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Soroboruo - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
82
good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -10%

zestar, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.9/5  rDev +8%

Texasfan549, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

GRG1313, May 09, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -16.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

beernads, Jul 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

drewone, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Gonzoillini, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of billab914
3/5  rDev -16.9%

billab914, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +10.8%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

ShanePB, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

RB

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!!

3.74/3.75/4/3.75/3.75

JohnGalt1, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +10.8%

atrocity, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Bottle opened 8.16.14
Bottled: 4/16/14

Malty, bitter, leather, a touch of bourbon.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%

Apr 2014 bottle, opened Sep 2014

A - Dark black walnut body with a light tan head. Nice retention and low lace.

S - Bright sour note right up front. Sharp lemon, SweeTart candy, scotch whisky, caramel.

T - Meh. Overpowering oak, salt, vinegar, Worcestershire, tonic water, and white bread.

M - Surprisingly thin. Dry finish.

O - An interesting concept, but unfortunately this is probably the worst beer I've had from the Bruery. The integration is sub par, and the flavor profile is unpleasantly savory.


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3.29 Soroboruo
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Ath- -Vin- -Pt- -Grg- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.60 4.25 4.60 4.60 4.50 4.00 4.43 10% 0.44
S - 4.30 4.40 4.30 4.50 4.50 3.50 4.25 20% 0.85
T - 2.80 3.25 3.00 2.50 2.50 3.50 2.93 40% 1.17
M - 3.25 2.00 3.50 2.50 2.50 2.75 2.75 10% 0.28
O - 2.80 3.00 3.00 2.75 2.00 3.00 2.76 20% 0.55

vfgccp, Sep 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

claspada, Jul 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Axnjxn, Oct 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

bsuedekum, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Surprisingly better than I expected.

kscaldef, Nov 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Gobzilla, Aug 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

eawolff99, Jul 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

BMart, Jun 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

smartassboiler, Jul 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

threedaggers, Oct 23, 2014
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Soroboruo from The Bruery
82 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.