Shadows Of Their Eyes - The Rare Barrel

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 55
Gots: 34 | FT: 10
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: pmarlowe on 10-26-2013

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Photo of SonnyHenry
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber brown body. Medium off-white head.

Smell - Smells like a Flanders. Cherry and wood. Some caramel malt. Sharp vinegar.

Taste - Intense sourness. Vinegary sour. A bit of dark cherry, but mostly caramel malt. Wood and a strong sourness.

Mouthfeel - Very sour. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Man, it's sour. Simple beer, but way too sour.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Funkfest 2014... Syndicate hooked this one up... Very cool, my first beer from this brewery and I was pretty impressed.

A little hazy amber/reddish.. no real lacing.. the off white head rises up and dies back just as quickly.

Nose is a bit vinous with some cherry and something that I associate with apple skins/crab-apples. More sour/tart than funky, but there is a bit of Brett that combines with a hefty oak note.

Flavor has plenty of cherry/apple and the oak/vinous elements move this forward, a bit of residual sweetness/light acetic elements make me think Flanders.. Hints of roasty malts mesh well with the background sweetness... Pretty darn good.

Body is surprisingly heavy for the ABV... but it is soft and drinkable with a good small bubble carbonation.

I am stoked a friend/friends have a solid connection for this brewery... That said, Darrel/Spence... Don't fuck things up! :-)


Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one was shared by somebody who name escapes at the 2015 Le Roar Grrrz release.

This one pours a dark amber brown, with a one inch head, and no lacing.

This one smells like dark fruits, chocolate, a bit of vinegar, some lactic acid, and a bit of lemon.

This is really excellent and shows how a dark sour should be pulled off. The dark aspects of this sour are really nicely emphasized. There's a good amount of raisin and sour cherry, with some chocolate as well, kind of a cocoa powder flavor. The requisite and expected sour and funk is there in full force, with a nice lemony funk.

This is light bodied, with a crisp and light mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

The Rare Barrel clearly knows how to make a really solid sour and this is a great example of it.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle shared by Richard - thanks.

A: Pours amberish brown with a half-inch thick off-white head which lingers briefly before settling to the rim and leaves spotty lace.

N: Fruity, oak barrel, sourness, funk, malty grains.

T: Dark fruits, tannic, vinous, funky yeast, mellow sourness, faint roast and chocolate overtones.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes mildly prickly, tannic, sour and fruity.

O: The whole being better than the sum of the parts sort of thing. Enjoyed.

Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle of Batch 2 poured into a RB Ambassador's glass. Nice well-balanced dark sour. Tasty notes of coca-cola, tart cherry skin, and oak. Not too acidic. I drank the entire bottle by myself with no problem.

Photo of scottfrie
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Founder’s growler into Founder’s glass.

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a couple fingers of active light brown head that quickly fizzed away into a soft collar. Negligible spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Woody smelling with musty notes of oak barrel and old attic. There is slightly funky barnyard quality from the brett, and a sharp lactic bite from the lacto. There is a fruity quality to the nose as well, with scents of black currents, cranberries, cherry pits, earthy raspberries and perhaps apple. Mustier smelling than some of their other beers.
T: Lacto tartness and mild acidity hit first alongside notes of red berries and fruits. Musty and damp flavors of woody oak and damp basement follow. The finish is sour and acidic, slightly acetonic, with a hint of powdered chocolate and slightly sweet fruity aftertaste.
M: Medium-full body, spritzy carbonation that finishes splashy, with a slick mouthfeel that has a touch of gritty, cleaning tannins.
O: Probably their most sour that I’ve encountered, with a great straight forward flavor that is highly drinkable and smooth. Not my favorite from TRB, but definitely in their top tier.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Blend No. 003.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit, acidic, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and refreshing.

Photo of kevanb
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a The Rare Barrel Founders Tulip.

The beer pours a dark, dirty, ruby color, hues of burgundy and garnet, but the appearance is generally murky with a thin, fizzy, bone colored head that vanishes instantly leaving a slight trace of film atop the beer, but no lace is left. The aroma is of pitted stone fruits, cherries and plums, nice funkiness with mild oak and red grape with some soft vinegar. It's pleasant, not super complicated, fruit, funk and wood, but balanced very well. The flavors mirror well, lots of fruit, dark cherries, plums, red grapes, light apple cider vinegar with nice musty oak, delicate funk and a substantial heaping of dark malt. The mouthfeel is appropriate, lively and bubbly but with nice substance, coats pretty well and finishes easily with a soft puckery pop.

Verdict: A very nice dark sour ale from The Rare Barrel. It reminded me a lot of Consecration, just with a less substantial barrel (or wine) character. This was my first beer from this brewery and I sure hope it's not the last, very balanced and approachable beer, was easy to finish the 750ml bottle with just one other person.

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Almost has a thick stout look to it; but it is concentrated dark red. Medium vanilla lacing with good legs.

S- This smells like an oud bruin (my nemesis). Astringent acid, dark fruit sour aspects.

T- If I were to guess, a lot of raspberries were added to this beer to knock this beer off the dark sour oud bruin route; but I don't see anything about adding raspberries. I just read chocolate complements dark fruits. The brett and lacto thankfully made this one a good dark sour. Now that I take another smell, there is sour chocolate; of course!

M- Very smooth, and very creamy milkshake-like. Nice amount of carb follows helping with the creamy texture.

O- A very well done dark sour; I wish I had another to revisit in a few months

Photo of pmarlowe
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Dirty, dirty brett, earthy and austere. Leans towards chocolate rather than dark fruit. Lacto is there but modest and outperformed (and not quite enhanced) by the brett.

Shadows Of Their Eyes from The Rare Barrel
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