Thensaurum - Avery Brewing Company
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4.01/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a 355 ml bottle (bottled August 15, 2013) into a tulip.
A-A normal pour produces some short-lived khaki foam. The head drops to a collar in less than 30 seconds, which is to be expected given the style and ABV. The beer is dark, dark cranberry-brown...kind of a unique color. I can see a few streams of carbonation.
S-The smell is pretty sour in the typical Avery style (e.g., Odio Equum and Oud Floris), but the sour is tempered a bit by the brown sugar and molasses from the rum barrel. I get tart raspberries and strawberries, the aforementioned rum flavors, and a bit of funk. The alcohol comes through as spicy warmth more than anything. Interesting.
T-The taste is similar to the smell. In other words, it is quite tart with raspberry, cranberry, and strawberry fruits and a warming, but well-integrated alcohol, up front. About halfway through, the rum barrel flavors kick in and dull the acidity/sourness. The finish is more dark caramel, molasses, and brown sugar than tart fruit. Again, interesting.
M-The feel is medium to light heavyweight with a kick of assertive carbonation up front that fades on the palate.
O-I had a hard time scoring this beer. On the one hand, I appreciate the desire to expand beyond traditional flavor categories and I don't know if I have ever had a beer with such distinguishable flavors from different ingredients, i.e., the tart wild ale versus the sweet rum barrel. On the other hand, I don't know if I actually liked how the rum barrel flavors paired up with the tart berry flavors. I guess it works, because I drank the whole bottle without thinking about it, but I was left a little puzzled at the end.
Serving type: bottle
09-23-2013 00:26:14 | More by spoony
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