ARH (772) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap, poured into a snifter. The aroma is sweet, tart cherries with wood and toffee as secondary notes. It pours a deep, glowing mahogany with an off-white light, thin head that leaves a thin ring and a speckled lace. The taste is medium sweet, sour, and a light bitterness. It’s oily and slightly sticky with a prickly carbonation and a medium body. There are notes of sour cherries, toffee and wood with the sourness and wood flourishing at the finish and followed up by a tart, cough syrup aftertaste that cleans up quickly leaving only a bitter syrup hint late.
AbouAli (195) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
couleur noir avec une mousse beige, qui diminue vite. Nez noix de coco étonnamment et de griottes. En bouche, le côté noix de coco ne disparaît pas entièrement mais est fortement diminué. Belle complexité tout de même.
Sledutah (5680) - Utah, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the holiday tasting
Dark mahogany with a small beige head, some lacing. Aroma is tart and dark fruit. Taste is tart fruit, dark berries with a dry finish
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 [6104-20131214] Bottle. Yeasty toast and grains aroma. Hazy, dark brown body with a quick bubbly head. Sour fruity base flavour has a lovely oak undertone. Medium-full body is quite sour. Delicious. (8/3/8/4/17) 4.0
(@ Abraxas, Miami, FL)
teorn88 (3555) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle from Kings Arms, London. It pours a deep dark brown color with ruby edges and no head to speak of. Aroma is mostly sour and vinegar-ish, with notes of dried red berries, red wine, wood, vanilla, balsamic vinegar, funk. Taste is acidic from start to finish, with mild sweetness throughout. Notes of balsamic vinegar, vanilla, port wine, wood, red berries compote. Finishes tart, acidic and lemony. Light bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, good sour but lacks the stout notes it promises. More similar to an American interpretation of a Flanders red.
AndyReynolds (1037) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very puckering, cherries with a bit of chocolate. Interesting. Here is what Superspak has douched about it: " 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.". With a 4.4.
jayzz (482) - Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taste was tart fruit, sour, cherry, fig, maybe some dates. Very faint cocoa/coffee/caramel. Aftertaste is acid/sour but not offensive. Overall, tasty and well done.
bwa5879 (787) - Portage, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 edition, opened november 2014. Pours black with a few inches of fizzy khaki head that settled to a thin corona quickly. Very sour dark fruit aroma; bold grape, brown sugor or molasses, hint of fresh leather, tart funk, cottony and dr. pepper-esque. Fiarly low carbonation, extremely tart puckery mouthfeel, creamy viscosity, dry crisp finish. Intense sour flavor like sweettarts, funky leather tannins, a bit of roasted malts, vinegar-y or wine-y grapes, lemon juice. Magnificently sour, was hoping for more complexity. Perhaps less age would be an improvement?
shoulderbroken (2570) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Antenna America. Nice looks like a stout, but doesn’t smell like it. Aroma is grapes, gaffer tape, gooseberrries. Little bit of roast hiding there somewhere.Taste is fruity, initial sourness, dark fruit, white grapes, little bit of roast at the end. Much more sour than stout, but you can feel it poking its head up occasionally. Dr pepper! Later, blackberries, bit more roast, light sweetness. Nice.
JK (4860) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF 2014. One of the best beers of the festival. Excellent sour cherry in the aroma and the flavor. Lots of fruit; and yeast as well. Full of flavor. Fantastic.