beastiefan2k (2258) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
750mL bottle shared at a tasting. First to rate out of bottle, wooo! Actually, what awful dreck this was, a new low standard for special-release beer. I love sour beers but to add ridiculously acetic bile into a chocolate burnt overly sweet beer makes for a a monstrosity. Just because something is full of sourness doesn’t make it good. The acetic quality was all over the place and was able to cut through the Black Tuesday. However, surrounding the awful acetic beer was a sweet molasses that made it actually a turn off. I could not take more than a few sips. This is not a sour beer but a horrible infection mixed with overly-sweet imperial stout.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Phoenix Club. Brownish black beer with an interesting mix of flavors. The rich chocolate syrupy quality of BT with some sourness of the cherries. Sounds good but really not that special in my book.
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Bruery Reserve Initiation party 2011. Pours a tan murky brown with a slight tan head. Being a mix of Black Tuesday and Oude Tart, it pretty much does look like what I imagine it would if you mixed the two together. The smell if actually kind of funky with a very different blend between roasted malt, chocolate, and oak with a fruity sour quality. Interesting to say the least. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. The flavor is good given the odd blend of these 2 beers. Starts with some roasted notes with caramel and chocolate that quickly transition to some fruity tartness. Surprisingly balanced in my opinion. Not sure how they make this work, but it works.
hamilton23 (590) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Bruery Reserve Society Initiation Party. Less is more. Our opinion on this was "Why waste BT by souring it?" It made for an interesting taste, but only as a novelty, not something I would want to drink much of.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Phoenix Club at the Bruery event. Very dark brown in color with a one finger tan head. The aroma is interesting with both beers in the blend evodent. Chocolate, caramel, sour cherries, roast, and molasses. Big rich and interesting flavor, not a great blend but still very tasty. Big rich stout flavor, roasty and chocolatey, with rich sour cherries. Oh yeah, and -bals. -Bals, -bals, -bals I love ’em! I like how the Bruery accepts "-bal" as the correct abbreviation. Full-bodied with slight acidity and medium-low carbonation. A really enjoyable beer, as strange as it is.
brokensail (9806) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is not exactly the most beautiful of things, like most of the Melange series. Sort of turbid and murky brown with a fair amount of red highlights and a quick-to-vanish tan head.
S: I pick up the chocolate notes from Black Tuesday right away. This gives the beer a pleasant richness and sweetness that goes along nicely with some roasted malt flavors underneath. The young Flemish sour provides some mild cherry notes as well as a hint of tartness.
T: The tartness is subtle on the flavor and is mainly in the form of cherries. The chocolate and roast components don’t seem to be quite as powerful as they were on the nose, at least initially. But as the beer warms, the imperial stout starts to dominate. A decent amount of alcohol comes through on the palate as well.
M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation. A fairly smooth and creamy feel on the tongue overall.
D: I have mixed feelings about this one. I liked it, but it didn’t really wow me. Nonetheless, an interesting blend and experiment.
JoeTheYounger (1122) - Claremont, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at The Reserve Society Barrel Tasting event. Poured a brownish red color with tan head. Aroma was mild chocolate with a sour twaing. Taste was mild alcohol mild sourness with chocolate. very good stuff.
BMan1113VR (7769) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 2. On draft at the barrel tasting. Pours with a nearly black body and a massive tan head that stays. Aromas are massively vinous and sour with a bit of funk, bourbon, toffee, wood, tobacco, and chocolate. Flavors are sour yet still rich with vanilla and acid. Cherry, wood light chocolate and an extremely vinous note. Like a slightly more rich and less sour version of Consecration or one of Lost Abbey’s dark sours. Dry and acidic. Nice.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Bruery’s 1st anniversary party 5/16/09: Pours a transparent dark copper mahogany with a wispy-lacing beige head. Aroma of toasty dark caramel and earthy semi-tart black cherries. Starts with decent carbonation with milky mouthfeel and light caramel sweetness with some grassy hay and tart cherry complexity before a semi-dry finish. Could use a little more crispness and tart balance in the finish, but still an interesting brew.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap during Bruery’s BA Papier release. Medium sourness. Dark brown color. Nice tan head that lingers. Mostly lactic sourness, but a little acetic. Some oxidation. Some acetylhyde. Low funk. Pretty good. Mildly sweet, or an illusion of sweetness.