DutchDrebus (4311) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ ZZT8:BBT1. Pitch black with a small light brown head. Smells sourish, dusty, red fruits, roasty. Tastes sour, red fruits, blueberry, roasty, coffee. Full body, soft carbo.
HopRedHead (393) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Mikkeller & Friends. Pours black with a short white head and 2mm of lingering lacing. Big brett, zest, plum and grape aroma. Taste is big dark fruits, nice sourness and lots of red wine vinous flavours: plum, grapes and black currant. Lingering sourness, light bitterness. Very refreshing for a dark beer.
mathieuc (1514) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2013 Pours a deep black with no sediments or anything, just pure black. Aroma is really fun with more wine than anything but you can still feel a bit of the stout character if you try really hard. Head retention is not that good and it leaves some lacing but nothing impressive. Taste is dry, sour and a little bitter. You can sense some sweetness but nothing distracting and also a little roasted malt. Closest I can think of right now in terms of a similar experience would be a really nice Flanders red but with a little roasted malt mixed in. Tart and vinous, this feel a lot different than most sour stouts I have had to date. Awesome!
MacBoost (1399) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well fuck me. This is a pretty special beer.
Pours and looks like a porter. Smells like a sour. Has the alcohol of an imperial stout. Tastes like a 50% imperial stout 50% Russian River Consecration mix. Pretty amazing.
Pours a jet black with a brown head. Aromas of tart fruit, chocolate bars, twangy berries. Taste is similar - but with way more chocolate. Still, not sweet at all. Pretty sour with a nice puckering finish. This was an amazing experience. O fo sho!
vyvvy (4135) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
If this one wasn’t super premium priced I’d be buying a bit of this one. Pours dark brown that is a bit reddish with a soapy tan head. The aroma has cocoa, roasty malt, lots of red wine barrel aspects, quite vineous, spice, cream and ice cream malt. It has a medium / full body that still has a crisp feel with light sharp carbonation on the finish. The flavor starts with well blended flavors of roasted malt, red win and buggy Belgian yeast. Quite beautiful how they meld. There is also some light oak and spice. Beautiful wine traits on the finish that shows mineral earthiness and dark berry fruits. There is also beer aspects of dark caramel and bugginess from the brett. Excellent foreign stout, quite possibly the best I’ve had.
ACD (672) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl bottle at Probus Wines, Dublin. Near-black pour with thin tan head and plenty of lacing. The aroma gives a huge hit of Brett - funky and pungent - as well as some hints of roasted malt and light vinous notes. Taste is again dominated by the Brett - plenty of tart, almost-cheesy fruitiness. Dark roast coffee and dark chocolate emerge from under the heavy blanket of wild yeastiness, as does a tiny bit of tannic red wine flavour. Surprisingly light bodied and easy drinking. I’m a big Brett fan, so I enjoyed this and didn’t mind that the yeast dominated. I’ve got another bottle that I’ve stored in better conditions than this one was, so I’ll crack that open soon and rerate - hopefully it’ll give more of the red wine barrel.
chimpgibbon (332) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fudge and balsamic and sharp wine tang almost pull this one off but not quite for me. The wine lingers too long and is astringent by the end. Nonetheless a respectable effort.
Rune (8493) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Kihoskh, provided by Skinnyviking for the Absalon tasting session ’13. Devil-black body, tan-coloured head, spotty lacing. Smell of red wine mixed with dark malts. Vinous flavour joined by malts and a touch of lactose. Tart and sweet ending. Quite well balanced. Partially pleasing (hotel room, Copenhagen 26.05.2013).
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep dark brown color. Roast, caramel and some vinous notes in the aroma. Medium to full bodied. Prominent vinous flavor, slightly oaky, overpowering other flavors, like hints of roast and caramel. Some soft acidic notes. Tannines. Very nice brew.
Skinnyviking (7235) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Medium high off-white lasting head. Pitch balck body. Sour cherries milk acidic aroma and flavor with a vineous sour note. Low carbonation. Long sour finishy.