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Soroboruo - The Bruery

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82
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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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 -9.5%

zestar, Aug 14, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Texasfan549, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.59/5  rDev 0%
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
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

beernads, Jul 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

drewone, Aug 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Gonzoillini, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

billab914, Aug 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

ShanePB, Jul 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Bottle opened 8.16.14
Bottled: 4/16/14

Malty, bitter, leather, a touch of bourbon.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

vfgccp, Tuesday at 02:09 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

claspada, Jul 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

bsuedekum, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Gobzilla, Aug 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

eawolff99, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

smartassboiler, Jul 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

BMart, Jun 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

stereosforgeeks, Jul 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

DarthKostrizer, Jul 28, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +19.8%

SadMachine, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

A-Black in the glass, one finger off white head that leaves some lacing.

S-The flowers are present, wee bit of acidic notes, some caramel and malt. Little to no barrel character.

T-Starts with a lot of flowers, some acidic notes. Still little to no barrel, some chocolate.

M-Lighter, watery, not much carbonation.

O-An interesting beer but it just didn't all come together.

rlee1390, Sep 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Smarty_Pints, May 28, 2014
Photo of dar482
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

An big brew with huge floral honey in the front. A light tartness that is cut with the honey sweetness of this beer. There's a creamy mouthfeel with toasted malt with huge floral lavender and almost Earl Grey floral.

dar482, Yesterday at 05:18 AM
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Soroboruo from The Bruery
82 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.