Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #97. Extremely dark brown pour with a light chocolatey brown head that left a decent lace on the glass. Dark fruity chocolate aroma with a little woodiness in the background. Light tartness, milk chocolate and some more wood, interesting. (1914) tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Bottle. Pour is dark black with a nice tan head, good retention/some lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, prunes, dark chocolate, barnyard. Definitely an interesting nose. Taste is dark chocolate, more dark fruit, wood, sour notes. Palate is slick, average carbonation, long finish. Good but nowhere near RR compunction. MattH (863) - California, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Tap. Pours a light black. Aroma of sour cherries and coffee. Tastes light a light flavored stout with sour cherries. Medium to light bodied. dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Pours a sultry brown with a thin beige head. Nose is relatively flat with elements of wine and cola. On the tongue, medium bodies with initial bite of sour cherry, moving to oak, raisin and toast. Well balanced and for a sour not very lip puckering. Gachupines (1252) - USA - SEP 24, 2011
Black with a light off white head. Aroma is a little doughy with slight chocolate and a little sour fruit. Flavor is mostly chocolate malt at first. The sourness comes through in the finish and is quite strong. It’s a little strange, the first impression is sweet chocolate but the sourness is what lingers. Definitely an interesting beer, but not going to be one of my favorites.
beernbourbon (1592) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Bottle. Pour is dark dark brown with a with a thin ring of tan foam. Aroma is light cherry, light chemicals, light coffee and a touch of roasted malt. Flavor is deep roasted malt with smooth notes of dark fruit and hints of coffee. Not getting too much in the way of sourness. There is a very faint tart note that chimes in right before the long roasted malt finish. Solid. Not quite what I was expecting. Cybercat (5841) - Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Comes out of the tap a deep, warm sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some good lacing. Smoky aroma has chocolate, coffee and sour apple tones. Flavor nicely mixes mocha with sour apple and has smoky, nutty, molasses and licorice notes. Full-bodied, lively texture leaves a fizzy finish with smoky and sour apple flavors. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Tap at Churchkey. Dark brown pour with a small head. Nose and flavor are really interesting; tastes sort of like a Belgian style stout with notes of lactic cream, milk chocolate, a bit of dark fruit, and a touch of sourness. As previous raters have said it’s sort of weird categorically but it’s still a damn good beer. Palate is smooth and hides the 9% quite well. Good stuff. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Black with good, creamy, brown head / Nose of roast barley, cocoa, and grass / Medium body, tart and modestly sour, with good balance and dry finish / Flavors of coffee, cocoa, grapes, grass, and oak / Not quite sour enough for a sour ale, but a fine ale nonetheless. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2011
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan head; recedes leaving lacy bunting. Nose is smoke and cocoa with hints of red wine. Starts creamy with soft carb. Finishes tart, dry and resiny. Taste, likewise, begins with chocolate and dusty caramel, ending burnt with sour grapes. Kind of a sour porter thing working; pretty good.