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 (1163) - 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 (2130) - 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.
drfabulous (4062) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce thanks to mattyb83. Slightly light body. Taste is sour stout, but without the stout. Some chocolate and a lot of raspberry vinegar. Very tasty.
JoePeesie (867) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice pure brown. Nose and taste is of smoke, wood, and light malts. Not what Iwould normal expect to see in a parter, but upon reading the side of the bottle, this beer was intended to harken back to old county brewing style. Iím a fan.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz bottle courtesy of Nuplastikk!). Pours a clear reddish brown color with thina tan head. Carbonation bubbles are small but active. Aroma is sour and winelike. There are also notes of chocolate, cocoa and dark fruit. Taste is sweet and sour-sweet chocolate and a sour fruit-almost like a truffle. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Tart finish. Iím pretty impressed with this-havenít had anything like it before, including some of the newer sour stouts. It definitely has red wine/vinegar characteristics and some (raspberry?) truffle tastes going on.
blutt59 (6022) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled, thanks to SS, medium brown to amber color with no foam, aroma is typical English malt, caramel and metallic notes, flavor is sour , tootsie roll,. peat, finish is woody sour
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice proper color for style and on the clear side for a porter. Not much on the nose maybe even a little sour to acidic nose. A little sour over the palate but finishes nice with a tobacco slight cherry almost cigar like leathery flavor. Slight sourness but overall a very drinkable beer.