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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
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.


3.2
RobertDale (6755) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 19, 2016
Shared bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of tart fruit and funk. Taste is dark fruit, citrus, funk, and barrel. Old bottle.

3.6
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Pour on tap, hazy brownish black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of tart lemon, oak, red wine into a bit of vinegar, slight earth into a bit of spice, touch of dark fruit with a hint of cocoa. Taste was a mix of tart lemon, cocoa, roast into a bit of red grape, dark fruits into a hint of spice, slight yeast, finishing tart.

3.5
djd07 (15341) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is funk and roast. Thin mouthfeel with light roast, nice tart finish, lingering brett, very good.

3.7
merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Aroma: Red Wine, Mild Licorice, Mild Dark Plums Appearance: Dark Purple Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Hue, Decent Lacing Taste: Red Wine, Mild Dark Plum, Mild Chocolate, Mild Licorice Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Tart

4
Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Pours dark thick brownish black with a beige head. A few years old on this guy brings the lambicus aroma with a smooth fruity tartness so nice in the nose. Flavor brings lighter tart notes, not puckering, with a decent candi fruit type flavor on a decent body.

3.2
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2014
25.4 oz bottle. A careless pour yielded mostly tan foam settling to dark brown. Nose is funky old fruit, sourdough and red wine. Crisp and tart but kind of ashy. Taste is sour plum, coffee grounds, earth, faint chocolate and wood.

3.2
wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Tasted on 10/13/13 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle sent to me as an extra in a trade, this one was a bit of a gusher. Pours nearly black with a very thick, tan head that slowly recedes to thin lace. The nose is primarily darkly roasted malt with sour and vinous fruits underlying, and just a touch of brett funk. The flavor is a bit more focused on the sour, vinous, and oak notes, but the roasted dark chocolate and coffee end up dominating in the end. The body is fairly light with vary lively, almost sparkling carbonation and a long darkly roasted and oaky vinous finish.

3.6
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
GABF 2012. Pours with a black hued body and a tan head. Aromas are nutty, fruity, lightly roasty, raspberries, vinous, red wines and some acidity. Mildly earthy funk. Flavors are sour, fruity and acidic, with some raspberry notes, distracting roast, vinous, woody, raw barrel character. Medium carbonation.

3.8
vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Sour tart and Brett aromas. Flavors come through as brett, some dark fruit, roasted malt tones are in the background.

3.5
Sammy (12610) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
The welcome sour. As if intentionally infected. White head on black body.A little cherry, a nice sour more or less. Bottle from capone’s.


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