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RATINGS: 353   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 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 (844) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Black pour with brown head, decent retention, pretty lacing, and tiny bubbles. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, hint of sour oak, not much tartness or brett going on. Taste is like an imperial stout with a sour finish, also notes of salt, smoke, and earthy hops. Body is medium, slick, above average carbonation, sour roasty finish, not even a hint of the 9%abv. Overall, awesome. Unique. Delicious and drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
topherh (1928) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is roasty,chocolate, coffee, and cherries. Sweet, chocolatey, cherry, slight tartness, smoke, and earthy notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1289) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2011
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a small, tan head. Aroma is smokey, charred malt, an unusual herbal character, some sourness, and underlying chocolate. Taste is initially tart, and lightly fruity--I get plum and perhaps muted raspberry, although I think that is largely from the acidity--very mild chocolate and then charred malt/smoke at the end. The charred malt is slightly overdone, but when allowed to warm, it isnt as obtrusive. Medium-thin mouthfeel, fairly long, slightly dry finish. Overall, my second New Belgium beer in a row where I had high expectations that were not met. Not to say that this is bad by any means, but it just wasnt very sour, and even when I look past that, it didnt mesh the styles together all that well. I was hoping for something like New Glarus OEP, and instead I ended up with an overly charred, slightly messy beer that didnt come together quite right for me.

An hour and a half later, and Im re-rating the same bottle. After all this time, the charred malt has taken a much needed back seat, allowing the chocolate and dark fruits to shine. A great example of a beer changing over the course of drinking it, and Im bumping it up a few tenths of a point to reflect that.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (6240) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Char nose, with a whisper of vague sour fruit, a little vegetal. Black pour, medium brown head, poor retention. Flavor is potting soil, prunes, and plums. Plum skin finish. A rustic, dirty sour. Unrefined, but that works for a lot of people.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; September 2011
The beer arrives with a lightly brown tinged, dark tan colored head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is quite dark appearing, with an almost black, concentrated brown color; when held up it shows a clear, chocolate brown color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dark cocoa, smoothly dark-roasted coffee, roasted / toasted brown bread with backing of soft fruitiness that sort of has a berry like note to it, but also suggests of plums. The fruitiness becomes more apparent as the beer warms up and picks up notes that suggest of plums.

Smooth and creamy feeling as it first hits my mouth and fully of a rich, dark cocoa flavor, the beer then picks up a substantial roasted character that cuts through the richness in the front; the beer finishes with the lingering, slightly bitter, roasted dark coffee like notes. There is a tartness in the middle that does not seem wholly derived from the roast malt; in fact, as the beer warms up a fruitiness combines with tartness and seems to suggest even more at an other than roast malt origin to the acidity found in this beer. The tartness, whatever its derivation, is fairly soft and well integrated with this beer; this is good because the deep roast that is in this beer could easily clash with the acidity from the souring. The body of this beer is fairly light for a beer of this strength, but does have some malty richness to it up front, this viscous body is wiped clean in the finish fairly quickly by the combination of the substantial roast character and the soft tartness. Dangerously, this doesnt drink anywhere near its alcohol content.

This beer is quite tasty; I wouldnt really classify it as really a sour beer though, it does have some sourness to it, but really it is dominated by the roasted flavors contributed from the dark malt. The romantic in me has me thinking that this might be something like a stout from the late part of the 18th century; roast malts were in use, but complete control over the fermentation process was not yet known. I really like the texture of this beer, rich, yet light and quite smooth; a dangerous combination for a beer of this strength.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5856) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2011
What the shit? - this bottle made promises of sour ale - well, I guess its kind of sour-ish - black pour with a thick, soapy lace - nose is a mix of bittersweet chocolate, wildflowers, herbs, black cherry, light oak - taste is initially of a stout - bittersweet chocolate and roast - rough the middle, some semi-tart notes of cherry and moderate oaky tannins - finish is a potent Belgian spiciness - although not quite what is advertised, it is quite good - kind of seems like a Belgian stout with a tiny bit of La Folie mixed in - tasty.


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