ineedbeer (1817) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is fairly dominated by red wine and oak with some of the base beer present. Light roast, coffee and chocolate. Light acidity in the aroma. As it warms the malt becomes more noticeable.
Pours black with a thin light mocha head that recedes to the edges fairly quickly. No lacing and moderate legs.
Flavor is very wine forward with a lot of tart berry and cherry notes. Light chocolate and roast, but most of the malt character has receded. The acidity is clean, lactic and well balanced. Much like in the aroma, the malt becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. Medium low bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied withe medium low carbonation. Low but present astringency, likely from the acid and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a good dark sour, but I think I am starting to like dark sours less; the acidify always seems to wash out the base beer. There is a lot of nice fruitiness to it and the acidity is well balanced. Good wine and oak notes.
birdmachine (226) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with gyberic, poured into snifter glasses. Dark liquid with red hues escapes the neck of the bottle and splashes into the glass unlocking its lactic aroma. A foamy, two finger head sets ontop of the beer, while very little light permeates the liquid. Aroma is complex, with woody/wine notes, slight grape, and cherry subtleties that turns to a recognizable base of deep roast, and slight dark chocolate. Bright carbonation is noticed upon the first few sips with a nice jammy berry flavor, and lactic taste that is seriously the perfect level. Nice level of roast, leather and slight vinegar sits on the palate. Not much noticeable chocolate.. Aftertaste is more of the berry/cherry combo with plenty of lingering roast to remind us of the base beer. No lacing on the glass, but leaves behind small legs. Overall, an interesting mix of sour and roast that is pretty balanced. I am glad the sourness doesn’t overpower the main point of this beer. Well done!
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2014 Bottle at the brewery. Hand marked "1 of few"
A - pours dark cola brown with low off white head with some lacing. S - this is a nice combo of porter and sour beer. Chalky, toasted malts. Very typical porter. Light chocolate and dark malts. Then come the sour wine aging! Tart berries and cherry notes, oaky red wine aromas. Interesting to catch almost two separate beers in the aroma. M - tart but not over bearing. Bright crisp body. Light up front to a slightly thicker maltier end. T - tart lacto, lemon juice, light vinegar right up front. Red wine, oak tannins, tart red berries and cherries follow. The palate is the standard tasty porter. Toasty dark malts, chalky chocolate, and earth swim around in this fantastic blend of porter and wine barrel sour. O -amazing! I was skeptical of a sour barrel aged porter. Sante proved me wrong. They are my favorite brewery for sure. Right up there with stave and HF. Sours/wilds/saisons oh my.
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the brewery. Deep dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma oscillates from red wine and grape skins in one whiff to roasty malts and dark chocolate the next. Big jammy red wine character with tart strawberries, evolving into a milk chocolate and cocoa powder finish with lingering lactic acidity. smooth and quite dry.