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! I’m really enjoying the tart cherries the aroma provides, and I don’t really care that it’s 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: I’m starting to love great sour ales, and this is a great sour ale. It’s nicely sour, yet not overbearingly oppressive in its dry oakiness. A must try, just expect it to be more sour than stout.
blipp (7904) - San Diego, 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.
MxPx1484 (17) - USA - OCT 19, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Purchased a bottle from the brewery, The Bruery. Was looking forward to this one, but I was kind of dissappointed. The sour aspect overwhelms any hints of a stout that was in the original beer. Pretty strong hint of vinegar in the finish. I’m someone who likes sours, but I think you need to REALLY REALLY love them to enjoy this one.
AdamChandler (4466) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Acquired in a trade. Enjoyed at 60F in a snifter. Thanks Eric. This is the non-provisions label.
A - Pours a tan amber brown out of the bottle. In the glass, it’s pitch black. No head was formed at all. No lacing on the swish.
S - Very funky on the nose. Tart cherries, oak and raspberries. Hint of vinegar.
T - Very interesting. Sort of a roasty taste at the finish. Very much a flanders style flavor profile but perhaps too much acidity and vinegar for my liking. It does lack balance but the stout characteristics are a nice change from what I usually get in tart wild beers.
M - Solid carbonation on the mouth swish. Light body.
O - The best way to describe this is unique. It’s one of the most unique beers I’ve ever had but the vinegar makes it hard to give it higher than a 4.
OldGrowth (3177) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from Triangle Wine. good aroma, yeasty, sweet. oak. tart cherry, hint of roastiness, dark orangy brown color, good initial head that faded away quickly, no lace. Sour flavor. light body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sour finish. Darn tasty, aroma and flavor fruitier than I was expecting by the description, real easy drinking. flavor my favorite part, really well put together.
jamesr625 (2) - Port Monmouth, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very interesting, tastes almost like liquid warheads. Not what I was expecting at all, but over really enjoyed this. Poured dark brown, nose is tart cherries, not as roasty as I thought it would be. Touch of oak, but sourness really overpowers any other flavors. If this was a blind tasting, I would not think this is a stout, but just a really good sour ale.
portableparty (2279) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2012 750ml bottle shared by DalzAle. Pours brown and hazy with a khaki head that rests to a tight soapy head. Aroma is very tart cherry and salty with a funky dry finish. Taste is more tart funky cherry sour notes. Palate is medium and chalky and very drying. Solid!
BVery (9412) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - thanks Greg! Huge sour cranberry / cherry aroma and taste. Rich dark pour and a minimal head. Aggressive and excellent.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour is a very dark brown with garnet highlights an a moderate, tan, fizzy head which is fully diminishing. The nose is quite sourish with tart cherries, balsamic lacto notes, barnyard funk, slight roast, and faint dry oak notes. The flavor is very sour dominant with tart cherries, red currants, cranberries, very slight cocoa, and similar barnyard funk. The palate is fizzy, medium, drying, and velvety. The finish is drying with plenty of tart fruit still, funk, and a hefty bit of acidity. Much more sour beer than stout, I didn't get more than a slight roast and cocoa under the funk and sour fruit. Nice sour from a nice brewery.
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coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours nearly black with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma is lots of tartness. Wrinkle up the nose tart goodness, to be exact. Flavor is extremely tart, good bit of cherries and dark fruit, moderately acidic and vinegary. Takes some concentration, but then you get the roasted malt, some oak, touch of chocolate, particularly in the long finish. Kinda weird but very good.