“Blended barrel aged dark sour beer. Wild yeasts and brettamomyces yeast. Chocolate, Liquorice, Black Currents, Plums and a hint of smoke from cherry smoked malt. Suggested track Dead Prez – Hip Hop.”
Glassware: Stemmed tulip.
Appearance: She pours a muddy brown colour with soft ruby edges. It forms a thick and creamy head which swells to about two fingers before settling to a fine overlay. The lace makes an absolute mess on the glass.
Aroma: Straight away we get an unreal mixture of candied cherries and mixed currants, fruit and nut chocolate, mild red wine vinegar, jammy dark fruits and musty oak tannins. It has a bit of an all spice quality to it as well. The sourness is certainly bretty/farmyard funk with a touch of hay/straw coming through. Brilliant aroma.
Flavour: Very complex, dry and oaky tannins with a decent puckering sourness. There’s a firm presence of cocoa/chocolate which offers a brilliant balance. A line of tart cherry cuts right through it all and carries a mild citric bitterness in to the slightly dry, oaky and toasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat gassy and drying toward the finish. Medium body with lively co2. 7.8% AbV…which is well disguised mind you.
Overall: Another impressive offering from this Victorian brewery. We’re loving everything they produce at the moment…keep em comin!