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RATINGS: 349   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1966) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Pours dark with a good head that recedes slowly revealing a spattered web of lace all around the glass. smells of roasted coffee bean and bitter cocoa. Medium nectar with excellent carbonation creating a slightly creamy texture on the tongue. Mildly sweet with chocolates and coffee upfront with defined sourness on the finish. The flavor left on my tongue in the aftermath are quite rude diminishing its dexterity.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Bottle from kegs and barrels. Pours a black with a thin tan head. The aromas are chocolate, coffee. The mouthfeel is roasty and sour leading to a slight bitterness with a medium body. Great beer! Cheers!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (7939) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2011
22. Pours jet black with a sizzling creamy tan head that falls quickly away. Mild nose...is this beer too cold? The brewers notes imply something of a volcano of flavor, and that does not appear at first blush to be evident in the glass at all. Light tart chocolate candy notes showing in the nose, but, really, you have to hunt for them. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Tart dark balsamic notes on the mid-palate. Appealing enough and certainly without flaw, but its hard to find the implied cornucopia of tasting delights.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Bottle, brown pour with lasting tan foam and lacing, aroma is leathery cherries with nice flavor of cherry, leather, slo poke, coffee, nice beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2011
lasting tan head, nice lacing, frothy, retention, brown, dark brown color.. decently bretty tart aroma some notes of choc roast and coffee that dont get lost underneath the brett... not lively, medium to medium full bodied, watery middle which i assume comes from the relative lack of carbonation, into a lightly dry finish... nice mouthfeel for not having much carbonation.. lots of dark fruits, some mild chocolate and coffee notes under the fruits, some cherries, the brett takes a backseat in the flavor profile though imparts some mild tartness to finish... Id like to get another bottle and save it for a while to see if the tartness/sourness matures...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (843) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2011
So, why is a dark sour ale in the Amer. strong ale style? Interesting combination, sour and stout. I do like it. Mild brett and farmyard like nose, married with the chocolate coffee aromas. Flavors start mildly sweet, balanced with the sourness. Dark fruits and chocolate tastes make their way thru the woody flavors. Finishes clean with a little wood. Overall the nose and the flavors balance well. Alcohol is hidden well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Draft. Solid black, large brown head. Aroma was roasty, chocolate, light acidity. Taste was mildly sour with roasted malt sweetness and a touch of bitter. Not as sour as I was expecting. Very interesting beer. I can truly say that I have never had a beer quite like this. No off flavors necessarily, but kind of weird.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaraCurtis (117) - Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2011
I will admit that porters are not yet a like with my palate. I do love sours however, but the porter seems to dominate the sour in this beer. I do have to compliment the effort of a dark sour with the porter. There are a few porters I do love, but I have yet to appreciate a lot of them and I have not yet tried to hunt after porters. I can say I would not mind drinking this beer again. I rated this beer as a 3.3 because of the unique approach to this beer and I hope to find porters a part of my liking in the future.


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