tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a dark brown/black with a little light getting through on the edges and a small bubbly brown head. Very toasty malt note on the nose up front, very tart, red wine, some definite oak, and caramel. Very sour up front on the taste, you get a nice very subtle chocolate/coffee note in there, nice berry flavors in there, balsamic vinegar, oak, somewhat earthy malty notes I can’t place my finger on, and there’s almost a smoky taste too. Interesting idea. I don’t get very much from it that reminds me of a stout. The closest comparison I could give would be a flanders red, but much maltier.
ChinoSkillzian (172) - The Hills, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber with minimal head. Aromas of fig, molassas, prune, chocolate, and a bit of green/vegetal. Taste is light heat, balsamic, wood, and sour red wine. The habanero is subtle and well balanced.
PapaSkeetSkeet (918) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2013 Dark-chocolate brown with shimmering ruby when down to an inch. A fine crema-like head, light-light brown that fades slowly to a mm film, then to a pachy, swirliness. Beautiful. Aroma: tart dry oak and bark. tamarind. hint of cinnamon and black licorice. milk. maple syrup. Light-medium body. Flavor is ground wood dust and an explosion of sour, balanced and delightful, electric shock on my lymph nodes. Nurse this one to the last drop. Grows on you. Small amount of fluid for big flavor. Not super roasty amazingly! great!
ACHops (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ The Bruery. Listed here as 7.8% abv. Pours thin light black with no head. Aroma is lightly roasted dark malt and punchy sour notes. Taste is similar - thin dark malts and sweet sour finish. This is an interesting sour, bit it’s not a stout. The body is way too thin.
Marheb (2481) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Échantillonnée d’un marathon de dégustation: Au nez on peut anticiper que c’est surette, acide mais jamais au niveau que ça atteint la première gorgée. Les malts torréfiés n’apparaissent que brièvement au début et leur effet se dissipe au profil d’un surette intense. Buvabilité réduite, à partager.
ineedbeer (930) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is only lightly toasty with a moderate acidic note that brings with it dark cherries and berries. Some light oak character is also present as well as faint vanilla.
Pours black with hints of dark brown and a big pillowy tan head that slowly but steadily recedes. Light lacing.
Flavor has a hint of sweetness and roast but is quickly dominated by a fairly acidic note. The acid brings with it cherries, berries and plums. There is a hint of oak but the flavor is mostly acidity and dark, tart, fruit. The finish has a bit of roast to it but also a surprising raisin note along with lingering raspberries. I am always surprised how much roast can be lost to acidity. A light chocolate note mid palate when you taste the oak and vanilla. Low bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Low acidic astringency and low alcohol warmth. This does not have any of the creamy mouthfeel you would expect of a stout.
Overall a fairly enjoyable dark sour. It’s flavor is dominated by acidity and dark fruit though leaving only hints of the base beer. If you are looking for a slightly sour stout this is not the beer.
shrubber85 (8103) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Wood, vinegar, caramel, and cherry aroma. Dark chestnut with minimal head. Sweet-tart lactic cherry malt flavor. Nicely blended. Very nice.
rbrazell (1702) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Sourfest. Black pour with a small tan head. Aroma is super funky, cheesy, sourdough, Brett, oak, tartness, roasty and slightly chocolatey aroma. Great balance and flavor in this with flavors that complement the nose. Really pleasant and surprising beer.
superspak (2910) - Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherry, green apple, cranberry, red grape, clove, oak, pepper, cocoa, light roast, hay, leather, red wine vinegar, funk, and earthy yeast spiciness. Incredible aromas with great complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with moderate barrel presence, and a touch of roasted notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour cherry, cranberry, tart green apple, red grape, pear, clove, oak, light cocoa, light roast, toast, red wine vinegar, leather, funk, and earthy yeast spiciness. Big fruity acidic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart dark and light fruits, clove, oak, hay, leather, light cocoa, light roast, toast, red wine vinegar, funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and fruity, earthy, and acidic yeast flavors with a fair amount of roasted presence; with a very nice puckering acidity and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a highly acidic, lightly slick, and slightly crisp mouthfeel that is excellent. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible sour ale! All around fantastic complexity and balance of flavors with big sourness; and very smooth to sip on, even with the big acidity. This was hardly representing a stout in malt backbone(no idea on age); but damn was this insane as a sour in general.
gnoff (8005) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2014 First rating
Big bottle thanks to Nisse666. Sampled on June 8, 2013.
Clear dark brown color, brown head. Acidic to sour scent. Acidic, sour, tart taste. Fizzy mouthfeel, very low bitterness.
Big bottle at Haket, Göteborg, on Saturday September 6, 2014. Storflaskelördag.
Black color, small tan head. Very acidic, lemon, tart scent, a bit roasted and liquorice. Acidic, tart, wood, unripe red currants taste. Warming alcohol. Fizzy mouthfeel, no bitterness. Oak, acidic aftertaste.