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Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Dark Sour beer aged in Oak with Sightglass Coffee Beans


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (7456) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 15, 2015
[2/14/15] Draught at The Rare Barrel in Berkeley. Big coffee aroma. Sourish fruity flavor with lots of coffee. Medium-bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ontape (434) - Valley Village, California, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Draft at the brewery. I think this is phenomenal. Recipe has obviously changed at some point as this is a golden sour, not a dark beer as some previous reviews note. ABV was listed 5.2%. Pours a mostly clear light gold. Huge coffee nose -- blind you would not guess this a beer. Taste integrates the coffee and the golden sour artfully. Cold brew coffee up front, sour on the finish with the coffee lingering. Coffee flavor is incredibly clean and clear. Unique in my experience and very well done.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeuroPliny (208) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
Taster at The Beer Store. Pours clear straw with rapidly disappearing off-white head. Nose is arabica coffee bean. Huge coffee! Flavour is sour coffee. Yes that's a true statement. Never tasted anything like it. Not sure how to classify this other than "sour coffee".

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Gotta give this some love as it was the first and hopefully not last coffee sour I’ve ever had. Nose is more fresh coffee than anything else, with an underlying funk. Flavor is all over the place...more sour than coffee but they play off each other fantastically.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4275) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2014
Draught @ The Rare Barrel, Berkeley, CA

Pours dark reddish brown with a smooth white head. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, wood, vinegar and tart berries. Taste is sourish with massive coffee flavors, cocoa, wood, oak and vinegary yeastiness. Finish is tart, sourish and vinegary with loads of coffee, cocoa and wood. Quite an unique beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3974) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Tap. Batch 2 . Pours clear chestnut, medium beige creamy head, nice lacing. Aroma is coffee, a bit of oak, tart cherry. Flavor is coffee forward initially, quickly giving way to tart cherries, oak tannins, a bit of ashtray. dry finish, medium body, puckeringly lingering tartness. Almost too much tartness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7133) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 23, 2014
Draft. Batch 2. Mahogany beer with a cream head. Big coffee aroma. Tart and sour flavor with coffee and light lemon. Medium bodied. Coffee and sourness lingers with light lemon.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Getbetter (928) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - APR 19, 2014
From a tap at the brewery.The pour is khaki color with very strong coffee aroma.The beer has a sour chocolate coffee taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3740) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 21, 2014
On tap at the brewery. It pours a very deep copper red color with a khaki head. Wow, what a weird concept. Even stranger that it actually works. The aroma is huge coffee with lots of chocolaty roasted nuts with some acidity. The flavor is pretty crazy with coffee, nuts, cocoa and heavy vinegar acid. Roasted and acidic finish. I’m not a coffee nerd by any means, but it kind of reminded me of an extremely citrusy, acidic black coffee. Normally I wouldn’t like the vinegar aspect, but it serves this one pretty well. Unique stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Pours deep ruby color. Lovely fresh coffee aroma, fresh baked wheat bread, ink. Milky coffee flavors, latteish, smoothly riding atop an astringent red wine vinegar sourness. Chocolate covered espresso bean emerges with warmth. Love the coffee character but the sourness is too acetic.


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