callmemickey (2874) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Deep brown body with chestnut colored hues as the light reflects off of it. Medium khaki cap. No lacing.
S: Cherry notes pop off the malty base of chocolate, leather, oak, and smoke.
T: Again, sour cherries are the focal point as a cast of malts play second fiddle. Smoke, roast, chocolate, leather, and plums.
M: Assertive carbonation, medium body, smooth finish.
O: Much better than I was anticipating-probably the first "sour stout" Iíve truly enjoyed.
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours mahogany with off white head. The aroma is a rush of complexity with some dark roasted malts, fruity berry tartness, some mild funk and a bit of wood or two. The taste is straight up tart and dry to start followed by faint dark roasted malts. Into the finish it gets mighty dry and arid and a bit astringent too.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer pours into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip with a nice, dark, well browned, dark tan colored head that sits on top of an almost black, concentrated brown colored beer. Up front this beer smells like an oaky, berry-laden, red wine, but with lots more tartness than one usually finds in a wine; this morphs into notes of dry dark chocolate, touches of coffee and lots of toasted whole grain, dark malt notes. The toasted notes are accentuated by the combination of dark malt and oak character and then balanced in some way by the lactic tartness that is here.
The beer tastes tart, almost with a harder sourness from the lactic acidity, though this combines quite smoothly with the roasted grain character; which is not usually the case in many of the sour / roasted beers that I have had in the past. The finish has a firmness to it that is brought on by the combination of lingering acidity, tannic woody notes and an additional astringency / spiciness from the oak. The tartness in the finish brings out some berry like notes and, along with the oak character, reminds me quite a bit of a red wine (assuming you can ignore the up-front roasted notes). I really like how well the tartness and fruitiness balances out the roasted character found in this beer. The roast character is still well noticed though, if it wasnít for the other notes it would be much more coffee and dark chocolate tasting than it is. There is quite a bit of toasted maltiness to this beer that provides a nice whole grain character to this beer. The tartness is also accentuated by a touch of burnt character from the roast malt. This beer is quite dry actually, this works quite well here actually, though this beer does still have some richness to the middle, it accentuates a chocolate note, but is almost a bit savory; interestingly enough the beer starts out very dry and finishes quite dry, but the middle almost has some viscousness to it; this is just enough to keep the entirety of this beer from seeming the least bit thin.
This is quite vinous in the end, and is really quite tasty. I didnít expect to like this as much as I have, and I certainly wish I had quite a few more bottles of this than I do; though I am going to quite enjoy the two other bottles that I have of this (assuming I can keep them away from my wife who has really taken a shine to this beer).
Pailhead (4897) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate cherries, roast, and a hint of acetone. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a minimal beige head. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate. The finish quickly turns sour lemon with a hint of roast. Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, I generally donít like sour and roasty, but the roast is really hidden in the flavor.
craftbeerdesign (2182) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml purchased at The Bruery Provisions. black pour with a 1 finger tan head - falls rather quickly. sweet and roasted malt nose hiding under a big lactic and tart nose with lemon and light funk. as the beer warms, the oak comes forward. big round tart body filled with tear jerking sourness, lemon, grapes, apple and light funk. some light sweetness and roast lingers, but the body really falls on the sour side leaving almost any resemblance of a stout behind. big sour finish with a lactic coating which makes the eyes twinge and the mouth happy. oak notes coat the sides of the mouth and there is a bit of chocolate hanging on... great beer!
GODiSSOUTHERN (369) - Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice sessionable and refreshing beer. Nice dark color with great acidic quality. I did not, however, get any of the stout flavor. If I have any complaints it is the lack of balance between sour and stout flavors.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Dakís Cantillon Tasting...not sure who shared so sorry!!! Just not sure that the style lends itself to sour. Iíve had quite a few that were unintentionally sour and I didnít exactly enjoy them. Mahogany bordering ebony pour with a small latte head. Aroma and flavor show char, roasted malt, and vanilla but also show light funk and lemon pith. Barrel is subtle if available at all.
nickd717 (3560) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle thanks to DJButters on BA. Darkest brown in color, near black, with a small tan head. Tart roasty aroma with some dark fruit and black cherry notes. The flavor is big on roast and black cherry, with a good wild yeast presence and a bit of dark chocolate and espresso. Medium-bodied with medium acidity and a good carbonation level. Like a better version of Surly 5, which I had side-by-side with this. I like it.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasty nose, chocolate, some cherry or balsamic tartness in the nose. Really nice nose. Pours dark brown almost black, nice off white head. Tart, sourness on top of some ashy roast. Some tart cherry notes, lingering sour, lingering dry roast like an irish stout base. Carbonation starts lively and ends a little flabby. Interesting.
bvc (1159) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml, thanks Clint. Pours dark brownish black with a tan head that is a mix of large and small fish eyed bubbles. Nice blend of light tart, chocolate, hazelnut, and faint licorice. Kind of like chocolate covered cherry. Balanced cherry balsamic with cocoa, touches of leather and tobacco, roasted marzipan nuttiness. One of the better Bruery beers Iíve had for sure.