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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A combination of an unhopped Viking beer made over 4,000 years ago and a 18th century traditional Scottish Ale. This remarkable recipe includes Heather flower and Meadowsweet along with caramelized malt. Who is the Viking now?

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3.5
DWestrick (803) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2017
tap in Pour in Charleston. simple, easy going Sour. pretty mild by and large, but good

2.5
tillmac62 (756) - 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.

3.9
beastiefan2k (4073) - 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.

2.9
Bacchus66 (905) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2017
From tap. Cloudy orange pour with a thin white cap. Nose is sour and funky, and while the initial taste is tart and fruity it quickly becomes dry on the attenuated finish.

3.1
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2017
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber body with a one finger fizzy beige head. The nose is a mix of sweet caramel and toasted malt with a slightly sour cherry twang. The flavor is very acidic and tart with a definite wildness to it. A bit heavy on the acidity for my tastes in the style. Some lingering tart fruitiness and cereal grain on the finish. Medium bodied and a little clingy with fine fizzy active carbonation. Not a winner for me, there’s too much acidity and not enough funk in here for me.

3.2
HighlanderOne (1365) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2017
Poured from bottle. AROMA - apple cider vinegar. APPEARANCE - brown ale, no head. FLAVOR - sour apple, malt, citrus, other fruit. PALATE - plenty sour, but not too much. OVERALL - not bad for a sour.

2.5
M4grem (89) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Tastes like a brown ale sour mix. Wait that's what is. A little too much sour for my taste but this is a really good brewery. Solid brews and mix. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
jtclockwork (17101) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2016
Bottle - pours reddish brown tan head - nose/taste of sour caramel, florals, fruity funk - medium body. Lots of foaming head lost half the bottle, but what’s left was good.

3.9
hman43 (1751) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2016
It pours amber with a slight haze. It has a brown head and ruby hues. It has some caramel aromas, herbs, and floral/flowery elements. There are flavors of caramel, herb, flowers, earthly elements, and a sweet start with a sour finish. It has a light medium body with a sour finish and a slight tart element in the finish. Overall it is a unique blend of elements that produces a flowery and earthy combination that starts sweet and finishes sour.

3.7
bubblehouse (1554) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 28, 2016
Has a nice sour flavor as well as some malty undertones. Good aroma and looked tasty.


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