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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Special Herbs began as an experiment a few years ago when we decided to age a bit of our Reggae Junkie Gruit in Old Tom Gin casks. After a short time the beer tasted dull, but several months later it picked up some natural acidity along with the botanical aspects from the residual spirit in the oak. We loved the profile for having so much brightness and depth in the nose while maintaining a crisp and wine-like mouthfeel and finish. This new batch represents the first of annual releases for the Special Herbs, and in addition to two gin barrels we also mixed in two third use wine casks that were full of spent peaches carrying their own mix of yeasts and bacteria, contributing even more layers to this wild beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
20th February 2014
Fare thee well Josh tasting at Bruce’s. Thanks Bruce! Hay gold beer, bubbly pale cream coloured head. Palate is lght and dry and a little crisp. Winey tangy, mildly sour peach, not getting much Gin though. Little floralness. This could have been a belter if not so much wine barrel swamping the gin. Very nice though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4025) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle... Poured hazy golden/yellow with a thin forming head. Aroma of gin, botanicals, and earthy/perfumy flowers. Nice acidity and tartness here with a little bit of drying yeast tones, and tangy vinegar. Good herbal earthy and spicy character with a nice tart finish. Really nice, a classic from Upright.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maneliquor (2785) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle shared in London for my farewell drinks.Big thanks to Bruce. Pours hazy golden with a thick white cap leaving some nice lacing. Nose is full of straw, hay, typical barnyard notes, quite citric with lemon focus, with great additions of mango and passionfruit. Think a tropical and citric earthy mix. Taste is very tangy and tropical with plenty of mango, passionfruit, peach, tangerine and apricot. Zesty stuff! A superb tangy citric rind finish with a slight herbal note throughout. Absolute treat to drink this

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (6994) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle shared at Josh’s Farewell Hoorah - big thanks to Bruce, 20/02/14. Cool label ! Hazed orange amber with a moderate off white swirl. Nose is light spice, hint floral, ginger, herbal qualities, bitter orange, oregano, white pepper. Taste comprises tarte peach, light brett, orange pith, tangy citrics, straw, light spice. Medium bodied, fine carbonation. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (9838) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle shared in London to celebrate Josh’s departure. Pours lightly hazy gold with a frothy white head. Lovely aroma, plenty of ripe citrus fruits, tangerine, herbs. Light-medium sweet flavor with tangy citrus fruits, mellow woody dryness, faint bitter herbs, mild vinegar and citric tang. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet and lightly tangy on the finish, some citric tartness, mild acetic bite. Very tasty and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (5521) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle thanks to Bruce. It pours clear golden with a small white head. The nose is funky, slightly sweet, gin, white grape, herb, spice and hay. The taste is crisp, tart, earthy, vinous, wood, gin, lactic, sour yellow plum, white grape, minerals, herb and sherbet with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Interesting, flavoursome and balanced. Pretty awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (1312) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle..pour is golden with a thin head that fades..Nose is nice oak, spice, funk, stone fruit..Taste is tropical fruits, oak, spice, funk, dry oak, apple, some gin, lemon aid .dry

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (3790) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2014
bottle shared by tom10101, many thanks dude. pours clear pale golden with a small white cap, some retention and lacing. dusty bretts, powdery candies, lightly tart lemons, sweet tarts, lightly woodsy, vinous - white wine, fruitiness plenty - apricots and other small yellow fruits, gin qualities - fairly herbal, miscellaneous that is, but also mint, seven-up *tm, fresh oranges, lean yet juicy maltiness, chalk. lively carbonation, light body - oily, almost syrupy (!), light acidity - gently lactic and citric mostly, lightly tart herbal-citrusy finish. excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (2218) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). Thanks to Thomas and Chris who both sent me one! Clear golden with a small white head and light lacing. Aroma is really interesting with light sourness, honey, gin, minty touch, spices and fruity notes. Taste is slightly sour with honey, gin, herbal notes, spices, mint and vinous notes. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Sour finish with a touch of alcohol. Quite complex and really unique. Nice balance between all those components. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (985) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle shared by tom10101, thanks a lot Tommy! Pours a clear golden with no head and no lacing (a recurring theme today). Nose is really fresh with menthol and various spices. Taste is fruity, fresh and gently tart. Really atypical and fun. Mouthfeel is juicy, the drink itself plenty refreshing. Thanks again Tom for the opportunity!

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