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Saint Of Circumstance Sour Mash Whiskey Barrel Aged IPA - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Saint Of Circumstance Sour Mash Whiskey Barrel Aged IPASaint Of Circumstance Sour Mash Whiskey Barrel Aged IPA

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BA SCORE
81
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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 26.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Saint of Circumstance Sour Mash Whiskey Barrel Aged IPA married the grassy hop notes of this unique India Pale Ale with the richness of whiskey and oak, creating an enticing brew of exceptional character. The use of a mystery hop means this beer can never be duplicated. Aged 8 months in barrels from a well known Tennessee distillery, we at Berkshire Brewing Company offer up this special brew as a treat to you, our loyal customers. Ad Chris and Gary are fond of saying "Its all about the beer, but the beer is nothing without the people". We hope you enjoy it, and thank you for your support.

(Beer added by: davey101 on 04-28-2012)
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4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a Bomber bottle that was hidden in the back of a cooler at the Spirit Haus in Amherst, MA. Poured into my trusty chalice glass.

Appearance-Clear copper color with a thin white head and lots of nice lacing

Aroma- There is a delicious bourbony, whiskey, oak aromas up front. Followed by some nice grassy, citrusy aromas, including apricot and orange

Taste- Wow! Whiskey up front with a vinegary flavors. Followed by citrusy tones, mainly orange and apricots. Not getting a lot of pine notes. Overall, it has the flavor of a sour ale

Mouthfeel- A low, but appropriate, amount of carbonation. A bit oily and tart with a lingering sweetness

Overall- This is a very different beer. Reminds me of a sour, which is from the sour mash aging, which also accounts for its booziness. I didn't think these flavor combinations would work, but it does! Absolutely different, refreshing, out of the box beer! I can't wait to be able to hopefully pick up more!

JustHarmless, May 14, 2012
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alamode, May 12, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for this one. 22oz bomber into a SA sensory glass. Truly a unique brew.

Pours a 1 finger foamy white head with poor retention. Beer is a semi-clear bronze orange. Lacing is stringy and sparse with little cling. Not much to look at.

Nose is incredibly distinct. Hop presence is almost entirely missing for an IPA. Instead, notes of green apple tartness with a sweet booze character for balance. Strangely enticing. Aromatic.

Opens warm booze. Big malt body with a peat and oak tartness. Some ethanol towards the middle pushed to the background. Finishes tart, woody, and with some nice fruitiness. The slightest hint of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Real good.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and refreshing and crisp going down. Mild finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Very solid.

I wasn't sure what to make of this beer... and I'm still not sure what to make of it a bomber later. All I know is, its a lot better than I thought it would be and its hugely sessionable. Nice!

SpeedwayJim, Jul 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - deep brown with a hint of red slight foaminess

Smell - whiskey, oaked age deliciousness with a cider smell to it. Cider gone bad :)

Taste - not very hoppy, taste of apply pie with a hint of whiskey

Great beer, with some malty-ness to it with a heavy taste of apples.

inandon, Aug 07, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A gift from El Presidente

Cloudy copper with a sticky white head. Sticky looking head I guess as because nothing stuck to my glass. Foamless by mid-glass.

Smells like Tennessee whiskey. The sour mash gives it an almost odd brett twang. Bready once I broke through the JD-esque aroma.

Tastes like light and citrusy bourbon which, though the hops don't make a big impression, are accentuated by the citrus of the IPA. Again brett-like sour mash sweetness.

I like Berkshire's thought process here: A bunch of mystery hops arrive - brew an IPA! Mystery IPA not so good? Fortify it with the properties of bourbon! Here here.

donkeyrunner, May 12, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a CCB pub glass, formed a beige skim over the slightly cloudy coppery amber brew. Skim recedes to simply a swirl promptly, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet with obvious whiskey component.

Taste starts sweet with a tart undercurrent, sour cherry in the middle, and whiskey comes on at the close, and the tart keeps on keeping on. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is okay. A notch back on the tart would be preferrable, but you don't always get what you want with BA.

ppoitras, Jun 27, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange body. Thin, steadily replenishing, creamy, off-white head.

Nose is JD barrels with a soured sweetness that is almost Brett-like.

Flavor is not at all what I expected. Light malt, whiskey not that noticeable, huge sour on the finish. And Houston, I think we might have some Brett here! Surely that big sour apple bite is not solely from the sour mash... Interesting and really unique flavors. Much less hops than the label IPA might suggest.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and slightly slick.

Overall, very good. Not a huge drinkability, but I like it.

ghostwalker, Sep 19, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm really interested in a sour mash whisky barrel aged IPA, this should be really interesting.

The head took a bit of time to rise up and looked like it would be minuscule, but it eventually got to a fluffy 1/2 finger head that faded at a med pace with bits of lacing. It's a fairly clear slight chill hazed honey orange color.

Nose is a blend of IPA and whisky, who would have thunk it. Mostly whisky at first, bourbon like sweet malt aroma, with a bit of vanilla barrel, toasted oak, and a light fresh whisky aroma. Hops bring a light citrusy and grassy earthy pop in the background, with hints of orange and tangerine, and some sweet juicy malts.

Taste is even more unique, starting with a slight sour malt flavor, like the sour mashed whisky imparted the sour portion of itself somehow. Then whisky again, more of a bourbon flavor like the dregs of a bottom of the barrel of bourbon, also bringing some vanilla and toasty slight buttery oak, and light saw dust like. The IPA underneath is light and rounded, with some sweet juicy reddish malts, along side the semi bitter earthy hops that give a bit of bitterness but not much, with very light orange and tangerine flavors, slightly herbal grassy touch as well. The tartness carries through, almost as if the beer itself soured slightly in the barrel, which is also possible, and gives the feel of a slight fruity flavor. The finish is a bit sweet still with sticky feel, light lingering bourbon and barrel, as well as some of the sweetish malts and light fruity hops.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier feeling bodied, with lighter but decent enough carb.

Overall interesting but not great, the hops are pretty much lost, as well as the bitterness. The malts add a bit, but mostly its a bourbon barrel ale like a few of the ones on the market marketed as just a bourbon barrel ale. The soured beer flavor is actually kinda nice and makes me thing this would go great in a live cask, but still an interesting beer.

jlindros, Jun 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Davepoolesque, Oct 03, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Modest head that leaves very little lace. The color is orange-gold and very cloudy.

Sweet-sour aroma of wild cherry and tart raspberry. This smells far more closely to a Belgian lambic.

Strong and sour malt flavor. This is a low hopped IPA, perhaps because of the power of the body which lasts through the aftertaste. There is an oiliness to the body which likely comes from the alcohol and the whiskey flavor. Rich body with a low carbonation. I would classify this as a Belgian style, not English.

The bottle is correct: This is an unusual beer, worth seeking out if only to experience the difference.

smcolw, Jul 14, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint Of Circumstance IPA aged in Jack Daniels barrels for 8 months.

10 oz pour from the sampling room at BBC. I was also able to grab a few 22 oz bombers across the street from the brewery.

A - Dark amber body with a fluffy three finger off white head. There was a nice lace happening, but the pour was into a ridged plastic cup that I drank quite quickly so the beer never got a chance for the head to really settle.

S - Very strong biscuity malt backbone with some piney and light citrus hops. Some grass and earthiness in the middle. The finish is oaky with some vanilla and char.

T - Biscuity malts with some piney and grassy hops. I'm not sure what the "mystery" hop is but I get some light grapefruit and smoke. The finish is smooth and oaky with faint hints of vanilla and butterscotch. The whiskey barrel notes are very subdued but seem to balance out the light bitterness. Mouth feel is medium and kind of chewy.

O - I was fairly impressed with the standard beer, it was an oddly smokey and malty IPA. The whiskey barrels just compliment the hell out of this. Exceptional stuff! I had this during the BBC tour and many members of the group tried this beer and also loved it.

davey101, Apr 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Yallnumbskulls, Aug 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

sideshowe, Jun 21, 2012
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3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 22 oz. bottle I picked up the other day and have kept refrigerated since. Definitely not a style I've encountered a lot but I'm interested to try this, despite some less than stellar experiences with Berkshire barrel aging in the past.

Appearance: Dark amber to light brown in color with a nice white lacing. Pretty nice and light carbonation.

Aroma: Raw bourbon and green apple notes upfront. Definitely a bit sour, but not overwhelmingly so. There are definitely signs of an early infection here. After the initial raw bourbon character, there are caramel and vanilla notes that balance it out nicely. Some malt character but the hop presence is pretty much nil.

Taste: A touch of sour upfront in the form of green apple. Not over the top sour at all and the infection is definitely lessened by the serving temperature and the fact that it doesn't feel fully developed. Definitely some strong bourbon and vanilla tones, but the bourbon feels not integrated enough. The hop character is non existent here as well. Interesting, but definitely not what I think was intended. Not really bad but not really good either.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied, eith the carbonation a bit less than expected. Something definitely feels a bit off about this whole beer.

Overall, a really weird and interesting beer that definitely misses the mark with me. Strong signs of a developing infection and bad barrel integration definitely are the drawbacks. Not something I can recommend but not really bad either. I'd pass on this next time.

Gosox8787, Jun 09, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presumably the endgame of this famous deviant batch from BBC. As is well documented, late last year they got a bale of hops from a shipment destined for their flagship Lost Sailor IPA which was different from the norm. They went ahead and brewed up a batch of their IPA with this oddball bale of hops, naming it "Saint of Circumstance" (carefully chosen, as the song "SoC" comes after "Lost Sailor" on the Grateful Dead's "Go To Heaven" album). They bottled some as SoC and some as "Franklin County Preservation Trust" IPA last fall, and put some away for a while in Jack Daniels barrels, which they've just released in bombers and on tap for what one must assume is a very limited release. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the incredibly smoky, fruity and rich aroma could hit you from across the room. The head dissipates almost immmediately, leaving a rich, sweet, very cidery body which really is unlike anything I've tasted before. The original SoC label showed the two brewers puzzling over what they had - the new label shows them triumphantly clinking their glasses over a wooden barrel. Was I impressed? I finished my bomber and walked back down to the store and bought a case. Get it while you can.

slangtruth, May 06, 2012
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Saint Of Circumstance Sour Mash Whiskey Barrel Aged IPA from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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