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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ale brewed with summit hops. Triple fermented. First in French Oak Foudres, second in pinot noir and whiskey barrels with brett and other critters. Finally in the bottle for natural carbonation.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3568) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Pours translucent brown color with tan head. Aromas of toasted malts and funkiness with some oak and wine. Sour toasted malt and cherry flavors with some wine, brett and oak with hints of chocolate. Light to medium body with lively carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rejtable (2342) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
Nice beer! Bottle one year old. Pours cola black with an immediately disappearing head and no lacing. Nose is barnyard and light roasted cereal. Notes of light espresso, sour cherries, yeast. Taste is light sweet medium sour, minimal bitterness. Light body with low/medium carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shinskyweiser (49) - - MAR 1, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2014 Pours dark as night. Little head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma of red wine, sour cherry and oak. Taste of wine, sour cherry, bitter dark chocolate and coffee. A bit spicy on the palate as well. The flavors that develop when this beer warms are fantastic! Great roasty sour ale!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9468) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
My Bottom Line:
An intense interplay of brettanomyces, lactobacillus, wine barrel and chocolate-y malts produces a complex brew which one must sit down to sip on.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the blackness.
-Carbonation is prickly, forceful.
-The finish is dry with lots of brett and peppery, coniferous hop bitterness.
-Malts also contribute raisin-like qualities.
-This probably needs to lie down for a while. Its already impressive, but perhaps too boastful for my tastes.

Bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2417) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle from somewhere in Portland. Belmont station?

I didnt have much idea what to expect from this beer, but Anchorage beers are always worth trying in my experience. This one is a way-out-of-the-box experiment in wine and chocolate. Only a puff on opening, but it left unattended in the kitchen after pouring a glass, it foams over and leaves a good sized amount of beer to stain the white counter. In my tulip it pours dark near black with a robust if short-lived brown head. Unusual nose melds aromas not usually experienced together: tons of chocolate: chocolate cake, bakers chocolate; bretty sour funk; intense red wine barrel. Also hints of balsamic and steak sauce, cobweb, wet fur musk.

Strange as that combination seems, the taste actually follows fairly directly. The wine is right up front, bringing a blackberry juiciness that Id associate with a merlot more than a pinot, plenty of chocolate roast, more wild than sour, closer to Jolly Pumpkin than any other brewery I can think of, sweet on the early part of the finish before drying out with a roast coffee finish. Mouth-filling palate, some heat on the back of the throat long after swallowing. Its an interesting experiment, packed with flavors so big that 12 ounces are good; 22 is too much. I bet this one kills it in the 2 oz pour category. Thats points off in the overall.

No surprise - this one is not subtle in the least. I need to start drinking subtle again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (7123) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de lige, partage lors dune dgustation entre amis. Arme: Odeur de raisins avec une pointe de cerise srette. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Prsence dun mince col beige mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de chocolat et de crale grille avec une pointe de cerise srette. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement vineuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrire got lgrement srette. (Rating #5479)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2687) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle. Black with a dark beige head that completely fades. Funk, saison, malty, boozy, tannin, brett, mild carbonation and moderate body, tart and a slight burn on the finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chuckstout (331) - Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Brett in the aroma, pours a dark black with a mocha colored head and good lacing. Lots of Brett in the flavor with a slight touch of roast and chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Perhaps the first dark sour beer that I have enjoyed. This comes off quite complex with dark roasted malts, lightly to medium tart, dark fruits, hints of cocoa, barrel, vinous. Rather unique.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle share taster. Dark brown minimal cap. Aroma of raisin, chocolate, sour fruit. Taste is sour and tart. Long dry finish.


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