jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Draft at Jerry’s. Dark mahogany with modest, tan head / Rich nose of roast coffee and chocolate / Light to medium body, moderately tart with just a hint of sugar, and excellent balance and dry finish / Deep flavors of bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, and hazelnuts, with notes of oatmeal and caramel / An elegant, chocolately, sour; but, not really fair to compare this to a Belgian sour since this is not made with brettanomyces. Spoke to the brewer and he thought this beer would be better classified as a "traditional ale", and I agree although, appreciated on its own merits, its a pretty fine sour. Would love to see more of this style. baraciisch (3231) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2016
Dark brown in color... Aroma of tart fruits, bourbon, smoke...flavor of dark fruits, oak, leather, raisins, berries, tartness throughout... Awesome beer
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mild sour aroma, lots of esters. dark color, near opaque. acidic, sour, with an oaky note and also a cider/wine like note. fairly complex and involved. the body seems on the lower side of medium/higher side of thin. very interesting aroma and flavor. a little bit muddled. alliance100 (1152) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Draft at Hopcat GR - pours almost pitch black , thin off white head . Faint roast and cocoa notes with a hint of sour . Tasty up front that leads to a mild creamy finish . Interesting and tasty .
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On tap at fountainhead. Interesting blackish brown thin fan head. Nose is dark fruits, roasted malts, cherry cola. Interesting grape soda carbonation and sourness with mild chocolate notes. Complex to say the least and I think it works.
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msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2012
On tap at Farmhouse Tavern. Pours
Murky dark brown with light tab head. Aroma’s of chocolate, plum, light funk, and a bit of a metallic note. Flavors of chocolate, light toast, some bread, plum, cherry, dark fruits, and nice tartness. Mouthfeel is a little soft, but overall I thought this worked. Sammy (12178) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2012
Enjoyed on tap at the Local option, with the brewers, the owner. Several samples of a Flanders Red I realize there really isn’t any cherry here, and my palate can walk out scott-free. Coffee! aroma, brown colour, lacey, creamy. I am told only 2 brewers in the USA do this, and I am told from my fellow raters, that someone tried it at a one off cask fest in Ontario. Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2012
beastiefan2k (3978) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Brewed by Against the Grain, I knew this would not let me down after a trip
on the train to Local Option for an evening nightcap. Despite a price tag that
was a bit high I enjoyed this solid, sessionable beer with plenty of unique
character. Hopefully more regional breweries try their hand at this somewhat
Aroma / Appearance - The deep black body rolled around like
waves on a choppy sea. Fluid and soft the nose is standard for the style.
Sour coffee, malt, and rye drive a profile which is right on par with
expectations. My first thought is a Snickers bar dipped in espresso grounds.
Flavor / Palate - Gentle and soft, the mouthfeel is not as
intense as expected. A mix of coffee, plums, and sour mash play against each
in a competition to see which can last the longest. Eventually it transitions
to a burnt chocolately finish with a tart bite. Just thinking about this makes
me want to seek out another pint.
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2012 Sampler, guest tap @ the GI Clyborn location. Color is dark brown. Moldy cobwebby aroma with faint cherry pit and some roast. It is akin to a Flanders but even tamer and the roast is novel (light roast). Flavor has more sour cherry flavor covered in roast. Interesting and very quaffable. Would love to buy this in a 10 dollar sixer. But roast and sour a bit weird. jeremytoni (3058) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2012
From the tap poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Sweet malty flavor with a sour finish.