RATINGS: 331   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Pure rock fury meets Belgian-style brewed folly in this collaboration with Maryland hard-rockers, Clutch. A pronounced bass line of dark chocolate, coffee and black malts bridge the sourness of our dark wood ale for a fluid riff.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigguns22 (798) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2011
pours dark brown with a great tan head.Sour ale is cool to start with but when you add coffee notes and bitter chocolate notes its even cooler.Very easy to drink for a 9% beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Pour is dark dark brown, almost black with a thin brown head that laced well...smell is roasty roasty cocoa up front...like a well made porter...slight hints of charred wood...taste is rich and roasty up front with lots of dark chocolate and faint coffee notes...bits of tartness come up in the finish...I bet this will be awesome in a year...seems just like a bright chocolate porter...but a good one so maybe the word "just" shouldnt have been in that sentence...the more I drink this the more I like it...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (4030) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 15, 2011
On tap at Brewforia, Meridian, ID Black with a full fluffy mocha colored head. Persistent clumpy lacing. Up front pitted fruit and purple grames in the aroma and some soft roasted notes as well. Flavor was more roasty but not the biting bitter charred type. The sourness is appropriately subtle and gives just the right amount of unexpected ness to throw you off. An interesting experiment that works I suppose but I just couldnt get used to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Bottle shared at the September iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours deep brown with red highlights and a cocoa-colored head. Aroma is earthy and roasty with some green coffee and cocoa powder. Not much sour evident so far. Flavor is malty and tart, with an earthy roasted malt basis, phenols, nuts and some tart red fruits and citric acidity. I suppose this is pretty well done but I just dont like the whole roasty + sour thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarinaMarket (254) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Aroma of smoke, malt, and fermented fruit from the neck. Pours very dark brown, does not allow any light through the glass, and is topped with a THICK brown head. The head is clinging to the glass and slowly dissipating. Aromas of grain, hay, and alcohol notes. For a sour ale, I have to say the head is impressive. 2 minutes and its still @ 1/4" and laced all the way to the rim. Strong wood flavor in first sip. Second sip has more oof a sour brown ale flavor. Definitely has some heat to it, but perhaps a little thin on overall flavor. Its hard to place. Good body, some saltiness, sourness, grain, malt, and virtually no hop character. As it warms up I get a little more sour, but still not much in the middle and end. Thankfully it is not so sour as some others in the series that made my toenails want to eject! Very drinkable, balanced, with no harsh edges. I just cant reconcile "bold & audacious". Tasted from the bottle @ 55F.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Poured from bomber, pours a very dark brown nearly black with a red hue in the light and a thin tan head, aroma is mostly of chocolate and a hint of coffee, there is a slight touch of funk and fruit but it is very faint, the flavor has a heavy malt and chocolate front that really masks any sour or funk flavors, really more chocolate in the finish, the mouthfeel is a little thin, weird brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (6018) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Location: 22 oz bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 9/14/11

Aroma: The nose has dark chocolate, some roast, burnt malts, earth/dirt, coffee, and tart fruit
Appearance: This one pours a dark brown with a lighter colored brown head and drippy lace
Flavor: The taste starts sweet, roasty and chocolatey, with a late tart/sour fruit flavored finish
Palate: The body is medium, it drinks fairly smoothly, and has an average (leaning soft) carbonation
Overall Impression: This was an interesting beer. At first it just seemed kind of like a porter or stout. It doesnt really have any of the barnyardy/funk flavor to it, but it does have some tart fruits that add a bit of sourness to it. Still though, it isnt really a sour. I still liked the beer, and I thought that the combination or components worked pretty well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Redpointed (69) - Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Aroma is coffee and malt. Pours a very dark brown with a thin head. Taste is lots of malt and toffee with just a hint of sour. Really understated compared to the other Lips of Faith sour I have tried. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Pours a dark sinister color topped with thin but frothy and at times lacey head. Nose was of roasty and smokey malts with hints of tartness around the edges. The flavors put together those things quite fucking nicely to be honest...dark, malty roast and smoke notes coupled with subtle but complimenting grapey tartness...reminds me of the cuvee de tommee/veritas 009 character of combining maltiness with subtle tartness....quite a nice beer actually, had 3 glasses so far, probably next down from the original la folie from new belgium as far as awesomeness is concerned.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Bomber. Black with a layer of creamy cappuccino foam. The aroma is a Stout like mix of roasted malt, caramel, bittersweet chocolate and dark roast coffee. The flavor begins with espresso, dark chocolate and roasted malt followed by some sour fruit notes (cherries, lemons) and then finishes with more malt, caramel and alcohol. It has a mildly creamy body with adequate carbonation and finishes dry, sour and malty. Overall, an interesting blend of dark, roasty Stout flavors and tart fruit characteristics.

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