dwm1034 (785) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2016 egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of wild yeast, roasted malts, some cocoa, dark fruits, vanilla, char, and whiskey. Taste of roasted malts, some cocoa, port, dried fruits, vanilla, whiskey and a wild finish.
DRAFT at Local Option. Very dark...almost black. Khaki head. Nose and initial taste is a surprise; distinct touch of funky sour; very tasty. Excellent; will be back. markducommun (1224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2016
Dark black, pretty opaque. Smells of vanilla, molasses. Initial sour kick, but turns towards some nice sweetness. The alcohol is fairly present, medium heavy body. Quite effervescent, mainly from acidity. Very good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone chinchill (5317) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2015
On tap the the Republic in Minneapolis.
Dark reddish-brown body; clear with a thin head that soon reduced to a ring.
I had a typical reaction to this wild ale in that the aroma was a bit unappealing in some respects, but the BBL aging certainly improved this. The flavor was good, nicely complex and not too funky, with limited BBL effects A bit tart and lightly fruity, Near full bodied with light carbonation.
O: Exceptionally interesting brew. . Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2015
On tap in Minneapolis, MN
kaser (6382) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2014
After sampling the original version a few years ago and knowing its origins selecting a sample for my flight required no waiting. Even with so many locals to try I knew I could not pass on the opportunity to revisit a top notch style that remains among my favorites regardless of how closely it does (or doesn’t) resemble its ancestors from 100 years ago.
Aroma / Appearance - A deep brown body bubbles with traces of carbonation. The white head adds nice contrast and helps constrain the oak and caramel. Chocolate malts add a velvety smooth. The barrel aging remains present without being too overt about any particular brand being used for storage.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, oak, and velvet warm the palate. Melted pudding adds a layer that turns the experience into a filling dessert. Taking your average Kentucky Common and amping it up to 11, this beer manages to make the two things that I like most about the Bluegrass State. Now that I know I’ll have to try to track it down again.
Draft at barrelhouse flats. Dark with thin off white head. Has a zesty raspberry light aroma. Taste sour fruits and raisins. Not getting any barrel aged notes. I like it
charule (2297) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2014
On tap at Loval Option. Poured very dRk brown with ok head. Aroma of sweet caramel light sour bourbon. Light carb med bod. Light sour taste. Lil vanilla. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Tap @ Local Option: The darkest brown body you can imagine, without actually being black. Beige & khaki bubbly collar on top. Aroma of sweet & lightly musty oak, moderately acetic cherry skins, sour lacto bacteria, a small touch of warming bourbon, faint roast, & a notable base of toasted, caramel-type maltiness upon which everything else is structured. Up front smack of tartness on the palate; cherry, lemony, & lacto induced with a solid slathering of wet wood & must. Notes of sweet-tarts fade into a more mellow semi-sweet & semi-warming finish with small hints of bourbon, toasted malt, nuts, faint vanilla, & more dampening oak. Didn’t know what to expect from this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. Reminded me of a slightly lighter (in both heft & malt depth) version of Tart of Darkness. Pretty nice! jackl (8423) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Keg @ Brewvival 2014. Deep amber pour with a tight tan head. Soured red berries and bourbon-soaked wood. Some burnt toast. Flavor is similar. Lactic funkiness. Heat from the bourbon, a touchy of sweet red fruits. Medium body, active carbonation. ryanfolty (2604) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2014
June 28, 2014 - on tap at Prairie Tap. Dark brown pour with nice amount of head that lasted. Aroma was malt, bourbon and mild tartness. Sour fruit and wood initially, like a red wine, then it moved into the malt and a mild bourbon in the finish. This worked for me, I am digging it. BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Tap at Happy Gnome. Dark reddish black pour. Smaller head. Sour fruit aroma and taste. A bit of wood and bourbon.