beernbourbon (1600) - Glendale, Arizona, 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 (6046) - 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 (2339) - 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.
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 it’s dexterity. dyetube (1378) - 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! after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, 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 brewer’s 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 it’s hard to find the implied cornucopia of tasting delights. blutt59 (6576) - 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 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...