2nd Beer Of The Apocalypse Series: War - Backlash Beer Company
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3.18/5 rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pours a small fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, but nice bubbles streaming up to reinforce it, bit of lacing, very clear honey orange color with a slight rosy hue.
Nose has light saison and light Belgian aromas, a bit of a golden Belgian malt aroma, faint straw, some wheat characters, very light grainy grassy thing, touches of citrus and rind, pretty much no spices and farmhouse like aromas, faint candi sugar and sweetness... just a touch of an earthy spicy rye.
Taste starts with a weird earthy character, actually it gets a little plasticy, some phenolics that cut through and bring an unhappy taste, then into some esters and what seems like it should be booze but not quite. A light yeasty bready taste too, and just a touch of straw and grass, a little wheat and grainy flavors but not much. The wheat really seems to come through more and it almost becomes a white beer, with light lemon peel and very faint coriander like spice, and little citrusy orange zest too. Again faint candi sugar and sweet malt characters. Very little farmhouse, and I get very little of hte spicy rye character. Bitterness comes through with light grassy hops and a bit from the rye. Finish is sticky sweet, more grassy slightly herbal bitterness, more phenolics and long lingering phenolic taste and slightly tingly character (probably from the phenols and not booze).
Mouth is med bodied, lots of carbonation too much actually.
Overall quite a letdown. I had huge hops for a farmhouse beer with rye, but it had very little of either character... it had way too much on the phenolics and candi flavors, bitterness isn't great either, not a great beer, esp for Backlash.
Serving type: bottle
05-28-2013 21:35:13 | More by jlindros
4.08/5 rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
War opens to a spicy nose that perfectly represents farmhouse ales: peppery, funky, slightly lemony sour, and yeasty, with a good bit of fruit thrown in to balance things out. The fruits here bring mainly pineapple and banana, with lesser touches of cherry, berry, and orange to lessen the tartness, these mixed with bits of brown sugar and caramel. The spices are hard on pepper, thanks to the rye, with clove not far behind. There’s also a good bready base, with rye bread, toast crust, wet grain, and bits of chewy marble rye. Hops add a touch of lemon, as well as a smidgen of pine. As a whole, the nose is very nice, the aromas present in decent strength and being nicely nuanced, maintaining a good balance.
On the tongue, the beer introduces itself with a spicy, funky, sour kick, peppery rye and clove mixing with pineapple and banana in a manner reminiscent of Belgians, but these joined by the funky sour Saison notes, as well as bits of lemon from the hops. Lesser flavors include berry, cherry, and orange fruit esters, as well as marble rye breads and toast crust, and bits of brown sugar. The aftertaste is largely a continuation of the main mouthful, with even more peppery kick, and lingers for a good while on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is very nice Saison, and the rye addition brings out a very nice peppery kick that nicely complements the funk and sour, and plays well off of the lemons and breads. The beer as a whole is nicely flavored and mostly well balanced, edging perhaps slightly more toward the sour funk than is necessary, but still being very drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2013 17:20:46 | More by jondeelee
3.59/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Large bubbled head that settles to a single layer. Leaves some spots on the glass. Lightly cloudy with a dark gold/light amber color.
Very earthy smell. Think split pea soup.
Crisp body with a higher level of carbonation. Tastes "darker" than the color indicates--as if there is a dash of chocolate malt added. The finish features a light pepper flavor. Moderate aftertaste time-wise.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2013 20:58:12 | More by smcolw
3.23/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Appearance: Mild haze on a golden yellow beer. Looks the part although clarity is a small issue; Great retention and surprisingly strong lace
Scent: Very German; couldn’t possibly be the smoky scent emanating from the surface, could it? Flowery, deeply malty with some mineral-rich earthy scents and light spicy hops/rye
Taste: Deep malt foreground fights with and subsumes whatever bitter hoppiness was supposed to be in the finish. Black pepper, floral hops, spicy rye, caramel
Mouthfeel: A bit on the prickly side with some sharp touches of carbon dioxide. Feels under-attenuated given the weird slickness/sweetness of the malt
Drinkability: This beer tends to shine here as it drinks easy and is fairly complex despite its flaws. Not bad at all, but kind of off and seems like it could be pushed further
Overall: Not sure this is exactly what they were going for but it's drinkable and enjoyable. In terms of art direction and label quality, it's fantastic and unique. I think the recipe might be in need of tweaking.
Read full review @ http://blogs.lowellsun.com/beer/2013/01/21/backlash-war/
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2013 05:51:01 | More by ichorNet
4.13/5 rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
The beer’s label is a beautiful, graphite-style drawing of the Horsemen, War, trailing a cloak of flames, and charging at a pike-line of soldiers as a town burns in the background and a peasant lies dead beside a push cart. It’s simple, black and white, elegant, classy, and hilarious, all in one fell swoop. The font choices are simple, but perfect for the bottle design, and beautifully appear as if they are almost handwritten. All the boring information is nicely hidden on the sides of the label. This bottle is a keeper for sure. Alongside its brother Apocalypse beer, Conquest, I’m sure it would make a lovely display, but it is quite lovely on its own. Keep this label for sure!
The beer pours a muddy rose color with a big old soap bubble head that sits at a fingers width. Bubbles race up to replenish the head, but the body is murky and cloudy like swamp water and completely opaque. The beer’s color is pretty but dirty rose brown, the lacing is sticky and thin, with long and hole-ridden sheets traveling alongside the walls of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells terrifically complex, though reserved, with fruity esters of banana, clove, with nice sour notes that hint at lemon and salt, which must be the hibiscus flower. Rye and bready yeast notes can also be detected in the smell along with slight grassy notes. On the tongue, the beer tastes strangely salty with nice rye notes, and some great underlying sweet hints. The beer begins with salty grass, which opens into terrific rye notes with underlying hints of fruit and salty meat. In the middle of the taste the banana flavors appear and wash over the tongue quickly to return to the bitter grassy flavor. Grass and hay are prevalent throughout the taste with a grassy bitter resonance traveling throughout the taste and into the finish and aftertaste, which also rings on the sides of the tongue with salty meat. This taste is bizarre and different, but I think I like it. Salty and sweet play strangely together in this beer, while the bitter herbal flavor of the hibiscus overshadows the background taste with its oddity. The beer is quite drinkable. On the mouth, it feels medium bodied and fluffy from the carbonation, with a little bit of wateriness on the finish, the mouth is left dry along the sides with the herbal bitter while the middle of the tongue feels damp with the odd salty flavor of the beer. Overall, I am a little stunned by this beer. I had no idea what to expect, but it certainly is something entirely different from what I expected… And that is not a bad thing. Strange and tasty flavors abound in this beer. I love the balance between salty, sweet, and the herbal bitter flavors. Try this beer!
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2013 03:57:21 | More by Maxwell
2nd Beer Of The Apocalypse Series: War from Backlash Beer Company
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