dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Pours dark and black with a small brown head. Nose is raspberries, cherries, chocolate, vinegar, wood chips. Taste is sweet with a good sour balance. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, medium body and a very long finish. HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Pretty similar to the Pomegranate sour, with hints of raspberry at the fringes but a really, really heavy handed vinegar character. Actually pretty disappointing, since I really like most Bruery sours and most raspberry sours. brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Pours mahogany in color with a small off-white head. Nose is intensely oaky with leather and red wine vinegar in full effect. I don’t get much in the way of raspberries on this one. The flavor is moderately tannic and somewhat astringent. Again, minimal raspberry contributions. Strong leather, oak, and vinegar components. Mediocre at best, like all the Carmen variants. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Ap. pours a dark mahogany with a bubbly ring.
Aro. Caramelized dark fruit. Dark chocolate. Raspberry essence.
Taste. Chocolatey malt, balsamic reduction, grain, tart raspberry.
Mouth. Full fizzy.
Ov: Loved it. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Pour a dark chocolate brown color that’s almost black with a thin beige head that quickly dissapears. Not much in the way of lacing.
Sweet, vinous aroma with subtle earthy funk and a prominent red wine barrel presence. Hints of oak, vanilla, grape, currant, raspberry and other dark berries. Underneath the barrel presence there’s a dark roasted malt presence with hints of chocolate, caramel and toast.
Medium bodied with tart, puckering mouthfeel that lingers over the vinous fruit and barrel character into a sweet yet dry finish. Not acidic at all with a nice amount of sour funk adding complexity to the dark malts and barrel flavors. Strong vinous red wine presence with hints of toasted oak, and dark fruit along with some chocolate, toffee and toast from the malt. Really well balanced and quite flavorful.
JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
On tap at the bruery. Dark brown pour, thin tan head. Sweetish malt, vinous, vinegar, raspberry, and fruit. A little acetic, and not very drinkable. It’s okay. kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Tap at The Bruery. Dark brown with tan head. Dark fruit flavors with raspberry and vinegar. Some funkyness. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
On tap at the Bruery’s Sour Sunday. Pours with a murky deep brown body and a small tan head. Aromas are quite odd. A very strong minty/menthol aroma (checked with and confirmed by others and the table). Some balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, raspberries and chocolate. Flavors are earthy, soil, vinous, chocolate. Not too much raspberry at all (very lacking compared to any of the other Carmen variants. Tannic bitterness. Some esters. Medium bubbles and medium dry. Some lasting acetic.