Beer watch: Sour stouts
A sour stout is like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich topped with pickled jalapeños, said Graham Averill in Paste Magazine.com. It’s not every day that you’re offered one, and when you are, you might not accept it. “But here’s the thing: Peanut butter and jelly and pickled jalapeño sandwiches are delicious, and so are sour stouts.”
Bruery Terreux Tart of Darkness ($18 for 750 ml). A classic sour stout, if there is such a thing, Tart of Darkness is definitely sour, but finds its balance in rich coffee and vanilla notes.
Lagunitas Sonoma Farmhouse Brett Stout ($12 for 22 oz). Aged in wine barrels, this stout’s chocolate-y center is nicely offset by acidic notes of cherry and red grapes.
Wicked Weed Black Angel ($16 for 500 ml). Black Angel is aged in bourbon barrels packed with tart cherries—“which pushes the beer into funky territory.” ■