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Dry Dock Whale Tail Chardonnay Barrel Sour Wit

Dry Dock Whale Tail Chardonnay Barrel Sour Wit
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Aged in chardonnay Barrels with Lacto.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1475) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2013
August 31st, 2011 - When I was making one of my last pre-exodus visits to Dry Dock they were serving up an experimental batch of what the brewery simply called "Dry Dock Sour Wit." It was late August, I was gearing up for a significant life change, and was thirsting for one last batch of indescribably good beers before I left - the Sour Wit was practically forced on me by fate. I love this style, and I love Dry Dock even more. Thus, this was a fond farewell before I traipsed off to San Diego - another beer mecca in America. Dry Dock’s Sour Wit pours a light, faded yellow color like a t-shirt whose neon vibrancy has long since been washed away by too many wash cycles. In the aroma I catch lots of pungent lacto sourness, edged with some squish ripe banana, lime, tortilla chips and, beguilingly, some star anise. It’s the meal and dessert all in one smell. The flavor doesn’t disappoint either: perfume and floral but absolutely drinkable. Coconut smoothness and coconut milk give the standard wit flavor some depth and uniqueness and offers an interesting counterpoint to the somewhat mild acidity inside the sip. This is surprisingly tropical given the climate (Colorado), but perhaps it was a salute to my journey to the Pacific Ocean to the South and West.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2012
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of vanilla, chardonnay, and wood. Flavor of wood, vanilla, pear, chardonnay, yogurt, and wheat. Flavor of wood, vanilla, lacto, pear, chardonnay, and wheat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
On tap at Rackhouse. Listed at 4.5% ABV. Seems quite a bit different than the regular sour wit. Pours with a hazed yellow body with a small white head. Super strong spicy oak aromas with notes of chardonnay and fruit. Mostly oak in the aroma. Flavors are extremely tannin forward, tannic, fruity, estery, spicy. Lightly lactic. Mild funk. Lively bubbles, dry and tannic. This beer is all about the wood.
Earlier Rating: 10/3/2011 Total Score: 3.5
A tulip from tap at Falling Rock. Pours with a hazed golden yellow body with a minimal white head that fades. Aromas are lightly spicy and floral with a bit of fruit esters. Some good lactic sourness and citrus notes. Flavors are sour, tart, floral, lightly grainy and what seems to be a slight tannic note. Some citrus as well. Moderate carbonation with a somewhat thin body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2011
On tap at Rackhouse rare beer tasting 2011, pour was hazy straw yellow with white head. Described as inoculated with a bit of brett. Aroma had notes of fruity esters, hint of spice, grape, touch of funk but more lemony, oak in there as well. Taste was nice and balanced, sweet lemon, tropical fruit notes went into some slight funk, dry oak, with a hint of biscuit finishing nice and dry. Not really sour, but the brett and oak added a nice component.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6099) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Tap at Euclid Hall. Cloudy yellow, with a decent sized white head. Tart, lemony vinegary aroma (In a good way. Trust me.). First sip is sour, and quenching, with a lot of lemon and barnyard notes. Flavor is lemony, lightly bitter, with some herbal notes, too. Crisp, woody finish. Pretty good stuff here...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
onceblind (7472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2011
On tap @ brewery. Slightly hazy pale gold, no head. Sour aroma of orange zest and/or citric acid. Taste was sour, but not overwhelming on the palate. But sourness does overwhelm the flavor. Under all that sour is some delicate orange citrus and light floral spice. Just needs more balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Tap @ Falling Rock. Slightly hazy light golden yellow appearance with a sizable white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Yeasty, spicy, citrusy, sour nose. Mild sourness on a yeasty, somewhat spiced Belgian Witbier. Fairly sour finish. Fun and tasty brew.

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