darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Only my second perfect score. And that includes the thousands of beers I have had but haven’t rated. Major, major thanks to the insanely generous Diego for opening this ridiculous beer. Pours an amazing near black with a frothy tan head with reddish highlights. Crazy head, gorgeous beer. Nose is unexpected and amazing. Cola, chocolate, nuts, lactic sourness, and chewy cherry. Flavor is so amazingly balance with the stout flavors sitting right up at the front of the palate, the body is thick and full and the moderately sour cherry finish comes in at the end while the nutty chocolate finish of the stout lingers. This is just an amazing beer, Didn’t know if I would ever give another 5, but here we are. Maltzilla (38) - Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Hands down, one of my favorite sours of all time. Pours a dark, creamy black with a think, tan head. The aroma is chocolate malt, cherries, and some sweet sourness. The flavor is very much on the same page: roasty malt right up front, followed by dark chocolate covered black cherry, tartness and mild acidity. Just wish they had decided to make this a yearly thing dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Bottle shared by Maltzilla at Tower of Sour Power. I’m gonna follow suit with Darkguardian and Maltzilla in saying that this beer was just incredible. Stole the show that night. It was hard to believe that a beer so dark could hold so much sour quality. The cherry was most certainly there as was the stout presence. It was a perfect mixture of the two. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 11, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 750mL Bottle. Vibrant puckering nose, throwing a soft apple and raspberry juice, tart and unique. A bit of deeper stout, but mostly a really clean clear citric, lactic, and acetic acid amalgam. Pours a dark chocolate black-brown, with a cocoa-dust dark head. Leggy. Flavor is rich and real deep. This is highly sour and easily one of the most sour beers I’ve had. Fortunately, this sourness is incredibly clean. Mostly a lactic-citric run, with plain generic acidity, with, when warmed, throws a softer acetic edge. What’s really awesome is the blending of the cocoa and chocolate characters that lie deeper. The dry, cocoa-powder sensations casts incredible balance to the acidity and the cherry sweetness. So many good flavor, so clear, so mature and so refined. This is unique and outstanding. My one complaint is that the acidity gets a little overbearing and the acetic quality shines in the finish, but that’s being picky. JAXSON (606) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2012 Bottle, huge thanks to Terry! Pours a thick, viscous black that is completely opaque. Really pretty mocha head. Sour aroma with chocolate-covered cherries. First sip is really earthy and dark, with a very well-melded sour presence. Mocha coffee dust falls in there somewhere. Very tart, long finish. This is a really complex brew from Bullfrog; the deep, earthy malt is transformed into a super tart oddity, and this weird, cherry presence rounds it out. One of the better brews I’ve had from Bullfrog, though it’s a bit heavier than I was hoping for. Still it’s exceedingly well-balanced and really interesting.
I’ve had this a couple times, this rating is from a recent bottle.
Bottle opens with a bang, pours thick black with a huge, deep mocha head. Nose is at first fairly acetic with balsamic vinegar and maraschino cherries, a good bit of barrel. I would have guessed it was a red wine barrel but I believe the bottle says bourbon. Underneath these initial aromas are a beautiful collage of baker’s chocolate, roasted malt, some smoke. Quite tart and puckering up front, with a focus first on the acetic, sour qualities, segueing into that darker, smoky quality. Very earthy, somewhat dry in fact. Light and airy despite the huge qualities and complexity of this. Less malt and more acid as this has aged. As it breathes and opens it’s just lovely -- more earth, soil, and smoke behind the wild acids, weaved together beautifully.
July, 2011 update. Enjoyed at a tasting next to various other dark sours, black sours. This was on another level from every other black sour tasted next to this (Perseguidor 4, Sinners 09) and was one of the top 2-3 bottles of a total of 50 or so, including Speciaal Brouwsel 20, T20, loads of vintage Jolly Pumpkin and De Dolle reserves. An amazing dry, earthy character beneath bright fruit and sour acids, totally unique and delicious.
January 2012 update, just a few notes from a recent bottle. Pours black with a tall deep caramel head that slowly fades away but leaves a persistent cream atop, moving appearance to 5. Acidic and earthy, smoke element stronger than prior bottles. An umami type quality through the first pour of the bottle. It’s imperative that this beer breathes and opens for a good 15 minutes before you really get into it. As it does the earthy, unsweetened chocolate character is just marvelous, dry but incredibly rich, atop that a screaming high acidic sour cherry. Layers of rich, earthy malt, lightly sweet but heavy dry cocoa powder and vanilla, washes of acids. Depth of flavor and complexity is magical, this particular bottle was probably the best American wild I’ve had.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2013 Thank you Beerlando for a wonderful share!!! Wonderful aroma, sour with a hint of cherry, sour pickering first sip, Omg this is amazing... I am so lucky. Pure mouthwatering joy. tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Poured an Ikea Black//Brown. Yeah, ikea color scale beyotch. nice 1/2" tan head, nice tight bubbles. Leaves a nice halo.
Smells of tart cherry, us chocolate malt and black malt.
Starts with a very tart and apply named cherry bomb on the front. Wild barrel aging gives it a nice acidic funk to the cherry, which is quickly followed by standard RIS flavors, roasted barley, rich coffee notes, bitter black malt, and finishes with a little sweeter cherry flavors and a nice dark chocolate which play very nicely together.
highly attenuated, lots of sour plays off of normally sweet items. dry, well carbonated. It drinks very slow, but great sipping.
There’s so much going on I really want to try again. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Another crazy rare beer at Diegos. Black pour, brown head. Really a cool beer. Aromas are very tart black cherries, very bitter chocolate, some molasses and light vanilla tones. Flavor is much the same. Sour black cherries, prunes, molasses, raisins, bitter chocolate. Coats the mouth wonderfully. What a great brew. Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2010 Bottle courtesy of the eepiest. This stuff was simply awesome. Pours a lovely black with a 2 finger chocolate head. Nose was tart cherries then gave way to chocolate and toasted malts. Flavor was similar to the nose in that it started of tart then ended up very chocolaty and smooth. It was awesome how everything worked together with this brew, great stuff! 50belair (3663) - Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Another huge tip of the cap to maltzilla for sharing this gem at the TOSPH. Dark brown pour with an off white head. Cola, sour cherry, and chocolate aromas. Insanely delicious Chocolate Cherry Stout with sour cherry, chocolate, and caramel notes. Diego, your the man!!!!!!!!