Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2013
Pours dark brown with low brown head. Some lacing. Aroma is of fruits, acetic stuff, berries. Taste is of fruits (berries), sour/acetic stuff (a tad too much imo). Palate: Ligth body. Overall: Very good. I would have dig it a little more if it had been a bit more subtil on the sourness. tom10101 (6150) - 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! brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Opened one this weekend and couldn’t believe how different it’s become after a year of age. Leaving the original (fresh) rating because I liked it better back then. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Black, stouty appearance remains: pitch black liquid produces thick, deep brown head with good retention. Soured yeast + funk in the nose.
First sip shows just how much this has changed in the past year. Was turning highly acetic in the fall/winter, but that’s fallen off quickly in favor of a return to its stout roots. Mild, delicate flavor profile is predominantly oaky; soured yeast feels like it’s been whipped by its SO, if you catch my drift. This is quite good, though I preferred it fresh (or lightly aged).
Original rating from 6/17/2012, when fresh:
Same label as BS Black, though this sports the new yellow CL cap. Nearly black pour, decent lace. Honestly looks like a stout with the frothy tan head. Aroma is sour, funky, and oaky with mildly dark/roasty notes too.
Taste seems to be a slightly roasted blend of CdC and Rosso. Fruity; lots of oak too. Tart with mild sourness & acidity, but plenty of lacto. Works surprisingly well, finishing clean and dry. Another winner from the Captain Lawrence sour program!
375 ml bottle shared by Ari. Thanks, dude! Pours a rich murky brownish hue, a nice hazy body is darker. Some ruby brownish edges glow a bit well. Frothy offwhite tannish head dies to a ring, laces small. Nice deeper body. Aromas are a touch of acetone, red wine and oak, bigger cherries and touches of balsamic vinegar. A bit thinner, some gentle toast, some acedic qualities. Initial is thinner, red wine and some acetone, bigger cherries and oak. A bit intense, mellow acidity up front tapers off. Middle is a bit more enjoyable, gentle darker toastiness tapers, firmer sourness, cherries. Red wine, oaky tannins and splinter. Some thinness, a touch metallic into the backend and finish. Oaky, the acidity doesn’t stick too much. More tannic, red fruit and cherryskin. Finishes much better, dry and red wine, some tannic qualities, more red wine, oak. Really gets better as it warms and I settle into it. Quality. deyholla (11759) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle shared by Ari, thanks! Pours a hazy dark ruby brown with a gray head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has note so sour cherry and a good amount of oak with light funk and grain. Flavor has sour cherry with a good amount of oak with a hint of funk.
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle, pours dark brown tan head. Aroma has cocoa and balsmic vinegar, toasted nut. Flavors have some toasted nut, cocoa, balsmic vinegar, spritzy feel. madvike (3271) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle from hbmason...thanks Tim! - Pours deep brown, almost purple, with a ring of light tan head. Nose is red wine, some sweet malt, mellow oak, but overall not that pungent. Tons of balsamic vinegar on the taste, with more red wine, malt vinegar and a dry, tannic finish. Really full and bold, but a little much for my tastes. Some of the black ale is still distinguishable, but the barrel almost makes it indistinguishable. Thick and well-carbonated in the mouth. Okay and a nice change of pace, but overall just not my thing. Aniela (4216) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2013
Bottle. Black beer with a small tanned head. Sourish, fruity, vinous, raisins, malty aroma. Similar flavour. A nice beer :-) Huhzubendah (3709) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2012
The beer is dark chestnut brown with a thin beige cap that leaves a film of sticky lacing on the walls of the glass.
The aroma is reminiscent of a Flanders oud bruin. Plums, wood, some dark fruit and wine notes.
Bold flavor with a big sour finish. Lots of oak character throughout. Alcohol presence is there, but I find it to be unobtrusive. Of course, I am slowly sipping this bottle on a deck in Vermont, and I am in no hurry to move on to yet another Heady Topper (good life). A touch of caramel malt and toffee.
Very sticky on the palate with an aggressive sourness.
Overall, I really liked this one. Both this beer and Hops ’N’ Roses are very well done. I’m so elated that I stopped by Captain Lawrence to acquire these.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-14-2012 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.