Hordeum: Bottle says “Ale with natural flavors”. Very descriptive.
Slouch: “Ale with black currants, locally foraged lemon leaves, hibiscus, cane sugar, and elderberry flowers.” But this is a dark sour ale.
Hordeum: You say “locally foraged” I say “stolen.”
Slouch: 9.96%, also known as “10%”
Hordeum: 9.96%, They aren’t “Dogfishing” it up to 10%.
Slouch: Turbid chestnut. It’s really an impressive looking Dark Sour Ale. If that kind of thing impresses you, of course.
Hordeum: Very cloudy and dark.
Hordeum: Two fingers of pinkish tan foam. Very fine carbonation.
Slouch: Pretty impressive head retention for the style.
Hordeum: I doubt anyone cares.
Slouch: About what?
Slouch: Get a whiff of that sour… An earthy vinegar backbone with floral highlights.
Hordeum: This is a lot better than the Seabass…
Slouch: Agreed. Vuja De is the sense that you’re always reviewing dark sour ales from Cigar City. Initial assault is tart cherries on your tongue, quickly followed by a peppery bite. The stolen lemon leaves cut the sour nicely, like lime juice in a Gimlet. Who drinks Gimlets? Badasses, of course.
Hordeum: And their grandsons.This is a spicy beer. Or that’s the cajun seasoning on my cheap steak. I use the work steak liberally.
Slouch: It has this unique clean finish, a dryness that I don’t often encounter in sour beers. This thing is pretty damn good.
Hordeum: It has some hops to it as well. The bitterness mixes with the acidity for an interesting effect.
Hordeum: We have gone on way to long without mentioning a salad dressing.
Slouch: Very spritely for a dark sour. Pretty much perfect.
Hordeum: I call bullshit. Spritely?
Slouch: Yeah, effervescent. Like Sprite.
Hordeum: The alcohol is very well hidden on the pallet.
Slouch: It will probably be less well hidden in the podcast tonight.
Hordeum: Despite the huge strength, this beer is more drinkable than its little cousin, the Seabass. Granted, that beer was kind of a trainwreck.
Slouch: As it warms the booze is starting to waft out of my snifter. Or snift out of my wafter.
Slouch: They say: “Sour is the new hoppy.”
Hordeum: 3.5 Sours then??? In a few years, readers will look back and see how ahead of the times we are. Like Trent Reznor.
Slouch: Why was Trent Reznor ahead of his time?
Hordeum: I don’t know. People just always say that.
Slouch: Speaking of things that were ahead of their times…
Hordeum: In college, Slouch’s bladder was frequently ahead of the rest of him, which was asleep.
Slouch: But basically everybody I lived with did the same thing, or worse, so it didn’t seem like that big a deal.
Hordeum: “If peeing your pants is cool, then I’m Miles Davis.”
Slouch: Also ahead of his time.