TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2011
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a lacy beige head leaving spots. Nose is peat, red wine, funk and mild sour fruit. Medium light with a tingle. Taste is sour lemon-lime, i guess the quince, earthy wood and wine. Finishes with a hint of oily smoke. As it warms slight caramel emerges but overall doesn’t quite come together for me. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2011
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, caramel, banana, pear, vanilla, and citrus. Flavor of peat/smoke, pear, stone fruit, and brown sugar. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Quince on tap at Jackie o’s during the morning of its own release party ... Porsche dark cola brown with a minimal
light beige head... Aroma of sour dark fruit and a mile woody bourbon
presence but not as prominent than the aforementioned...Bourbon and
tart dark fruit upfront and then muddles thru the finish, more sour/
tart than bourbon barrelxwhich is nice. Finishes short not completely
dry but abrupt.
7/4/8/4/15 kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 6, 2011
22oz bottle, courtesy of moejuck/thebaldwizard/JoeToTheMoeMoe. Thanks, Joe! Pours a dark, murky cola-brown color; creamy, fine-bubbled light-tan head with modest retention and solid lacing. Murky lookin’. Lightly tart brett, raisin- and sour-cherry-like fruitiness (let’s say "quince"; or quince fruit roll-ups), and some brown sugar maltiness, along with a light oxidative papery note. Medium-full body; relaxed carbonation. A muddled presentation from the get-go: brett character with some aspirin / light medicinal notes (not a death blow, but there in small quantities), a modest tartness and sharp acidity, and a scattered fruitiness mixed with papery notes and oxidized qualities; plenty going on here, certainly, but I can’t say I’m enamored by the final result. Very much dig the wild yeast approach, but the net result errs on the medicinal side (I’m looking at you, brett; can’t you play nice?). Medium-length finish: red fruits, light tannins lingering, slightly sweet at the far end. brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 28, 2011
A: The pour is a dark brown color with a tall off-white head.
S: Really a weird nose. Pretty heavy on the malts, especially toffee and toast. There is a mild tartness to it (quince?), and some light fruit notes. Quite a bit of barrel, especially char.
T: The flavor isn’t really any better. Roast and charred oak with some tartness and dark fruits. There is a bit of sweetness and toffee. Heavy wine flavor and tannins are really overpowering.
M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.
O: This was not enjoyable. All the wrong flavors were intense/dominant.
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Bottle shared at sourfest. Pours with a deep, murky brown body and a tan head. Aromas of light citrus, pear, fruit, esters, smoke, and brown sugar. A bit earthy and leathery. Flavors of light lactic acid, mild sourness, smoke, peat, brown sugar, esters, pear and alcohol. Finishes dry and a bit acidic. Messy. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Bottle someone shared at sour festival in 2011. Dark brown tan head. Nose is slightly fruity. Taste is really different and quite nice. Hard to describe. Ibrew2or3 (8660) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Courtesy of markwise. It pours murky amber with copper hues and thin off white head. The aroma is bright wood as well as brown sugar coated prunes and spicy yeast. The taste seems similar with wood notes and some wood then quickly rolling into tart notes, soured fruit skin tannins as well as a bit of sweet brown sugar and prune like dark fruity esters. This one seems to be all over the place and doesn’t manage to come together too well. hopscotch (11161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Murky brown ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The aroma furnishes caramel, chocolate, oak and red wine – more acidic than expected. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor provides loads of caramel up front; sour cherries and yeasty bitterness on the backside. Finishes crisp, tart and quite dry. Kudos to darkguardian for sharing this world class Scotch ale treatment! pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2011
In a weekend filled with many sours, this one stood out as a good one. I can’t really put my finger on it, but the combination of sweet and sour was quite impressive. Would love to drink again.