BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pours a dark mahogany color with a tanish head and nice sticky lacing. The nose has a big dose of chocolate and roasted notes, nutty and sharp with a hint of sour. The flavor is tart and roasty but the sour comes across mainy as astringency or infected yeast. Good and robust, but just seems a little too balanced between the two styles that neither take the reigns, but the other makes the other look like a flaw. Interesting; not bad.
sebastokrator (93) - - JAN 19, 2017
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear black body with some rapidly dissipating tan head. Nose is initially sour but I smell lots of raisin, fig, and chocolate. Taste is unique. It first comes at you with some sour berries but soon the roasted malt appears. A sour chocolate lingers. Every so often I notice coffee. Lightly bodied add lightly carbonated. This is a fun blend of styles that works better than I thought it would. I’d drink another.
stevoj (4303) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 18, 2017
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grunt fill from Winco.. Not normally a big sour fan, but was intrigued by the Belgian slant on this. It lives up to the description , resembling a sour quad or dubbel.Dark brown / black body, small skin of bubbly beige head. Aroma features the chocolate first, some plums or figs in the background. Taste is more chocolate, pit fruit, brown sugar, with a sourness that seems odd at first, but fits right into the mix. This beer hits it at many levels.
chinchill (4516) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2017
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2017 On tap at Downtown Drafts in Gainesville GA.
Clear but opaque and essentially black body with a rather weak head, ruby highlights at the edge, and a modicum of lacing.
Sweet and sour aroma with hints of ripe soft fruits and chocolate.
Moderately sour flavor that is also mildly bitter. Some dark fruit notes with chocolate, but the tartness is more obvious.
Overall: excellent for style (allowing for a sour stout style).
bluejacket74 (1933) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle best by date of May 6, 2018. Served in a Great Lakes Brewing snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black wtih about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit/berries, coffee and some earthiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of tart berries, wood and a bit of green apple flavors. Not a big amount of sourness, but enough to know that it’s a sour/tart ale. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s creamy and coating with a decent amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good sour stout, I enjoyed it. Certainly worth trying, I wouldn’t mind having it again sometime! $16.99 a bottle.
jandd1983 (4018) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2017
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of malts, coffee and smoke. The taste was similar to the aroma with more malts, coffee, sugar, smoke and wood. It was slightly tart and a little sweet. Different than what I expected.
bpreo (2645) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2017
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not as sour as it could be or should be. Sampled at The Bier Stein, Eugene, OR.
Bill Becker (873) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JAN 8, 2017
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Best before May 6th 2018.
Black liquid, 1 finger head of tan foam, good retention and nice lacing.
A bit sour to the smell initially, I get roasted malt and chocolate beneath. Holding the glass a bit further away, yeah, I smell some coffee notes.
Tastes of tart chocolate with a side order of roasted malt. Every once in a while I can taste some coffee but it’s fleeting.
Medium body and carbonation.
I can’t shake the feeling that it reminds me of other Brewerys’ mistakes. It IS drinkable though.
hopdog (11888) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized head. Chocolate, sour fruits, coffee, some wood and a lighter funkiness.
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - JAN 5, 2017
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a brownish-red color with a one finger head of off-white foam. The head has a light retention fading over time to leave just wisps of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell –The aroma of the brew is interestingly strongest of a chocolate smell mixed with a tart fruity aroma cherry, raisin as well as apples. Along with these smells comes some notes of vinegar and some yeasty smells as well as a little bit of a char smell and a bit of smoke.
Taste-The taste begins with some sweeter dark fruits flavors of cherry and raisin as well as some light flavors of an earthy nature. While the tartness is very light upfront, it does grow stronger as the taste advances with a mix of tart green apple and cherry as well as a bit of vinegar coming to the tongue. The sourness never gets too potent but remains at a moderate level (for a sour that is). Toward the end charred wood flavors as well as a bit of an herbal hop come to the tongue and leave one with a rather easy going fruited sour taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the mild sour tastes mixed with the fruity and light chocolate flavors the feel is actually pretty nice and creates a fairly easy sipping sour.
Overall – Certainly not a very overpowering sour, which I rather like. It has the characteristic dark fruit tastes but with some added chocolate and roast which give it a nice dimension. While not a classic take, I actually rather like it and find it very approachable.
furthur (1038) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 4, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, black beer, big almond colored head. Aroma is coffee, cherries, metal, bread dough, molasses, cookies. Taste is sour cherries, cola, chocolate, coffee. Palate is a bit thin, carbonation subdued.
Drinkable for sure, but not as good as I was hoping. 3.5