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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This pleasing, two-part, potion was brewed with chocolate and black malts for a rich and roasty overtone, then fused with a dry, substratum of sour for a bold and audacious flavor. Black as night, this beer is blended at 80% stout, 20% dark sour wood beer for a collaboration that begins with a sour edge and finishes with a big, dark malt character, lingering, sweet on your palate.

Added by chumba526 on 08-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
226
Ratings:
524
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.4%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
74
For Trade:
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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Rackhouse Pub. Dark black color, a little head. Smells very roasty, all stout in the smell. The flavor hit me at first with some sour but then it really blended in with the roasted malt stout-like flavor. This was interesting but I preferred Kick and would probably never order this again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out brown and black, brown to the edge, no head formed, 1/20" at best. Aroma was more roast. Didn't impart much in terms of sour qualities.

Taste left one wondering where the sour is? Tart of Darkness has it. Funk Metal has it. Magdura Obscura has it. This one doesn't have much of it. Tastes like they had an infected batch, then mixed 90% uninfected stuff with it, old school.

I saved a couple of these bottles, and they did get better, but not drastically. It did hide the alcohol decently.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a deep, warm sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some good lacing. Smoky aroma has chocolate, coffee and sour apple tones. Flavor nicely mixes mocha with sour apple and has smoky, nutty, molasses and licorice notes. Full-bodied, lively texture leaves a fizzy finish with smoky and sour apple flavors.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is one inch of solid tan foam that recedes very slowly leaving nice chunky lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt with a hint of cherries underneath. For a beer of 9% ABV it is a very weak aroma. The taste is of roasted malt with some sour cherry notes in the background. There is also some acidity, but it is not quite enough to cut through the sweetness of the stout. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a cloying texture, and low carbonation. Overall, this is a beer I will pass on next time.

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Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque black with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like chocolate and coffee, with sour oak and a little copper and brown sugar.
T: It tasted like sweet milk chocolate and roasted coffee, with lots of sugar and some sour oak and copper. It had a clean, sweet and sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. A bit weak.
D: This was a nice unique sour stout. It had a good scent and taste, but the body wasn't great. The alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Not sure how it would age, but I liked it fresh.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured black with a three finger tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, wood, dark fruit, and milk chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, milk chocolate, wood, and drak fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Still not getting behind this whole sour stout movement and this is no exception. While all of the flavors present are good, they don't blend that well together in my opinion. If you are a big fan of sour stouts you might enjoy this one. Worth trying for those who are curious or love this style.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small roast and a small tartness. In the taste, roasty, notes of coffee, and a light tartness. A small sour bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry roast and note tartness in the aftertaste. Kind of a tart porter is the best way to put it.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours near black with a finger of fuzzy dark brown head that quickly faded into a bubbly film. Tons of tiny spots of lacing were left down the glass.
S: Very interesting smelling. On the one hand I get almost milk stout like notes of sweet and creamy chocolate, and on the other hand I get fruity notes of fruity pie filling. Coffee is lightly detectable.
T: More ‘American wild ale’ flavors come through on the palate than the nose suggested, but this beer is neither tart nor sour. Stout flavors still dominate with rich and creamy notes of chocolate and dark roasted malts. Coffee comes through a bit more as well. The ‘wild’ aspect isn’t really fruity, it’s more tingly and tannic. I would say flavors could remind me of bitter red grape skins and dried cranberries. The finish is drying and woody, and the aftertaste is nice and earthy with a few subtle flavors of yeast.
M: The alcohol is hidden very well. Body is medium and clean, and the mouthfeel is thankfully not acidic or vinegary. This beer goes down smooth and easy.
O: I was expecting more wildness but I enjoyed this stout. The strange wild funk added a nice dimension. It could benefit from some sourness, but it wasn’t bad.

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Photo of morimech
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Black color with one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thin cap. Nice amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Smells like a traditional stout. Chocolate, coffee, a little smoke, and the slightest hint of tart fruit.

Flavor does not quite work for me. The tartness seems more like a stout that had an unintended infection. I think what this beer needs to work is a high level of sourness, not the low, subtle type. The flavor has a high level of roasted malt qualities. More subtle hints of chocolate, cinammon, and smoke. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Full bodied and nicely carbonated. Thick and rich.

Overall this beer was a disapointment. It sounded great on paper but either sour stouts do not work, or this was not executed as well as it could of been.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nicely balanced dark sour.

Presentation:22 oz screen printed brown capped bottle. Dark gold solar simbol with Clutchs´s branding. Side paragraphs notes collab occasion, and main characteristics. Shows 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges, short lived ecru creamy head, fair surface ring with splotches of lacing.

S - Nice nose, soft sour nose with roasted notes, and a lingering fruitiness.

T - Palate follows with a nice compact sense, malty sourness, roasted notes with hints of chocolate, tiny notes of coffee, dark fruits… prunes, figs… nicely balanced.

M - Medium/full body with medium carbonation, soft creamy ride held by the gentle sourness with a nice lingering sense in the palate.

O - Pretty balanced overall, quite likable.

Notes: Quite a nice brew, nothing outstanding as it peaks but very pleasing and approachable. A dark sour Belgium stoutish… It works. (And probably the best of the Lips of Faith series reaching DC on the launch of NB for the region...)

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Photo of gford217
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours deep chocolate brown, almost black, with a big creamy tan head and some nice sticky lacing and a small cap settling in on top.

Aroma is a little weird as it starts with a heavily roasted chocolate malt kick, but there is also an interesting cherry tartness along with some coffee notes.

The taste has less tartness than the aroma and is seriously roasty, almost has a burnt character. Lots of chocolate and a weird finish of smoke and slightly tart cherries.

The mouthfeel is roasty and dry.

I opened this expecting to get a much more sour beer (Surly Five maybe?), but it's really just a heavily roasted beer with a touch of cherries thrown in. Not one of my favorites from NB but still a very good beer.

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Photo of illidurit
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at the September iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours deep brown with red highlights and a cocoa-colored head. Aroma is earthy and roasty with some green coffee and cocoa powder. Not much sour evident so far. Flavor is malty and tart, with an earthy roasted malt basis, phenols, nuts and some tart red fruits and citric acidity. I suppose this is pretty well done but I just don't like the whole roasty + sour thing.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into flute style glass at alewife, baltimore. Pours a pitch black color with a finger of dark tan head. Smells of very roasted dark malts. Taste is very roasted; malts, coffee, slight vanilla and somewhat fruity/cherry notes. Really nice. Easy to drink but complex. Not sure why this didn't get better reviews. Its a great brew with lots of personality. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of argock
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Black cherry color to match the black cherry aroma and flavor with a thin cap of off-white head and minimal to no lace.

S: Initially sweet but the sour cherry character comes through along with plenty of stout notes. A really unique aroma. The hoppiness is mild, earthy and herbal.

T: As this warms, this beer really comes together. If this is what dark sour ales are about, I am in as this blends the mild earthy sweetness and intense maltiness of dark fruit, mainly cherry and raisin, with a light but noteworthy sour fruit note that is not funky which is why I think it works well. The herbal, earthy hoppiness also works with the general theme of a dark, earthy beer with a sour twist. I wish I had bought more of this in bottles when it was around -- I won't make that mistake again.

M: The medium carbonation works to help the drinkability of this medium-high bodied ale. The finish is medium dry which helps a lot with the drinkability, equally due to the mild tart-sour yeast character and the crafting of the malt bill.

O: I really enjoyed this on-tap a lot more than I expected -- a more open mind the second time around? Clutch is a really nice lightly sour, fruity dark ale.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip; thanks to the person who shared this at the CdC release.

A: Black body, orange highlights, thin tan head. Spotty lace. Ok.

S: Sour milk chocolate. Nothing but lactose gone wrong. I dont' hate it, but it's not good either.

T: Nicer than the nose, with vinous oak and fruit joining the sour milk chocolate. Clean, tart finish. Tasty, but nothing special.

M: A bit thin and prickly at first, creamier after a second. Ok.

O: Dark sours can be hit or miss, and this one's more of a miss if you ask me. Still, I enjoy a miss in this style more than hits in many others.

Cheers!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice glass while listening to Clutch.

Appearance: Pours dark and black with only a slight hint of brownish red on the edges. Decent two fingers of tan head that fade into a thin ring on the edges of the glass. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: Moderately tart and sour dark cherries with some wood, brett, and a light hint of vinegar. Big presence of dark roasted malts with good hints of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Quite an interesting combination.

Taste: A very interesting and tasty brew. It literally tastes like a imperial stout mixed with a wild ale. The sour cherries and woody/bretty characteristics are quite noticeable but are not as strong as a normal wild ale. The dark elements kind of overshadow it, but in a good way. Big flavor of dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth. No noticeable alcohol heat. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A pretty wild and interesting take on a wild ale. The dark flavors blend pretty well with the sourness. I love the creativity here.

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Photo of n2185
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with two fingers of brown head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Roasted malts up front followed by some sweet creamy chocolate. There are some slightly acidic, sour aromas underlying the chocolate, but they're surprisingly faint.

T: Again, roasted malts hit at first with some smokey and bitter notes. A strong sourness follows, reminiscent of lemons. The finish is tart from the sourness and bitter from the roasted malts. The different aspects of this beer are a bit jarring.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a bit oily feeling on the palate.

O: An interesting and unique, but not particularly good beer. I like the idea of a sour stout, but the flavors just clash and never meld very well.

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Photo of rawfish
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very fluid and dark cola brown nearly black with a slight tinge of garnet highlights when held to the light. Forms a one finger cap of mocha foam that dies down quickly into a ring of fizz with spots of lacing deposited onto the glass.

Roasted coffee, freshly baked bread and baker's chocolate tones on the forefront and through the malt backbone. Slight hints of oak, tart cherries and lemon juice spring up.

Roasted mild coffee and some bitter chocolate notes lay down a foundation in which a spring of cherries, grape skins, light oak and some musty funk notes are developed. Slightly more tart than the acidity you can get from burnt malts. Full flavor, well built just not as interesting as I had hoped.

Thin body for the color and very muted carbonation. Alcohol very very well hidden and the malts lay down a smooth texture throughout the drink. So easy to drink.

A good solid beer, something that branches porters and sours. The sour notes could be more developed into the fruit characteristic that were probably intended. Interesting to say the least rather underrated, worth a shot.

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Photo of jsh420
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

pours coal black with a 1 finger tan fizzy head that left some spotted lacing

smell is faint but i get the chocolate and sour fruit

taste of chocolate coffee wood sour cherries - only problem is they do not mesh well here

mouthfeel is light good carbonation very smooth and creamy

overalll - take out the sour cherries and i would have enjoyed this brew a whole lot more - this beer delivers on what they are calling this beer "dark sour" but i am just no a fan

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a thin but creamy tan head. Some nice lacing down the glass.

S: Chocolate, dark cherries, toasted malt, coffee and some granny smith apple.

T: There's a really interesting blend between darker stout flavors and lighter sour flavors. Hints of roasted malt and espresso along with sour cherries and burnt raisin skins. A bit of vinegar as well and a lingering bitterness on the finish. I was expecting a bit more. I almost wish it would taste bigger. I wanted a lot of sourness and a lot of stout flavor, but didn't really get either.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

837th Review on BA
Bottle to New Belgium Globe
22oz
2011

Thanks to @Beetographer(via twitter)

App- Black stout like coloring with some lighter edges due to the blend. A nice one finger head with good sheets and lines of cling and dotty sticky cling.

Smell- As it opens, mostly all coffee and then a big black malt profile comes in. A little one sided with the black malts and coffee. Non of the sour or wood notes come in on the aroma.

Taste- A very nice blend of sour, wood and coffee. The flavors are not in your face but a little here and a little here. Starts out as a coffee stout and mellows down to the sour note and a little bit of the wood notes.

Mouth- A light medium with a light medium carbonation. A little hoppy sour fruit notes remain.

Drink- This was unique and tasty. Not the best I have had from NB but the Lips of Faith are meant to explore different flavors and profiles.

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Photo of wedge
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Raleigh Times

Very dark, possibly black color under a persistent, creamy cap. Tart, chocolaty malt aroma. Lightly sweet, sour and roasty malt flavor. The first time I had this, it seemed more like an infected stout, but the last couple times have been more enjoyable. Alcohol is very well hidden. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drink to the dead all you still alive...

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours nearly stout dark, with a medium brown head. Definitely darker than anticipated.

Roasted aroma, chocolate, coffee, toffee, and a buttery diacytol aroma...in this occurrence, it works for me. There is a touch of sour on the back end. Taste was nicely mirrored, with again, the tart coming on the finish. Nice almost full body, with a pleasant creaminess.

Not much for sours, but the sour parts were minimal and blended in nicely. I'd drink it again!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with XicanoBeerRun.

I don’t think of this as a stout. Porter-like, maybe, if I’m splitting hairs. But it’s an all-around unique, experimental brew that in my opinion defies easy categorization.

This sits a dark ruddy amber in the glass with some thin lacing around the rim. Aromas of dark cherry, currant and a tart sourness are present. It’s roasty, and big (9.2%) but the alcohol isn’t noticeable. The roast is balanced by a tart/sour flavor, almost tannin-like or woody. Great finish. A wonderful surprise of a beer. A great sipper, sharp enough to cut through the pack and funky enough to stay interesting.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a smallish light tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is some roasted chocolate malts, leather and tart, sour dark fruits.

The flavor is some roasted earthy malts and molasses with a good amount of tart fruity sourness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice mellow dark fruit sour with a bit of roast.

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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