iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Tap at Flavor. Clear very deep ruby with a two finger beige head, good retention. Roasted malts and chocolate up don’t with some lightly sweet caramel and some lactic acidity behind. Flavor has a soft sourness all the way through that goes pretty well with the roast and chocolate notes. Lightly sweet caramel notes toward the finish. I’m getting light vinous notes as well. Sourness peaked at a 2-3, light charred at the end. Bitterness peaked at a 3. Light to moderate prickly carbonation with a light body. Very nice and subtle. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2011
A - Served a dark black color with a thin finger of chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted sweet chocolate with some slightly sour cheery aroma. Really nice balance here.
T - Starts off with some building sour cherry flavor and a good roasted chocolate base. Through the middle, the sour transitions to a bit of tart with just a touch of hop coming through. The finish is a mix of sweet chocolate and sourness that lingers.
M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth and just a bit syrupy. The finish is a touch puckering and lasts for quite a while.
D - Very drinkable. The sourness is at a really nice and balance level throughout and works really nicely with the sweet chocolate malt flavor. popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Toronado. This beer was delicious and refreshing. It pours quite black with brown edges in the light. A very small beige head. The aroma is light roasted malt with a clear lactobacillus sour backing. The sour lends a fruitiness, raspberries, grapes and apples. The flavor is refreshingly sour, though the sourness is rather mild, with some roasted malt notes. There’s a light, floral hoppiness, as well. The mouthfeel is light and a bit bracing, in a very pleasant way. This is a terribly refreshing beer, easy to drink and satisfying without being filling. Good stuff. RasmusOtt (2850) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2011
Pours black with a brown latte head. Aroma is strong liquorice, dark malts, coffee, roasted and some sourness. Taste is tobacco, liquorice, sour berries, vinous, sourness, liquorice, roasted and dry. Really nice balance.. marcus (10584) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
On tap at Monks Kettle. Pours black with a pretty tan head and an enticing treacle aroma. The flavor is treacle, coffee and a bit of chocolate. Top-fermenting (ale) yeast was used to create significant sourness, unusual for this style, yet a pleasant enhancement.
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAY 31, 2011
Tap @ Mikkeller Bar. Pours black with a red shine, small brown head. Aroma has dark berries, black currants, liquorice, winegums, light fruity sourness, lactobaccilus, but just lots of berries. Taste has more sourness and a more clear lactobaccilus component than the aroma, currants, black currants, raspberries, liquorice, roasty tartness. Drinks really great. Nice! bhensonb (15624) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Light sour malt aroma. Coplor is very brown/black. Flavor is sour burnt malt. Finishes sour. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Sampled on 5/16/2010. I think this is a sour mash version of Death and Taxes? This Schwarzbier pours an eclipse black color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee, roasted malts and slightly tart. A medium bodied schwarzbier. The malts are roasty with some coffee and chocolate. There is a touch of sourness and some funk. The hops are earthy and floral. Nice carbonation. A touch tart and sour, perhaps a little funky. A very interesting take on the style, the sour mash adds some interesting mix and match flavors with the malts. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sour. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Draft @ Flavor. Pours a deep, dark cola-brown color; huge, textured, creamy, fine-bubbled light-tan head with perfect retention and lacing; great pour; huge amount of head, like a covering of mousse. The light tartness in the aroma is either citrus of a touch lactic (or a combination of both; Josh mentioned this was a 3 1/2 day mash), but nothing especially tart; a nice accompaniment to the dry roasted malts and dark chocolate; reasonably quiet aroma overall, but nicely dry and crisp and juicy. Medium body; lively carbonation; a very light amount of creaminess, nothing astringent and no alcohol showing; following the aroma, the edges of things are lightly tart and nicely crisp, with a juicy citrus note; doesn’t quite seem like lacto, and I think I’m just inclined to think that way due to the tartness being alongside the roasted malts (in the vein of a foreign stout); modest levels of dry roasted malts, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate; a very solid core following Death and Taxes; some red apple apparent as well (though light); nicely dry, highly drinkable, and a well-balanced presentation overall; the tartness builds. Medium finish of dry roasted malts, dark chocolate, citrus, and a lasting, light bitterness. JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2011
Øl Festival 2011: Black and brown beer with a beige foam. Slightly sour aroma of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The taste starts with a crisp acidity before the roasted coffee-like malt tones emerge. Medium body, fresh carbonation with many bubbles. Vinous, very pleasant beer. Great drinkabillity - a fab session beer.