nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
Live rate! Bottle generously shared by Sparky - thank you, sir! Pours dark amber with a trim beige head. Smells and tastes of dark cherries, wet straw, and berries. Not complex, but highly drinkable. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2012
Bottle at Jerry’s Sandwiches (Oak and Iron). Black - brown head.
Nice sourness. Vinegar. Fruity. Nice burned. Wooden. Vine notes. Light sweetness. Lovely high drinkability. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 11/30/2011. Poured from a 375mL caged and corked bottle into an oversized wine glass.
My pour is an opaque brown color with burgundy edges. A medium sized tan froth forms with a slow, straight down the center pour. Neither the head retention nor the small lace really impress.
There is a fairly strong dark malt presence here, an early indicator of an under-aged sour. Some caramel and molasses notes, dark cherries, currants, blackberry, and lactic sourness. A bit of vanilla and oak come through as well.
The flavor starts fairly sweet, with dark roasted grains, caramel and cocoa, and a bit of molasses. Cherries, currants, figs, and raisins slowly turn the flavor toward a lactic sourness. Eventually a bit of Brett is noticeable, imparting a leathery flavor that blends with a bit of vanilla and oak toward the end of the sip. The more desirable aspects of the beer feel understated, a fact which I hope will be remedied over time.
Hoodwink drinks a bit fuller than medium for the style. Crisp carbonation fits with the flavor profile. The lactic sour flavor leaves a slightly puckering sensation in my mouth, but it is also fairly dry by the end. Mildly acidic.
When thoughts of "is this beer worth the price" start creeping into my head, I know that it is a beer that is not meeting my expectations. Right now the flavor is nice, but it is not sour enough for me to accept a simplicity in the other flavors. Maybe some time will do this good, but as of right now I do not like it as much as Askew. deyholla (11597) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown with a brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of dark sour fruits with a bit of backing dark grains. Flavor begins with sour dark fruit that last throughout and has a combination of sour fruit, dark grains and oak in the finish. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Thanks emacgee for sharing. Dark brown with a small tan head. Nose has moderate to medium sourness, lots of barrel, some fruity characteristics, some light roast, cherry vinegar. Mouthfeel a bit thinner than expected. Flavor shows light roast and light sourness but not quite as nice as nose. Still, a good beer from Two Bros.
emacgee (4675) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Thanks bauermj. Very loud pop, pours dark burnt copper brown with two fingers of sticky tan head. Nose is nice, lots of dark fruit and berries. Blackberries. Nice bright acidity with some cherry skin character. Very clean and fruity acidity in the flavor, nice balance of acids and esters. Lots of berry and cherry with a light showing of the dark grain, tad irony. Really enjoyed this one, very nice for a dark sour. HosP (3) - Anderson, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2012 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2012 Dark in color, thin tan head. Smells quite tart. Pick out some dark fruits hidden in the back. Tatness in the taste. Hard to pick up much more. Flavors fade rather quickly. Interesting beer. cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Bottle @ Dan’s, courtesy of adam. Huge thanks! Deep purple brown appearance with a small, tan head. Tangy, sour, cherry, blackberry, funky, vinegar aroma. Big sour, vinegar, cherry, raspberry, blackberry, funky flavor. Pretty good beer. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2012
bottle as an extra in a trade thanks to kan - Dark pour. Tart raisins and grape. Sweet caramel some funk grapefruit. Some toffee some pine bitter. Pretty dark for a sour, but tasty. brokensail (16444) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
The beer is a dark mahogany type color with a finger of tan head. Sort of a typical dark sour aroma of vinegar, raisins, plums, and currants. Definitely some oak and grass notes to it. The flavor is really heavy on the oak. A bit of tart fruit, maybe some vinegar. A little grass funk and some hay. Not the greatest flavor to this. Medium body with medium to high carbonation.