The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams Sensory glass.
A: The beer pours an opaque apricot, and my mildly aggressive pour left a thin head that quickly dissipated. A nice level of carbonation is exhibited. Noting spectacular in the looks department but an attractive color.
S: A great nose on this - some peach, some citrus, some resinous hops, some slightly sour funk going on. Very fragrant and inviting.
T: A truly interesting beer. I'm reminded of Port Brewing's Hop 15 (or at least what I remember of that) - extremely thick, with a high level of syrupy, effervescent fruitiness. A sharp sour green apple bites through the initial sweetness for a bit, then is drowned with a clover honey finish that eventually gives way to that always unpleasant alkaline baking soda sensation on the tongue due to the IBUs.
M: I love a thick beer with a rich, creamy mouthfeel, so I'm all about The Oracle. The carbonation is quite good, and it's a nice mouthful of beer without being syrupy.
D: I never really understood "drinkability" and feel that mouthfeel is worth far more than it. I like it, therefore it's drinkable. I don't look for "sessionable" beer, but I doubt you would want to pound a sixer of this.
Overall, it's a darn good beer. It's going to rate outstanding and exceptional due to it's rarity, but honestly I think I prefer the similar, and better, Hop Slam. The alkaline finish is just distasteful to me and keeps it from being a truly great beer. I'd give it an A-/B+
Serving type: bottle
09-29-2009 00:43:01 | More by Telix
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