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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: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


crosamich's rating

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - NOV 29, 2012
from months ago. acidity out front, berries and currants in the background. pinkish color. pretty clean and tart. astringency I always relate to blackberries.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9493) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle... Cloudy caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is a funky and fruity collage of barnyard, old cheese, horse blanket, fallen oak and dark berries. Medium-bodied and astringent with adequate carbonation. The flavor is very tart, funky and a hint fecal with a dry finish. Bottle courtesy of newcigarz!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2488) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle generously shared by Seth. Red Amber pour with an off white head. Funk and berry bouquet. Effervescent with tart berry, funk, wet blanket, and brett highlights. Good body and mouthfeel.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggsbowler (374) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle - pours amber. Lemon notes, blackberry, sour and tart in the nose. Nice tart taste with a light blackberries. It’s just damn good!!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2014
750mL bottle, courtesy of tderoeck (thanks so much, Tim!), pours a cloudy opaque dark orange amber with a large beige head. Nose brings out a mix of incredibly complex classic Girardin funk and blackberries - lots of fruits still present here. Some red wine barrels noticeable as well. Flavour is amazingly complex, with the red wine barrels upfront, followed by the blackberries and medium funk. The carbonation is very aggressive. Acidity is fairly high. The red wine barrel complexity steals the show on this one. A pleasure to try. Excellent lambic.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThirstyBird (1697) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - APR 18, 2014
Bottle @ RBBSG II. Thanks to tderoeck! Pours a mild hazy ruby red with a light pink head that goes to a ring. The smell is funky, tart, sour nose...blueberry. The taste is very tart, sour, lactic with a very dry aftertaste. Light in body with lots of soft carbonation. A very nice lambic!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Super fruity with loads of funk. Barnyard, horse blanket and leather. One of my highlights of the night.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ludvig (118) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2013
750ml bottle caped and corked! nice berry character to it, fairly nice acidity. cloudy is a bluish red

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alesmith (10) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 25, 2013
75cl bottle. Beautiful hazy pink head. Blackberries, citrus and jam on the nose. Very well balanced with moderate carbonation and a medium to light body. For me it has the right amount of sour and has a very crisp dry finish, making it exceptionally drinkable, definitely very moreish. Overall this is an excellent lambic that i’m glad I had the chance to try. It’s all the more impressive for it being a first brew from these guys, hopefully there is more to come from N&R in the future!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheHOFF43 (1758) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle shared by t0rin0 at RBSG. Pour is a light red, almost pink. Acidic aroma, flavor matches. Fruity (raspberries?) and sour, but not overly tart or mouth puckering. Just a really a nice beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JK (4603) - 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.


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