RATINGS: 330   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RSRIZZO (1972) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2011
22oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 41. Color is a deep dark near black brown. Carbonation is good creating a dense, light brown head. Aroma is roasted with a touch of smoke and just a hint of sour hiding in the back. Medium body that goes down with a very light mouth feel. Flavor is mellow, coming in with dark fruits, mild coffee and a bit of chocolate, then a light sour comes in. After taste is slightly tart with a clean feel and every few sips I pick up a hint of alcohol. Overall I like it, light and easy with just enough sour to make it interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (6944) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2011
12 oz. bottle at Bigelos. This pours black and has a nice one finger tan head. The aroma is sour with stout and that is what it tastes like. The effect is a chocolate funk that is interesting and definitely unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Dark pour with a small head. Aroma of fruit, wood, roast and a hint of funk. Lots of fruit in the flavor, but very little funk or sourness. No big deal!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (16222) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 11, 2011
A: The pour is very dark brown, almost black, with a small layer of tan foam. S: The nose is lightly lightly tart. But, its mostly just the kind of acidity you get in overly roasty beers. So, it smells just sort of like poorly made stout. A little bit of cocoa and coffee aroma on the back end. T: Its pretty much the same story on the palate. There is a fair amount of roasted malt with just a mild fruit note. Again, its mildly tart and acidic. Just very "meh". M: The body is quite thin with only medium carbonation. O: Very disappointing. I like the sour stout idea, but this one wasnt executed well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Onionkid (376) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - SEP 11, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2011 22oz bottle. Clutch is a sour, bitter beer that has too much carbonation and too much booze. Overall it seems like an inaccessible beer for me, but I look forward to trying it again later and seeing if my opinion is swayed! 8% alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
maley1 (1204) - Calgary, CANADA - SEP 10, 2011
Dark pour with small tan head. Aroma of malts. Taste is malty and a slight tartness. Medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2011
bottle... dark brown body, a light tan head... smells ok souk chocolate with some wood... tastes really bad, not very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (4106) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Great foundation of flavors, thanks to the malts, and then there is the sourness, which has a nice grape note. A fine beer, but not likely a comparator to their best Lips of Faith beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Pours dark with a thin head. Smells rotten raisins, slight chocolate, and a touch of coffee. Tastes rather lightly mild and is a bit sweet with a faint sour finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Not a "dark sour ale" as specified on the bottle. With minimal acidity at best I think NB pulled the ole bait and switch. Dammit Lips of FAith

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