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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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4857) - Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2015
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; Batch #2, bottled in November 2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tart cherry, raisin, currant, lemon, green apple, red grape, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, red wine vinegar, toasted oak, black pepper, leather, light vanilla, hay, straw, light funk, and yeast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/acidic yeast, roasted malt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart cherry, raisin, currant, lemon, green apple, red grape, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, red wine vinegar, toasted oak, black pepper, leather, light vanilla/char, hay, straw, light funk, and yeast/oaky earthiness. Moderate balanced tartness/spiciness and light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, raisin, currant, lemon, green apple, red grape, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, red wine vinegar, oak, black pepper, leather, light char, and yeast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/acidic yeast, roasted malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately acidic, and slightly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent sour stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/acidic yeast, roasted malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (6829) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2015
Bottle share at Pauls 10K, many thanks to Theydon_Boost. 8.5% bottled Nov 2014. Black, small foamy brown head. Aroma is spice, dried out lemon, dry apricot, dusty. Body is medium, tingly carbonation, smooth. Taste is chocolate and mint, mint choc chip, earthy and tangy sour lemon notes, dry finish. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (6912) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
22pz bomber shared at Pauls 10k tasting in London. Many thanks to Cloin for this juan. It pours a dark brown almost black color with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet malty and tangy with raisins and red fruits. Taste is tangy and acidic with hi plate rum strawberries red fruits lemon tang cocoa. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, very nice and xolid

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10375) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle thanks to my mom! Pours black with a thin grayish brown head that dissipates nearly completely. Aroma is mainly dark grains but has a bit of sour dark red fruits and a hint of wine. Flavor has a good amount of red wine dryness with sour dark red fruits and a dark grain backbone.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17579) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle split at Scopey 10K, acquired in CPH, 26/11/15. Black with a well appointed light tan covering that dissipates to a swirl. Nose is bitter red berry, funk, dark fruit notes, brett strokes, red wine tones, fruit cake. Taste comprises bitter fruit, funk, light vinegar, damp wood, charr, earthy berry, tangy dates, bretted licks. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with warming alcohol and moderate puckerings. Decent dark sour with a subtle enough barrelled edge.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12990) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle at my 10K, thanks to Theydon Bro. It pours pretty much black with a decent tan head. The nose is rich, sweet-sour, oily, funky, dark chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut, mild whisky and jammy blackcurrant. The taste is bitter-sour, earthy, funky, some acidity, charred wood, cocoa, granny smith apple, charred wood, leather and some alcohol heat towards the finish with a dry, woody finish. Medium+ body and moderate carbonation. Interesting, but I am never quite sure about the balance of dark roasty sours. Not bad anyways.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6488) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Courtesy of 5000 via trade Bottle: The aroma consists of cherries, red wine, light chocolate, hints of roast, and vinegar. It?s a dark brown with some orange highlights and beige head that fades to a minimal film outlined by a thin ring. The flavor starts with light-moderate cherry, light chocolate, cola, and just a hint of roast. The finish light lemon, light red wine, and a hint of vinegar. It?s medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, I?m generally not a big fan of dark sours because I don?t think sour and roasty work well together, but this is very light on roastiness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryecatcher (1362) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2015
750mL bottle from DeLocks in Munster. Pours a murky and opaque chestnut brownish-black, espresso colored head with okay retention. Nose is funky, fruity, some sour cherries, raisins, dark roast, minerals, wood, touch of diacetyl. Mouth is medium-full, dry, tart up front, then bitter and a bunch of fruit and roasted things (barley, coffee, chicory), wine barrel becomes evident on the back end, whiskey barrel at the very finish. The bitterness kind of detracts though as it undercuts everything and lingers. Wondering if cellaring this for a year would mellow that out. Still another solid brew from the Land of the Midnight Sun.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321 (5884) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Location: 750 ml bottle from Winooski Beverage, 9/26/15

Aroma: The aroma is dark berries (black, blue, black cherry), oak, and red wine, plus a little plum
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with a thin ring of light brown head and mild lacing
Flavor: The flavor is sour fruity, and yeah, pretty much exactly like the aroma would suggest
Palate: Medium-plus bodied, more of a sipper, drinks nicely from cellar temp through room temp
Overall Impression: Another excellent one from Anchorage. Theres a ton of complexity here, most of which seems to come from the barrels and the brett. Im sure the underlying beer was solid too, but those are definitely the dominate flavors here.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4625) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Deep and dark pour with one finger of dark tan head. Tart aroma with chocolate, black cherry, spices, and a lightly estery quality. Tart in the flavor with chocolate and dark cherry, some bitter grain, and some spicy notes.


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