ineedbeer (1821) - 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 (10683) - 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 (1698) - 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 (4678) - 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 (9569) - 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.
Nisse666 (6247) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beers of Europé shared with friends 2013-06-08 Mölndal
AR: kriek, wee dark chocolate,
AP: hazy dark brown, sthouthy wee beige head
F: sour kriek, tart gooseberries, grainy, fizzy - great brew
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of TooManyBeers.Tart, funky, woody, balsamic-like cherry aroma. Dark brown with a moderate fizzy, quickly dissipating head. Very tart sour cherry, balsamic-like acidic - as well as lactic, funky, woody flavor. Light body, moderate carbonation. A nice one for my 1900th rating.
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2013 Bottle shared by Adam, Pours dark black with a little transparency. Aroma is funky with light roast. Taste is huge tart and funk with light roast on the finish. very nice!
nimbleprop (7495) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle pours a watery, translucent mahogany amber with some clumpy white head. Nose of rhubarb, strawberry, malt, toast, grass. Flavor is very tart, grapefruit pith, rhubarb, vinegar. Acetic finish. Fairly well balanced though.
jbruner (3999) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2013 Pours an opaque black from the bottle with bubbly off-white head that continually effervesces. Aroma of tart sour funkiness that has some great dark fruit esters. Taste follows, super tart but an interesting chocolate and roasted make in the middle. Damn good. Bottle says 7% abv.