carruthm (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Stone Sour Fest, San Diego 2009.
black dark brown color and it is indeed really spicy. cinnamon, nutmeg and grains of paradise I think I picked out. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Stone Sourfest on tap. Dark cola-brown. Sweet tart and rich. Lightly in all cases. Sharp afters. Not supersour. awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2009
On tap at the Stone Sourfest. Dark brown, chocolate tinted body with a thick finger of creamy tan head. The aroma presents an odd blend of licorice and an almost chipotle-like spicy quality supported by a mild acetic note. Toasted fennel seed and cardomom. Strange smokey phenols. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a somewhat creamy texture and a moderate acidity. Flavors of chocolate and chipotle, along with an anise-like spicy quality. The spices overwhelm the malt and sour character of the beer a bit too much, making this a bit messy. Not spicy hot, but spicy as in a heavy spice addition hand. The closest thing I could compare this to mentally would be a bottle of OSA with an acetinobacter infection. Not a bad beer per-se, but definitely not my thing. daleharshman (1073) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Tap at Stone Sour Fest 2009. Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Wonderful aroma of spices -- mainly cardamom and cinnamon -- as well as some roasted notes. Flavor is only slightly tart and leans toward malty goodness. Tastes strongly of spices, again cardamom and cinnamon. Has a nice tangy finish. Probably the best of the ten beers that I tried at the festival. The spice combo is not quite right to give a holiday feeling, but I’d still be happy sipping this on a cold day. padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Sampled at the 2009 Stone Sour Festival. An interesting variation of one of my favorite sour ales. A light cinnamon and all spice detected. Pretty good.
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Mild traditional winter warmer spices are featured in the smell and taste of this beer. It starts off like a typical amber-colored pale ale--copper color, single finger head, nearly clear. Leaves good streaky lace.
The smell is muted bittering hop and lighter malts.
Nice balance, with a nod to the hop bitters. The body is as expected. The spicing is light but enough to be present, particularly on the swallow. It went very well with the Andouille sausage I had for lunch. mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
On tap at Stone Sour Fest 09. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a thin tan film. Amazing spicy and roasty aroma with some chocolate and cinnamon. Flavor is fruity and sour up front and is supported by some cinnamon spiciness and just the right amount of tart and funk. A great variation of a great beer and my favorite of the day.