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Sour Devil - Blue Mountain Brewery

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Sour DevilSour Devil

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BA SCORE
83
good

84 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hornsup on 01-18-2013)
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Reviews by Zraly:
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Zraly

Virginia

3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, best by May 2013.

Pours a dark black with a thin off-white head. Not quite opaque, but close enough to nod along with the stout categorization. Smells roasty and funky.

Where to start? This is one weird beer. The first sip is difficult. And I don't mean that it is heavy or the alcohol knocks you over -- the first sip is as if someone just dumped vinegar in your chocolate milk. Not exactly what you expected to wash down your chocolate chip cookie, eh?

With the next few sips, the melody of the odd flavors gels together a bit more, and the transition from chocolate malts to lactic acid becomes more or less seamless. The funky tang actually lightens the heavy-loaded front end, and you find yourself liking the beer more and more (or don't). Interesting citric notes, notably lemon, create a tart astringency on the palate.

Medium-bodied and an evil 10% alcohol makes this extremely dangerous if you are into the weirdness of it all. Sit down and stand up slow.

Maybe this pairs well with some mystery mushrooms you found in the forest. Maybe this pairs well with your cigarette post-coitus. Maybe this doesn't pair with anything as you longingly stare out the window as you pour this down the drain. I can't begin to fathom what you might want to pair this with -- my best guess is cheesecake or a lemon curd dessert for myself.

At the very least, I can say Blue Mountain has one big vagina for putting this in bottles and convincing us (me?) to buy it blindly.

I felt awkward rating this beer and sort of wish I didn't bother. This is one of those rare instances in which I both love and hate a beer. This beer asked a bit too much of me. It's complex. And I guess on that note, I have to say it challenged me in a way that most beers don't. So for that, it is something to be admired and feared.

Revision/edit: Very interesting taste but the feel and delivery on the palate is over the top in a not-so-good way.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 00:32:48 | More by Zraly
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Thanks to Nick for the 750ml bottle! Poured into a wine glass; from two days ago. This is the 2012 batch, with a best-by date of May 2013 on the cork. Uh my ass, I'll bet this will still be damn tasty.

A: Pours a borderline pitch black color. The mocha-colored head is a finger high, and retains well. There's a nice ring of lacing left on the glass.

S: The stout part of this brew is handled well - there are nice notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, and caramel. The tartness, on the other hand, is very muted to the point of barely even being there. Still, it's well balanced yet rich the way an imperial stout should be.

T: There's only a faint hint of a sour bite to start. It quickly transitions into flavors of dark fruits, with a subtle chocolate and brown sugar finish. More sips reveal gentle hints of coffee and roast. I could nitpick about how weak the tartness is (I was more expecting something along the lines of Harvey's Imperial Stout, where both the stout and the sour is huge), but otherwise this is a really nice (albeit sweet) imperial stout.

M: This is where I'm let down a bit: it's slightly thin and slick in feel. It's very sweet, and the tart bite isn't significant enough to compensate. On the plus side, the carbonation is spot on, and the 10% is hidden spectacularly.

O: A soured imperial stout is a polarizing creation - this batch, at least, has such mild sourness that those who aren't sure of the style could try it (and perhaps even like it). Luckily, the stout part of this beer is extremely good, easily redeeming it. I'll have to keep an eye out for this one in the future.

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T: definitely has a sour twang on it. not overly sour, but it has a presence. vanilla beans. the roast is almost entirely cut out by the acidity. sweetness as well. there is the roast again, right at the finish, but for a fleeting moment. than back to more sweetness.

M: carb is spot on. frothy and smooth. full bodied.

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a dark black pour with 2 fingers of frothy brown head, diminished slowly and created a TON of sticky lacing. aromas of bourbon, vanilla, slight oxidation, tobacco, roasted grains. smells more like a bba stout than anything sour..

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Issue #1.

A: Dark mahogany pour is topped off by a 3+ finger, rim breaching, mushroom capping, corkboard brown head that was as lengthy in stay as a mother-in-laws visit. The head lapses eventually to a rigid and foamy moutanious structure after a very patient stay and still remains a dominant presence throughout the entire drinking process. A lasting coverage and good lace visual concludes the visual aspect.

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Sour Devil from Blue Mountain Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.