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Valley Brew Stockton Sour (Phils Wild Mild)

Valley Brew Stockton Sour (Phils Wild Mild)
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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 4.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
This beer started as an English Mild, prior to hopping the wort it was cooled and transferred into a fermenter and a blend of three Belgian strains of Pedio, Brett and Lacto were added. The beer was entirely fermented in the wild state and aged for 2 years. Our initial batch of 1 BBL has been followed by a second 1 BBL batch. A larger 7 BBL batch is planned in the near future.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2008 Sampled at Stone Sourfest. Flat. Vinegarish aroma. Very balanced tartness. Definately would like to drink this one again. Rerate didnt hold up for this one. all i got out of it was a little malt vinegar and not much else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 187ml bottle. thanks jason for bringing this deserving top 50 brew!.... transparent caramel brown with absolutely no head which begs me to question why i gave this a 4. but i digress.... aroma of sour vinegar, lightly spices but it all comes off pretty sell. caramel sweet malt and an equal tart component. sounds off but it works.... flavors like a very smooth sour brown. great tart aspect to it and very well rounded. really wish i had a full pour of this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Thanks to Ughsmash for sharing this rare bottle. Dark brown with no head. Aroma is funky with cherry and other red fruit and oaky. Flavor is sour and has a good funk, dirty and a little sweet and oak. Medium body with a little funk. A great interpration, really well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Thanks Jason for sharing this tiny 187 mL bottle. The beer pours to a clean dark amber body with no head. The beer is nice and glassy. The aroma is lightly sour brown ale with subtle dark rye malts. Complex aromas of wild yeasts. The flavor is a tart brown ale with some nutty malts (walnut) and sour wild yeasts. Complex cherry and other fruit flavors. The palate is medium bodied with a tart flavor and nice texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Thanks go to Steve for sending this my way! Poured clear lighter copper with no head or otherwise perceptible carbonation. The aroma picked up tart aged caramel and semi-sweet chocolate paired with sour cherry vinegar and oak surrounding (and taking over as the drink progressed).. the yeasties really worked their magic as there was a fine level of entirely complimentary funk. The flavor found tart cherry skins and charred wood with ample funk.. sweeter caramel at the core.. the back-end had moderate berry and vinegar sourness (a huge dose would’ve thrown this off balance).. mighty tasty! Light-bodied and funky on the palate.. really dried out the palate in a careful and calculated way.. I would love to drink more of this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2008
nip bottle thanks to ughsmash for sharing! pours amber with no head. nose is acidic and bretty, sour cherry, touch fo malt. flavor is slightly acidic, bretty, cherry, caramel, some bourbon, nicely tart finish. medium body. nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 2, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2008 Sampled at Chris_O’s 19th April 2008 tasting, courtesy of Phil_L. Now, I am not normally a fan of sour ales, but this is something else. Flat, dark copper appearance with a complex aroma that manages to be both tart and sweet. On the tongue, you get the woody, malty mild taste and then a perfectly controlled fruity tartness comes through. Great balance and weight. I feel privileged to have tried this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUN 20, 2008
6oz hand bottle from AgentSteve. Tasted at WeeHeavySDs place. Acetic sour and malty aroma. Reminiscent of La Folie (which I like a tad bit more). No carbonation. Brown color. Easy to drink. Sourness is mild, unless you hold it in your mouth then it drys your tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2008
nip handbottle via mutual trade with agensteve shared wetherel who did the trade with me, from the barrel.. 6th beer of the tasting I hosted tonight, shared with bikesandbeer, wetherel and my girlfriend Cyn. Pours copper with a bubbly head, with low carbonation. Nose is super vinegary. Tastes is sweet and tart very vinegary, very very good overal, but it seems somewhat 1 dimensional. Possible handbottle degradation, its good but was expecting better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
faro99 (2) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2008 does not count
Feb. 2008 Beergeeks tasting. Waves of Rodenbach from the old days wash over me. The smell and the taste of sour and perfect oak make this an incredible beer.

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