JStax (3339) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle thanks to my friend Josh. Pours a black with a grey head of foam. The aroma is that dry, funky, near floral sour from the brett. I get some woody notes out of this as well. Taste is dry sourness. Earthy and funky. Nice, crisp, fizzy mouthfeel, nearly what you would expect from a fountain soda, but a little thicker than most sodas I’ve come across.
alexsdad06 (6268) - Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is tart cherry, dark fruits, some roast, light vinous and a touch of wood. The flavor has hints of the roasted malts, biscuits, tart cherry, vinous, wood and dry. Interesting and worth the try.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
THOUGHTS: A wonderfully different sour ale. Most sours I’ve tried take a beer and turn it sour, but this one just adds a sour layer and keeps its stout like flavors. Very complex. It’s like two beers in one instead of just one transformed beer. Very easy to drink. The body was a little thin, but that just made it easier to drink. The roasted malt showed up even more when paired with some great Blue Stilton cheese.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark brown that was basically opaque black in the glass with a huge, creamy, tan head that mostly, but very slowly, diminished and left good lacing. The aroma contained light roasted malt; ever so slightly chocolate; some wood; mostly sour fruit; slight sweet fruit; and hints of vinegar. The flavor had slightly sweet fruit, then mostly sour fruit, then roasted malt and a little chocolate and then some very tart fruit and wood. The light to medium body was dry with tingly but sort of soft carbonation and a dry and moderately astringent finish.
Beerathon (1380) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is delicate balance of roasted malt flavor and tartness from the wine barrel aging. An enjoyable unique beer.
jcartamdg (2265) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black with no head. Aroma of tart cherries and roast. Taste is sour and roasty. Really nice not overly sour but really nice.
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devman171 (1119) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black from a bottle at the brewery, warm. Smell is wine and some roasted malt. Not bad but not worth 18$.
jackl (5202) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, split with a friend. The pour’s deep brown with hardly any head whatsoever. The nose is butterscotch candy, balsamic vinegar, some grape squash and ribbon candy. The taste is mildly buttery, touches of diacetyl, hints of berry fruits. Light chocolate syrup and a bit of charred wood. Mild sourness. Medium body, slightly oily on the palate. Soft carbonation. Overall, an interesting beer. It lacks cohesion. Still, not bad.
nittanytide (244) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured opaque black, with a big, bubbly, tan head. Aroma is fruitcake and chocolate. Taste is berry, pineapple and dark chocolate. Fruit is front and center, but not overpowering.
KyotoLefty (6892) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Nose of yogurt, licorice, chocolate, tart cherry, grape, biscuit, caramel, maple syrup. Very complex. Black with a nice head. Roasty dry stout flavor with milk, coffee, chocolate, that then goes sour. Very interesting.
maekchu (2450) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Deep bloody and funky sour nose, dark fruit with Brett. Very dark, near black, thin brown head. Sour cherries at first; mid goes deeper with earthy notes (someone mentioned root vegetables); smooth and complex finish. Thin-medium body, astringent. Stout-like sour. Very good and complex.