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Brewed by Wild Beer
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Shepton Mallet, England
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The first beer we’ve brewed is a beer that really shows what we are all about, our Modus Operandi, if you like. We love the effect oak barrels can have on our beers and we love to experiment with different ingredients and yeast strains. Unfortunately barrel-ageing and wild yeasts both take a long time and its a very unpredictable process.

Our Modus Operandi embraces our love of the unpredictability of wild yeast and subtlety and complexity of maturation in oak barrels. It is a study in patience as it takes at least 90 days for the magic of the wild yeast and the oak barrel to work their wonders on M.O. changing an old English ale into a beer that is Wildly different. A unique, dark, flavourful beer with a smooth, rich, full body and complex fruit flavours of berries, sweet cherries and tannins. M.O. can be drunk fresh or put away in your beer cellar to age and mature for years to come.

When conceiving an idea for a new beer we always think about how the beer might be enjoyed. For us, this is the perfect accompaniment to red meat and game dishes, such as duck or venison, a beer that could easily replace a red wine on the dinner table.

On this occasion we have filled single use Bourbon barrels with the base beer for M.O. and then added some wild yeast.

Note well: in the US this beer is sold as Modus Vivendi.


Scopey's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7880) - Croydon, Greater London, - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle at the Euston Tap. It pours deep brown, with a thick beige head. The nose is spice, oak, vanilla, vinous, earth, Dandelion & Burdock, blackcurrant ham and raspberry yoghurt. The taste is oak, spice, leather, red berry (particularly raspberry), brett, vinous, jam, port and vanilla, with a dry, jammy finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Great depth of flavour. Interesting and well balanced. Delicious.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Florya (532) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: Dark red with an off-white head. Aroma: cherry, plums, red wine, vinegar. Palate: Medium body, average carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (10738) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown color. Caramel, red fruit and confit cherry in the acidic citric aroma. Hints of oak and vanilla. Sour, vinous, oaky flavor with lemon, red berries, caramel. Low on carbon. Complex. Excellent!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (15627) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2015
US name for the MO...Cask at IMBC ... deep brown ... thin tan head ... soft toffee roast ... light sourness to nose ... tart blackcurrant ... soft toffee malt ... juict malts and something odd. Ok but there somethign im not sure about ... reading description i see why... yeah not really me Keg at the hanging bat... Deep brown.. Thin tan head.. Soft roast soft funk nose... Dark malts... Swweet fruit... Funk fruts... Not me at all.. Lihht fruits but mostly gunk 2.9
Earlier Rating: 10/18/2012 Total Score: 3
Cask at IMBC ... deep brown ... thin tan head ... soft toffee roast ... ligth sourness to nose ... tart blackcurrant ... soft toffee malt ... juict malts and something odd. Ok but there somethign im not sure about ... reading description i see why... yeah not really me Keg at the hanging bat... Deep brown.. Thin tan head.. Soft roast soft funk nose... Dark malts... Swweet fruit... Funk fruts... Not me at all.. Lihht fruits but mostly gunk 2.9

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bill Becker (449) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - FEB 24, 2015
It pours brown, 1 finger head of foam and good lacing. I see some sediment in my glass. It smells very funky, fruity, oaky with light vanilla notes. That’s all in the taste too but there’s quite a bit of tartness going on as well, tannins like in wines. Tastes good. Medium mouthfeel. An interesting brew but worthy of multiple repurchases? For me, no.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2735) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2015
From a bottle. Pours hazy reddish brown with lots of particles floating around and a thick, fizzy off white head. Tastes like dried fruits, toasted malt, a hint of tart cherry, champagne. Light body and light/medium carbonation. Smells like dried fruits, light alcohol, a hint of tart cherry, and dry toasted malt.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3952) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours murky brown with a slight ruby tint and fizzy beige head. Aroma is prunes, tart cherries, brett, vanilla, oak, and bready malts. Flavor is brett-forward with dark fruit notes, good malt character, and a dry, woody finish. Medium body and carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (5338) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2015
10oz pour at PPD. Pours a murky, garnet red with some quickly fading head. Nose has an odd mix of vinegar and vanilla, some red grape, some rotting melon, some dried berry, acetic acid. Flavor follows, currants, raisins, some red wine vinegar, some wet wood. Full bodied, hot, acetic finish.
Earlier Rating: 1/3/2015 Total Score: 3.3
9oz snifter at Smoke and Barrel pours a murky copper amber with some tight, white head. Nose has some unripened plum, some dried cherry, plenty of vinegar, malt vinegar and red wine vinegar, some wood pulp, apple skins. Flavor is the same, malty and vinegary, dried fruit, wood pulp. Full bodied, tart, acetic finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kayres (558) - , Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Copper to brown. Thick tan head. Smooth and tart crisp and clean. Lots of tart. Awesome ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid brownish ruby with 3-finger tan head. Nose is tart, fruity, earthy. Tastes tart, with notes of berry, lactic acidity, brown sugar, Complex finish. Solid sour ale.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (2369) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Draft. Nose is cherry with some other candied fruit aromas. Pour is dark red with a minimal white head. Taste is malt forward with a ton of fruitiness. Decent.


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