rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Mike, Steve, Ryan & Big Daddy. Thanks Ryan! Nearly black, tan head. Nose is medium-tart, roast, fig & plum skin, a bit of cocoa. Flavor is tart, some barrel character, fruit skin, light roast, cherry. Solidly bitter finish.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Sour aroma, dark fruit. Good flavor, fairly sour. Acidic, yet fairly mellow. Well done beer.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle purchased at west lakeview. not too sure about this but askew wasnít all that bad so here goes.... a small pop unleased after the cork is removed which then yielded a darker than garnet plum brown mostly opaque and almost stout-like in appearance. a fluffy lasting medium tan head rests on top... chalky chocolate malts interface first with subdued marshmallow, soured to be sure with grapey and dark fruit accents throughout. not too bad thus far... flavors continue on a similar wavelength but the chocolate and sweeter notes take a backseat to the soured lactic dark fruit qualities. grapes, raisins, figs take precedent. the mouthfeel is full and creamy, almost pillowy while adding a light chalky consistency throughout. no acidic bite or vinegar feel, rather kind of earthy and muted but that works better for a darker base beer such as this. count me a fan.
wedgie9 (2100) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 11/11/11 from a corked and caged 375mL bottle shared by ryan585. Pours an opaque, nearly black, dark brown, with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to spotty lace. The nose is sour dark cherries with a touch of balsamic vinegar, dark chocolate malt, and an earthy and lightly funky yeast aroma. The flavor is even more complex, with dark chocolate covered cherries, earthy and funky yeast, wet tobacco, molasses, sour cherries, and over-ripe black fig. The body is medium with a somewhat oily and sticky texture, light carbonation, and a long, sour cherry, dark chocolate, and wet tobacco finish.
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
350ml bottle from Binnyís BG. Pours dark hazy brown with red tints and nice tan head. Aromas of oak, lightly roast malt, plums, and some acidity and tartness. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, grape juice, wood, and some sour tartness. Finishes tart with some nice mellowing roasty notes. I bought this thinking it was going to disappoint, but I thought this was extremely solid. Nice take on the style IMO. Could have drank another bottle easily. Easily one the best beers this brewery has produced.
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle... a really dark brown, shiny, almost black, light tan head goes too quick... pretty nice aroma, I get pleasant red wine, oak, light vinegar sourness could use something else... the taste is borderline boring at first, really a generic attempt at a sour with a typical American yeast note, the taste grows on me quite a bit more through the bottle, I get a bit of red wine and molasses as well... solid sour, the best one by 2 bros so far, but still some work to do
TheAlum (5950) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased from Binnys (Bolingbrook, IL). Letís see how this goes. The Two Bros sour program has shown a touch of promise of late, but nothing beyond "solid" or "middle of the pack". Pours a blackish dark hue, near opaque, the edges show some midnight over ruby dark glow. A decent brownish frothy head sits atop, laces ok as it dies to a decent film. Aroma strikes well, offering lemony lactic acid, blackberries and raspberry fruit, some plums, touches of roast and gentle coffee, wet oak offering some vanillin, lactic acid jumps up a bit more. Touches of fruity esters, more powerful sour lactic quality on the nose, the roast falling behind, oak coming in pretty well. Some bretty leather and earth become one of the more interesting facets of the brew. Initial offers a medium bodied, a bit creamy up front, pushing some gentle roast, yogurty lactic acid. Roast grows with some cocoa, vanilla and oak, a decent kick of lactic acidity, some red fruit and plum, but gentle. Lactic acid, lemon, dryness grows a touch throw the experience, a small gentle wave mixing with the oak, cocoa, gentle smooth silky on the palate, dries ok. Some gentle roast. Finish is a bit creamy, touches of red fruit, biscuits, cocoa, decent lactic presence. Itís a pretty drinkable beer, offering some good ok, a decent lactic element and a smooth roast, cocoa, and oaky beer in it all. Still, the flavors seem a bit restrained. I think the blackberry essence is nice, but overall the beer seems a bit underwhelming. Some brett, leather, earth is subtle. Itís solid/ok middle of the pack sour beer. Impressive appearance, solid flavors. I preferred Askew (But that beer seemed to lack complexity.. The flavors were on). Itís ok, but not worth the price in my opinion.
jstraw (1938) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with fair, creamy, tan head / Complex, delicate nose of cocoa, orchard fruit, oak, and a hint of funk / Light to medium body, sour, with good malt balance and tart finish / Flavors of chocolate, dark cherries, apples, plums, pomegranate, caramel, (restrained) oak, and some nice barnyard / Another fine sour following Askew. 2 Bros is hitting stride.
Hair6a11 (1387) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Binnys; Figured Iíd give this one a go right out of the gate - This one pours dark brown with a khaki head that has a somewhat messy retention rate - average lacing is present in this tulip. Anyway - the nose is vinegar, oak, dark fruits are prevalent. The flavor profile brings in more of the dark malty notes of cocoa and so on - while the tannins, earthy oak notes, hint of vanilla - dark fruits like raspberry and blueberry come into play fairly nicely - still - the backside of this one feels a touch muted to me - while finishing with a velvety / creamy feeling. I enjoyed this one - this is an above average dark sour, for sure.
HonkeyBra (3528) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle from Binnyís. Dark, near black pour with the slightest bit of head around the rim of the glass. Aroma of vinegar, charred oak, toasted wood. Mild touches of caramel and cocoa, along with some notes of unripened plums, pomegranate, passion fruit. Flavor is tart, fruity, with some chocolate and lactose notes. Nice tannin presence, as well as a touch of bourbon. Flavor develops into a bit more classic sour, with nice tart black berries and raspberries showing up. Nice, Slick mouthfeel with prickly carbonation at the back of the throat. It appears that Two Brotherís sour program is turning out quite nice.