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Upright Sole Composition: Undercurrent

Upright Sole Composition: Undercurrent
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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Back in January 2013 we brewed a strong saison to age in several casks we had available - five local whiskey barrels and one wine barrel. The idea was to make a malty dark amber beer that would pickup some oak and spirit notes but drink somewhat balanced. The Undercurrent achieves this character with layered flavors including light stone fruit, cherry, and milk chocolate, while finishing soft, clean and dry. An excellent beer to enjoy as a back to your favorite brandy, or try it with other spirits as well. Named after a Blue Note classic by Kenny Drew. Best drank within 2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (2932) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
Glass, draught, during the Barrel Aged Beer and Whiskey Festival, trip to Portland (Oregon), savoured on January 20 2014; eye: dirty brown, semi-opaque, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, light lacing; nose: bourbon, whiskey, light tannin, alcohol, woody, malt, sour, light wild yeasts; mouth: bourbon, whiskey, light tannin, alcohol, woody, malt, sour, light wild yeasts, woody finale with presence of whiskey, full body, below-average carbonation, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Verre, en fût, durant le Barrel Aged Beer and Whiskey Festival, voyage à Portland (Orégon), savourée le 20 janvier 2014; œil : brun sale, semi-opaque, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : bourbon, whisky, léger tanin, alcool, boisé, malt, aigre, léger levures sauvages; bouche : bourbon, whisky, léger tanin, alcool, boisé, malt, aigre, léger levures sauvages, finale boisée avec présence de whisky, corsée. carbonatation sous la moyenne, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : bien bon

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Draft. Ruby-brown beer with a dark cream head. Light tart aroma with light fruitiness. Tart and current flavor with yeast. Medium bodied. Tartness and currents linger with yeast and light spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6343) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours reddish brown with a modest beige head and a sour fruit aroma. There is a sour red fruit flavor with a hint of chocolate and a lot of brett.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2121) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 23, 2014
On tap at BeerCraft. Pours a strange murky rusty color with a light tan head. Aroma doesn’t jump out of the glass but it’s very pleasant. Smooth whiskey without any heat, chocolate, cherries, red wine. Flavor is awesome: chocolate and caramel sweetness, tempered by rich red wine grapes and characterful whiskey. Reminds me of Crooked Stave’s dark wild beers. Fantastic stuff. Also, classifying this as a saison is crazy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (822) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Draft at Upright a few weeks ago - from notes. Pours murky tamarind with some offwhite head. Aroma: oak, whisky and wine; sweet cereal; light balsamic. Quite a bit of whisky (yeah!). Taste: Brown sugar, vanilla, oak, with just a nice bit of tartness to remind me this is wild. Palate: full body, slick texture. Overall: Yeah! Of the set, this is my favorite after 4-play. After seeing it classified as a saison (both on RB and on the Sole Comp bottles), I have to say there’s almost no way I would have identified it as a saison by taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4298) - Utah, USA - JAN 14, 2014
On tap at the brewery
Cloudy dark amber with a small off-white head and some lacing. Aroma is woody and bourbon. Taste is woody, vanilla and bourbon, dry
Nice and smooth

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5832) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark copper color with a small white head. The aroma is big whiskey, malt, light spices, some heat. The flavor is big whiskey, light toffee, earthy sweet malts, caramel, berries, sweet fruit. Loads of barrel. Heat.

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