medium and creamy with lively carb. The beer finishes smoothly and leaves you with lingering notes of dark fruit, treacle, and soft aromatic wood. So very drinkable. Mercurial, odd, complex, and cohesive. It is a perfect example of why I find ítraditionalí, old-world brewing methods/styles so exciting and endearing.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours a mahogany brown color with a one finger tan head. Nice lacing throughout the glass.
The smell on this one is woody up front with toasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and some sourness. Like sour fruit.
The sourness really kicks in a lot more with the taste. Itís the first thing youíll notice. Not as sour as say a real sour ale but itís got a bit of a vinegar like quality with some sour cherries. The ingredients Iím used to in a porter start to come through mid palette. Smokiness, toffee, chocolate, and some dark fruit. Itís than all washed away by the sourness. Definitely a different take of a porter, at least for me.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, rich, and creamy. Goes down very easy. The sourness doesnít get in the way of the mouthfeel.
sherm1016 (992) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep brown color with an off-white head. Aroma is malty, a little sour, dark fruit, tart cherry. Medium on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet and sour, nutty, a little roasty, oak, with a tart, lactic finish. I really like the sourness in the beer and find it pretty refreshing.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz. Bottle: Got in trade from changeup45; THANKS Garry! Aroma of oxidation, malt, and some sour fruit. Poured brown in color with a tiny, tan head around the edges only. Clear. Full of small particles throughout. Not sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly tart. Tastes of oxidation, malt, chocolate, tart fruit, and some sugar. Medium body. Slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, sugar, oxidation finish is medium sweet and lightly sour. Clearly a bad bottle.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of GT. Very dark brown pour with a thick, creamy beige head. The nose is pretty crazy- sour dark fruits, vibrant juicy grapes, wet wood, and a slight hint of butter. The flavor holds more vinous chocolate notes, with lots of vanilla wood, and toffee/ popcorn butter. Medium body with low carbonation, finishing slippery and sour. Really interesting and unique, but not quite up my alley.