Style: Sour & Belgian-Style Stouts

ABV: 7.0

Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 4

The Libertine Brewing Co. Stocking Stuffer

What the brewers say

“This wild stout is a continuation of our famous Christmas stout aged in spirit barrels for 12 months. This stout is tart with a smooth finish.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Beautiful vinous grape, cherry, and deep stone-fruit characters up front, with a nice rich citrus note to complement. A touch of vanilla underneath the fruity notes, with a great earthy, spicy, herbal background. Slight woody oak comes through after the bright acidity, and slight roast cuts through as it warms.”

Flavor: “Pronounced tart cherry sweet and sourness that’s balanced with stone-fruit flavors—apricot, plum, and pluot. A touch of malt complexity with a healthy amount of funk add to the experience. The barrel is restrained, adding just enough spiciness to add depth. Nice warming chocolate roast character in the back, with a woody character that’s earthy and lingering.”

Overall: “Intense flavors, but they don’t overpower. A great balance of acidity, funk, malt, and barrel that makes for an excellent beer. It really has some complexity that lends a lot of character.”

What our editors thought



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