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Brewed by Wild Beer
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Shepton Mallet, England
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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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.
blended barrel aged stalker (red wine+bourbon+brett)


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beersiveknown (2734) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle at home from source cafe. Pours hazy brown with pillowy toffee tinged head. Chestnut highlights. Spicy hay and wood notes on the nose with underlying vanilla coke, rich alcohol and a touch of pear (yeast esters rather than higher alcohols). Balsamic vinegar replaced by earthy blackcurrants. low carbonation, fairly dry with a lengthy finish. Coffee, cola, bitter malt, medium bodied. A complex sipper.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (1915) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2013
33cl bottle for CBC, Clerkenwell. It pours a deep ruby / mahogany colour with a huge beige head. Actually this is a slow gusher. Foam is soapy and looks bretty, leaving lacings on the side of the glass as it dissipates. Aroma is quite complex with wine, bourbon and brett above all. Notes of port wine and madeira, leather, tobacco and vanilla. Brett funk in there too. Taste is mostly sweet and slightly acidic. Some tiny smoky notes. The taste is very similar to the nose, but more muted in intensity. Certainly full of red wine, bourbon and barnyard notes. A great combo to me. Palate is quite thin with soft carbonation. Only thing where this beer could improve to me is in getting a bit more body. All else is sublime and well executed. It could use some more intensity in flavors as well, but overall a greta brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sebilinz (439) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle dark Brown Body with nice tan head Aroma is malt caramell with hints of vinegar taste is malt dried fruits some sourness with tannins aftertaste is malt sour and bitter Wonderful complex and balanced brew

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OwainTurner (296) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Dark cloudy apperance... Figs, banana and fruit aroma. Incrdble smooth. Sweet, and slightly sour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (1081) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle from House of Trembling Madness bottle shop, York. Horse chestnut brown. Off white, thin, but lasting head. Aroma is cherry lips, muscovado sugar, a hint of dark chocolate. The yeast is there, in the background. Hint of licorice too. Taste is sour, and sweet, then bitter. Mighty fine, complex beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (4755) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 4, 2014
Bottle. Dark copper brown with a small head. Nice sour fruit aroma with yoghurt and caramel notes. Complex flavours, good dry tannins after the initial sour berries, a bit woody, warming alcohol, hints of chocolate. A greatly balanced and complex sour ale.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (2094) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. A dark brown cloudy beer which pours with a large foamy head. It has a smooth mouthfeel with flavours of vanilla, oak, raspberry and currants with rich warmth and a roasted finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacecube (758) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2013
330 ml bottle, pours deep red brow, with a small head, big red grape aroma, oak from the barrel, with some wine texture and flavour, nice how the grape flavour dominates in the middle. Finish is well balanced. A bit unusual and very good

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marquisalex (167) - Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle, poured into small white white glass. Very attractive. Hazy nut-brown, thick, even, tan head - tiny bubbles. Aroma is woody, and slightly sour jam. Flavour is dominated by the oak aging - picks up a lot of bourbon character. Stewed red fruit is present, as well as something that reminds me of plums. Body is thick and smooth, very soft carbonation. Finish lingering, like a tart preserve of some kind. Genuinely very impressed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weaselkenievil (1606) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle at home from Brewtique, Macclesfield. Poured a semi-dark brown with a thin to medium off white head. Hmm, nice, woody, some fruit, brett, coconut, some citrus, some malts. Very drinkable. Loved this.


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