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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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An experimentally hopped sour ale fermented with dark red wine grapes Observers of yestercentury once doubted the existence of the Dark Swan, stating the fair-feathered fowl was the only color of its kind. Explorers eventually upended that theory, shocking the world and shining light on the Dark. This beer might just do the same. It’s a sour ale fermented with dark red wine grapes, giving it its uniquely deep and rich purple hue. Then it received the signature Lagunitas treatment with a healthy dose of experimental dry hops. This might just shock your taste buds!

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3.5
hopscotch (11182) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2017
Bottle… Pours hazy and purple with a small, wispy, violet head. Lovely. The aroma features dust and mildew – like an old basement. It’s not overwhelming and there is also some tart fruitiness here as well. Medium to full-bodied with tingly carbonation. The flavor is tart, fruity, vinous and a touch tannic with very light bitterness in the tangy finish.

3.4
jandd1983 (4550) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2017
On tap at Shamrock's. It poured a purple color with an off-white head. The aroma was of bread, wheat, malts and grapes. The taste was similar to the aroma with more bread, wheat, malts, grapes and medium carbonation with a bitter aftertaste.

3.7
Bif (2314) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2017
On tap. Pours a dark plum color with a nice pink head. Aroma of dark fruit and floral. Taste of dark fruit, slightly tart with bit of bread. Nice bitterness and dry finish. Moderate body, nicely crafted with just the right touch of tart. Very enjoyable.

3
elbernays (1644) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 29, 2017
Bottle from McHughs. Pours purple with off white head. Nose is fruit, floral hop, lemon, blackberry. Fruit flavours, dark grape, cherry. It's fruity but a bit more bite from tartness. A little too sweet for style. Maybe trying too much.

4
bubbleflubber (2235) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2017
Pours a dark prune into the glass, with an initially fizzy head that reduces to trace/no lacing. The nose is of oaked sour berries. Flavors are very much sour, true to style, with unripened Bing cherries, Granny Smith apples, and tart citric grapes. The superb palate, via active carbonation, alongside a medium body and wonderfully complex, substantial, juicy mouthfeel makes for an awesome wild/sour ale! Prost!!

3.6
Beachmaster (582) - Oklahoma, USA - SEP 17, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2017 Bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark plum, with a dark pink head. Nose is stone fruit and hops. Taste is mildly tart, with notes of grape and cherry. Finish is medium length and slightly hoppy. Not bad, but nothing I'd regularly buy

3.5
smroush (298) - Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2017
Aroma is dark fruits and wood. Some generalized hop bitterness. Taste is pretty dry and moderately sour. Medium body; carbonation just slightly lively; finish is long, dry, dark fruity and bitter. Overall this is an interesting and rather different beer. The dark wine fruits are readily apparent; there are also some woody aromas; the beer is dry and sour which seems to work well with this beer. The dark red wine grapes add some interest and uniqueness, though I am not convinced they combine especially well with the beer.

3.8
voyageurmike (502) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2017
Bottle from Total Wine. Beautiful dark ruby red. Tannin nose, sour cherry and grape taste. Dark fruit finish.

3.9
jjgmd (2228) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2017
At Brass Tap, Coral Springs with Audrie , pours a cherry red with a small beige head. Nose is tangy with sweet plums. Taste is bittersweet plums with tangy oaky tanin notes. Finish is mildly tart , ending on the same oaky plum notes. Nice ! Quaff Score 8 / 10 7-4-8-3-17

3.4
balloonbuffoon (535) - - AUG 29, 2017
12floz bottle, code imprinted, but indecipherable as to freshness, ~$1.75 unit cost, tulip glass. Plum and rose aromas exude from this dark-purple brew. I’m not much of wine drinker, so forgive me for noting the grape flavor simply as of concord variety. Not very sour, more semi-sweet with somewhat dry finish. Basically this like drinking a low alcohol sparking wine (with less carbonation) with notes of malt, and ale yeast.


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