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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Sour mash Belgian dark ale brewed with black currants. Brewed in collaboration with Half Acre Beer Company, Chicago, IL.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2507) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2012
750 ml bottle. Proud is a fairly dark brown... highlights come through on the pour, but in the glass itís pretty dark. Head is fairly thin and tan, maybe a quarter inch by the time itís all said and done. Aromas are kind of muted, but I pick up some fruit (smells like black cherries to me), very light chocolate notes and a little graininess. Flavor is interesting... Tastes a lot like a very good cherry stout. There is a decent amount of roasty maltiness but the crown jewel is the current presence which is robust and carries the beer from start to finish, but gets tarter as it goes until a fairly sour finish. I was a little afraid of this one, thinking it could go south pretty quickly, but I didnít expect it to be this good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (6769) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Bottle at a tasting at Paulís. Pours a ruby tinged brown with a thin white head. Fruity, dark plum and prune notes, toffee and some touches of dark sticky caramel and old milk. Medium bodied, sweet and oxidized. Malty and full of plums and prunes. Malty, sweet, roast and a touch more prune on the finish. Sweet on the end. Interesting but a bit old.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8915) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle at Paulís. Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of sour milk, black currants, dark cocoa and caramel. Mild acid. The sour milk really throws me off. Otherwise solid. Medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
italarican (1484) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle at Paulís. Aroma of chocolate malt and vinegar. Slightly sour with chocolate malt and caramel. No earthy or coffee notes, which surprised me. I didnít have a description going into this, so I was surprised by the sour qualities.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Draft at Fountainhead. Pours a deep and dark brown, nearly black with an offwhite head. THe nose is moderately tart with some wine notes, chicolate and a faint toastiness. On tasting, mildly tart, somewhat acrid with chocolate malt notes. Good level of bitterness overall. Quite funky and grows on me as I drink it. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2012
750ml bottle from Wolfbrau. Pours really dark brown with light tan head. Aromas of chocolate, currants, dark fruits, roasted malts, bit of raisin. Flavors of chocolate, roasted malts, tart berries, currants, bit of caramel. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. Has a bit of a metallic note, but this was pretty solid.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rhsiung (830) - USA - MAY 28, 2012
picked up in st louis. shouldíve expected it to be available here, but couldnít resist. i think my favorite fruit beer ever. violet highlights! alum is right about gentle cocoa and roast.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2012
On tap at Fountainhead (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich blackish ruby hue, dark and well hazed, touches of glow on the edges offer ruby and mahogany. A big frothy tannish head stays bigger, laces well. Aromas offer gentle cocoa and roast, some mellow sticky malts of some caramel, some firm dark fruit, currant, and gentle raisin. Light mellow Belgian yeast element, touches of brown earthy malts. Interesting, still a firm dark malt influence. Initial is medium bodied offering a more rich dark fruit, black currant. Touches of raisin, mellow sweeter chocolate influence. Touches of brown malt, earthy malts into the middle. A touch tart as we go through, dark fruit influence jumps a touch more. Tart and earthy, a touch seedy with cocoa, brown malts, gentle darker malt and a lighter Belgian yeast influence melds well into the actual tart seedy dark fruit influence. Pretty solid, touches of dryness, earth, crisp biscuits, and tartness merge and dry out a bit firmly into the finish, with still a gentle sticky malt body giving a touch of girth. Pretty nice rich seedy gentle tart dark Belgian, though the Belgian yeast influence seems a bit light.. The tart fruit and dark earthy brown malts kinda set the pace. Solid. Good appearance, firm flavors. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fielding (58) - - APR 21, 2012
Pours dark with minimal tan head. As it warms, aroma becomes fragrant with dark fruits. Interesting taste that begins with a slightly sour berry flavor and moves to toastier notes. Palate is thinner than I like but slightly creamy. Overall an interesting beer, but not amazing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4185) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 31, 2012
750 from Wine and Cheese Place. Fruit beer? I donít get that category. More like a Quad. Dried fruit, yes. Plum. Raisin. But also touch of the tart. Cherry. Nice beer overall.


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