cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
25oz bottle. Really glad I have 2 more. Pours a fantastic opaque black hue, off white head. The aromas are blockbuster, tart cherry fruit, cocoa, but a really interesting acidity. Palate translates so well from the nose, a burst of super tart fruit up front that lingers through the mid and once it hits the finish a lighter cocoa powder. Really roasty and delicious, but so balanced, maybe one of the most balanced offerings i’ve had in a while. A seemingly flawless transition of sour and stout. Amazing.
deanso (5737) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from a friend
Wine nose. Thin off white head. Dark pour. Sour aftertaste.
j12601 (6863) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a recent trade that I took to Paul’s tasting. Pours black with a ruby and crimson tinge and a small white head. Lightly acetic, sour and tart on the nose, roast and malt. Gentle acidity right away, tart fruit, a touch of cherries. Smooth with a lot of very gentle acid. A soft bit of roast shows up on the finish. Lingering acidity. Very nice. Liked this a lot.
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2nd or 3rd time having this). Dark brown to near black pour (tan highlights) with a small, but thick tan head. Looks like a nice, frothed coffee. Aromas are vinous, lactic acid, funk, chocolate, dusty fudge, brown sugar, currants, black berry, red wine. Flavors are very tart, bready, light roast, vinous, caramel, blackberry, prunes, lactic, light acetic, brett. Well integrated and not too roasty (thankfully). Lively bubbles, dry. Good. For me: dominant roast and sour are an absolutely irreconcilable combination. This is by far the best "sour stout" that I have had.
Drake (8993) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the 6th annual Richmond Industry Gathering, 11/27/11. Pours a hazy brown color with a thin white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of tart roasted malts, earthy notes and a bit of must. The taste is tart citrus, faint roasted malts and chocolate. Medium bodied.
SudsMcDuff (5941) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep molasses .. medium head, light spots of lacing .. . sour cherry, chocolate, cherry skin, and gump .. . slick mouthfeel .. . when i hear sour stout, not appealing, but this beer is quality! .. . Good god! Did someone let a mountain lion loose?
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle pour. Dark black pour with a very light head. Wow. Great sour for this stout. Drinkable and funky.
drfabulous (4193) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 thanks to thome50. Big black pour. Vinegar aroma. This is an interesting mix of the vinegar sour with roasty malt. Maybe in place of the Black IPA, the Black Sour will become the big thing. Low alcohol. Very tasty.
hopscotch (9553) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pitch black with a small, creamy, beige head. The bouquet presents lots of toasted oak, a touch of coconut and a strong suggestion of lactic acid. Medium-bodied with tingly carbonation. The flavor provides excellent, sharp, clean acidity. Very, very puckering. Finishes sour and then dries out a touch. Nothing complex here... just fun to drink. I really like this one a lot. World class brew provided by giarcsr!
boFNjackson (4176) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at a small RB/BA tasting... Poured deep, dark, near black with a thin head. Some nice dark fruits with puckering sourness. Reminded me of grape or black cherry warhead candies. They really nailed it here with the yeast tartness, oak tannins, and roasted malts. I really enjoyed this one.