Inbreak (6025) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 oz. served into a wine glass at ChurchKey. From notes; 2009 vintage.
A: Pours a dark brown color that’s perhaps a bit murky. The head is a one finger khaki shade. I even note some legs on the glass, even though it’s only 7%.
S: There is some acetic sourness, but it’s very mild. What I notice more are some notes of dark fruits, buttery oak, and even touches of cocoa powder. Once I get used to the fact that it’s not very sour, I like it a lot.
T: Just like the nose suggested, the tartness is restrained - and it becomes even more so as this is consumed. It’s actually more sweet/fruity than tart on the opening and middle, with augmenting touches of caramel. It finishes with a good amount of dry cocoa powder and vanilla. The lack of significant sourness allows these other notes to come out well, giving it a more approachable complexity than others.
M: The finish is very chocolaty yet dry, aided by middling carbonation. It feels very substantial without being too heavy, which helps its drinkability even more.
O: This won’t particularly please anyone looking for big tartness - at the most, it’s only about 2/10 sour. Rather, this is beginner-friendly yet with enough of an augmenting barrel note to make less cynical sour ale drinkers more than happy. Myself, I really enjoyed this.
Old rating rerated 07.03.2015, 0,5l bottle (2009 vintage) @ home:Garrold (5269) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2017
Soft gusher. Big fizzy-creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly sour-ish mineraly, sour dark berries, berry skin, minerals, oak, grass, caramel, candied sugar, redwine, hints of licorice. Taste is slightly sour-ish, sour dark berries, oak, grass, berry skin, redwine, sorrel, caramel, minerals, candied sugar. Medium bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice.
Bottle, shared at Little Leeds Beer House. Mucky, reddy brown. Halo of beige head. Nose has sherry. Nuts. Ripe vine fruit. Oak. Taste doesn’t live up unfortunately. It’s a bit papery and old. Medium body, with a surprising amount of carbonation. Nutty, fruity bitter finish. Past it’s prime, I think. sokuzs1 (1346) - POLAND - FEB 27, 2017
Aroma: earthy, oak, raisins, prune, vinegar, caramel
Taste: light sweet, light sour, oak, earthy, caramel, raisins, vinegar, prune john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2017
Bottle. 2010 Vintage; BBE Jan 2018; Drank June 2016 - Deep Red Brown in colour. Good foamy lasting beige head. Aroma; sour fruity vinous. Very Fruity; sour tart berries, dark fruits, plums, cherries, vinous, balsamic vinegar. Spicy and Yeasty; heavily sedimented. Malty; toasty grainy malts, caramel, some chocolate notes, cask wood. Warming alcohol. Sweet sour very fruity yeasty malty throughout. Quite dry. Enjoyed this a lot. Good stuff. Very tasty Sour Red/Brown Ale! (2016-07-16)
Baramba (1038) - ITALY - NOV 12, 2016
50 cl bottle. Ruby colour with off-white head. Aroma of caramel and vineous. Flavour is sweet chocolate and caramel, raisin sourness, oak barrel notes
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2016
(500ml bottle, BB 30-11-2017) Pours a clear brown body with a medium cream head. Aroma of chocolate, vinous, toffee, tootsie roll, caramel, honey, and sassafras. Flavor of vinous, plum, raisins, chocolate and caramel. Lele (556) - Padova, ITALY - OCT 21, 2016
Aspetto: marrone scuro, schiuma abbondante, marroncino dorata, fine e decisamente persistente. Aroma: agrodolce, cacao e caramello. Intenso e delizioso. Gusto: buonissimo agrodolce, anche se non molto intenso. Si sentono anche abbondanti caramello e soprattutto cacao. Carbonizzazione e corpo. Buonissima birra! RichTheVillan (7852) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2016
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; dark brown pour with a thin creamy tan head, aroma has vinegar with some dark fruits, taste has tart red fruits, vinegar.
mateuszk (2670) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 16, 2016
Bottle. Dark amber in colour, hazy with white and quickly disappearing head. Aroma of tart red fruits, some wood and bit of vinegar. In taste very fruity with some barrel notes, medium sour. Medium body, high carbonation. Dry and tart in the finish. Very nice. Palme (4811) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2016
0.5l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. This is a dark Burgundy-red one with a light creamy brown egg-shell colored bubbly top. Not to extreme on the aroma even if it kicks a punch when you inhale. Soft vinegar with red berries and traces of mild vinous wood. The taste is as smooth as always with Struise: Loaded with acidic red berries and woody red wine vinegar. Dragon fruit and kumquat with lots of sour gooseberries and a strong vinous touch. It’s quite drying on the mouthfeel, so much that I would call it mouthdrying. It’s pleasant to drink, somewhat unique in the taste. Interesting experience, and I’m one of those lucky guys that has another bottle that won’t be opened for many years. Already looking forward to that day. 06.02.2013