Indigo Imp Gatekeeper (Sour Ale)

Formerly brewed at Indigo Imp
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Cleveland, Ohio USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
From their blog: Just Released! Special Sour Ale version of Gatekeeper only available in the Imp Store. This batch of Gatekeeper was brewed like all the rest but then specially fermented and aged for nine months. The result is an amazingly flavorful ale that starts sour, evolves into roasted malt and coffee flavors and finishes crisp. This is a very refreshing beer with a moderate alcohol level of 5% ABV that makes a surprisingly drinkable warm weather beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (15915) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle thanks to Deyolla. Pours black. No head. Nose and taste of roast chocolate, soured coffee grounds, wood, tannins and lightly tart berry fruits. Medium body. Mild acidity. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2697) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Tasted on 1/20/12 from a 12oz bottle sent to me by Roonai, big thanks. Pours dark cola brown with no head, but a very thin collar of tan lace. The nose is sour red wine vinegar, with underlying aromas of freshly roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor is much more lemon acidic and sour with some vinegar, and the dark chocolate and coffee showing up on the back of the palate. The body is pretty thin and watery, with just a light tinge of carbonation, and a long sour lemon, dark chocolate, and coffee finish. I really disliked the first couple sips of this beer, but it grows on me more after each sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (6314) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle from deyholla. Thanks Derek! It pours dark brown with no head, very still actually. The aroma is reminiscent of raisinettes with some coffee and alcohol. Not picking up any sour qualities. The flavor is pleasantly tart up front with hints of prunes, raisins and cherries followed by some cocoa, hints of fecal funkiness and big time coffee in the finish. No carbonation at all save some mild prickliness on the tongue. This is not a big beer, so it lacks the body and mouthfeel that you may expect from the big flavors it delivers. It would have been better with a tad more carbonation, but not at all bad. Interesting, and Im glad I tried it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2011
bottle at daks 1/31/11. dead flat pour. porter colored brown. it is definitely tart in the nose... also, it is a bit vinous, tart fruity, roast, ash and chocolate. the flavor is the same only with a ton of lactic sourness... it tastes like they fukced up their porter and still sold if off! it is on the thin side and completely void of carbonation. 6/3/6/1/11

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
OldGrowth (3416) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2011
bottle from trade with non rater. weak aroma, More malty than sour, Little chocolate. not much to it. Reddish brown color, no head or lace. Mildly sour flavor, Medium bosy, smmoth mouthfeel, moderate sout finish. Dont know if I held onto it too long, or this was just a meh sour. Now looking at people comments Im assuming I held onto too long. long line of beer Ive held onto to too long....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2011
12oz bottle from deyholla, thanks Derek! Pours a mostly black colored body with only the slightest hint of brown lace that dissipates immediately and leaves no lacing. Aroma is rich dark chocolates, caramel, roast, and a light dark fruit that gives off barely a hint of sourness. Flavor is much more sour than the aroma, but it still has a nice roast and chocolate element to it. Sour cherries and lightly tart up front with a bit of a vinous, acidic feel. Very thin feeling initially before the richer chocolates and light caramel ever-so-slightly boost the body before a balancing roastiness comes in. Sour cherries grow a bit towards the end, but are balanced nicely with the rich malts and roasts. Dry finish with a touch of wood to assist the sourness and roasts. Lengthy aftertaste following a thin body and virtually no carbonation. Overall, a pretty tasty beer. I liked the balance on this one a lot. There was a distinct sourness, but plenty of porter elements to back it up. If there were any carbonation at all, this would be much better though. Despite that, this was an interesting and unique beer that I enjoyed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BuckeyeBoy (7142) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2011
12oz Bottle thanks to Secret Santa. Pours out a cloudy brown with a ring as a head. Aroma was roast, infection, funk, dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate. Taste was not good. This tasting like it was an accident. A good porter that got infected and they slapped a special label on it. I think Deschutes could have done the same thing with the 09 Abyss and people would have been all over it. This one was not for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (7940) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
12. Thanks, Mike! Pours black with no head, lace, or legs. Molasses and overripe cherries on the nose. Watery flat body. Not much flavor happening, maybe a little tart tang from heavy sugar presence. Mild finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle pours deep brown with no head. Aroma is tart and roasted with notes of chocolate, currant, tobacco, and light coffee. Flavor shows the same with hints of raspberry vinegarette and a touch of smoke. Overall body is moderate, roasted, and moderately sour. Very interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Dark brown pour with a small head. Aroma is slightly sour and roasty. Flavor is similar. Some roast, coffee, sourness, fruit. Not bad, but sorta weird.

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