davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 16, 2012
375 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled on 4/12.
A - Pitch black body, just a hint of red/brown when held up to the light. One finger high light khaki head forms and does not go away. Really nice lacing and retention considering the high abv. Forms some alcoholic legs as well. Looks like a stout.
S - Not what I was expecting. Really complex, and frankly just all over the place. Strong anise/liquorice notes followed by some smoke and peaty malts. A touch of vanilla and oak, but just a massive anise presence. A bit of grapes and spice on the finish. Not detecting too much barrel or dark fruits like others are getting. Really unique and pleasant aroma.
T - About as sour as sour gets. Its interesting because its not based off of fruit flavors, like cherries in a kriek. Instead its based off of really strong smoke and anise flavors. Anise leads into intense smoke along with some acetic and vinegar notes that you’ll find in a flanders oud bruin. Some sour cherries, oak, and vanilla. Mouth puckering with a nice medium and coating mouth feel. Carbonation is really spritzy and works with the body and keeps the flavors from coming off as syrupy. Its a sipper though, drinking this too quickly results in flavor overload!
O - What a wild beer. This really changed my view on what a wild ale can be. This is like a super sour anise heavy porter with a flanders vibe. I loved it though. Really unique and just proves that the Captain knows how to use their barrels. DalzAle (2040) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Bottle thanks to dmac! Very dark brown pour, small ring of carbonation and a good aroma of woody and slightly sour cherries. Flavor is thin woody cherries as well, nice biting sugary tartness (but not overpowering) and a little floral on the aftertaste. Very nice. alohabrewer (8) - New York, USA - DEC 24, 2012 does not count
Pours black with a small tight head. Sour cherry nose, very tart. Flavor is sour stone fruits, vanilla and oak. Lingers on the palate for a very pleasing finish. pineypower (3350) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle thanks to Dmac for picking it up! Pours out black with a small tan head. Aroma is a mouth watering/puckering tart funk with dried fruits, oak, barnyard, light soy. Taste is very complex, tart funkiness, light dried dark fruits, cherry, earth, horse blanket, leather, dark berries. All of that comes together with a perfect amount of funky, sour tartness, this is a great beer now, and will love to see what time does to it. daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2012
A big thanks to boamr for sharing this in LA. Pours a very cloudy dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma leads you to believe its going to be sour and loaded with vinegar notes. Some aged balsamic vinegar and some tart cherries are there. When I tasted it I was surprised to find it containing some nice sourness and fruit while being a bit dry...but the vinegar I was smelling didn’t really hit on the tongue. Cool beer!
merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2013
A: Dark Amber/Brownish Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Tart Cherries, Red Plum, Mild Vanilla
T: Tart Cherries, Red Plum, Semi Acidic
M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Sour, Mildly Bitter
Overall, pretty solid sour ale, nice dark fruit tartness. dmac (6573) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2012
375 ml bottle from the brewery. Poured a black body under an average sized foamy dark yellow/beige head. Aroma is tart and funky with notes of dark berry, wet oak, vinous notes, a hint of wet coffee grounds, balsamic, soy sauce, acidity and bubble gum. Full bodied, fuller carbonation with a distinct tingle towards the end and a nice acidic sour bite on the backside that lingers nicely. Flavor earth, wet wood, sour berry, barnyard funk, wet leather , black berries, hint of wine and a slight balsamic on the end. This is good good stuff and with the big body and big sourness might age for quite sometime. arminjewell (9721) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, thanks Greg for the pour! Dark reddish brown with thin off white head, aroma has notes of dark cherry, red wine, grape, some vinous acetic notes, touch of slight cocoa, hints of nice lacto, touch of funky earth and berry notes. Taste is nice dark fruit with plum, some dark cherry, raspberry, some lemon and lacto, red wine and grape notes, touch of earth and spice, slight vanilla, finishing fairly sour and sweet. Tasty stuff! rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle at Bomber-o-rama, Göteborg. From a trade with claspada in NYC. Very dark, almost black beer with a small brownish head. Sour fruity aroma, vinous, woody, raisins, malt, hay, roasted notes. Sour flavor, raisins, leather, barnyard, funky, citrus, vinegar, grapefruit, hay, caramel, warming alcohol, grapefruit, woody, raisins, plums, grapes, woody, roasted notes. Really good, nicely balanced and very drinkable.
tom10101 (6297) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle (375 ml). 1 + years old. Thanks O’s! Murky dark brown with a small off-white head and little lacing. Aroma is complex and enticing with a lot of fruits, light acetic notes, cinnamon, orange peel, wood, funk notes and light roasted notes. Taste is moderately acetic with a lot of fruits, wood notes, orange/citrus, light funk and light roasted malt. Slightly to moderately dry mouthfeel. Good carbonation. A tad winey. Acetic notes tickle the tongue. By far my favorite dark Sour Ale up to now. Superb balance and good complexity. Very fruit. Superb aroma. Great beer!