RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
The second release of our barrel aged series will be available in pubs and restaurants beginning Monday, February 18. BB2 is an old ale aged in Chardonnay barrels with cherries for 14 months. It’s delicious. And very different from BB1. This is a beer for people who like their beers a little funkier, while not being a completely wild beer. The Chardonnay barrels came from Saintsbury, our founder Brock’s cousin’s winery in Napa, California where they ferment the Chardonnay in the barrels. On December 3, 2011, we filled the barrels with our Christmas Ale. We then added sour cherries to the barrels and put them up in our barrel room where they rested, fermented, aged and developed for the next 14 months. Once it was time to move the 54 barrels of beer downstairs for packaging, we noticed that two barrels had a distinct Brettanomyces (wild yeast) character and two barrels had a sour lactic bacteria character. While on their own, these barrels didn’t have the flavors we were after, before dumping them we did a test blend with the rest of the barrels and discovered that the resulting blend was better than any of the barrels on their own. So they were blended in!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nellycale (213) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2014
On tap at st Arnold's. Pours a hazy golden/amber hue with average sized off-white head. Aroma is vinous, plum, cherries, lemon, acidic, oak. Taste of booze, lemon/grapefruit, tart, plum, oak, vanilla, and light pepper. Very tasty and unique. Almost a mild sour, but some sweetness to it that I can't put a label on. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (6325) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2016
Bottle, thanks to grownfool. Reddish., with no head to speak of. Smells nice - bourbon and vanilla. Taste is winey-er than I expected, some grape, some more bourbon. dry, woody finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
PartyFowle (954) - - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle into a snifter. Muddy milk chocolate-brown. Bubbles come and go within seconds, leaving a still-looking liquid below. Smells almost sour. Lots of vinegar, green oak, green apple, white grapes, caramel, cherry. The flavor, however, is kind of light, not much to it. A green apple tartness. Splash of sour cherry. Very highly carbonated -- it’s almost hard to pick up the flavor with all these bubbles keeping the beer off my tongue. Light body, no noticeable alcohol. Meh. Too highly carbonated, weak flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rumproasts (5324) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2014
sample from bottle at 2014 houston big brew fest. Deep golden orange with small head. Tart, almost sour. Fruity with some wine element. Good funk. I really liked this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
roxtersoxter (358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Pours golden with small tan head out of bottle. Aroma of sour cherries and sour yeast. Flavor of Chardonnay with finish of sour cherries. Good beer overall but I was wishing it would be more sour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (4642) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2014
BTBF. Clear amber pour. Tart aroma, woody, sour and fruity. Tart and sour flavor, dark fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (8120) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle. Clear red amber, large beige head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving some lacing. Aroma is vinous, red wine, oak, cherries, supplication, perhaps a touch of funk. Really nice. Flavor is not quite up to aroma, but still very nice, Oaky vinous, tart cherry notes. Light initial sweetness dries out quickly, leaving light tartness. Minimal funk. Lightish body. High carbonation is a distraction. Let this one sit a bit. Ahh, gains a bit of funk from the dregs, as well as a cloudiness. Better rounded flavors that way. Brian would be proud of me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2908) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Bright reddish-amber with a big beige head. Sour, fruity, bourbon barrel aroma. Tart, woody, fruity flavor, surprisingly weak. Medium bodied and dry with a lot of carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (3205) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Missed the original release so glad to get a taste now. Pours deep garnet red with little head. Taste leans tart but not mouth puckering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
This isn’t an old ale, in my opnion this is a Sour/Wild/Saison. Shared with Jrob21. Pours muddy pear with dissipating fizzy head. Scent is wine, berries, and booze. Flavor is sweet and earthy with biting finish. Fizzy light body that suits this beer well. Loved it. Hope Saint Arnold’s brings it back. Bottle - Received in Trade

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3648) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
12 oz shared by ericteusink. Dry Chardonnay definitely there. Very effervescent. Cool red collor with lots of white head. Finish is a bit tangy and sour some light fruit. Tangerine. Not getting any old ale bit call it what you will.

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