SSSteve (3550) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2012 bottle. dark, not black, with red through light. no head. tart aroma that overtakes any roasted note. smells like a tart cherries. wow...thatís tart. i notice some faint roasted, charred notes in the finish. tart is completely overpowering. like licking a 9v battery. need some tums.
So I revisited this beer the next morning when my palate seems to be able to handle sours before being battered through the course of a day. the great thing about low carbonated beers in 750s is you can pop cork in it and enjoy them over the course of a few days...why not? the beer does have an extreme sour level(on par with la folie), electric almost. i get slight metallic tinge, which explains the 9v comment. the finish has light roasty notes, but are not identifiable until late due to the high sour, dark fruit character...but when they hit you, itís really quite genius. of course itís made well(the bruery rarely lets anyone down) but for me, there is right place and time to drink these and unfortunately in my case, its not too often. rated by personal preference not style.
boxofrane (1664) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mariís. Pours pitch black with a finger of tan head, some sediment in the glass. The aroma is all funk.. sour cherry, grape, apple, and just a touch of smoke. Hard to believe this is a stout under all that dirty funk! The taste is extremely sour with a ton of sour apple, white grape, sour cherry, and a little chocolate. Iím a fan. I think this is my second sour stout and this is a hundred times better than the Jolly Pumpkin one.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750 ml bottle thanks to barak316. Pours black with a small head. The aroma is tart, fruity almost like cherries, and a big dose of vinegar. The taste is basically the same. Itís almost like a fruit infused vinegar with a little bit of chocolate mixed in. As it warms it starts to show itself more for what it really is, a vinegar bomb. Harsh acidic burn at the back of the throat. Iím serious when I say this: Next time I have a sour like this I will save a little and make a vinaigrette for a salad.
JulienHuxley (2136) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Whole foods Washington DC. Black pour with whitish head. Aroma of sour cherries, earth, brett, roasty malt, light funk. Taste is quite sour, lots of cherries, vinegar, ketchup, roasty malt finish. Palate is thin, good carbonation, quite dry. Interesting example of a style that is not seen very often, well done without being particularly enticing.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewed 9/29. Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! About 6 oz poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a very dark brown color that looks pitch black in this lack of lighted scenery. The head is rather light and bubbly for its body color, a less-than-one finger head with thick bubbles and underwhelming retention.
S: TART! Iím really enjoying the tart cherries the aroma provides, and I donít really care that itís not very stout-y.
T: See the aroma - this is tart as hell, but balanced nicely. I can find the dark, roasty, mildly chocolaty base if I concentrate, especially after several sips of palate-destroying sourness, but the tartness is what dominates the flavor profile. There are *very* slight touches of complexity, but again, TART!
M: Dry and refreshing, without being comically tannic. The carbonation is light enough to make this really easy to sip for a sour.
O: Iím starting to love great sour ales, and this is a great sour ale. Itís nicely sour, yet not overbearingly oppressive in its dry oakiness. A must try, just expect it to be more sour than stout.
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. at Dadtoberfest. Pours near black with a beige head. Tart fruity, vinegar, rhubarb, dark fruits, oak, wood, and lighter roasted malts. Pretty good.
MxPx1484 (17) - USA - OCT 19, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Purchased a bottle from the brewery, The Bruery. Was looking forward to this one, but I was kind of dissappointed. The sour aspect overwhelms any hints of a stout that was in the original beer. Pretty strong hint of vinegar in the finish. Iím someone who likes sours, but I think you need to REALLY REALLY love them to enjoy this one.
adamjackson (1733) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Acquired in a trade. Enjoyed at 60F in a snifter. Thanks Eric. This is the non-provisions label.
A - Pours a tan amber brown out of the bottle. In the glass, itís pitch black. No head was formed at all. No lacing on the swish.
S - Very funky on the nose. Tart cherries, oak and raspberries. Hint of vinegar.
T - Very interesting. Sort of a roasty taste at the finish. Very much a flanders style flavor profile but perhaps too much acidity and vinegar for my liking. It does lack balance but the stout characteristics are a nice change from what I usually get in tart wild beers.
M - Solid carbonation on the mouth swish. Light body.
O - The best way to describe this is unique. Itís one of the most unique beers Iíve ever had but the vinegar makes it hard to give it higher than a 4.
OldGrowth (2326) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from Triangle Wine. good aroma, yeasty, sweet. oak. tart cherry, hint of roastiness, dark orangy brown color, good initial head that faded away quickly, no lace. Sour flavor. light body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sour finish. Darn tasty, aroma and flavor fruitier than I was expecting by the description, real easy drinking. flavor my favorite part, really well put together.
jamesr625 (2) - Port Monmouth, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very interesting, tastes almost like liquid warheads. Not what I was expecting at all, but over really enjoyed this. Poured dark brown, nose is tart cherries, not as roasty as I thought it would be. Touch of oak, but sourness really overpowers any other flavors. If this was a blind tasting, I would not think this is a stout, but just a really good sour ale.