N&R - Shot In The Dark

Formerly brewed at Neill & Ross
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Belfast, Northern Ireland


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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Shot In The Dark is a fruit lambic that has been blended and matured in a freshly emptied 225 litre French Bordeaux wine barrel that has held Red wine for five seasons. 60kgs (133 pounds) of blackberries were added to Girardin lambic and left to ferment over the Autumn.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7919) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle (thanks to Dak, I think). Pours with a hazed orange hued body with a retentive, off-white head. Aromas are delicous, zesty, blackberry, lemon verbena, funky, fruity, grapefruit, acidic, earthy, red wine. Flavors are softly funky, acidic, bright fruit, earthy, red wine, black berries, zesty fruit. Super. Tannic, dark fruit, nice acid. Lively, dry and puckering with medium tannins. Would love to see more of this. A new take on fruit lambics with authentic lambic wort and microflora.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (7561) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle. Cheers to MagicDave for the pour. Lovely hazy red color. Big, funky barnyard nose. Cheesy taste, loads of funky sour fruit and urine. Really drinkable and not over the top. Soft carb, light body. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (7425) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2016
@ A day to sink all seasheppards. Thnx for sharing, everyone !! Pours clear amber, small white head. Smell is very metallic, mild funk. Dry. Taste is sour, dry, sharp fruit (cherry ) very dry ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (6884) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Super rare whale bottle compliments of Frank, Pours cloudy hazy cranberry with fizzy white head, lots of carbontation, little lacing. Nose is like a framboise with a light sourness, a touch of blackberry, strong brett, light medicinal qualities, raspberries, red grape skins and vinous oak. Finish is bitter and grainy. Not as dry as I expected, kind of juicy. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (6400) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2016
Bottle shared on 10/8/16.
Very carbonated with a mountain of nectarine pulp-tinged white head that tops a deep golden body with strong violet-auburn hues. Good clarity.
Blackberries still quite apparent in the nose, but it mixes with loads of brett and lactic character from the Girardin. Things seem nicely attenuated, both lambic and fruit and the red wine isnt all that apparent, certainly not overdone. Woody, earthy and lightly-to-moderately funky notes are all mixed in with the nicely developed acids as the fruit accentuates, but does not dominate either. No alcohol or flaw.
The flavor is lovely as well, with a puckering sourness that is somewhat softened by wood tannin and just a touch of maltiness. The blackberries have eased off to the point of perfection, it seems, and add complexity without taking away from the lambic, which is sour, yet still round and moderately fruity, as is Girardin apt to be with age on it. Strong, yet tight carbonation and a supple texture put the finishing touches on quite a lovely creation here. Should be good for many years to come.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JK (6042) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2013
RBSG 2013, thanks to Bobby for sharing this one. Light red color. Sour acidic aroma. Flavor is very sour as well, with lots of berry flavor. Girardin sourness and flavor accentuated by the wine and fruit. Excellent beer. This was probably the best beer of the weekend.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (5895) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2013 Bottle (750 ml). Huge thanks to Pier-Luc and Julien for finding these bottles and to David for sharing it! Slightly hazy amber/pinkish with a medium off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is dicrete at first but the fruits and the red wine treatment slowly show up and finally give this beer a really interesting nose. Taste is moderately sour with blackberries, slight red wine presence and acetic notes. Mouthfeel is winey and slightly dry. Very good fruited lambic. Im glad I had the chance to try this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (5759) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle thanks to TRApissed. This rating is unfortunately a rush rating for a bottle that was opened and reclosed by a customs agent. I guess I can stil say thanks for letting it by. Rather dark purple pour with a few bubbles of white head, light carbonation has survived which bodes well for protection against oxidisation. Aroma is quite fruity, fresh raspberry aroma, slightly reminiscent of Cantillons rose de gambrinus, light woody notes as well, funk is really tame, light lemony aroma. Taste is tart, lots of berry tartness, strong grapefruit flavor, cranberry also, woody finish. Broad spectrum of fruity flavors. Palate is fairly dry, no real residual fruit sweetness, carbonation is low, but that was expected under the circumstances. Overall, a very tasty fruit lambic. The blackberry doesnt stand out so much on its own, but the blend is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown (5205) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 18, 2011
Lemon and lactic horse blanket nose. Sweet blackberry start (subtle fruit) mouth. Sour and bretty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Big thanks to forgetfu for sharing this bottle. Served in a mini gueuze glass. Pours a slightly-hazy caramel-crimson color with a short head. The nose brings a bit of acidity along with blackberry. Flavor has blackberry and some acidity without much backing in the way of funk or minerality. Not bad, but not all too full of depth. Body is light-medium with good carbonation. Good, but not great.

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