hershiser2 (3972) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2018
$3.50 bottle, Wine Warehouse. The label doesn't say "Fraoch" anywhere anymore. Just "Viking" and "Scottich-style sour ale." Pours clear amber with a dusting of a head. Aroma is tart fruit - cherry perhaps, lightly floral, light honey. Flavor is tart cherry, balsamic vinegar, light greens. Tangy is the best way to describe this. Interesting, kinda tasty. mcberko (20514) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2017
On tap at Craft Brewed, pours a clear amber orange with a small off-white head. Aroma smells like Duchesse, with balsamic, caramel, tart red fruits and Worcestershire sauce. Flavour is along the same lines, with tart red fruits, balsamic and medium sweetness. Very nice sweet and sour balance, with a pleasantly acetic finish. Simple, but nicely made. GTAEgeek (2614) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2017
Sampled on draft at the Brookhaven Beer Growler. Pours a clear, reddish, brown color, with a big, frothy, beige head. The nose is peat, heather, lemon, cloves, and chalk. Sweet and tangy. Light body, with an acidic, grainy mouthfeel. This is an interesting and nicely tart beer. edgallow (4762) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2017 Draft pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of vinegar, bread and some caramel. Taste is not as sour as it smells. Malty and some berries Cybercat (6514) - Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2017
Taps clear sepia with a minimal eggshell head. Aroma delivers woody and spicy notes, and a hint of horehound. Flavor features woody, clove, allspice, toasted malt and horehound - distinctive. Mouthfeel offers OK body and peppy fizz. Get your Viking on!
rdixon77 (3141) - Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2017
Interesting sour. Definitely darker and maltier than most sours. A bit vinegary and abrasive than most. Dark fruit, earthy. dmac (6646) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2017
Bottle. Poured a deep reddish brown with lighter edges and not much of a head. Aroma is vinegar, acidity, dough, bread, light hint of metal and sulfur. Flavor is just vinegar and bread. Medium mouthfeeln flatter carbonation and a lot of acidity on the swallow. DWestrick (875) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2017
tap in Pour in Charleston. simple, easy going Sour. pretty mild by and large, but good tillmac62 (774) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2017
Pours a cloudy brown. Outstanding head volume, very good retention and poor lacing.
The very good nose arrives as a sour burst that slowly allows a light sweetness to emerge underneath. The aroma is also slightly tart with a whiff of caramel and a subtle prune note.
Light body with a texture slightly viscous. The carbonation / body balance is below normal in terms of effervescence but matches the viscosity reasonably well.
The flavor profile is sour. The other aspects take a seat so far back that you can hardly detect them. The bottle no longer refers to it as a fraoch, it now says Viking - Scottish style sour ale. And sour it is, overpoweringly so. The complexities of prior reviews and releases are no longer present in this bottle. It does deliver a slightly tart note but very little sweetness is provided to counterbalance the puckering sour aspects. The slightly tart and very sour finish lingers complete with pucker. beastiefan2k (4271) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2017
Bottle poured into Castillo Iris glass. Reddish brown color, clear. Light tan head. Aroma is very tart, earthy, non sweet berries akin to red current. A very fresh and light feel to the aroma. Some kompot, so the malt character is light and lots of yeast and bacteria fruitness. Flavor is similar clean malts with lots of tart berries. No hops to speak of. I really like it. Easy to drink without offputting aspects of a sour. However, nothing "Scottish" about it. I kind of wanted a sour Scottish but glad to try this.