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N&R - Shot In The Dark

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Formerly brewed at Neill & Ross
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Belfast, Northern Ireland

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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Shot In The Dark is a fruit lambic that has been blended and matured in a freshly emptied 225 litre French Bordeaux wine barrel that has held Red wine for five seasons. 60kg’s (133 pounds) of blackberries were added to Girardin lambic and left to ferment over the Autumn.


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JK (4955) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2013
RBSG 2013, thanks to Bobby for sharing this one. Light red color. Sour acidic aroma. Flavor is very sour as well, with lots of berry flavor. Girardin sourness and flavor accentuated by the wine and fruit. Excellent beer. This was probably the best beer of the weekend.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (7952) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle shared by Bobby - holy crap this is awesome. Sour and tart, but in control. Rich and bold. Heck yeah this rules!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - APR 25, 2013
drank this side by side with southhampton BRL, thanks Dan(totoropanda) for bringing both A- light purple with half a finger inch head N- sour berry, brett and oak T- nice blend of sour blackberry, raspberry and a hint of blueberry sweetness. Overall the flavor was muted in comparison to BRL. P- smooth but sorta BLAH. not much going on O- Glad to tick it, but wouldnt seek this one out again

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 2, 2013

Bottle 750ml. cap & corked.

[ Bottle # 73 ]. Clear medium to dark red - purple colour with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy grape, barnyard, leather, fruity - berry, light to moderate red wine. Flavour is moderate sweet and acidic with a long duration, tart, berry, wood, barnyard, vinous, red wine, dry dry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20121109]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2590) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2013
Bottle 750ml. Pours amber/pink with medium off-white head. Aroma is of fruits, blackberries. Taste is of blackberries, fruits, acid, sour. Something a little weird. Palate: Ligth body. Overall: Pretty good, but there is a little something off.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (3867) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2013 Bottle (750 ml). Huge thanks to Pier-Luc and Julien for finding these bottles and to David for sharing it! Slightly hazy amber/pinkish with a medium off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is dicrete at first but the fruits and the red wine treatment slowly show up and finally give this beer a really interesting nose. Taste is moderately sour with blackberries, slight red wine presence and acetic notes. Mouthfeel is winey and slightly dry. Very good fruited lambic. I’m glad I had the chance to try this one!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (5666) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
bottle shared by tom10101, many thanks! pours hazy light pinkish with a nice frothy off-white head, good retention and lacing. barn, dry unripened red fruits (although they lie low in aroma), (very) few acetic notes, pepper, red grape skin’s acidity and tannins finishing with a balanced astringency likely associated to blackberries. almost prickly carbonation, light body, refreshing, classic (in its own way) and good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2013
Bouteille de 750 ml, merci beaucoup à David. Arômes typiques d’une gueuze (le fruit est peu apparent), avec de belles notes de foin sec et de brettanomyces. Robe rose et légèrement trouble, effervescence d’abord active, mais qui diminue rapidement. En bouche, le caractère du lambic est bien exprimé avec de belles notes citriques et le fruit se fait surtout remarquer par la longue finale acidulée et même légèrement amère. Finale très sèche, lactique et citrique. Un beau lambic aux fruits.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dunt (299) - Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottled poured into a Duvel art glass. Pours a hazy dark pink/light purple in color with a small off-white head. Nose is oak, lemon, grape, some band aid, and some very light blackberry. The flavor has a lot of similar themes as the nose, it’s heavy on the oak and has lighter lemon than typical Girardin lambic. There is some underlying berry in the background as well. The flavor is a little muted/watered down, but it’s nuanced and nice. Light mouthfeel, gentle acidity, light to moderate carbonation, and a moderate finish. Nice beer, would like to see it sour up a little more, but this is a pretty balanced lambic right now. Well done gentlemen!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3625) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 Dark hazy orange-amber body, thin off-white head, spotty lacing. Nose shows mild funky oak, must, blackberry, lemon and tannic red wine. Flavor carries these notes forward, presenting a bold, deep, and well-integrated flavor profile that shows a nice balance between the assertive blackberry and lemon notes, and the mild funky oak, must, earth, and wet hay. Medium to light bodied, good acidity, sourness, and gentle carbonation. A nice tannic-dry finish solidifies this as an excellent fruit lambic. Hopefully these guys have another project in the works--I am all in.


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