Sour Stout — Tasting

Sour Stout

I kegged this beer last week, and promptly ran out of gas and had to get a new cylinder.  This will get more carbonated in the near future, but I could not hold off any longer, and had to give it a try.  If you are interested in the recipe and process, you can find that here.

The idea behind this was born when I tried Madrugada Obscura from Jolly Pumpkin.  The dark fruit flavors from the brett and the sour tang worked beautifully with the roasted malts.  I had great success with , their Flemish Red Blend which gives a terrific “cherry pie” aroma and taste.  Being a fan of cherry flavored stouts, it seemed like a natural combination.

Appearance:  Black, with just a hit of red at the edges.

Aroma: strong sour cherry notes, with cocoa, tobacco, coffee, some sweet malt, and brett lemony/grassy smells in the background.

Taste:  Bright fruity cherry notes, with a caramel taste in the middle, followed by the cleansing sour bite and a bit of bitterness from the roasted grains.  Mouthfeel is on the lighter side.

Critique:  I really like this beer.  The aroma is choke full of cherry goodness with out any actual cherries added to it.  The brett brings that lighter citrusy aroma at the tail end.  The mouthfeel was lighter then I expected, the sour seems to help lighten it and make it quite easy to drink.  The beer starts with just a bit of sweetness, then goes through a prickly sourness, and ends with a roasted note, which comes out more as the beer warms.  I am very happy with this, and will definitely go down this road again.  The bright cherry flavors of the ECY Flemish red blends wonderfully with the  roasted and dark caramel flavors.  If you like sours, and you like stouts, give this a try.

One Response

  1. Sounds great. Congrats. I will have to try it.

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