Ebony And Oak - The Bruery
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3.74/5 rDev +18.7%
Beautiful, solid black brew with a nice, fairly thick tan head, with excellent retention.
Aroma is sharply sour, with big oak notes, dark fruit, and hinting at a wild flavor. Bourbon notes are very soft and subdued, as is any roastiness.
Flavor certainly has some significant sourness up front, but far more approachable than the aroma would have led you to guess. This fruity tartness is followed immediately by thick chocolatey waves of roasted barley, and finished off by a growing boozy sweetness from the bourbon. Oak and vanilla make appearances throughout.
There's a decent, tart sting up front, followed by a very smooth body. A little thin for a stout, even a BBA stout. A little alcohol heat on the back-end.
This is a low-ABV BBA stout with very nice sharply sour notes, but well, well below sour/wild ale/stout thresholds (e.g. Tart of Darkness). There's also no heat or metallic infection notes; it's just enough tartness to separate it from a regular BBA stout.
Unfortunately, the beer loses a few points on the overall flavor and feel; while it's very interesting, I want more STOUT in my stout!
08-28-2014 21:20:56 | More by Roguer
1.91/5 rDev -39.4%
I had an infected bottle.
Started with a massive gush that wouldn't subside.
The nose had an obvious tartness with some roast and oak. The palate had an obvious tartness from being infected with some roast and chocolate notes. The infection seemed to completely mask the barrel presence - there was a very slight oak flavour but it was minimal with no bourbon or vanilla. This could have been a good beer if not infected.
10-25-2013 02:08:51 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Ebony And Oak from The Bruery
73 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.