Brouwers Imagination Series #2 Strong Sour - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 144
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cannabanaceae on 12-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by craytonic:
Photo of craytonic
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by richard at a April 2012 tasting

Appearance: Very dark mahogany pour with crimson red highlights
Smell: Dark fruit, cherries, raisins, chocolate, oak
Taste: Nicely sour, lots of dark fruits, oak, cherries, raisins and dates. Touch of toffee-ish malt
Mouthfeel: Medium body and mouthfeel
Overall: nice beer, very enjoyable. A treat to try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle at our recent sour tasting.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The beer looks about like Coca-Cola. The aroma is dark fruit and yeast. The flavor is tart dark fruit. The beer is not as sour as I was expecting but the tartness does meld very well with the darker malts to make a very good drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of nkersten
3.6/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes, poured into a tulip. Color is a light brown with a thin tan head. Smell is strong on the bourbon and wine, some lemons and funky sourness. Taste is very sour, lots of alcohol comes through, some raisins, lemons, tart, brown sugar, tart dark fruits. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium carbonation, very sour and acidic. Drinkability was not the best for the style that I have had, the alcohol flavors and tannic finish hurt the score.

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #100! Thanks to Ross for opening up this rare beauty

A: Slower gusher out of the gate, dark raisiny brown, with a gentle haze.

S: Whiff of tannin rich red wine, tangy fruits, faint bourbon and booze. What a powerful nose!

D: Dark grain, sour grapes, boozy figs and plum, robust merlot, gingerbread and chocolates. Tastes like someone took a bag of crystallized dark fruits, soaked them in bourbon and then used that to infuse an oud bruin.

M: Carbonation was a tad high but the mellow palate coating and long lingering fruity sweetness lend a luxurious feel to the rich flavor spread.

D: This is an absolutely wonderful blend, as the Seattle crew is wont to do. A masterful fusion of red wine, bourbon and tangy dark fruits.

Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle generously shared by ipa247. Fire in the hole! Cork flew off at about 150mph like it was unleashed by Steve Dalkowski.

Pours dark brown and fairly clear with a large off-white head and good lacing.

Aroma is nice and funky with dark fruits and mild cheesiness.

Flavor is really great. Sour fruits - cherries, figs, and dates are what I get - with barnyard crappy funk (crappy in a good way). Horseblanket and bleu cheese as well.

Medium-bodied with very high carbonation and nice acidity.

Solid beer overall. Big thanks for this, Jeff!

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Almost black. Excellent head and seeming eternal retention.

Smell - You can still smell the roast malts back there. A little bit of vinegar acidity. Red wine vinous notes. Very nice.

Taste - Nice acidity. Very strong sourness. Dark cherry flavors. Red wine flavors, including astringency. A little bit of that porter comes through, too.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated. Nicely sour, almost too sour, but not quite over the edge.

Overall - Who knows what this tasted like fresh, but it tastes pretty damn good still.

Photo of cannabanaceae
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Brouwers Big Wood 09'. Snifter.

Poured with a nice little head. Color was very dark with blood red highlights when held to light. Very impressively dark for a sour.

Smell was woody, bourbon, sweet cherries, some sour funk, tobacco, some alcohol present.

This hit me with a "wow'" when I first sipped it.. A very nice blend of flavors, I detect some cuvee de tomme cherryness, maybe some bourbon angel share? Fruity malt flavors, some hotness from the alcohol (but not much), some hop bitterness at the end. It had a perfect level of brett sourness through out the sip. A sticky mouthfeel. Perfect level of Carbonation. Yum.

This is a beer worth seeking out. As with all the brouwers/bottleworks collaboration brews this blend is great. Wasnt sure of the ABV, but it seemed high. This will do very well with some age on it.

Photo of emerge077
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle opened with a wisp of smoke, and paused before it decided to gush, giving the chance to catch it in a few taster glasses.

The beer was a dark, opaque brown in the center, fading into lighter mahogany at it's edges. Strong visible carbonation gave it a generous head of foam, that left sticky lacing at the edges of the glass.

The leathery, acetic, dark fruity aroma immediately reminded me of a favorite Oud Bruin, Haandbakk. There were spicy oak traces, cinnamon and apple butter notes, tannic and vinous. Flavors of dark grapes, plum, acetic balsamic, more oak, especially as it dried out in the finish. A moderately sour pucker gave it a nice zing, yet it was well integrated and balanced. The feel was soft and smooth with a fine level of micro carbonation. Overall this was a real winner that i'd seek out again. Thanks Sean!

Photo of Rutager
3.57/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap @ Bottleworks.

Appearance. Pours a dark brown with a little red, no head.

Smell. Nice sour brown smell, sour cherries, brown sugar, oak and melon.

Taste. Medium lactic sourness, lots of oak, some cherry and light fruits.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, virtually flat with just a faint bit of carbonation.

Overall. Nice sour brown but the lack of carbonation was a little disapointing ...I say a little 'cause, well you know, LA ;-)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ditmier brought this over to the Saturday tasting... Big thanks Eric.. super stoked to be able to try this one. Reviewed from paper notes and a mind like a steel trap ;-)

Eric "encouraged" me to open this.... luckily, I was standing near my kitchen sink. Big time gusher that continued to foam up the neck even after 4-5 nice pours were taken from the bottle.

Dark tan head... and dark brown brew that seems cloudy.. probably from the CO2 escaping and stirring up the yeast.

Nose is full of dark fruits... cherries.. raisins.. plums.. some lite vanilla and leather... mildly sour...

Flavor has more sour funk.. mild vinous character.. again a bit of vanilla and something that I can only describe as leather.. it may be the wood.. nice pucker with later pours that is more an acetic character .. reminds me of the Sinners '09 (memories) from the '09 GABF and whaffs of CdT.... despite the rampant carbonation, there is a surprising body...

Thanks again Eric.... this is going on my wants tonight.


Photo of mikesgroove
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

ark brown, very hazy and cloudy with a rich tan colored head. Excellent retention left behind thick coating side glass lace. Some light carbonation at first, but this quickly diminished. !

The first notes to come across were funky and sour, which were to be expected, however, letting this one warm up brought about all sorts of goodness. This one had to warm though to really let you appreciate all of the subtleties that were going on here. Rich notes of caramel and tart cherries, light notes of oak and woodsy like malts. rush of Brett funkiness in all of its glory, rich notes of fruit, cherries layered in on top of that with an almost toffee like flavor as the base

Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brouwer's Imagination Ale 2009. Corked and caged 750ml bottle generously shared by ipa247. Thank you, Jeff.

The cork rocketed out of the bottle as soon as I loosened the cage; I guess Tomme is trying to throw us off with the occasional over-carbonated batch. The beer is an opaque cola brown topped by three fingers of dense froth that settles very very slowly to a half-inch layer of foam. It's a bit murky, but the firm head makes for an attractive beer.

The aroma is complex and inviting. Dark vinous fruit, red wine, hints of balsamic vinegar roasted grain, light spiciness; this is balanced but complex.

Tart berries and vinous, wine-like fruit flavors are prominent. It's also mildly roasty and malty, with a bit of balsamic vinegar-like acetic acid. High carbonation cuts through the medium-full body and complex flavors, making this an easy drinker, though it's initially too effervescent. The finish is very vinous and tannic, reminiscent of cabernet sauvignon. As expected, this is very good.

Photo of vacax
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Richard for breaking out (another) rarity to share. Corked and caged 750 mL bottle, with some gushing all over the makeshift plywood tasting table. Dark brown in color, cloudy, and comically intensely carbonated, resulting in a high retention of course. Aromas of prune, wine grapes, plum, chocolate, alcohol, and spicy funk. Tastes quite spicy, sour, tart, funky, with bitter currants, and a spicy alcoholic finish. Feels thick, full, lusciously palate coating, and creamy high carbonation. I like this beer, it is fairly unique and the flavors came together nicely.

Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle I didn't think I'd get to try at the Lost Abbey tasting in DC. Served in a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark reddish brown color with a half finger of off white head. The bubbles are rather large.

Smell: This is a mild smelling beer. Tart berries along with an herbal component. There is also a very mild sweetness.

Taste: This is a very complex sour ale. Tart berry like sourness with some roasted malt. There is a mild sweetness that reminds me of floral honey. I'm getting some mild herbal notes in the background as well.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tons of aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I wasn't in love with this beer, but it is very complex and interesting. Dark sours don't tend to be my favorite, but I'm glad I got to try this beer.

Photo of ChrisPro
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-Rate on 4/29/10 Bottle as part of epic sour tasting with callmemimckey. (transcribed from previous rating)

750 mL Pours dark burgundy with gigantic head. Aroma was so incredibly complex and varied all over the place as it warmed. Dominant aroma of port but also got hints of orange, rosemary, chocolate, coffee, apple, plum/raisin and the slightest hints of bourbon. Incredibly complex nose. Flavor has some mild sweetness, and some great earthy funk. Very thick, full bodied, much more approachable carb than the first time. I could put away a 750 of this no problem. As part of an epic tasting, this just barely edged out Cable Car for best of the night (10/4/9/4/19 4.6)

750 mL bottle at Brouwer's on 3/13/10 (personal 500th rating). Bottle popped and is an insane gusher (think 1/2 inch beer to 5 inches of head). Pours very dark ruby with huge cream colored head. Aroma of chocolate, cherries, prunes and pine. Flavor is nice rich chocolate sweetness, with a wonderful tart cherry and citrus. Finish is a fruity coffee bitterness, almost like a sour raspberry mocha. Medium mouthfeel with good carb, maybe a bit on the heavy side (as evidenced by gusing)Incredibly well-blended an d unique beer. Fantastic sour that isn't overpowering and incredibly drinkable. (8/3/9/4/18 4.2)

Photo of psiweaver
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer at Brouwer's the other day after looking at it longingly at a recent Lost Abbey Tasting.

The beer pours a nice dark brown with some red to it. very appealing looking.

The smell is very complex and has hints of the rosemary and honey it is brewed with as well as fall fruits.

the taste is superb, sour but with an intense depth of flavor this honestly is one of the best beers i've had in a long time. Extremely complex and amazingly drinkable, I would be more than happy to sit back with one of these on a regular basis. It has rich fall fruit tones of light cherry, fig.

Very easy to drink and a great beer. I strongly recommend trying it or seeking it out.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to bmanning for opening this bottle.

Pours dark brown with a bit of a crimson hue. The head is slight but leaves a decent amount of lacing. Nose brings forward some cherries and dark fruit along with strong lactic and acetic sourness and a bit of a woody note. Slight funk. The taste is sour fruits for sure with a bit of dark fruits and slight roast. Great feel with a nice sour to tart balance. Drinks very well and is a strong dark sour--I love this substyle.

Photo of AgentZero
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the Pizza Port IPAs, curious to see what a sour by them tastes like.

A - Dark brown beer that looks reddish in the light and ruby on the edges a little bit. Not a ton of head on it, but had some decent stick to the sides of the glass. Somewhat murky looking beer.

S - There's a lot going on in this, has a little more caramel/sugar smell than I was expecting, but it's nice. Funky cherries with some dark fruit and a little bit of chocolate. There is some slight oak in there as well.

T - Tastes about the same, with a little more emphasis on the brett than there was in the nose. Light cocoa and caramel take a back seat to the sour and slightly funky cherries. Some dark fruit and oak come in on the end and give this one a slightly lingering finish.

M - Medium bodied with more carbonation than expected given the pour.

O - Good beer, particularly for something that might be classified as an Imperial Wild Ale? It's got a unique flavor profile and was easy to get down. Glad I got to try this one.

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 mL bottle with my dad at brouwers in seattle, poured into small snifters. Reviewed 1/4/10.

Ar: Sour, rich dark fruit, lactic acid, cherry, red wine, raisin, faint spice, light bourbon, strong fruit, light earthy funk.

Ap: Very high carbonation, tons of large smooth tan head, epic retention, deep brown, thick lace

T: Raisin, plum, alcohol, tart, bourbon, pomegranate, rich and dark fruit, grape, light alcohol warmth, light caramel sweetness, very light earthy/funk character (overall the funk is pretty subdued), nice mild herbal qualities, very complex, most prominent taste is a raisin/dark wine/dark berry character with tartness, chocolate hints, nice wood character

M: High fine carbonation, medium body, smooth, light alcohol warmth/roughness as the beer warms

O: Excellent, the rich dark fruit is delicious, interesting character added by the bourbon, starts to get a little rough as it warms, but not to the point of being problematic

Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Richard for opening this bottle at our tasting on 1/31/10. This one is from notes.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with some nice red highlights and a fluffy off-white head.

S: The nose is quite complex and I wasn't initially sure what to make of this beer. I pick up notes of raisins, cola, cherries, chocolate, and malt. In addition, there are some nice brett and oak aromas, but not overly tart.

T: The taste is equally interested. There are the same sweet malt and dark fruit characteristics that are present in the nose, but with a more noticeable tartness. Some sour cherries, brett funk and dryness, oak, bourbon, and alcohol.

M: A very full body with a lively carbonation that makes the beer feel even fuller on the tongue.

D: I'm not sure exactly what the alcohol content is on this, but it certainly lives up to the "strong" part of the name. That said, the beer is still delicious and I'm glad I have one via trade to sit on for awhile.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, Jonathan.

Dark brown with a thin, tan head that hangs around a while, leaving no lacing. The nose is great. Spicy bourbon barrels with rosemary immediately noticeable. Honey lends a sweetness, and there's cherries and raisins here too. Sourness is moderate. The palate opens mildly sweet-tart with raisins, rosemary and some honey. Dark fruit character is noticeable too. Mildly tart with a moderate Brett presence (cloves especially). Drying on the finish with honey and raisins. I enjoyed this.

Photo of raveskdr
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of JAK, who wasn't able to be here at the tasting. A shame, man. but we appreciate the bottle!

A - Very dark brown, bordering on black. Slightly fluffy white head clustered in weird patters in my glass.

S - Dark fruits are really predominant on the nose. Slight acidic and roastiness from there. Very little barrel/bourbon.

T - Really nice blend of flavors on this one. The dark fruits intermingle with some sweet vanilla molasses and moderate tartness.

M - Very good drinkability despite the roastiness and bourbon barrels. Leaves me wanting more.

O - This is a really solid dark sour. This is better than v009 and on par with another beer that doesnt exist. I got on board with this one.

Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Thanks to bgramer for the long time want. Poured into a snifter.

A: Opens with an emphatic pop, and a mass of foam begins a slow yet insistent rise toward the top of the bottle. I quickly grab hold of my glass and make ready as the liquid begins flowing. The color of the body is a deep brown with burgundy highlights. The brown head is two inches high and lingers for six or seven minutes. The foam clings to the glass in thick curtains. As I was typing this review I heard a noise in the fridge, a disturbance. I opened the door to find that the foam had redoubled its efforts and risen again, dislodging the wine stopper. Half the bottle was foam and it created quite the mess in the fridge. Luckily, only a few ounces were lost. This foam has a life of its own.

S: Tart and vinous, with notes of vanilla, wood, and bourbon. A moderate lactic presence is detectable, as well as an upper moderate acetic profile. The beer smells of black and red cherries, grapes, plums, raisins, faint rosemary, and figs. There are heavy currant notes. Malt is reminiscent of gingerbread and there's a very faint nutty element. Brett imparts subtle musty and earthy notes. This reminds me a bit of Cuvee de Tomme. No evident booze. Very complex and exceptional in every way. The beer was opened at 55 degrees, but as it opens up and continues to warm up, there's a nice interplay between chocolate and bourbon.

T: Opens with a moderate lactic sourness and a smooth upper moderate tartness. Upper light acetic notes are evident, and once again the fruit takes over, with notes of currants, sour cherries, grapes, prunes, raisins, and figs. There's a nice chocolate profile, and bourbon goes very well with the strong vinous notes. Brett is leathery and musty, and is more evident here than it was in the aroma. Finishes dry, tart, and fruity, with some acidity, tannins, and drying oak.

M: Medium in body with an upper moderate level of carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, sticky, tannic, and lightly acidic.

Overall: An all around awesome beer if you're a fan of the blended strong dark sours. Highly recommended.

Photo of illidurit
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by bret27 at Woodshop 5.0. Pours a deep clear brown, with a fluffy tan head. Aroma is sharp berries, grapes, vanilla, wood. Nice complexity. Lots of stuff going on in the flavor too. Cherries, unripe berries, port wine, vinaigrette, sweet bourbon. Sour, dry finish with some wine astringency. Killer beer.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours near black with two fingers of foamy off white head. The bottle was a gusher, but after pouring a small amount of the beer it was fine.

Scent of sweet dark fruit, light spice, apples, dry oak and bourbon. A wonderful scent borrowing characteristics from multiple styles of beer.

Taste of sour dark fruit, sugar, yeast, and spicy bourbon. I'm not picking up much complexity from the taste, though that does not stop this from being a damn tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick with a large amount of carbonation.

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Brouwers Imagination Series #2 Strong Sour from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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