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Divergence - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 82
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 25.12%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: n2185 on 03-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Divergence is Bourbon Barrel Aged Sour Porter. This porter was barrel aged on brett for 8 months and blended onto dry processed coffee post barrel aging. This beer's flavor is a beautiful blend of a soft tartness and maltiness with a hint of coffee on the end.
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Opaque dark brown color with a small tight foam head, light brown in color... Aroma is tart meets coffee with orange spice, some vanilla bourbon wood musk scents. Clean overall with a large variety of aromas working surprisingly well together. Cocoa and fruity orange/cherry, touch of white wine perhaps... Taste is immediately tart, acidic, then smooths into a woody, dusty, coffee situation. Still the tartness holds on through the finish. Very interesting combination of flavors. I've never had anything quite like it. The porter qualities come through mostly in the nose and the latter half of the flavor. Again very interesting. Once acclimated to the acidity things become quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is effervescent-like. Very light and fluffy. Seemingly not porter-typical but certainly enjoyable.

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Poured from the bottle into a Wicked Weed glass. It is black as night with a nice off white head. The head last a little, then slowly dies down with some lacing. You smell tart cherries, some of the barrel, and a hint of coffee. At first sip, you don't get much coffee. But as it warms, you get more coffee and some chocolate. Real smooth and sour.

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Bottled in 2014. Opened 9/1/15.

A - First impression is great. Two fingers of a thick, creamy, tan head forms, and sticks around for a while - not typical of sours. Beer looks midnight black.

S - A little coffee in the nose. Tobacco. Super sweet cherries. A well rounded yet piercing sour. Wood. Vanilla. Molasses. So much going on.

T - Same as the nose. Coffee is a bit more pronounced. And the tart cherry is dominant throughout - almost a warming characteristic because of it. There's so much going on in this. I feel like the bourbon might be getting lost a bit. It's very subtle on the finish. Some oak and vanilla. Just dirtying it up a bit.

F - A bit fuller bodied than you'd expect from a sour. Low carbonation. I'm digging it.

O - I remember having this a few times in the past - on tap at WW and from the bottle once before. Never was all that impressed with it. I'm really liking it tonight though. There's a lot going on, but for the most part, everything plays very nicely together. A nice sipper. But it's going down super easy.

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S: roasted malts with sweet chocolate and creamy coffee aromas following. There are hints of vanilla and oak. Smells quite nice, though the Brett isn't really noticeable here.

T: roasted malts with semi-sweet chocolate up front before some light and tart fruit flavors. There are some musty barnyard flavors before a finish that is slightly charred and tart.

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Divergence from Wicked Weed Brewing
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