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 (3438) - 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 (1187) - 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 .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone marcus (10865) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 9, 2017
On tap at Local Option. Pours Dark brown with a nice tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a slightly sour brown ale flavor with a smooth malty finish.
Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2012
jeremytoni (3085) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 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.
From the tap poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Sweet malty flavor with a sour finish.