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Hofstettner Granitbock Zymatore - Pinot Noir/Whiskey/Zinfandel Barrels

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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Ransom Spirits Winery & Distillery + Leonhardt Vineyards. Aged Pinot Noir / Whisky / Red Zinfandel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2013
On tap at the local option : the pour is mahogany / brown with a modest off white head into this glass - it retains fairly poorly, with only light spotting present here. I had to give this one a try for the experience. Dark fruit, oak barrel presence, vinegar, and some caramel and brown sugar come through on the nose. This brew is very mild sour, lightly tart, but has a silky mouthfeel with dark fruit present of cherry and raisin, sweet bread, caramel malt, vinegar is present, with a touch of vinousness, I note. Having had a BFM 2012 recently - I noted some similarities for what that is worth - though this one was naturally more subdued. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, actually.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
zebra (1800) - Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2013
on tap @ localoptionbier. muddy brown. sour. which took me by surprise. Dunkler Bock + barrel = sour? did they use a vinegar barrel, too?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (11398) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2013
It tastes like a wine aged BFM beer. A showcase of how a sour lager can work.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (11211) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2013
Draft at Local Option. Pours brown with a ring beige head. Aroma of tart dark fruits, raisins, caramel, light vinegar, soy, oak. Flavour is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy acidic. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (7836) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 21, 2013
Tap at Local Option, Chicago. Poured a deep mahogany with a frothy tan head. The aroma is yeasty with citrus fruit. The flavour is medium sour with an acidic citrus apple yeast palate.

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