Boxer's Revenge - Jester King Brewery
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Reviews by wagenvolks:
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
750ml bottle into a Jester King goblet.
Admittedly, I am a huge fan of what Jester King has brought to Texas, so I could hardly wait to try the bottled iteration of Boxer's Revenge after picking it up today.
Opening with a soft hiss, Boxer's Revenge pours without much of a head, save for a few scattered bubbles that cling to the outside of the glass. The body is an attractive, bright orange hue, dotted by small yeast particles and a sluggish stream of carbonation. The aroma is both intoxicating and intoxicatingly good. Huge whiffs of whiskey barrels lend bourbon-rich vanillins to the front. In the background, wild bacteria add a sour punch alongside the dry-hop to lend citrus peel and berry vine notes. The alcohol smells strong, but is nicely balanced. It will be interesting to see how the nose handles an increased carbonation as these bottles mature.
The flavor is a plethora of intensities that pull the palate in various directions. Equal parts boozy, hoppy, tart, wooden, dry, and juicy---a dizzying array of combinations that come close to fatiguing the senses.The whiskey flavor hits first and last, with vanilla notes at the tip of the palate and dry, wooden barrel tannins in the finish. Mid-palate is where the sourness shines, adding a funky tartness that puckers the tongue and mouth, but not so much that it overwhelms the tastebuds. Alcohol warms the palate with each sip, but it's a bit too raw at this point in the beer's life and makes for a somewhat tiring mouthfeel when combined with the sourness. Body is slightly thin and under-carbonated, but I'm sure with conditioning that will change.
Boxer's Revenge is a great beer and a welcome addition to the Texas sour ale scene, but like the angry horse on its label, it hasn't yet made up its mind as to the direction it's heading. Still, I'm very much excited to see what path it takes.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2012 01:16:00 | More by wagenvolks
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours cloudy orange, very close to an amber color. Nose is sour fruit, slight citrus and funk. I am not a true sour aficionado but I definitely enjoyed this. Taste is like the nose, sour fruit, funk and citrus notes. Ending in a dry white wine finish. Not sure if the whiskey barrel aging blend came out at all in this.
I stored the remaining beer in a swing-top half growler and had it the next day paired with chicken salad. I have to say it was still very drinkable; even more wine-like characteristics showed while enjoying it with dinner. It paired nicely with the homemade chicken salad.
Definitely a sipper but it was still a very interesting and enjoyable beer. Not too off putting at all if you are unfamiliar with the sour/farmhouse style beers. Jester King is widely known for these.
Seek it out if you can. It's available in Texas. Trade for it and see how it is. I hear it ages really well and I do see that as a good possibility although it would be best in a fridge to slow the souring bacteria growth.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 14:57:41 | More by AMG55
Boxer's Revenge from Jester King Brewery
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