stouby (4537) - Holbæk, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, thx Carsten. Black with a brown head. Aroma heavy sour (tart, barrel, brett). Flavor medium+ sour (brett, tart), barrel, wood, notes of chocolate, coffee, licorice, ending dry. Light to medium body.
SeniorZozo (1345) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting @ Budapest. Thanks to Balint. Black with low Brown head. Roast, burnt, lactic. Milky, ash, tart but not really sour. A difficult style, Tart Imperial Stout.
zgaier (1922) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a brown head and tart aroma with milk chocolate coming through. Taste is sweet and tart, the sweet milky, chocolate notes along with coffee leading to a oaky, tart, fruity finish.
jjgmd (2052) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
With Z, on the patio on a rainy Saturday night, pours a pitch black color with a nice Java head . Nose is milk chocolate with a confluence of sourness. Taste is sweet milk chocolate with oak and punctuated with nice tartness ... a very nice mix of flavors. Finishes on the same tasting notes, dryly with a moderately long finish. A nice puppy indeed . Quaff Score 8 / 10
daknole (10919) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
What an odd beer. I thought I’d really diskike it. But I didn’t. The flavors of the stout are there. Roast, cocoa, prunes but then the sourness takes over. Balsamic type sourness.
Alengrin (4814) - BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Hopduvel, a sour stout (one of the countless hybrid beer types craft breweries come up with nowadays, and clearly one of the rarer ones). Very thick, frothy, pale beige, dense, cobweb-lacing head over a black beer with chestnut coloured edges. Strong, unusual but fascinating aroma of espresso beans and cold black coffee, kombucha, unsweetened yoghurt, horse steak, blackberries, bitter chocolate, burnt toast, a lot of dry ’old furniture’-like oak, soggy rye bread, elderberries, black olives, wet tea leaves, cigar ashes, sherry vinegar, dusty old cocoa powder; there is some mild oxidation going on, but only very subtly so and in any case it blends in perfectly with the basic bouquet. This puzzling aroma represents the actual taste aptly: a vague blackberry- and elderberry-like, vividly fruity ’soursweetness’ opens the palate, edged by a subtle saltiness and, a lot less subtly and apparently intentionally, a strong meaty umami flavour of fried mushrooms and horse steak, yet the lactic sourishness keeps it well in place. This sourishness retains a soft, gentle character yet dries the rest of the palate a bit; carbonation is softish and mouthfeel thick yet elegant and supple. Thick and meaty malt backbone, a bit nutty and caramelly, chocolatey without the sweetness, roasted and coffeeish in the end, turning bitterish, a feature reinforced with a fairly strong spicy and leafy hop bitterness. A deep, rustic woodiness provides an extra dimension of flavour in the end and adds some drought. All the way from the start, there is a restrained caramel sweetishness underneath all this, but it only serves a supporting role in this feast of sour, bitter and, perhaps more than anything else, umami. The last impression is a combination of hoppy and roasted bitterness, soft yoghurty lactic sourness and meaty ’umaminess’ - all boosted with a dash of gin-like alcohol perfectly in place where it belongs, i.e. lending the beer a warming quality as it slips down the throat, but not earlier, so in all, still very well hidden for this kind of beer. This would seem almost ’oud bruin’-like if it weren’t for the strong roasted coffee-like bitterness, and I reckon that is the expected taste profile of a good ’sour stout’ - but then, I haven’t had many beers to compare this with. A few Belgian things point in the same direction, be it Zwet.be, Stout Rullquin or even this year’s Zwanze, but none of them has this same coffee flavour reminding you of the fact that this is in fact still a stout, and I guess only the first one of that fascinating trio qualifies as ’sour stout’. But I digress: this is a wonderful beer and an interesting flavour combination to acquire - makes me all the more curious about that Tart of Darkness (by The Bruery) maturing in my cellar. Cheers to the Hopduvel, too!
Mesjasz (1232) - Lodz, POLAND - DEC 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, year ago. Pitch black color, big brown head. Aroma is roast, coffee, cocoa, light funk, balsamic vinegar, vanilla, wood. Taste light sour, light bitter, moderate sweet. Flavor of chocolate, cherries, roast, lemon, lactic.
drpimento (3280) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a crazy great beer. My first imperial sour stout. Has a marvelous complexity of sweet sour bitter which contrasted and enhanced by the textures of creaminess and perfect carbonation in the palate. And it just keeps getting better as it warms. I’m not going to let it get that warm though; too damn tasty.
furthur (1038) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - NOV 2, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, black beer, huge head faded, great lacing. Aroma toasted barley, molasses, balsamic vineagar, burnt sugar, cookies, coffee, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, spices, shoyu. Taste is lemon cookies, burnt sugar, coffee, vanilla, grilled pineapple, molasses, brown sugar, broiled grapefruit. Palate is rich but not thick, carbonation moderate. Finish actually gets dry, in spite of the juicy sweet mid palate. This is truly sublime!
BiiruBierBeer (1017) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Stouty smell. Very roasty stouty taste. Medium body, medium carbonation, and some foam.