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The Rare Barrel On the Shoulders of Giants

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 4.02/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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This collaboration is a dark sour beer aged in oak barrels with sour cherries. 50% of this beer is a black Brett bruxellensis beer (which was also usend in Ensorcelled, our dark sour with raspberries) and the other 50% is from batch #2, a golden sour fermented with Brett lambicus and Lactobacillus debrueckii. This beer is assertively sour and decadent, with notes of dark chocolate and cherries. Collaboration with Pete’s Wicked Ales founder Pete Slosberg.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (4134) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 29, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy reddish hazel, small head, moderate lacing. Aroma is a bit smoky, cherries, oak, chocolate. Flavor is light tart, fruity, cherry, chocolate, dark fruits. Medium body. Pretty solid.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (483) - California, USA - APR 28, 2015
Dark yet translucent, no foam. Aroma is slight but notes of chocolate cherry cake. Awesome flavor, cherry forward, very tingly and assertive, dries the mouth, bit of funk, woody in the finish. Very solid.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5177) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Bottle thanks to William. Pours a muddy brown with no head. The aroma is strong cherry skin and oak. Thin mouth with strong oak tannin, cherry skin, nice sourness, very impressive.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1574) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
Medium-dark brown with a good beige head. Aroma is cherries, chocolate, sour plum. Medium bodied, tart on the palate with a tart fruity finish. Taste is sour cherries, red currants, malt vinegar. Tasty

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (6858) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle - Tart, toast and cherry. Dirty dark brown with a small beige head. Tart cherry and dark malts with a long tart finish. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (1898) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Bottle..Pour is dark brown with a white head..Nose is tart, cherries, spice, oak, berries..Taste is cherries, oak, tart, nice lactic...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiiruBierBeer (488) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Sour brown smell. General sour brown taste with maybe a hint of cherries but not much.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (3742) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2015
bottle shared with Brian and Court in Vt. Pours plum color with small off white head. Flavor is more pronounced than smell with sweet cherry, rich and dark grape, neco candy, and powdery bubblegum. Lactic and just the right amount of sour in finish. Expected a gross acidic bomb, but Rare Barrel did it right this time around.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
baraciisch (2220) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Dark hazy maroon reddish in color... Aroma of raspberries, cherries, oak, dark chocolate... Flavor is juicy overripe cherries, chocolate covered berries, vinegar, oak, tobacco finish ... Amazingly good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Sample at the 2014 Infected Chimipalooza on 11/01/2014. Murky brownish-amber color with a medium light beige head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of berries, yeast and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of tart cherries, oaky vanilla and funky yeast. The finish is funky dark fruits and oak. Good beer all around.


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