Ontape (453) - Valley Village, California, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2014 2013 bottle. Sour oaky stout, much as advertised. Pours a dark mahogany with a small light brown head. Smell is stout malts, vinegar, oak, bugs. Taste is powerfully sour, almost enough to obscure what else is going on, but eventually oak and stout flavors break through. Not at all thin but light enough that you could drink this in the sun. Enjoyable stuff.
bluejacket74 (1514) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle, 2013 edition. 05/13/13 printed on the bottle, I assume thatís the bottled on date. Served in a tulip, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing, either. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like tart cherries, dark fruit, roasted malt, and some vinegar. It tastes like tart cherries, dark fruit, vinegar, lemon peel, vinegar, and some roasted malt and blackberries. Itís more of a sour brew than a stout, not that Iím complaining. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with low/moderate carbonation. I think itís a pretty good brew, I might have to pick up another bottle soon. $18.99 a bottle. Itís pricey but tasty!
canary dog (685) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím conflicted with this beer. One one hand, the beer was overwhelmingly sour. Would I be exaggerating to say it is about 50% more sour than Rodenbach Grand Cru, my all time favorite beverage? How in the world can all of the other tasters claim they were able to detect other notes in this beer? It was way too acidic to detect anything else. It was just sourness on top of sourness. Although I do remember tasting some subtle roasty stoutiness in the very first sip. After that, the taste buds were destroyed, and it was just tartness all over the place. Palate is raw, sour and electric. Like electricity on the tongue when you hold it in your mouth. By the time I got to about half way or less through the bottle, my mouth and throat were all puckery and cloying. Sourness stuck in the throat. On the other hand, I love sour beers, and this beer is-- if nothing else-- refreshing and exciting. It certainly isnít boring. I would definitely drink again, but not too often. I can easily drink two 750ml bottles of Roddy Crand Cru in one sitting (probably three, although I havenít tried that yet); but I struggled a little bit to get the last few sips down with this one. Iím a little dismayed by the brewerís claims of complexity, as I canít possibly see how one can detect other stuff going on; but other raters noticed so maybe it is just me. And yes, this is pretty expensive.
Trappist1 (642) - Diest, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap @ Stoddardsís Fine Food & Ale, Boston (MA). Black, average head. sour but very well balanced, very nice. sour after taste, complex, tart finish. Not immediately my style of beer, but really well made.
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 Vintage on Tap - Sharp acidity all the way through but strangely balanced by the malts, a delicious dark sour my only complaint is the price of the bottle is a little high.
SpongeRuiner (897) - Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong vinegar in the smell and taste which is awesome. Still contains the roasty qualities of the stout but sour all the way through. A fantastic beer.
Allesgute (9) - Alabama, USA - OCT 18, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
At the bruery tasting room. It is delicious and tarty. I loves the stout elements as well, but wished there was just a little more
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SrSilliGose (3296) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap offering. cocoa. milk chocolate covered cherries. creamy. soft roast. touch of balsamic pokes through. not big on the soured stouts. okay.
JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark brown with caramel colored head. The aroma is sour with barnyard notes, cherry, and raspberry. The flavor is again sour barnyard with a finish of raspberry chocolate.
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - OCT 14, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Mostly tart, little darkness. Except in the appearance. Not sure how people pick up chocolate in this. Sour cherry throughout. Mouth-puckering tartness. 100% cranberry juice-like lingering finish.
More like the Dark (as in the misery) of Tartness. But, hey, Iím not really a fan of sours.