djd07 (14496) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2016
Bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a dark brown with small off white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is funk, oak, leather. Thin mouth, leather, sour fruit, funky, nice tartness, very good. cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ Darkness Day eve, thanks to StFun for sharing. Pours an amber orange appearance with a light brown head. Some oak, light vinegar, plums, and dark grapes. Moderately tart. Some tannins. Nice beer. thomashall (994) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle shared at Darkness day. Pours dark with minimal head. Intense sour dark fruit smell. Taste same with great sour finish. Awesome beer! BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Boftle at Darkness Day. Very rich plum. Tart. Super rich dark fruit. This is excellent! JBPortland (1543) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2014
22oz bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Pours dark red brown with light edges and a finger of head. Nose is nice tart dark fruits, tree bark, cola, oak. Taste is sour dark cherries, vanilla, damp wood, nutty cola, dark fruits. Finish is earthy vanilla cherry and tart dark fruit, old wet wood. Very nice stuff.
Lukaduke (3206) - Gray, Maine, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle thanks to alexsdad06 ! Pours a rusty umber color with a finger of khaki foam. Lots of layers of tart vinous fruit, some grape jelly sweetness and a deep roasted malt, earthy compost, leather, black tea, wet oak. Palate moves from tart to sweet to dry earthy with lingering vinous funk. Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Thanks to JaBier for sharing bottle #144/204 during Beer Savant’s 50th birthday bash. This beer pours a brownish-copper color with a medium thick bubbly beige head that evaporates eventually to some large bubbles around the edges. Spotty lacing on the glass. Vinous aroma with notes of oak and malt. Light to medium body with flavors of tart fruit, oak and earthy malt. The finish is slightly sour with a woody tart plum aftertaste. Good beer overall. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2013
22oz bottle, 80/204. Shared by phaleslu at DLD 2013. Dark brown / red color. Totally hazy. Minimal khaki head. No lace. Nice oaky tart taste, little dark fruit. Bigger body. Some very light crisp carbonation. Oak, dark fruit, light hint of chocolate. Super good lightly fruity lightly darker sour phaleslu (10247) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2013
22 oz. bottle via trade with Puddintane- thanks again, Dave! 2011 release, bottle 80/204. Pours a murky brown color with a beige head. Lots of fruits in here, with caramel and sweet malts, oaky funk, and a sour mash character throughout. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a fruity, funky mouthfeel. FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Batch & Bottle #: 11’, 123/204; Sampled December 2012
A vigorous pour into my Bruery tulip produces a one finger thick, lightly brown tinged, amber colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber, almost plum like color, that shows a clear, bright ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of tart fruit, perhaps a touch of acetic acid, some tannic oak, a light woodiness that can seem a touch green at times, berry like fruit notes, and perhaps a touch of cherries. The oak character gets more pronounced as the beer warms up, but is still fairly well balanced by the tart fruit notes.
Perhaps a touch more tart than the aroma suggested, but not really all that sour. Quite dry, with very little sugar, this is accentuated by a tannic, woody, oak finish that helps to dry things out further. The oak brings a touch of spiciness to this beer. The tartness is mostly lactic in character, but seems to have touches of other acid notes to it. Touches of toasted malt character are barely noticeable, but contribute a sort of hay / dried grass like note towards the finish; really though the rich maltiness one might expect in a Sour Brown doesn’t seem to be here anymore; perhaps a hint of nutty toasted malt character comes out as the beer warms up. Fairly light bodied, though it is not watery. As the beer warms up soft vanillin notes from the oak start to come out, but this is still quite subtle.
Interesting, but this is 2012 and sour beer attempts like this just don’t have the newness or intrigue to them any more. American brewers are really going to need to step up their game, and hopefully the experience gleaned from beers like this will turn into a direction and finesse that will lead to a really good sour. Still this is more than serviceable, and even enjoyable, but seems a bit simplistic in the end.