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Berkshire Saint Of Circumstance Sour Mash Whiskey Barrel Aged IPA


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
"Saint of Circumstance Sour Mash Whiskey Barrel Aged IPA married the grassy hop notes of this unique India Pale Ale with the richness of whiskey and oak, creating an enticing brew of exceptional character. The use of a mystery hop means this beer can never be duplicated. Aged 8 months in barrels from a well known Tennessee distillery, we at Berkshire Brewing Company offer up this special brew as a treat to you, our loyal customers. Ad Chris and Gary are fond of saying "Its all about the beer, but the beer is nothing without the people". We hope you enjoy it, and thank you for your support." Saint Of Circumstance IPA aged in Jack Daniels barrels for 8 months.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 11, 2012
22oz bottle. I wasn’t as big of a fan of the SOC when it came out, thought it was a tad thin, but what would Jack Daniels barrels do? Looks pretty solid in the glass, darker than what I remember. Sour mash is right in the nose, slightly sweeter edge overpowering the maltier aroma. Palate is decently balanced with that almost paleish entry following mid palate with a boozy kick and finishes with a thin jack kick. It surprisingly works well and overall a much better offering than the original SOC.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Bomber hidden in the basement for a year. Poured a fizzy copper into a perfect pint glass with tons of bubbles rising from the bottom. Amazing nose of funk, fruit, whiskey and wood. The year mellowed the ipa bitterness, but really brought out the whiskey barrel and gave it a nice unique sour funk! Wish I had thought to share this forgotten gem! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (4285) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Hazy amber orange body. Frothy off-white head. Spotty lacing. Nose is full of oak, whiskey, some citric hops, and an underlying vinous character. Flavor is a bit different as the oak notes are washed out by more of the herbal spirit notes of the whiskey. Medium bodied, light acidity, traces of bitterness, effervescent carbonation. Quite the interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 22, 2012
Wow. This is not an IPA. A sour? Perhaps. Gueuze even. Totally unexpected. Taste is slightly whiskey-like, in fact, more whiskey-like than ’barrel’ like as most aged beers are. This is fantastic stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Pours clear honey amber in color with a small sandy head. The aroma brings light sweet whiskey notes, pleasant. The flavor has a delicious tartness that I didn’t expect with smooth whiskey sour mash notes coming in to round the whole thing out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyCraft (5979) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2012
Bottle with some bros after Cantillon. Notes were ultra sour, not too hoppy, a little whiskey in the end. Other tastes of sour dry tea, and other herbs. Different esp for an IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhatB420 (839) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 3, 2012
22oz bomber into a bulbed wheat glass. Pours a satisfying red/amber with brown highlights. Aroma is def on the sour side, a bit chewy, some sour apple, whiskey is also prominet as the name implies. a sweet candy smell aslo omits while indulging. Taste is sour fruits, with apple, melon, watermelon, and rasins. The Jack plays a softening roll for the sour mash and brings an astouding brillance to this fine brew. Green apples also show up and join the party in the taste. I think the abv may be a bit higher than 5.7, but whatever, this is a brillant beer. The ipa factors seems to be lost as the sour and whiskey take over in the smell and taste. This is wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - APR 28, 2012
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 10 oz pour from the sampling room at BBC. I was also able to grab a few 22 oz bombers across the street from the brewery A - Dark amber body with a fluffy three finger off white head. There was a nice lace happening, but the pour was into a ridged plastic cup that I drank quite quickly so the beer never got a chance for the head to really settle. S - Very strong biscuity malt backbone with some piney and light citrus hops. Some grass and earthiness in the middle. The finish is oaky with some vanilla and char. T - Biscuity malts with some piney and grassy hops. I’m not sure what the "mystery" hop is but I get some light grapefruit and smoke. The finish is smooth and oaky with faint hints of vanilla and butterscotch. The whiskey barrel notes are very subdued but seem to balance out the light bitterness. Mouth feel is medium and kind of chewy. O - I was fairly impressed with the standard beer, it was an oddly smokey and malty IPA. The whiskey barrels just compliment the hell out of this. Exceptional stuff! I had this during the BBC tour and many members of the group tried this beer and also loved it.

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