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Soroboruo - The Bruery

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22 Reviews
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Reviews: 22
Hads: 154
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 13
Gots: 40 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: 2GOOFY on 05-05-2014

Soroboruo is a backwards take on a Scotch ale. As Scotch ales are typically known for big, toffee-like malt and subdued yeast flavors, Soroboruo allows our wild yeast and bacteria to shine full-heartedly, adding a delightful tartness, balanced by the soft floral notes of the heather flowers. A most unusual and quite exciting take on a sour ale.
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Reviews by 2beerdogs:
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3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, dark brown with minimal head and not much viscosity. Reminiscent of a barrel aged porter.

S: Lactic tartness backed by a hint of caramel and bourbon.

T: Less tart but the sourness is still there. Toffee, cherries, and chocolate with a tart vein running through it. Barrel notes and booze on the finish.

M: Fairly thick mouthfeel but without any residual syrup on the finish.

O: I know this was an accident and I'd love to try what they were originally shooting for. However, if there's anyone who can pull off a tasty infection, it's The Bruery. I quite like this but it would be nice to try what they were originally aiming for. Would I spend another $20 on it? Probably not, though at a slightly lower price point I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another. This is fairly similar to Cascade's Burbonic Plague and with a bit more age on it, Soroboruo might take the lead in that competition.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

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4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 Vintage

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown color with a moderate sized beige head that slowly faded to a ring. A good looking beer.

Smell: Mild musk and mild floral notes. I also pick up some leather notes.

Taste: Mild citrus and floral notes, mild funk and some mild leather-like notes. More of a tart beer rather than sour. The sourness is fairly restrained.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium-bodied with a good level of carbonation. The mouth-feel is where it should be for a sour.

Overall: Yeah, I'm pretty sure the souring was not intended initially, but it's a decent sour. I'd prefer the sourness dialed up but overall not bad. Note: I'm reviewing this as a sour/wild ale. I AM NOT scoring this as a Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I've not fully reviewed a beer for quite some time but I'm doing so since it's the first review for this beer.

Appearance is a nice dark tawny port brown, clear and rich looking with modest tones of wine red. Pours a fast fading cocoa brown head that's lovely while it lasts.

Nose is light cherry carmel with floral tones and hints of fresh red berries. Pleasant and reserved and invites a drink.

Mouthfeel is medium bodies with light carbonation and a unique balance of sweet and sour. There is a light pucker character although for my taste I'd like more sour, but that's just a personal preference, not a criticism of the beer.

Taste is where this beer is going to make it or break it for you. Unique. The flavor profile for me is "almost there." This is a sweet and sour balance of stereotypic scotch ale and a wile ale cherry/red berry sour. Yet, there is a malt profile undertone and hints of the Bourbon barrel. All in all it tastes good but requires getting used to it a bit. I liked it more and more the more I continued to taste it. Repeated tastes show great complexities and balances of flavors. There is a whole lot going on here and I suspect that some will like it a lot and some will not. However, having tasted thousands of different offerings I can't remember ever tasting anything like the "Sour Ale Aged in Scotch and Bourbon Barrels with Heather Flowers Added." (That's right off the front label).

A very creative offering from the Bruery and continued kudos for their willingness to make some of their beers "out of the box." While I have come to the conclusion that most beers, regardless of style, should be consumed fresh (my personal taste and just my current opinion as to "most" beers - not all) this one may well benefit from a bit of age; it will be fun to see what a few months, or more, do to this one.

Finish offers layers of light "red sour" to bitter malt to bourbon tones with an end finish of flowers.

A fun taste; worth trying and likely like nothing you've had before.

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3/5  rDev -20%

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4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass, 2014 edition

A- pours a deep brown color with a small fizzy white head that dissipates completely, leaving nothing behind

S- initially it smells like a Flanders red ale; tart balsamic vinegar, ripe dark cherries, earthy yeast, blackberries. Hints of scotch, vanilla & oak. Underlying caramel malt & toffee

T- tart balsamic vinegar up front resemble a Flanders Red ale, as on the aroma. It transitions into some scotch notes with flavors of oak and hints of vanilla. As it nears the finish, notes of sweet caramel malt kick in with lingers of more scotch barrel and dark tart fruit

M- body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouth feel, that continues to a slightly warming finish. Alcohol hidden well overall

O- a wee sour? It's unique and it's very good. I can always appreciate a beer that thinks out of the box

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


750 received in an EPIC trade from Daknole.. Perhaps the biggest porch nuking I've had in years.. Dakine is good folk and most traders already know this.

I shared this bottles tonight with the tight Boise crew.... Pours a slightly hazy dark chestnut... light tannish head has little retention and no lacing.

Nose is very nice mix of sour dark fruits mixed with bourbon and lesser Scotch barrels.. a hint of Balsamic with warmth and bigger vanilla.

Again.. sour dark fruit with some leather and complex vinous fruitiness mixes well with the big barrel presence... Bourbon/vanilla oak has a nice compliment to the Scotch element...

Light body for the 12%... Is it really? Meh... I don't care.

Pretty interesting brew to share at a random tasting that featured a bunch of Bruery beers. Thanks a bunch Dakine!!


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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured into a tulip to a deep brown with a half finger of off white head that has little retention and lacing
S: smells of sour cherry and caramel with some wood and vanilla
T: taste is tart up front, some oak tannins, slight caramel, oak, sour cherry, hint of bourbon. swallow is a little alcohol, more barrel, with some lingering caramel and smoke.
M: this beer sits a little heavy on the palate with soft carbonation and a dry finish
O: It's an oddity but it kinda works. It isn't a sour bomb and it isn't a mess either. Enjoyable in an odd way.

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Soroboruo from The Bruery
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