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Deschutes Green Monster

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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
furthur (332) - 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 (9118) - 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 (3851) - 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 (770) - - 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 (4079) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (3563) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 22, 2014
This was sampled at the Kick Starter party of the Humboldt Cider Works for their new tasting room. Pours a dark copper color and a tan head. Nose is fruit with lots of sourness. Medium plus body. Flavor is quite sour with a lot of the fruit. Finish is woody and sour. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wchesser (1354) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2014
At Deschutes tasting at Small Batch Liquors over GABF week ’14. Murky red brown. Nose is wet oak, volatile acidity, red wine. Red fruit, chewy wine and oak tannins, balsamic, lactic tartness, oak. Not the vinegar bomb I expected given a lot of the ratings. Had low expectations but they were exceeded. Decent red fruit and wine here still without being washed out by balsamic notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrFecesious (1196) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle share. Thanks Jason! Hazy amber. Aroma of cherry, plum, raisin, oak. Taste is an oddly muted sweet and tartness. Quite effervescent at first, but once that's done, creamy and long dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1574) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
Clear light brown with a pale head. Aroma is nail polish, red wine, oak, vinegar. Medium bodied, tart and fruity on the palate with an acetic finish. Taste is malt vinegar, sour cherry, red fruits, sour plum, wood.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
gkeh (297) - Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Smells like a nail salon and tastes like pickles. Not my thing, that’s for sure. Tasted at Hay Merchant

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