Sweetwater Oak Aged Creeper (Bordeaux French Oak With Blackberries) - SweetWater Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
You know a beer is good when it's causing me to review for the first time in nearly 2 years..
Review from a 1-L Festive Ale Swing-top with a "420" sticker covering the label, and all the info needed for this beer on a duct-tape label. Shared by Lee, and there are apparently very few bottles of this floating around. This is the Creeper, Sweetwater's first dank tank beer, aged on French Oak for 18 months, with blackberries added. Only slightly different than the beer that appeared at BSP's 12th anniversary celebration in 2009. I classified it as a Triple, since that is what the beer started out as, but it could easily be dropped in the American Wild Ale category now.
Appearance is ok - a bit of a murky golden color, nothing terribly special. Someone else in the group pointed out that you can actually see the blackberry seeds floating in the beer. I probably rated the appearance a bit higher to give the beer what I felt was a more appropriate rating.
The aroma is out of this world - it deserves a score in excess of 5. I'm not sure a wild ale has ever had a better nose in terms of perfect harmony between funk, fruitiness and oak. It might not have smelled this good a year ago, and might not smell this good in 6 months, but right now, it was about as good as a beer can get.
The fantastic smell set up a disappointing taste, for me at least. Hops from the original creeper are obviously gone after 2+ years, but the bordeaux ingrained itself well into this beer. Taste starts of slow, mostly just the malt sweetness, but the sour kicks in mid-palate with some of the tannins providing a dry finish. I get more of a general citrus flavor and very little blackberry (not like, say, the Cascade Blackberry ale)
Nearly perfect amounts of carbonation and a full-medium body. No noticeable alcohol, and a great beer makes it dangerously drinkable for a beer that is likely around 10% abv.
The best sweetwater beer I have ever had. A couple of their one-off IPAs have been fantastic, and their regular IPA is a go-to beer for me, but this one is on an entirely different level. OPEN NOW if you have one.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2011 18:47:35 | More by jophish17
Sweetwater Oak Aged Creeper (Bordeaux French Oak With Blackberries) from SweetWater Brewing Company
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