Aroma of smoke, malt, and fermented fruit from the neck. Pours very dark brown, does not allow any light through the glass, and is topped with a THICK brown head. The head is clinging to the glass and slowly dissipating. Aromas of grain, hay, and alcohol notes. For a sour ale, I have to say the head is impressive. 2 minutes and it's still @ 1/4" and laced all the way to the rim. Strong wood flavor in first sip. Second sip has more of a sour brown ale flavor. Definitely has some heat to it, but perhaps a little thin on overall flavor. It's hard to place. Good body, some saltiness, sourness, grain, malt, and virtually no hop character. As it warms up I get a little more sour, but still not much in the middle and end. Thankfully it is not so sour as some others in the series that made my toenails want to eject! Very drinkable, balanced, with no harsh edges. I just can't reconcile "bold & audacious". Tasted from the bottle @ 55F.
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It started as chance, a sandwich shop encounter between a band and a fan. It ended as the Clutch Collaboration. 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.The two flavors come as raucous and riotous as the Maryland band and their Fort Collins fans, getting loud and making beer, together.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011