Poured into snifter. It pours rich amber with a thin milk-white head and thin lacing. The smell is tobacco, vinegar, oak, and cherry. The taste really follows the nose: the first flavor I noticed was tobacco, followed by vinegar, oak, and sour cherry. However, it turns much sweeter at the finish, particularly as the glass warms. Nonetheless, the after taste is quite sour. This ale has medium carbonation and a moderate ABV of 7%. This is not a style I particularly favor and I find it difficult to drink. It's simply not pleasant for me. That said, it is well-crafted and seems to be good example of an American Wild Ale and I suspect that someone who enjoys this style will find this offering satisfying.
Dark amber, bronze color with minimal head. Nice dark fruit and cider-like acid in the aroma with hints of oak. Flavor is only slightly acidic. Mild dark fruit sweetness. Oak is completely lost in the palate. No hop character as expected. Finishes flat and bland. Light to medium bodied and low carbonation. Disappointing mouthfeel. My recommendation: stay away from this. If you're looking to try a good sour, go for Boulevard Love Child or Goose Island Madame Rose. They cost a little more but are well worth it. This one, at ~$13, is a rip off.
Poured an opaque dark brown with no head, even with a hard pour on my second glass. Smells a little like Duchesse de Bourgogne, a little fruity (more like brown sugar), and a little vinegary. Taste was very lacking. It's more roasty than sour, tasting more like coffee than a fruited sour. It isn't very sour, at all. In fact, it doesn't really taste like much at all. Not sure if it just needs more time to bottle condition, or not. I may get another and hold on to it for a couple years and re-rate it.