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Arboreal - Oxbow Brewing Company

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 15
Gots: 9 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: woosterbill on 01-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 6
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4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a real shame this one is retired, its pretty special beer. wild as heck on the yeasts, funky and sour both, with a nose of sweet vanilla bourbon and wet wood. the grain profile is bigger than most, almost copper amber in color, and exhibiting some caramel malt properties in the base. fuller bodied and pretty rich in feel, but there is a fine acidity to cut it on the finish. a lot of bourbon barrel sours are too much bourbon to the point where the beer has to be caustic in sourness to get through the whiskey flavor. this one finds a more delicate balance, while still a lot of vanilla and bourbon flavor, its only mild on the acidity, which i think makes a much more drinkable beer. the grain base is well built, and the more beer i drink from oxbow, the more i realize how incredible they are. yet to have one i didnt love. pucker and sweet on the finish, as much wood as whiskey from the barrel, and one of those special beers that i am real glad i got my hands on. i need more of their stuff!

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery.
Pours a clear deep golden color with a good sized bone white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of earthen tart citrus with a somewhat rustic light funky smell. Light cereal graininess and just a hint of cherry vanilla round out the nose. If there is oak or bourbon in the nose its faint. The flavor holds a hint of cereal grain with a touch of bready malt. Lemons and tart cherries pucker a bit before some earth and light sweet bourbon flavor finish us off. Moderate pucker with a light funky earthy rustic tone to it. Very nice American wild.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep copper body. Small white head that doesn't last. Ends up kinda pond-watery.

Smell - Musty and vinous. Bourbon. Slight hint of acetic acid. Very woody.

Taste - Much sharper sourness, but not all that sour. Vinegar and some red wine. Lots of oak. Bourbon. The flavor drops off rapidly, though.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, maybe medium light. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Not very complex, but drinks ok.

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Arboreal from Oxbow Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.