Sour Devil | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Sour DevilSour Devil

Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by hornsup on 01-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by obywan59:
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4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly opaque, dark brown to black, with deep amber to ruby accents only at the edges. A 3 1/2 finger tan head recedes, leaving a moderate amount of rather thick lacing.

The aroma is of tart citrus. More lemony than grapefruit-like. Sweet bourbon and oak round it out.

The flavor is deeply tart from the wild lactobacillus, but is matched by the sweet bourbon and tempered yet again by the dark malt. A hint of oak gives even more depth. Very citric with dark fruit.

There is a substantial bite of carbonation upfront, but the beer is very smooth and milky overall. My burning throat reveals the 10% ABV.

I think this is my favorite of all the Blue Mountain Barrel House brews, and with this one, I've completed their repertoir. They were all good, but some were rather raw. I would say this one is approaching it's prime. Only the barest hint of rawness remains. Warming and full-flavored. Biting and smooth. Aromatic and visually appealing.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into a Raleigh Rare & Vintage Beer Tasting snifter. Poured dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, fruit, dark fruit, earth, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, subtle sour, wood, fruit, earth, and subtle chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Going into this one I was fully expecting it to be a sour bomb, however that was not the case at all. There was a surprisingly good bit of balance going on here with just a kiss of sour in the flavor. The end note with the chocolate was a very nice touch to bring your palate back to life after taking a sip. The rest of the brew was pretty good for the style, but lacked that little extra to take it to the next level. Really glad I got the chance to try this and suggest you do the same if you get the opportunity.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

S: Whiskey laced cork, with a whiskey scent of black malts. Hard to get much through the big foamy head but had a pleasant alcohol driven aroma to it with some barrel woodiness.

T: Sweet dark fruit is first on the flavor being joined by some whiskey laced black malts. Smoothly fine charred character is silky with a wet ash minerality and dark bitter chocolate notes. Dark fruit of sweet figs and raisins, dark toffee-licorice, and a very defined sweet and sour yeastiness that shows musky fruit, breadiness, estery pear-drop and apple-plums as well. A light mention of banana and barrel woodiness comes on the fade with an alcohol spiciness of sour whiskey mash and green apple.

M: Full bodied, luscious maltiness, chewy body has a quiet presence of carbonation that sits on the tongue with a warming whiskey and dark bitterness factor.

O: Overall this beer kept its intense nature throughout the entire drinking process, a hard thing to do with as many beers under my belt and short attention span. The wow factor started early and kept it up to the lasting sips. Great yeastiness, just the perfect amount of sour factor, not to overbearing, with a rich dark malt and dark fruit sweetness to balance things out nicely. Great alcohol spiciness but very well managable for its size, while the whiskey tones add a perfect flair to an outstanding beer already. This is not a mouthpuckering sour to the likes of Cantillon or the Bruerys tart of darkenss for the hardcore radical fans, rather a nicely blended, intriquing and perfectly balanced beer with just enough sour aspect to make you aware of its presence for those who like a bit of accent to thier beers.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black with three fingers of light brown head that recedes into a dense cap with great lacing. Beautiful.

S: Tart and slightly sour fruit aromas mixed with roasted malts up front, followed by smooth oak, vanilla, bourbon, and creamy chocolate.

T: Roasted malts up front with semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, and smooth bourbon. A big kick of tart and sour fruit flavors hits next with a charred and bitter finish and a light alcohol burn.

M: Medium body and mid-high carbonation, this beer is a bit lighter in body and more carbonated than most imperial stouts, likely due to the intentional infection. It works well with the sour flavors, though.

O: A good beer overall. It strikes a balance nicely between the sourness, the barrel qualities, and the original stout. I'm normally not a huge fan of dark sour beers, but this one is definitely one of the best.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Note: Issue #1 (Cellared since 2013)

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear very dark cola brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and very faint reddish brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy + creamy dark tan head that very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sour dark fruits (plum + cherry), roasted malts, and cocoa. Light to moderate aromas of bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts + dark malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of sour dark fruit (plum + cherry). Light to moderate flavors of cocoa followed by bourbon, vanilla, and oak in the finish. Minimal amounts of lingering sweetness or bitterness and just a light to moderate amount of residual tartness in the finish which lingers for a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very interesting - I have had some mixed experiences with sour stouts so I was happy that this one resonated with my palate. A moderate amount of complexity which I did not love at the first sip but grew on me as it came up to room temperature. Overall, I'm glad I finally pulled this one out of the cellar.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Rifugium
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Blue Mountain Barrel House sister brewery, purchased at the Afton brewpub.
First had: shared at a recent tasting.

I didn't love or hate this beer; it was okay, but presumably nothing that will blow the minds of sour-heads.

As I twisted the cage, I could feel the cork wanting to erupt on its own, so I held the bottle over the sink and carefully let it uncork itself. Fortunately though, this was not a gusher, apart from a tiny uprising of foam that stayed in the bottle.

Dark brown-black pour with a small cap of beige head; moderate retention and lacing. Roasty aroma, dark malts, dark bread, mildly sour ester-like undertones. Taste of toasted pumpernickel and dark grains, mild roast, unsweetened cocoa, charred wood, melded with a plummy sourness, and a vegetal flavor somewhat reminiscent of black olives. All things considered, the mouthfeel was fairly smooth, body was on the fuller side of medium, woody and somewhat bland aftertaste. Maybe not something I'd want to drink a full bottle of, but still not bad a brew overall.

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