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Sinister 7 - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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BA SCORE
84
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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gobigvt7 on 05-05-2014)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just released a few days ago, 16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Nearly stout-like in color, no light breaches the liquid even at the edges. Milk chocolate tan head thinnish but present, and after 2-3mins dissipates almost entirely. Half-hazard lacing during consumption.

S - Slightly roasted malts with a faint whiff of booziness. Definitely smells like a brown, but with subtle chocolate and perhaps fig.

T - Somehow simultaneously a bit too sweet and a bit too thin, or maybe the latter is the reason the former doesn't jive. Neither the bottle nor the brewer's description mention what yeast was used to ferment, but I'm going to guess some form of Abbey strain, because the resulting combo of malty and yeast closely resembles a belgian strong dark ale. Some plum, very very mild leathery spice, brown sugar, milk chocolate/cocoa powder, booze. Bourbon flavor itself incredibly subtle, but this brew is hot hot hot. Barrel character also minor. As the beer reached room temp, detected very light peanut/toffee on the extended finish.

MF - Surprisingly thin, with no tannins added from barrel aging, boozy and nearly cloying. Some more body would fix most of this right up. Ditto if the booziness had been specifically "bourbon" forward.

O - Glad this wasn't priced in their Kriek range ($15-16 shelf), but for $9.50 I've got to say this was a major disappointment, more specifically because it doesn't seem to have much going on that might improve. Perhaps some extended aging ala english barleywine would bring the necessary raisiny oxidation that could make this beer delicious, but fresh this beer is crying wolf. A year in barrels? Is it a year or is it 'up to a year', the bottle and brewer description differ on that. I'd guess the latter, with the smallest % being a year. I like quad as much as the next guy, and this beer has a bit more going on that an average quad on the shelf, but at 40-50% more per ounce.

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3.67/5  rDev -1.1%

RB

The bottles have shown up around town at most of the usual haunts.. This one is from Brewer's Haven on Vista..

Pours hazy dark brown.. decent splotchy tannish head..

Wood and tannic notes seem a little out of place on a brown brew.. American Brown Ale with too much whiskey IMO.

thin.. woody... not enough backbone.

Okay... nice for a single pour.. maybe a second...

3.5/3.75/4/3.5/3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass, with a fine, one finger light brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma dominated by bourbon with lighter toasted malt and nuts in the background. Flavor begins with dark toasted malt, nuts, vanilla; thinning out to slightly tart bourbony toasted malt with light dried dark fruit and licorice and bourbon. Medium bodied. The flavor thin out and become slightly astringent in the finish with the malt not quite supporting the bourbon and dark fruit flavor. Except for the light astringent bitterness and tartness in the finish, an interesting strong brown ale with good bourbon character. The body may be insufficient to age well, but it tastes good right now.

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2/5  rDev -46.1%

No mention of sour or tart in the description. Should I have known? Had high hopes when poured as the color and head were enticingly elegant. One sip and my disappointment overshadowed the anticipation of whiskey and nutty goodness that my tasted buds were longing for. Double Mountain is always solid, so maybe I just bought a bottle gone bad?

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Big thanks to my left coast brotha rathakem for the brew and the double mountain snifter I enjoyed it from.

a - brew pours a deep brown and settles almost black in the glass. Thin finger of frothy tan head that all but goes away leaving really nice lace on the glass.

s - nose is really nice. Brown sugar and a tang of bourbon.

t/m - taste is surprisingly tart. Not in a bad way but in a dark fruit way that you would find in a BSDA. Candied brown sugar, soft chocolate notes. Carb is prickly and after vibe is boozy.

o - overall drink em if you got em. I would be worried that the tart could become more pronounced and negatively affect the brew. Drinkable now for sure, and actually not bad...but not great either. I love the concept though, brown ale in bourbon sounds like a nice match.

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Overall, this is harsh, sourish. It's very grainy and starts to set my teeth on edge. For Sour enthusiasts, you might want to stick a bottle in the shed out back and hope for more. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Community Co-op in Bellingham for an unfortunate eleven bucks.
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Sinister 7 from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
84 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.