badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown color with a thin head. Strong aroma of molasses, coffee, smoke, light chocolate and some cherry tartness. Very cool smoky, acidic and tart grape taste. A little chocolate and roast. The old woodiness comes through towards the finish. Lightly carbonated. This is, quite simply, excellent. It has the same "this is made with cherries, isn’t it" quality that something like Dutchess de Bourgone or Rodenbach has. I would love if people made this kind of ’original’ porter more often. Stunning.
madvike (2543) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Wow...WOW. I expected sour on this one from the description, but...wow. It looks great, pouring a clear reddish-brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma has coffee and chocolate notes with light roast malt, soy sauce, brown sugar. Taste is white and balsamic vinegar mixed with brown sugar, followed by some smoke and citrus flavors that sit on the back of the tongue. Finish is more of the vinegar/brown sugar mix, along with some chocolate and malt. It coats the mouth with tartness, a feeling that alternates between weird and pleasant. This beer is sweet, sour, weird, and wonderful.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy mahogany, garnet highlights when backlit, full beige head with good retention. Basic hocolate malt aroma with only the faintest edge of anything tart. Initial flavor has a slight tart edge, the sourness and the dark fruit part of roasted malt harmonize nicely here, give a good impression of sour cherries, turning towards dark chocolate on the mid-body and finish. As the beer warms, the sour elements become stronger relative to the chocolate ones. Not always sure that the sour and the bittersweet are working together. Light carbonation, medium body, superbly refreshing.
TheAlum (5108) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from the Hilltop Brewery’s Giftshop (New Glarus, WI). Pours a pretty transparent brownish red, good bubbly carbonation, small offwhite head that laces good enough, stays at a small level. Aromas are coffee grinds, some roasty malt, some decent Balsamic vinegar notes, bit of pit fruits that turned tart, maybe some cherry and prune. Initial is fairly potent, tart and sour with vinegar notes, tart pit fruit, mixing with some lighter roasted malt notes, coffee, faint bittersweet chocolate. The body is lighter, the sourness lingering and a bit of vanilla slipping in further in. While I personally enjoy the sour and vinegar like qualities, this certainly was a surprise. Tartness and sourness coat the palate, aftertaste.. but some light roast fights it out and surprisingly strikes a very nice balance on finish and aftertaste. Good one.
drewbeerme (3838) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. pours ruby with an off white head. the aroma has notes of balsamic vinegar and over ripe dark fruits. its tart with cherry and prune notes. actually tastes similar to a sour brown.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with faint head. Sourness dominates mild chocolate malt aromas. Like the aroma, the flavor is typical of porters but with a dominant sourness but with a faint woodiness not in the aroma.
HonkeyBra (3075) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown chestnut pour with thin, whispy spots off white head. A little whiff of sourness comes out as I open the bottle. Lightly sour aroma, mostly vinegar and chocolate. Some sweat and earthiness. Flavor is lightly tart and chocolatey with a hint of smokiness. Some nice toasty oak. Mouthfeel is slick and nice, Finishes tart and chocolatey. Really awesome, might be one of my favorite of the Unplugged series.