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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: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (11030) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2012
Bottle at my CBC birthday, London. A big thanks to Tom for providing us with this beer. It pours a light, hazy red with a creamy foam head. Aroma has some berries, poo and grass. Light to medium sweet flavor, very tart with sharp berries, mild sour sting, some earthy bitterness. Light to medium bodied with fine, stinging fizzy carbonation. Dry, berry fruit finish with lots of grassy bitterness. Lasting tart berries, light earth and grass. Very, very good beer overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Dark red pour with a short lived pinkish head. Really great berry aroma. Plenty of blackberry, a hint of cherry skin, a nice musty and earthy funk, and a soft lemon tartness. A nice touch of red wine, too. Tastes of blackberry, grass, oak, wine, and plenty of musty funk. A light earthiness, some lactic sourness, and a touch of residual sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (10588) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle. Red orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is yeast, brett, berries. Flavour is yeast, brett, berries, vanilla, oak, lemon. Nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (9828) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2012
750 ml bottle poured a hazy amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of blackberry, straw, horseblanket and citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of blackberry, citrus, straw and barnyard funk with a crisp dry tart lingering funky blackberry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9114) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Reddish purple pour, light pink head. Lactic sour, Brett, blackberry, light lemon. Nice and sour with blackberry, cheesy funk, old barrel woodsy flavors. Awesome!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2012
750ml bottle (thanks Josh for sharing!). Poured a deep amberish color with a larger sized off white head. Grapes, vinous, some funkiness, with some fruity/berries. Lively and fizzy body that distracted from the overall experience (but still a solid beer).

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8440) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 9, 2012
750mL thanks to forgetfu. Bright jammy strawberry pour with low haze. Pinkish foam subsides. Nose is jammy, salty, a bit vegetal. Taste is sharply carbonated with a ton of minerals. No acid. Just a bit bland and dry. Not really doing it for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (8234) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2012
Sampled at RBBSG. Hazy light orange color, small to medium white head. Smell sourness, some burned rubber. Taste balanced sour, some sour fruits, green apple. Really nicely balanced. Medium body, medium carbo.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (7929) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2012
Gushing to huge dirty-pink head, fluffy, over hazy red beer with an amber-brownish sheen. Pure lambic nose with putteke included, leather, lightly horseblanket, citrus and indeed purple berries. Little fruitiness, lots of (Girardin-recognisable) lambic. Hint at sweetness. Fruit: yes, blackberries: no. Tart, dry-out effect, lipsmacking sourness. Excellent. Might benefit from being a little stronger on the fruit, but if these are really blackberries - brambles - then Jean van Roy affirms they hardly colour/flavour beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle (thanks to Dak, I think). Pours with a hazed orange hued body with a retentive, off-white head. Aromas are delicous, zesty, blackberry, lemon verbena, funky, fruity, grapefruit, acidic, earthy, red wine. Flavors are softly funky, acidic, bright fruit, earthy, red wine, black berries, zesty fruit. Super. Tannic, dark fruit, nice acid. Lively, dry and puckering with medium tannins. Would love to see more of this. A new take on fruit lambics with authentic lambic wort and microflora.


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