Malefactor (Gilgamesh) - Upland Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a murky dark red with some copper hues and a big 2 finger creamy off-white head.
Aroma is sour just like a flanders should be. Notes of vinegar and cherries along with a little oak. Not much bourbon in the nose.
Starts out with a vinegar sourness and some tart cherry flavor. A little bit of sweet bourbon comes on pretty quickly and is present throughout, but rather subdued. More sour fruit notes combine equally with the bourbon finishing sweet & sour. The bourbon adds a nice complexity to balance the sour.
Fairly creamy mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation levels.
I love flanders reds and the bourbon adds a unique twist to this classic. I was afraid the bourbon would be overpowering, but it really is delicate and subtle making it work.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2012 00:28:09 | More by jmarsh123
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Consumed a little below room temp. Poured into a HF tulip.
A - Very deep ruby with a thick head. It slowly dies down to a thin coating over the top.
S - Sour black cherries with mild oak. A hint of vanilla. Strong, pleasant nose.
T - Tart dark cherries, oak, slight vanilla, some leather. The barrel is mild and smooth. The tartness seems right on point...present, but subtle. Very balanced flavors. The finish smoothly carries the cherries and leather without much, if any, dryness.
M - Medium body, medium carbonation. Great for the style. So drinkable.
O - For me, this is the best beer Upland has pushed out. I personally love this style and I really think they nailed it. The flavors expected for the style are on point. The finish is great. I actually think the back end of the flavor is what sets this apart from other Flanders Red. This instantly stormed into the top 3 for the style in my book.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2012 00:44:11 | More by claaark13
Malefactor (Gilgamesh) from Upland Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.