daje (3980) - NORWAY - MAR 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chez Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles, march 15th 2015. Dark brown, nearly black, with a big tanned head. Aroma is roasty with flowery hops, ginger and oak. Taste is sweet with a rough bitterness, herbal, a nice warm chocolate at the finish. Not very whiskyish, though it bears some resemblance to a cascadian dark ale in its roasty and hoppy form.
Scopey (12227) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Shane at the 2016 Cotteridge Convention. It pours opaque brown with a massive tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, tangy, fruit cake, plum, orange peel, sherbet and chocolate. The taste is crisp, decent roast, mild acidity, tangy, fruit cake, peach, tangerine, wood and a touch of alcohol. Medium + body and moderate carbonation. Quite interesting overall. Not bad.
RichTheVillan (6508) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at CWC II; dark brown poor with a sizeable beige head, whiskey and tart fruit aroma, taste has fruits a hint of spirit, wood.
sdmmb (1662) - USA - MAR 10, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drunk from 37,5 bottle bought from Malting Pot. Interesting mix of the sour taste of a classical Flemish brown ale with stout and a hint of whiskey.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Wim (3636) - Weelde, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At my home along with Yves dark brown colored body with off white head and a roasted malt hops aroma a roasted malt herby fruity slightly sour bitter taste with alcholic bitter finish
SarkyNorthener (3966) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cotteridge Convention II. Bottle shared thanks to S_hartshorne, cheers Shane. Dark brown beer. Aroma of roast malts. Taste is roast malts, some barrel aged notes and slightly sour. Ok.
Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2016
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle shared at the Cotteridge Convention - 2016 edition. Cheers! Pours unclear brown with a creamy, tan head. The nose holds apples, berries, carpet. Light sweet flavour, tangy, with more apple notes, damp wood, old fruits. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Odd finish, with musty damp wood, dirty carpet, beat-up leather. Rough and rather poor.
Yves (2821) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared with wim at his home. Brown colored beer with small brownish head and no carbonation. Smoked malty aroma. Finish is wiskey malty hinted.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android
Beerheart65 (1388) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent review before me made me stop retasting rest of this. Clear dark brown, dense creamy rocky light brown head, covering but not that sticky lacing. Yup, that’s whiskey all right! And quite alot of it. But that is background and interesting stuff is elsewhere. This really reminds more Flamish red than stout. Aroma is Sweet with ripe dark fruits. From what is pointed before me I do get cranberry, red wine and vinegar, oak, tannin and plum. Rest escape me but my nose is in trainig 😜. Light body, sour, long finish with sour notes, mild carbonation. Is oak here from whisky barrel? Brings quite dry notes here. Well, lots of whisky... I just like my whisky more peaty and drier than this. As it is this is ok and made much more interesting by great remarks by Alengrin. Not exactly what I expected.
Alengrin (4426) - BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 37.5 cl ’geuze’ bottle bought at Rotsaert in Zedelgem. Slow gushing but perfectly manageable. Medium thick, pale greyish beige, lacing, moussy and creamy head dissolving slowly in the middle and residing over a hazy, very dark chestnut brown beer but not truly ’black’, with burgundy edges. Aroma seems more evocative of ’oud bruin’ (Flemish red) than stout, but with that in mind, the few ’sour stouts’ I had do spring to mind; I get hints of passion fruit, raw cranberry, walnut, very old red wine, caramel, wet oak, vanilla-like tannins, red apple, cocoa nibs, oloroso sherry or even slight sherry vinegar, blue plum, whisky, baked banana, some vague varnish-like solvents and even a very faint echo of FFF (manure) but nothing disturbing and fading quickly; in fact I find the nose as a whole quite attractive in this one, I guess I had expected more off-flavours. Lots of sourish fruit (redcurrant, apple peel, passion fruit, unripe plum) in the taste with a deeper, subtle dried apricot-like sweetishness buried underneath but matching well with the tartness; softish carbo, fruity esters carrying onwards over a sweetish caramelly but mostly nutty, toastedly bitterish malt backbone - eventually yielding a brief roasted bitter touch, but nothing of the rich dark chocolate or coffee-like bitterness I expect from a beer calling itself a ’stout’. Finishes malty, with the bitterish toastedness continuing well into the throat, balanced by a fairly dry, clearly present but not overwhelming ’oakiness’ including some retronasal tannins (vanilla), vinous and agreeable in terms of body (a bit vinous); very low in hoppiness, hops are merely structural here - again, as in a Flemish red. A warm but subtle glow of whisky-like alcohol (and even flavour) appears all the way at the back, where it belongs, and the drying wine- and sour berry-like tartness, which was there from the beginning, persists longer than anything else. Enjoyable and interesting beer, but way closer to oud bruin than to actual stout; at best and with some goodwill, I guess you could attempt to place this under the - still very underpopulated - ’sour stout’ category (in Belgium represented only by Zwet.be and last year’s Zwanze - but not even Stout Rullquin), but even then it lacks the ’black’, roasted bitterness from the style. I think consumers can be disappointed if they expect a stout here, but, like some other offerings from these enthusiastic young brewers, in terms of ’oud bruin’, this hits the right spot. I would suggest them to up the ante and concentrate on actual ’sour stout’, I have a feeling this hybrid category (not even recognized here) is still in its infancy and has the potential to lead to a whole league of amazing new beers.