Brouwers Imagination Series #2 Strong Sour
Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Wild Ale
4.3 | pDev: 8.14%
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Brouwers Imagination Series #2 Strong SourBrouwers Imagination Series #2 Strong Sour
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

2009 vintage.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, caramel, dark fruit, funk, acidic, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, dark fruit, funk, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid aromas, but the flavors are slightly better in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

Jul 28, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Mar 12, 2013
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally cracked open my bottle a few weeks back.

Color is a dark ruby with a light tan head.

Flavor profile is a lot of sour and fun. Cherries, oak, and tannin all present. A little bit of spices show (gift of the magi?). Some herbal flavors. Maybe a hint of orange peel. Very wine like. Reminds me of consecration.

Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Definitely a solid beer, but nothing out of this world. I would definitely drink this again.

Jan 26, 2013
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

3.57/5  rDev -17%
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 ;-)

Nov 24, 2012
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark purplish black color with a huge frothy beige head that very slowly fades into a lasting cap.  Chunks of soapy lace left behind.

Vinous aroma with lots of dark fruit and red wine character.  The barrel character is strong with lots of oak, vanilla and boozy sweetness.  The blend is 66% bourbon barrel but I'm picking up more wine barrel with lots of vinous fruit.  There's also some herbal spice, dark malt and honey sweetness.  

Overly carbonated with lots of dry, earthy oak and vinous fruit sweetness.  Strong red wine and dark fruit presence but again, I'm not picking up any bourbon barrel even though it's the majority of the blend.  Hints of grape, dark cherry, plum, currant and other dark berries make the beer very sweet and overpower the malt characteristics of the base beers.   Subtle honey with slightly acrid roasted malt notes once it warms considerably.  Very dry with hints of caramel, toast and dark chocolate.  Decent but one dimensional with too strong of a red wine barrel flavor.

Aug 01, 2012
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oline73 from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Jul 14, 2012
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Bendurgin from Maine

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Andy for sharing this one. Poured into a chalice. This one pours dark brown with a reddish hue to it. A nice cap of creamy tan head with gobs of stick lace.

Hints of acidic vinegar with hints tart dark fruit with bourbon and oak notes in the background. A bit of an herbal aroma lingers in the background with sweet dark fruits. Sour dark fruits on the pallet with hints of powder cocoa and a bit of a vinous finish. good oak flavors with just a touch of bourbon in the background.

Medium body with sufficient carbonation.

Overall this one is real unique. Lots of great flavors here and a refreshing sour edge.

Jul 08, 2012
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andrewinski1 from New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sonicalligator for generously sending this our way! Poured into a chalice. There is a nice thick light tan with red hues head atop a dark brown body.

The aroma has some nice sweet cherry notes here. The raisin sweetness is also nicely detected. The aroma is very vinous.

The taste starts out incredibly sour. The bready malt flavor is surprisely dominant to go with the slight grape and cherry notes that are a part of the tartness. There is a great oakyness to the finish. After more sips the initial tartness is mellowed, and I pick up more malt sweetness, including some of the dark fruit. For better or worse, there is a lot going on here. I like it.

Jul 08, 2012
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Jul 03, 2012
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raveskdr from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jul 02, 2012
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craytonic from District of Columbia

4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

May 21, 2012
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mdfb79 from New York

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Big thanks to Richard for sharing this one at our DC Sour Tasting!

a - Pours a very dark brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, tart cherries, oak, fruity malts, light vinegar. Nice sour nose; I really like it.

t - Tastes of very sour cherries and tart dark fruits, vinegar, oak, earthy notes, fruity malts. Taste is way more sour than the nose; a step up for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Sour, but pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot; I know they are different beers but I liked this much better than the '08 Saison. Would love to have it again.

Apr 24, 2012
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by GRG1313 at our sour and wild ales tasting on April 14, 2012. Thanks Richard.

The beer appears dark brown with crimson highlights and an off white head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite nice, with scents of tart cherries, wild yeast, oak. The flavor brings tart cherries and a pleasant, acetic character. Oak and brettanomyces have a strong presence as well. The feel is medium to full bodied with a long lingering, lip smacking tartness. This had been on my "wants" list for a long time. I'm grateful for the opportunity to try it.

Apr 23, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Richard, THANKS! Beer is dark brown to ruby, hazy with an off white head, some lacing, low retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is fruity, tart cherries, lactic, succinic, and mildly acetic, not vinegary.

Finish on the beer is a little roasty, it goes well with the fruitiness and mild Brett funk in the beer. Interesting beer overall and I really like it. I'd have it again for sure.

Apr 23, 2012
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barleywinefiend from Washington

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark brown with good carbonation leaving a nice dirty white cap

S: Chocolate, sour, funky tartness and some dark fruits

T: Chocolate covered dark fruits dipped in lacto with a splash of booze is just about the best way I can describe it. Oh, and tasty.

M: Medium to big body with moderate carbonation and a long lasting lacto tartness

O: Very good overall

Feb 19, 2012
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Verecund from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened this on September 30, 2011, to a huge pop. (The cork probably flew 40 feet into the air.) The beer began to slowly gush - 3 ounces poured into a HFS wine glass. From notes.

Very lively bubbles make their way up to a 1.5 finger tan head. The beer itself is a dark red-hued dark brown. "Plummy brown."

Tart, sour cherries; miscellaneous dark fruit / vinousness; lactic acid; toasted oak; and some caramel malts. I've had some 'meh' strong dark sours recently, but this was pretty well integrated, with surprisingly pleasant wild berry notes meeting the strong dark malt backbone, lactic acidity, and old herb earthiness.

Nicely tart and vinous: cherries, currants, and raisins, mostly. There's also a layer of sweetness comprised mostly by the bourbon, light soy, and Dr. Pepper/almond extract character. The backbone is what you would expect from a strong, dark sour, featuring a nutty, caramel, and chocolate maltiness. Definitely superior to the majority of dark sours I've had, even after almost two years. Tart above all else, though without the vomit-like notes one gets from something like Cuvee de Tomme, with surprisingly soft bretty undertones.

Medium-bodied with quite lively carbonation. It dances on the tongue.

A very interesting blend. I could easily imagine this as a successful Veritas release.

Oct 03, 2011
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from Andre, thanks!

A very promising disgorgement pop delivers with two inches of tan, dense foam and an unrelenting ascention of minute orbs of carbonation. Dark mahogany body with crimson edgework in the hips of the tulip glass. Torn sheets of lacing and a solid coating on the surface all the way through the glass.

Aromatics lead off with vineous and tannic fruit, light spice, ripe malt, balsamic vinegar, and red wine-steeped raisins. Hints of oak, bourbon, and crushed herbs follow through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, sharp mouthfeel. A bit lush and tacky.

A tart, sour, wine-like vineousity starts the palate along with balsamic-drizzeled soured fruit. Tart cherries, bourbon, red wine, oaky tannins, and a trace of charred cocoa follow through.

Finishes tart, vineous, boozy, and a bit oaky.

Well now, Tomme and the boys hit this one on the head. Extremely complex and fairly sour. Lots of barrel character here and the carbonation is rockin'. Reminds me of Earthmonk a bit too.

Sep 20, 2011
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Urbancaver from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a touch of light white head. Very dark. Thick and bubbly. Smells tart and sour lots of sweet fruitiness. Tastes tart but not too acidic. Overall very enjoyable. Lots of cherry and port flavours. The tartness is perfect on this one. Great carbonation.

Aug 26, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Aug 20, 2011
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled April 2011
The beer is a slight gusher after I pop the cork from the top of the bottle, and when I pour it into my Lost Abbey Teku glass I end up with 5 fingers of amber tinged, dark tan foam that quickly flows over the tops of my glass and makes quite a mess. The beer is a dark, almost burnt amber color that shows hazed, dark plum hue when held up to the light. As the head slowly subsides it leaves some nicely layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma as I pour this beer smells of dark plums, some savory maltt character and more tart fruit. An actual inspection of the nose yields aromas that are definitely quite tart and seems to be a mix of lactic and acetic acid notes. The acidity really boosts aromas of tart cherries, sour dried figs, fermented prunes and even something a bit like teriyaki sauce. This is backed by a spicy (pepper, raw oak and a touch of Bourbon spice), earthy, toasted woody, oak character a definite sawdust character and even some buttery oak notes that start to come out after a while.

Tart tasting with a fruit focus as it first hits my palate, it then picks up a bit more bracing sourness that gets a bit savory in character and then the beer finishes with a spicy, woody, tannic, slightly astringent oak character. The beer doesn’t have a whole lot of sweetness to it, though having just ate dinner the dryness could be from the state of my palate. The savory character in this beer seems to be added by an almost smokiness in the finish that seems to be contributed by a roasted malt character in the finish. The roast is actually fairly restrained in some ways, but contributes profoundly to the finish of this beer without intruding and becoming overly burnt. The body of this beer is actually fairly light, it has some heft to it, much of which seems to be oak / tannin derived.

I went back for a second pour and the bottle had blown the wine stopper I put in out and formed a bit of a mess on the counter (luckily only a little beer was lost); I only have to eat a little foam to keep the beer from overflowing the glass this time around. The beer is definitely pretty spritzy with an ample carbonation, though it doesn’t seem excessively foamy as it flows across the tongue. The tartness and the fruit remind me a lot of tamarind up front, and sour plums throughout. Most of the sourness here seems to be lactic in character, though there is a touch of it here that adds a spiciness and piquancy to the finish. A fair amount of the tartness actually comes from how dry this beer is and the fact that there is a mellow, roasted malt character to this beer. Lots of cherry flavors come out as the beer warms up and the roast character seems to mask some funky, earthy, wild yeast character (all of which could be derived from Brettanomcyes).

This is really quite a palatable beer; it has a nice mix of tart, savory and fruit character that just makes it seem like a meal in a glass without being chewy and heavy (which is how beers usually get described as such). Despite the description there is really not much in the way of Bourbon character to this beer, there are suggestions of it, but it doesn’t seem more than what one gets from non-Bourbon barrels (Bourbon is highly influenced by oak). This is quite enjoyable.

Aug 04, 2011
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AgentZero from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Jul 25, 2011
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JAXSON from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork explodes out of the cage. Dark brown pour with a large head. Nose is meaty, raisins, red berries, some signature Lost Abbey brett, tight. Mouth is sweet rich, and malty. Plums, raisins. Very nicely done, tight brett funk and dark fruit sugars working together well here.

Jul 14, 2011
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domtronzero from California

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Dankbeers619 for a little celebration of being out of school for the summer. Thanks Kyle!

A - murky reddish brown with a fizzy, short lived, light tan head. Little lacing. Very lively and carbonated.

S- Dark fruity nose, plum like and rich. Sourness comes through a bit and is not overwhelming. Light leathery notes.

F/M - quite tart, much more so than the aroma led me to believe. Dark fruity flavors and a pleasant funky flavor in the finish. Oaky and light vanilla flavors become more pronounced as it warms. Mouthfeel is a little thin, as is expected for a wild ale. Nicely attenuated and dry in the finish with a lingering raisin like flavor. Very highly carbonated.

O - Great flavors and an interesting mix of dark and sour. Definitely worth seeking out.

May 21, 2011
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to k2pantan for the trade. Served in a Sinners Tulip. Pours one shade shy of black with a quarter inch off-white head that dissipates into a thin film and a frothy band around the shoulders. Head is refreshed with a gentle swirl of the glass. Nose expresses some vinous qualities, malt, soy sauce, perhaps a minty character and some ethanol esters. Taste follows nose - vinous on a light malty backbone. Starts of tart at first, but reveals grape flavors, a little saltiness and the mint is re-expressed in the mix. Mouthfeel is fairly light but the carbonation on this beer is really over the top. Fortunately, it is eventually dispersed by swirling the glass. There's also quite a bit of acidity here. All and all, a very good dark sour with lots of complexity. The level of carbonation, however, somewhat detracts from the overall experience.

May 10, 2011
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HopHead84 from California

4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Mar 27, 2011
Brouwers Imagination Series #2 Strong Sour from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 87 ratings