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Deschutes Green Monster

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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Here at Deschutes Brewery, we’re always on the lookout for a chance to create something new. That’s why, more than 3 years ago, our brewers decided to fill up some Oregon pinot barrels with a beer gone astray and infect it with Brettanomyces, and then wait for the transformation. Around the brewhouse it was known as "Green Monster," and the name stuck. At the end of this experimentation story, you will find a monstrously fantastic, sour beer, with slight cherry and dried fruit aroma. In fact, the only scary thing about this beer is that it is SO LIMITED!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sledutah (6040) - Utah, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Bottle, RBSG hotel tasting
Clear amber with a small beige head, good lacing. Aroma is tart, caramel and woody. Taste is tart, woody and nail polish
Acetone and vinegar, not for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
djd07 (6056) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber with beige head that lasts. The aroma is vinegar and acetone. Thin mouth, strong vinegar, cherry, oak, very sour, too much vinegar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (7666) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle - Dark soured malts and tons of plum. Clear copper with a decent white head. Very acidic and cherries with a sweet metallic note. A bit harsh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bacterial (2199) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Hazy brownish pour with a slight head. Pretty much an acetic yuck bomb, interesting to taste, but its so acetic that it belongs on some fish n’ chips.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PartyFowle (629) - - MAY 8, 2015
Somebody at Deschutes screwed up a Green Lakes and didn’t want to dump the batch, so they pitched some funky yeast and hoped for the best. The result is a dull, clear copper, the color of an old penny. The head is thin and light tan in color. An enticing aroma mixes sour brown and red wine, with notes of sweet cherry, vinous green oak, toffee, lemon and balsamic blending. Very complex. The flavor’s much more tart, with lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, oak, toasted coconut and caramel. Some citrusy, grassy hops pop up as well. The acidity is just a smidge too intense for me, but otherwise this is a pretty enjoyable screwup.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
furthur (426) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle, deep amber, decent cream head, great lace. Aroma caramel apple, horse blanket. Taste horse blanket, caramel, green apple, vanilla, black pepper, toffee, oak, goat. Palate is fairly light, but smooth, carbonation decent. Finish is complex, sour, spicy. I was afraid of this, and yet it’s one of the best I’ve had! Wish I had another!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2015
This brew pours a murky brown color with a minimal off-white head that disappears quickly to a sparse outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Vinous aroma with brett and oak notes. Medium body with flavors of vinous oak, tart fruit and funky brett. The finish is tart and slightly vinegary with a red wine and yeast aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SHIG (3934) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle one of a case that found its way to Anchorage shared at Anchorage Jan ’15 Tasting: Poured a burgundy color with white head. Aroma is very funky and vinous. Taste was acidic vinegar, red wine, souring finish. Not my style at all and couldn’t see drinking a bottle by myself.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
zoucrew102 (871) - - DEC 28, 2014
Bomber. Vinous aroma with notes of cherry, dried fruit and some vinegar. Pours dark amber with with a thin tan head and excellent lacing. Starts with sour cherry and dried fruit flavors with a lot of carbonation. Finishes smooth with vinous sour flavors and hints of vinegar. Ok, but the vinegar flavors kind of ruin the experience for me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
AirForceHops (4508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 28, 2014
22 oz. bottle got in a trade with Willrunforbeer. Chimay goblet shows a murky, dirt brown color thin white head. Aroma A LOT of sour oak, balsamic vinegar and red wine.

Flavor is almost as sour and vinous as it smells with lingering vinegar. To much sour oak and vinegar for my liking. Overly sharp acidic flavors. Jeez, the first beer from this brewer that is just plain awful. Couldn’t finish more then 3 oz of this.

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