WiLD Sour Series: Plum Sour Stout

WiLD Sour Series: Plum Sour StoutWiLD Sour Series: Plum Sour Stout
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,378
Ranked #20,011
3.87 | pDev: 11.63%
Illinois, United States
Very Good
WiLD Sour Series: Plum Sour StoutWiLD Sour Series: Plum Sour Stout
Notes: Plum Sour Stout rebels against style boundaries as it opens with a bold fusion of fruitiness and chocolatey roast. Dark fruit flavors then take hold, evoking memories of plum jam and chocolate-covered cherries to bring everything into balance. The result is a light-bodied and refreshingly tart stout that's just plum sour!!
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 54
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 11/3/16; drank 1/22/17 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE, noisy tan head (careful pouring!) which quickly dissipated; no lace.

Plum, fresh earth & faint smoke notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Plum & mild chocolate flavors up front; fresh earth & tart strawberry notes on the finish. Tart but not puckering; dark but quaffable.

An interesting, worthy brew.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Cycle Brewing goblet.

A: Dark brown and essentially opaque, with just hints of ruddiness around the edges of the glass. Even a gentle pour gives 2+ fingers of tan foamy head, but that recedes by the time I sit back down. A low amount of visible carbonation after things have settled.

S: Acidic sour bite with mild acetic character. Dark malts with some serious roast character and some coffee to it as well. Lesser notes of tart cherries, malic acid, cacao nibs. Not particularly “funky”, nor am I getting any plum as such.

T: Malic and acetic sour and acid up front. More tart cherries. Then the big roasted malt body with mild chocolate flavors. Then buried by more winey and acetic tartness. As the dry sour fades after the swallow, lingering coffee flavors become more noticeable in the hang. I guess, since the brewer put it in mind, that on the final exhale I’ll buy into the flavor of a too-firm, extra unripe plum. But it’s not a dominant flavor.

M: Medium-bodied compared to most sour ales, though lighter than you'd expect for a stout. Good amount of carbonation sensation, and low alcohol flavors.

O: It’s not bad – certainly sour but not overly so, and the stout character with its roasted malts is definitely present, especially in the coffee flavor. The fruit I would have chalked up more to the acetic souring. This is a beer that, to me, suffers at the conceptualization level – I just don’t think the world needed a sour plum stout. Aside from maybe a bit pronounced acetic character, I don’t think this has overt flaws as much as the flavors just don’t compliment each other particularly. But still, something different to have in cans for sure, and it’s not without its appeal.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a snifter
canned 10/10/16

A- pours dark black with a huge foamy khaki colored head that eventually settles down to a thin ring around the edge, perhaps some carbonation issues

S- aroma is a nice mix of dark fruits and chocolate, definitely has a plum vibe, along with some dark cherries & fig. Chocolaty malt almost gives a chocolate covered cherry aroma

T- slightly tart up front with some berry notes, along with acidic vinegar, mid-palate gives sweet malt and chocolate notes. The finish gives tart berries, along with roast

M- medium body with high carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that fills the mouth immediately and bites all the way to the finish, definitely over-carbonated

O- an interesting blend, would be quite drinkable if not for the carbonation issues, probably not something I'd try again

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Photo of TheSSG
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a frothy, tan head. Deep, burnt umber color. Sour aroma with...toasted malt - an odd combination. Starts very sour, with notes of toasted malt. Then, as things settle down, there is a sweetness of plums, with lingering acidity.

This isn't nearly as bad as I expected, but it's surprisingly good and a very interesting combination. I feel like a non-soured version of this would be superb.

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Photo of IronLover
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Black in color. Poured with a short, effervescent, dark beige foam with low retention. Medium sweet dark malt and dark chocolate aromas with light roasted malt and earthy notes. No hop or fruit aromas. Medium bodied with medium high carbonation and a creamy smoothness beneath the tartness. Assertive, medium high sourness throughout with dark and roasted malt flavors on the periphery. No hop aromas or flavors. Finished dryly with a roasted malt note and a lingering puckering tartness. The sourness is a bit overwhelming, making other malt or fruit character and flavor – like plum - indiscernible. The sourness at the finish was a bit heavy and hurt the drinkability.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

Pours opaque black, light tan head is pillowy and dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of plum, candi sugar, tart grape and citrus.

Tastes of sour apple, lemon, plum, anise, and tobacco.

Medium body, stinging carbonation on the tongue.

A tasty and pretty tart stout. Not as sour as many in this series, but still pretty sour. Flavor is a bit cloying but enjoyable. Pretty unique, haven't had many beers that taste like this.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Central Market (Houston, TX), served in a plastic beer cup. Pours deep, dark brownish black with a solid head of frothy khaki foam and streaky lace. Aroma is tart fruit, sour plums and dark roasted grain. Flavor continues with a clear streak of sour, both fruity plums and funky acid. Roasted barley, coffee and earthy chocolate notes intermix, but sour character is the feature. Medium body with lively carbontion. Probably not for everyone, but a nice mix of roasty and sour (chocolate covered cherries); more refreshing than warming.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can dated 11/09/16. It pours a deep brown with a three finger head that quickly dissipated leaving very minimal lacing. The smell is typical sour upfront but there is a definite malty, chocolate stout smell coming through also. I can get the plum character on the nose also. The taste follows the smell. It's sour plum and roasted malts combined in equal parts. The roasted flavor really comes through in the aftertaste. Overall it's a confusing beer - equal parts sour and stout. I'm not sure I'll buy it again, but it's not bad.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 10/24/2016. Bit of a gusher upon opening, but not bad. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, lemon, green apple, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/smoke, hay, straw, musty funk, light vinegar/leather, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of plums, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, and dark/roast/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, lemon, green apple, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/smoke, hay, straw, musty funk, light vinegar/leather, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness and light roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, lemon, green apple, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/smoke, hay, straw, musty funk, light vinegar/leather, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of plums, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/sourness balance; and zero astringent/puckering flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from tart/sourness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. High carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately creamy/acidic, and lightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.6%. Overall this is a great sour stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of plums, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the modest acidity and high carbonation. The carbonation really helped out the ease of drink-ability on this one. Not overly sour at all. Feels really well balanced, with great sour and stout flavor complexity all around. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a maroon tinged mahogany with3 fingers of caramel colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Some plum & raisin, roasty, & charred grain

T: Slight tartness, sour plum, a liitle sour cherry up front. Tart, tart plum, dryness & a whisper of fig as this warms.
Finishes tart, sour ( plum & cherry )& dry with a little acidity

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation

Drinks slow, very intennse. It's worth a go if you are into sours

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola + garnet red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy dark tan head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of mottled very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts with moderate to strong aromas of dark fruit (plum) with moderate amounts of sweetness and moderate aromas of funky wet hay tartness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malts with light to moderate flavors of chocolate darks and dark fruit (plum) adding light to moderate amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of tart cherries and moderate flavors of funky wet hay as well. Lingering amounts of tart cherries + plum sweetness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: This is an interesting beer and the name clearly indicates what to expect, that being said I'm not sure that I could (or would want to) drink again. The flavors + aromas are pleasant and work well together but it is just a little too much to be an easy drinker.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
2.97/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

poured from can, canned 10/24/16

even a subtle pour explodes this dark milky stout to fill a tall glass full of big beady foam, musking of green olives, bitter dark cocoa and toasted nuts. after settled it still reacts like champagne in the mouth, going down like cream but still tasting like sparkling plum juice (like it or not).

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a can of DESTIHL's Plum Sour Stout for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. This one caught my eye when I was looking for some new beers to try and I'm very interested to see how this sour plum stout will turn out, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter.

A- The can looks nice, it's pretty typical looking for this brewery and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through and it had four fingers worth of very fizzy and fluffy dark brown head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but the head is a little out of control.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with some spices being the first to show up and it imparts a mixed spice aroma with nutmeg and cloves seeming to stick out the most and it goes right into the plum which imparts lots of dark fruit and plum like aromas. Up next comes a little bit of a light funky yeast aroma with a lighter amount of sourness and it's followed by the malts which impart some come chocolate, caramel, dark malt and sweet malt like aroma. This beer has a nice aroma, all the aspects show up, but the don't blend together as well as I was hoping.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with a big sour flavor being the first to show up and it imparts lower amount of high sourness that faded away fairly quickly and it's followed by a fruit flavor from the plum, but this time it's more muted and imparts more of just a dark fruit like taste. On the finish it's really watery and it's followed by the malts which impart all the same aspects, but they are a lighter and show up right at the end with some lingering sourness and it has a chocolate and dark malt like aftertaste. This isn't a good tasting beer, the flavors clash and the watery finish doesn't help it.

M- Not smooth, a little overly sour, creamy, very crisp, fizzy, medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel isn't that great, it needs to be smoother and thicker.

Overall I didn't think this was a good beer and it's not a good example of sour stout, that style can bit hit or miss sometimes and in this case it was a miss since it seems like all the aspects seemed to clash and nothing really blended together well. This beer doesn't have good drinkability, one is more than enough for me and I'm contemplating drain pouring it. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a pretty nice looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste and drinkability, they aren't good and they need some major work. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend it, it's just not a good example of the style and I would much rather have Vivant's Tart Side of the Moon. All in all I wasn't a fan of this beer, it's just not for me and it's pretty rough around the edges. It's now one of my least favorite beers from this brewery and it's not a good example of the style. Better luck next time guys, this one needs some major work.

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Photo of maxdeusphallis
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12 oz can into stout glass. Canned on 10/10/2016 - drank on 1/3/2017.

Black beer with light brown whitish head. Descent lacing.

Aroma is dark fruit - molasses, fig, tart. Sweet.

Flavor is very tart. Small amount of funk. Strong raisin and prune flavor.

Mouthfeel is light to medium.

One of my favorite sours. Do yourself a favor and try this beer.

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Photo of Tone
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 2/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, hint of pine, strong plum, pale malt, strong bacterial funk, slight biscuit, and a caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a distinct tartness. Tastes of roasted malt, hint of pine, strong plum, pale malt, strong bacterial funk, slight biscuit, and a caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, great body, good blend and aroma. One of those beers that gets better with every sip.

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Photo of Czequershuus
2.17/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a brownish-black with a very large brown head. The aroma is hugely funky with wet hay, prunes, roast coffee, and something very medicinal. The flavor has lots of sour soy suace, prunes, barnyard notes, hay, and iodine. It is VERY medicinal. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. Overall this was not an enjoyable beer - quite sour, unpleasantly gym sock funky, medicinal and very difficult to drink. I did only get through half a can.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark cola colored with a massive head, beige in color.

Aromas of cherries and other dark stone fruits. Some dark malts, and Weiss aromas.

This is like a jawbreaker and morning coffee. Plum, sweet tarts, old coffee.

Light dryness, otherwise watery.

Nope, not gonna touch this again.

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WiLD Sour Series: Plum Sour Stout from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 54 ratings