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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Sour Black, ~5% ABV, is a Black Ale aged in Wine Barrels. These barrels are the same used Pinot Noir barrels which produced Rapture. Brettanomyces lambicus was added to the barrels adding a nice acidity. It’s fruity and tart with just enough roasted character; a truly delightful dark ale.

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4.3
jbaker67 (23) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Nearly opaque black color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of wood, vanilla, Pinot, berries, brett, light roast and some bacteria. Taste of vanilla, red wine, dried fruits, lightly malty, vanilla, some wood, and a lightly sour finish.

3.7
markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle shared by the Tampa Crew. Cheers, guys! Pours a stout brown with an off-tan head. Nose is roast, vinegar, vinous tartness, some oak, some funk, vinegar, and hints of fruit. Flavor is similar with some vinous tartness, some oak, some vinegar, and some fruit. Lovely sour that won’t kill me at 5.1%.

2.5
SudsMcDuff (8496) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
750ml bottle .. . pours a deep brown .. mild foam, spots of lacing .. . viva ronaldo .. . quite thin .. . just not a good beer, a mess .. . . . i must warn you, sir, that outside I have police dog Josephine, who is not only armed and trained to sniff out certain substances but is also a junkie...

3.7
JStax (7181) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2013
750 ml bottle thanks to my friend Josh. Pours a black with a grey head of foam. The aroma is that dry, funky, near floral sour from the brett. I get some woody notes out of this as well. Taste is dry sourness. Earthy and funky. Nice, crisp, fizzy mouthfeel, nearly what you would expect from a fountain soda, but a little thicker than most sodas I’ve come across.

3.8
alexsdad06 (10821) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is tart cherry, dark fruits, some roast, light vinous and a touch of wood. The flavor has hints of the roasted malts, biscuits, tart cherry, vinous, wood and dry. Interesting and worth the try.

4.4
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2013
THOUGHTS: A wonderfully different sour ale. Most sours I’ve tried take a beer and turn it sour, but this one just adds a sour layer and keeps its stout like flavors. Very complex. It’s like two beers in one instead of just one transformed beer. Very easy to drink. The body was a little thin, but that just made it easier to drink. The roasted malt showed up even more when paired with some great Blue Stilton cheese. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark brown that was basically opaque black in the glass with a huge, creamy, tan head that mostly, but very slowly, diminished and left good lacing. The aroma contained light roasted malt; ever so slightly chocolate; some wood; mostly sour fruit; slight sweet fruit; and hints of vinegar. The flavor had slightly sweet fruit, then mostly sour fruit, then roasted malt and a little chocolate and then some very tart fruit and wood. The light to medium body was dry with tingly but sort of soft carbonation and a dry and moderately astringent finish.

3.7
Beerathon (1681) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2013
This is delicate balance of roasted malt flavor and tartness from the wine barrel aging. An enjoyable unique beer.

3.5
jcartamdg (3535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Pours jet black with no head. Aroma of tart cherries and roast. Taste is sour and roasty. Really nice not overly sour but really nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
devman171 (1223) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Pours black from a bottle at the brewery, warm. Smell is wine and some roasted malt. Not bad but not worth 18$.

3.2
jackl (8425) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle, split with a friend. The pour’s deep brown with hardly any head whatsoever. The nose is butterscotch candy, balsamic vinegar, some grape squash and ribbon candy. The taste is mildly buttery, touches of diacetyl, hints of berry fruits. Light chocolate syrup and a bit of charred wood. Mild sourness. Medium body, slightly oily on the palate. Soft carbonation. Overall, an interesting beer. It lacks cohesion. Still, not bad.


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