gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75ŗ ml bottle - sampled during our motothome tour through California. Pours deep black with a faint head. Aroma of sour doough bread, lactic acid, raisings, plums, roast. Very vivid body with nice stringent acidity and toastiness in the back. Strange, but nice!
JPDurden24 (1673) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, purple hue, beige head. Aroma is sour and tart and minor coffee...Taste is similar. Good stuff.
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is acetic, vinegar, roast malts. appearance is black (surprise!) taste is really sour in a simplistic way with not nearly as much roast to balance. Palate is thick then the sour puckers and itís not enjoyable overall this is not a good sour, not a good stout, and not a good mix of either. meh.
beernbourbon (1558) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by John, thanks man! Pour is deep dark brown (almost black) with a thin tan head. Aroma is tart cherryw ith hints of lactic acid. Not much roasted malt at all. the flavor is like that of a tart blonde sour. Certainly the appearance and the flavor is quite divergent. Not overly complex, but it paks a great tart punch. Im not surprised that this is a polarizing beer, but I loved it. The total experience was greater than the sum of the parts.
blipp (8275) - La Mesa, California, 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.
SSSteve (4006) - - 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 (2553) - 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.
ThisWangsChung (836) - 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.
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 (5640) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - 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.