zizzybalubba (1896) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2012
On tap during the 43 Hours Of Sour at The Birch, Norfolk, VA. Pours very dark and from the lighting was hard to tell if it was dark brown or black. Tart blueberry, apple cider vinegar, and some oak are noticed in the aroma. The blueberry and apple cider vinegar are detected in the flavor and are joined by some soy sauce (which actually works in this beer) and hints of oak and Earth. For a sour beer this has a rich mouthfeel. This is a stunning sour beer. knickskicks (1168) - - DEC 2, 2012
Draft. Deep dark purple, virtually black. Big sour yeast and blueberry nose, purple gatorade. Taste is sour yeast, blueberries, lasting tartness with some grape Tylenol. High alcohol well masked. The grape tylenol in the finish was occasional and ultimately didn’t prevent this from being a really special beer. 1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2015
I felt that I had to rate this beer because I feel it is unjustly rated very low for some unknown reason. Batch #3. It is one of the most sour and acetic vinegary beers that I’ve ever had. Funky roasty chocolate meets blueberry vinegar syrup. Like a really intense Kombucha. Holy heck sour. But all the flavors still show. I don’t get any spice, but whatever happened... it works. If Cantillon had put their label on this, this is an instant top 100. obguthr (6925) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Tobacco, cider vinegar, prunes, and currants on the nose, a fabulous combination. Quite vinous. Opaque black, no head. Full body, sublime smooth almost viscous texture. Tart apple, prune, currant, tar, and tobacco flavor. Char finish. Fabulous complexity with rich dark fruit and tobaco notes. Amazing.
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Mouth numbing sour! Awesome! Under all that sourness is some dark fruit and a little of the oak it was aged in. What a great beer!
kindacold (237) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Smells amazing, blueberry pie with cayenne. Pours an almost black red, no head. Flavor EXPLOSION. Sweet and tart blueberry, sour sweet, major chili flavor, especially at the end. Dry sour finish. mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 26, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2014 on tap at Holy Grale on St Sour Sunday. Pours dark purple almost black with a violet head. Smell is vinegar, red wine, oak, and dark fruit. Taste is dark fruit - blueberry, grapes/cabernet with vinegar and sourness balancing the finish along with pepper heat which elevates this beer to a whole new level of uniqueness. Medium-thick body, can barely taste the alcohol. One of the most interesting beers and best sours I have had...as an aside had this beer in a bottle 2 yrs later, almost undrinkable as the bugs have taken over -- way too acidic. Will keep my rating of the younger version on tap with this added disclaimer. Don’t pay for a bottle at this point.