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Soroboruo - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
81
good

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: 2GOOFY on 05-05-2014)
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

07-01-2014 12:31:28 | More by ShanePB
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

07-20-2014 05:48:58 | More by eawolff99
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ViragS

California

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

06-26-2014 13:49:39 | More by ViragS
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +16.2%

750mL bottle into a Teku
only bottling date is 2014

Thanks to rjjhoffman for sending this over as an extra

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown, nearly black, with 2 plus fingers width of light tan head. Head dissipates down fairly slowly, but leaves only a few small patches of lacing.

S: Tart sour fruits, oaky notes, vinous dark fruits, caramel/toffee, subtle floral notes, boozy ethanol, and a trace of scotch like peat. Interesting combination of aromas, but very complex and I like it.

T: Big sourness, along with some sweet dark fruit notes are the first flavors I get. There is followed by a combination of Scotch-like peat and bourbon charred oaky and vanilla characters. I also get caramel, and some vinous fruit characters. Tartness fades quickly as the palate adjusts, allowing the other flavors to come out. The Scotch peat characters build throughout the drink. Again, lots of complexity and quite good.

M/D: Fuller side of medium body, carbonation on the higher end for 12% ABV but seems appropriate for this one. Speaking of the ABV, its very well masked, and all things considered drinkability is good.

O: This beer seems to take a lot of shit here on BA but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. Very complex, lots of different layers of interesting flavors, and IMO they meld together fairly well. Definitely an interesting and unique beer that is worth trying.

08-06-2014 23:53:26 | More by zac16125
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lnashsig

Texas

4/5  rDev +13.6%

06-14-2014 00:52:17 | More by lnashsig
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dvmin98

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.6%

08-22-2014 00:17:07 | More by dvmin98
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13.6%

07-02-2014 13:50:54 | More by smartassboiler
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Joe_Mahma

California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

06-19-2014 17:56:13 | More by Joe_Mahma
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bcm75

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13.6%

07-25-2014 22:59:50 | More by bcm75
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DCLAguy11

California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

08-03-2014 22:16:45 | More by DCLAguy11
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Unchi

California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

07-21-2014 04:31:10 | More by Unchi
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.76/5  rDev +6.8%

Thanks to GRG1313 for giving me this one.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, wood, earth, and slight bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is solid for a unique sour, but I am not really getting any Scotch barrel aged characteristics in the aroma or flavor.

07-07-2014 05:50:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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SHODriver

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

07-29-2014 23:49:43 | More by SHODriver
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claspada

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-11-2014 11:01:57 | More by claspada
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wolf_switzer

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

05-30-2014 06:36:15 | More by wolf_switzer
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jeff1973

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

05-21-2014 02:35:29 | More by jeff1973
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Adamostella

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-12-2014 18:50:18 | More by Adamostella
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Wowcoolman

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-05-2014 01:57:16 | More by Wowcoolman
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-16-2014 21:38:12 | More by siege06nd
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Evan

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-08-2014 22:00:27 | More by Evan
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California

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-02-2014 03:11:06 | More by Wolberjs
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California

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-02-2014 05:53:49 | More by 2beerdogs
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IKR

California

3.61/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

05-17-2014 02:18:50 | More by IKR
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GRG1313

California

3.59/5  rDev +2%

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.

05-09-2014 22:28:51 | More by GRG1313
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jbogner

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-05-2014 00:31:18 | More by jbogner
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Soroboruo from The Bruery
81 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.