Modus Operandi - The Wild Beer Co.

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Wild Beer Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADZA on 08-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl. oz bottle. Sampled on December 27, 2014.

The pour is attractive with its brown tone and reddish hues leading up to a tremendous, soft silky tan head.

The aroma is of toasted malts, nuts, clean hops and just enough of a sour punch to let me know that is what it is.

Smooth medium body.

The taste also has a yeasty, biscuity note more so than the sour. There is a light pucker-up character to it but that's the way sours are.

Sours are usually low on my list I go looking beers but this one is more approachable for me. But a tad pricey where I bought it.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a light red brown into a tulip. No lacing, with no head really forming.

Smells oaky, with some peach, light vinegar, and red wine.

Tastes pretty good. Brown sugar, oak, red wine, peach, pear, woodsy funk, vanilla, slight alcohol.

Medium bodied mouthfeel, very low almost flat carbonation.

An interesting twist on an Old Ale, would continue to try beers from this brewery.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Torst in Brooklyn. Kicked the keg with my pour. Deep amber brown with massive head. Big Brett aromas with slight malty sweet chocolate notes. Taste is slightly brett..but mostly cocoa with a bit of dried fruit. Its not sweet but you almost expect it to be. Its so smooth its insane. Almost like poured from nitro. ..but being at Torst it was obviously poured at proper whatever...
overall it has great aromas..great look, nice flavor, and great mouthfeel but for some reason I feel like its missing something. But I really do enjoy it. Nice brew.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish Brown body with tight off white head
smell like a good port
Taste is sherry vinegar & sour cream
Good in an odd way, odd in a good way.

Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a murky texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A decent aroma of fruit, malt, and a sour quality.

T: Tasted of light fruit, toffee, malt, and the aforementioned sour element. This beer almost tasted like a Belgian sour, but a bit thinner in character. It's sweet in the beginning, but a bit sour in the finish. As I said, it's a little thin, but still tasty.

M: A low level of carbonation with a smooth, but watery finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Kind of an odd beer. It's not entirely like many Old Ales I've tried, but still pretty solid in spite of its flaws.

Photo of mmapes
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found locally (in Colorado) at Hazel's. I'm a fan of old ales but not necessarily wild yeast, so color you interpretation accordingly.

Served slightly above fridge temps in snifters. Pours dark reddish brown, just a little cloudy on the bottom.

Smells of dark fruit, turpentine (uh oh), but very fruity (tree fruit, dried fruit-- not tropical). A hint of sourness, no oak.

First impression: mildly fruity up front, long milky oaky finish. Medium body (I thought it might be thicker), medium high acidity. Actually a little thin in the mouth - most of the interest is on the finish (and on the nose).

An interesting, complex, subtle ale, but I suppose I prefer brash to subtle. At $1 per ounce I probably wouldn't buy again.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An Old Ale, oak aged and brewed with wild yeast. Sign me up! 330ml brown bottle purchased from Leura Cellars by Sam.

Pours a fairly clear red-brown, with a fine, firm head of beige that leaves superb streaks of lace. Body is solid, and holds fine swirls of carbonation. Looks really nice.

Nose is sweet-tart, with funky esters over an almost candy-like acidity. Oak comes through, as does a suggestion of chocolate or cocoa, giving it that really nice balance between acidity and darkness. Extremely pleasant.

Taste is smoother, sweeter, with banana aromas and a slight roasted tone on the back. The roasted character gives it a bite on the back, and punctuates the acidity. Lingering medicinal tones work well with the residual tartness, leaving it slightly astringent, but quite refreshing.

Feel is good. Smooth on the front, but with a tannic bit on the back.

Overall, I really liked this beer a whole lot. It had a lovely blend of sweetness, tartness and roast, and used them together to create stacks of interest. Certainly something I'd seek out again.

Photo of ADZA
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An old ale, aged in bourbon barrels, with wild yeast.
Pours a light brown hue, with a creamy two finger head and nice lacing,
The smell is bourbon, oak, plum jam and a slight wild fruitiness.
The mouth feel is medium body with moderate carbonation and has taste of plum jam
Firstly, ripe figs, sweet toffee and finished with a warming bourbon heat.
Overall I like the direction of this brew and brewery and look forward to my next purchase from these guys.

Photo of Sludgeman
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Church Key. Poured into a small tulip.

Described as a Flanders Red on the menu at Church Key, but listed as an Old Ale in GA. I would agree with the old ale classification as this is nowhere near your typical flanders red. Unfortunately the aroma has much to be desired. 3.75

A – Pours a beautiful, almost iridescent clear garnet. Almost zero head. Good carbonation. 4.5

S – A bit of cough syrup, medicinal. 3

T – My first impression was odd – this beer reminded me of ginger ale – probably because of the flavors combined with the carbonation, but it transitioned very quickly to a mildly sour beer with some residual sweetness. Not as malty as most old ales I have had. 4

MF –Medium light body with a semi-dry finish. 3.75

Photo of stcules
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Brown, just a veil of foam.
Wild smell, woody notes, quite strong, and the wild yeasts at work. Good, intense, peculiar.
Interesting taste, wood, red fruitiness (blueberry, plums), and dried fruit, and, well, again the wild yeast.
Interesting, without being extreme.
Relatively light body, and a long, woody aftertaste, with some sugary notes, fruit, and again wood.

Photo of MacQ32
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oak aged old ale w/ wild yeast? Very intriguing. The only things I've had that I think would be somewhat similar would be Grumpy and Funky Old Time!

A - Pours a hazed brown amber with a finger of light caramel colored head. Fantastic retention and strong lacing. Fair amount of chunky trub at the bottom of the bottle and into the glass.

S - Slightly vinegary tart and oaky, lots of molasses and more concentrated sugars almost smells like super sugary graham crackers. Awesomely sweet with a hint of funkyness and a wee bit o vinegar.

T - Initially a minimal vinegar flavor which quickly yields to a more rich sweet almost buttery brett flavor, not over sugary but a nice complimentary residual sweetness. Lots of sugary grahm crackers anda hint of brett/bubblegum oakyness at the aftertaste/finish.

M - Medium bodied or so, incredibly incredibly smooth, minimal carbonation.

O - Really like this, kind of simple, big nose and big sugary aftertaste but the actual flavor of the beer is more simple vinegary, buttry, brett

Photo of wl0307
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle-conditioned in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB date is hard to discern on the bottle, served cool in Gulden Draak’s short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer. Notes: the beer label has such subtitles – Old Ale + Oak-Aged For 90 Days + Wild Yeast. Sounds very interesting!

Appearance: pours a russet brown colour, with lots of microscopic fizz and big chunks of yeast sediment swimming inside! The light khaki beer head comes thick and frothy with very good retention as well.
Smell: the aroma upfront comes really old cider-ish, sour funky and old damp woody with slightly vinegary as well as heavily oaked old red wine-ish elements to go around, but underneath the acidity and funkiness, the sweet vanilla-ish Bourbon whisky lurks steadily, providing an intriguing two-tier aroma that is hard to come by in any other normal brew. Given a good swirl, dark berry fruits’ sourness, black cherry skins and dark malts all emerge to join the funky and oaky chorus.
Taste: on the palate, it is surprisingly lightly-flavoured and smoothly effervescent, with a main theme of lightly acidic dark fruits and mildly sweet & nutty dark maltiness on the palate, while a bite as of old woodiness as well as hop tannins keeps the main palate lively towards the end of each sip, where it goes mildly warming, woody-dry and licorice-ish sweet in the finish. Interestingly, the Bourbon whisky oakiness and funky elements so prevalent on the nose come rather timid on the palate.
Mouthfeel & Overall: the mouthfeel is soothingly refreshing, the body is medium and approachable, never going thick or heavy for a split of a second during each sip. All in all, this funky and old-oaky scented dark ale delivers something surprisingly different on the palate, which is more like a traditional barrel-aged dark ale with a rather clean and light palate. Reasonably complex and very, very enjoyable.

Modus Operandi from The Wild Beer Co.
86 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.