Strykzone (5350) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a glass of this at Schlafly’s Tap Room. Thanks to Vyvvy for adding it here. This style is definitely not a favored one for me but this offering was very nice. Even I liked it. Dark reddish brown with a one finger tan head. Nice spider web lacing. Flavor was light sourness and deep resonant dark fruit. Flavor was also lightly sour with that delicious fruit. On occasion plums would just jump out and cherries were steady. Nice caramel and some interesting complexity.
vyvvy (4540) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 Hop in the City festival beer - Pours clear brown with a reddish hue and a beige head. The aroma has light sourness, cherries, light must and a hint of spice. Medium crisp body that is a bit grainy and it has restrained carbonation. The flavor starts with some mineral/medicinal traits followed by some light cherry, a bit of tin, some pepper and an expected thin malt presence. The finish has the same with a hint of caramel and some pennies. This is okay for Schlafly’s first attempt at a sour, but no way this is up with established examples of sour ales. However, this is a line priced beer on tap, so dollar for dollar value is decent.