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Exodus - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.12%


Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A sour red ale aged with cherries in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: mothman on 08-17-2010)
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up this bottle of Exodus from the corner liquor because it was the new beer on the shelf. I'm a sucker for new, even though Central Waters has never been a brewery that has impressed me. In fact, I had to look at a picture of the bar to remember that I stopped there once (part of the Good Beer Bus Tour 2006) . But everyone deserves an update chance.

Corked and caged bottle opened with a light pop, so had to pour hard down the middle to create an ephemeral white head with large irregular bubbles. Color of a new copper penny, it peaks my expectation in the glass. First sip--wow--sour. I should really research my beers ahead of time a bit more. While I saw the "Ale Aged in Oak Barrels with Cherries Added" on the front label, I missed the "sour ale" and "Door County Cherries" on the back description. Listed on BeerAdvocate as a Flanders Red Ale.

In this case, it may have turned out better to not have read the label clearly. Being a fan of Flanders Red, my expectations would have been even higher. However, the beer disappoints the style, but is fine for a try tonight. In the nose, the familiar Door County cherries used famously by New Glarus are clearly there. Clear sour from the trifecta of sour bugs and the oak is there if you look for it. Take a taste and the oak is now out front with a pleasant fruity sourness. Body is thin and seems to fall off the back with little to stop it. Adequate, and my perception of Central Waters has change very little: solid, but rarely stellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:01:29 | More by FightingEntropy
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice flanders red from Central Waters. Has a good sour cherry aroma. The taste is a good balance of sour tartness and cherry. A well balanced brew that is like the little brother of the Dissident from Deschutes. I think the recipe could be beefed up a bit with more malt and cherries. The bourbon isn't really there at all, which could also be improved.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 07:31:21 | More by sacrelicio
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wschmit

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big 750ml into a Duvel tulip. No dates or numbers or anything.

A: Opens with an audible pop, but no rush of foam. The body is hazy orange--I guess I expected more red. Head fizzles away quickly, leaving a slight, off-white ring about the top.

S: Quite a nice, tart cherry nose, with a little mustiness and barnyard brett. Some rose petals, maybe. Nice, but a bit one-note, muddled.

T: Oooh, very tart. Puckering. Definitely strong cherry notes, perhaps too strong. A little horse blanket in the finish. It's somewhat flat tasting, though. Wish it was more complex.

M: Low carbonation, but not terribly thin-bodied.

O: Just okay, overall. Certainly a noble attempt, but kind of monotonous. Still, I encourage the effort and still adore CW. Keep on plugging, guys. I'll keep on drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 05:22:05 | More by wschmit
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AGED REVIEW

This one has been in my refrigerator for about 7 months now, let's crack it open and see how it has fared.

Pours out a surprisingly clear reddish tinged amber, with absolutely no head or lacing at all.
The first sniff smells like a rich vanilla/cherry cordial sort of aroma. The second sniff adds a medium dosage of oak tannins and a generalized 'acidic' tart aroma to that. I have absolutely -no- raunchiness or funk whatsoever in the nose, it is still a very bright and clean sort of tart smell.

The flavor is SUPER surprisingly dry considering how sweet the nose was. Tastes somewhat like lager-diluted apple vinegar that had cherries soaking in it. Very little malt character exists at all in this brew at this point in time. The finish is a long, drawn-out yet light woody tannic fade-out. Light spritzey body with light carbonation to match.

My overall impression is that this brew was on the right track in terms of tartness, acidity, and pucker, but needs a more bold malt profile and a higher level of Brett inoculation in order to truly contend with the gold standards of Flanders.

Compared to fresh, I've already lost -so- much woody character without gaining funk that I don't want to age the only other bottle of the inaugural batch of Exodus I have for more than a few additional months (just to double-check my single data point of aging results). Also, it is worth repeating that I've aged this one at refrigerator temperature, higher temperatures will have changed faster than this.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 01:11:15 | More by WastingFreetime
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Treebs

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml C&C bottle split with friends at Northdown Taproom and Cafe. Served in a mini pint glass.

A: Pours a murky amber and brown combination with a thin off white head the disippates quickly to a thin collar. No real lace left on the glass.

S: Some light oak and cherry tartness is present on the nose with some sweet fruit as well. Smell is decent, but nothing really stands out and I'm not getting any of barrel qualities.

T: The taste follows the nose, but it definitely has more of a lactic sourness to it. Slight bit of funk as well with some tart cherry skins. Again the barrel is really non-existant.

M: Medium carbonation lingering on the lower end with a medium body. There is slight drying finish to this.

O: Well the barrel wasn't really there and the cherries sort of got muted in the flavor. It was a nice take on the flanders, but overall it didn't click.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 14:48:20 | More by Treebs
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Devil's Den in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark golden amber color with ruby edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly fades.  Minimal spots of lace left behind.

Earthy, funky aroma with tart, vinous fruit, earthy, funky bugs, toasted oak and acetic solvent.  A bit more acetic solvent character than I prefer taking away from the other notes a bit but there's still some sweet vinous fruit and a decent barrel character.

On the thinner end of medium bodied with tart, puckering mouthfeel that's slightly acetic but not overly harsh.  Decent barrel character with toasted oak and vanilla followed by tart, vinous dark fruit and acetic vinegary funk.  Slightly lactic with a nice amount of puckering sourness but it's a bit more acetic/solvent like than I prefer.  The dark fruit notes adds some needed sweetness but it could use some more balance.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 22:48:38 | More by corby112
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - No head on a clear reddish brown body. Lifeless.

Smell - Chardonnay bomb. Intense barrel character. Vanilla and oak permeate. Caramel. Not really any acidity.

Taste - Much more sour here, but not intense. Strong white wine again. Caramel and vanilla. Follows the nose, but the cherries come out in the end. The back end dries out and leaves diacetyl and white wine.

Mouthfeel - Dry, medium bodied. Easy to drink. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Better than I expected. Out of proportion on many flavors, like the wine barrel.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 00:11:14 | More by Alieniloquium
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pweis909

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Srange-brown in appearance, seemingly skipping over red. Virtually uncarbonated - why the caged cork?

Aroma has faint whiff of cherries. Taste is dominated by lactic acidity that could peel paint. There are hints of sweetness that fade into the dry acidity. I'm not sure that I find the oak; hidden by lactic?

Mouthfeel is thin, which feels more or less appropriate for this beer.

This beer is not dissimilar to my recollections of Rodenbach, which is to say it is overly dominated by sourness for my tastes. On the whole, I think I am biased towards Flanders browns.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 02:50:33 | More by pweis909
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the Great Taste. Pours a rust mahagony color with a nicely formed white tan head. The nose is way more sour and tart fruit notes than I expected. CW really have outdone themselves on this one and was a bit surprising to say the least. Some malty type flavors up front followed by the full force hit of the cherries that impart both a sweet and sour/tart taste to the beer. Light mouthfeel. Overall, a fairly good sour that ranks pretty well but still needs a little time to fully develop.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2010 14:02:26 | More by kbutler1
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seeswo

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pinkish-red color with minimal amounts of bubbles. The nose is funky and oaky, mildy sour and vinegar cherries. The beer has a punch of vinegar tartness, while managing to be pretty mild and drinkable. The cherries are more tart than they come off as a big cherry flavor. The funk is toned down for sure, and the beer doesn't have a ton of complexity. That said, what it does, it does nicely. Very drinkable, but a bit under-carbonated. This is definitely a solid attempt. Would love to try an aged one down the road. Nice work CW!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 13:21:19 | More by seeswo
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Mark!

The pour is orange with a tall white head. Strong cherry aroma, but also a weird salty note. Some oak, a bit of pineapple, straw, and lemon. The flavor is highly acidic. The cherry character is not quite as pronounced. Mild red wine vinegar, leather, and some citric acidity. Very simnple, but good.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 16:50:04 | More by womencantsail
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750 ml C&C bottle, shared by fbc24. Thanks Frank!

A: Semi-hazy reddish/pink colored body with an instantly dissipating white head. Thin retention ring and no true lacing.

S: Cherry, sour notes but nothing over the top, oak, funk and lemon.

T: Softer on the sour front than I expected, but still a good amount there. Nothing too puckering. Plenty of cherry with dominant oak on the back-end which seemed to dry it out quite a bit.

M: A bit under-carbonated. For the style, I would like a touch more carbonation. Dry, as noted.

Really a nice, flavorful cherry-forward Wild Ale. Flanders Red? Eh, not too sure about that.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 15:07:49 | More by ShanePB
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml into a brandy snifter.

A: Pours a nice dark orange. A few bubbles form but die out immediately. No retention or lacing.

S: Tangy lactic funk and sourness pervades the aroma. Nice backing of mildly sweet cherry flesh.

T: Immediately fills the mouth with a very puckering red-fruit sourness. Tart cherry and raspberry, a bit of balancing oak, lactic yogurt. Lactic notes really come out in the finish, with a bit of warming alcohol.

M: Very little carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: The sourness overpowers the other elements that should be going on (cherries, oak), and the lack of carbonation is detrimental to the mouthfeel and appearance. Other than that, it's not bad at all. Nice first try at sours for CW.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 01:51:36 | More by Etan
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into tulip

Pours a slightly hazed bright orange red with little to no head resting on top. The color is vibrant and piercing, and becomes brighter in the light.

Cherry forward nose with nice sourness and funk, oak tannins with a touch of grape and red wine.

Starts off lactic and sour backed by a full cherry sour roundness. Fairly balanced along with a funky horse blanket undertone. Red grape skin and cherry with a fairly syrupy sweetness. Finishes sticky and sweet followed by some lingering cherry.

Fuller medium body, medium-lighter carb, sticky and lingering on the tongue. A really nice sour beer overall, although the cherry did become a little sweet after a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 00:17:32 | More by xnicknj
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dirtylou

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, graciously shared with me this past Sunday afternoon, day after GTMW

appearance: served in a town hall tulip - lifeless carbonation, murky orange-amber body, no head

smell: funky aroma, notes of brett, hay, oak, vinous characteristics, cherry, grape skin

taste: Better than I remember the tap version of 2010/2011 being - quite sour, vinous grape skin, tart cherry, tons of oak, hay, brett, highly acidic, vinegar.

mouthfeel: lack of carbonation is pretty detrimental, acid, tart

overall: good first effort of the style, not at new glarus level by any means yet

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 17:26:19 | More by dirtylou
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StayWhatYouAre2

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of trying this at the Central Water's 13th Anniversary Party on tap.

This beer poured a dark amber/reddish color. It had a very thick off white head that was about 3 fingers tall and lingered for a long time. The smell was very much bourbon, cherries, and a little bit of funk. Taste was surprisingly smooth. Up front was a lot like the smell. A lot of cherries, dark fruit, oak and bourbon. The finish was much lighter and crisp with a lighter fruit (apple, pear) flavor. Mouthfeel was really not what I expected. It was highly carbonated, which was probably why the head was so high, but very light and easily drinkable. I would love to try this again and I would love to see them bottle this one. If you ever get the chance to try it I would highly recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 04:02:49 | More by StayWhatYouAre2
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Great Taste 2010

Pours a light tan head. Color is an brown hued orange.

Aroma: It has an odd malt/toffee flavor to it. After that it does have a nice sour cherry flavor with some funk. Bourbon isn't too apparent.

Taste: Again, the taste starts out with more of a malty and toffee flavor before the sour notes hit. The cherries are very fresh. More bourbon showed here than in the nose.

Mouthfeel: tart, crisp, and clean. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Probably the best part of the beer.

Overall, a decent sour, but it needs work. Rumors are they might bottle this, which would be pretty cool. Fairly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 22:56:28 | More by mothman
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Agold

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer at the occupy the local option event earlier today. Pours a burnt orange color with a bit of white head. It dissipates after a little while leaving little (if any) lacing, and a bit of film and a ring around the glass. Aroma has lots of oak with some nice funk. A bit of fruity berryish aroma as well, and a bit of vinegary acid. Flavor has more oak than in the aroma with lots of fruit, some nice funk and a bit of a vinous, balsamic quality. The oak is almost overwhelming. I would love to put a bottle down for a while to see where that big oak character goes. Mouthfeel is lower carbonation than I would have wanted, but it is dry and light regardless. If it had a touch more carbonation it would have been better.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 04:51:32 | More by Agold
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bound4er

Wisconsin

3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From late 2011 750 ml bottle release.

A. Pours with little to no head - almost flat. Bright amber appearance with some cloudiness.

S. Fruity nose of sour cherry, Berry Jolly Rancher and vanilla/oak. Pretty nice.

T. Refreshing and puckering sour cherry and oak. Not much complexity here but very easy drinking.

M. Low carbonation and light bodied feel.

O. Pretty good effort - I would like to try a more recent release of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 21:54:02 | More by bound4er
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Central Waters Exodus (2011)

Poured from a 1 pint 9.36 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served slightly chilled.

A) Foggy orange initially, although the clarity improves gradually and the color darkens a bit. Basically no head on this. No lacing...

S) This is a musty dank, funky aroma, with a hint of cherry and wood. Good and sour...

T) Sour flavors nip at the tip of your tongue, and do not let up. Very earthy/woody flavors. The fruit flavor from the cherry is tart as well. This is some funky stuff...

M) Medium bodied with mild carbonation. This is lip smacking and mouth watering. Bit of a dry finish...

O) My goodness... This kept my mouth watering for minutes after each sip. Like it was tickling the inside of my mouth... I'd be interested to try this fresh, but I have to say I'm glad I had the restraint to age this, because it was pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 21:09:42 | More by RoamingGnome
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Only wisps of white heads swirl slowly at the surface. In the champagne flue the yellowish orange body displays no visible rising carbonation.

S - Slightly sour aroma accompanied by a hints of cherry, pear and banana.

T - I like that there's no major fruit flavor in this beer. While cherries had been added at one point or another, the beer maintains its 'sour beer' character without becoming a sour cherry beer.

M - Exceptionally dry finish with a wet coating that seems to come back and encompass my tougue following each pull.

~ In and of itself this is a good sour. Tonight, I didn't match it up against any other brews of the same beer style. Mainly because Flanders Red Ale is a difficult style to obtain in Central Wisconsin but also because I want to get an idea of how it stacks up against itself.

I had heard some good things and I had heard some bad things about this beer before I tried it tonight. I have to say I will be saying good things about it to my friends.

I was lucky enough to get a hold of 2 bottles. This one is obviously not going to make to see tomorrow. The other I have cellared and will let it age gracefully for a year or two before letting it loose.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 02:14:29 | More by cdkrenz
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Schlafly tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A surprising mild pop kicks things off. The pour is as expected slightly flat with a weak ring of bubbles struggling to form on the sides of the glass. A quick swirl kicks up some activity. The color is very nice firm copper color with some nice orange hints. Quite clear with a very slight haze.

Strong fruit tartness up front. That gets milder with some nice funky notes and some good wood notes. Slightly spicy aroma as well. Definitely some sweet cherry-esque notes and some tartness as well. Red wine vinegar comes to mind.

Flavor starts off with some midl fruit juice tartness that then explodes with some stronger red wine vinegar notes. Pretty tart brew. the sharp and quick tartness last for about half the sip as a more woody and funky note takes center stage with some nice cherry sweetness/tartness takes over. Quite woody in the finish with a lingering mild tartness there as a reminder. the body is nice and light and refreshing however a bit more of carbonation would be ok. Not too much more but just a bit.

Overall this brew is pretty solid. Not anything amazing and a bit underwhelming for me but still not a bad offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 01:39:03 | More by JoEBoBpr
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Central Water 13th Anniversary Party.

I was quite excited about this mythical sour being brewed in a "Green" brewery in the middle-of-nowhere Wisconsin.

Unfortunately it seemed like Anello was having some tapping issues and it took us a solid 25 minute wait for a single cup filled only 1/4 of the way and then split between the 7 of us in our party. It was worth the wait for the experience, but my tongue was pretty-well spent on sweet malty-goodness (of the entire CW portfolio) by the time of the Exodus. If it had been up to me I would have put Exodus after The Cherry Bourbon Stout so that our tongues could have transitioned easier into the sour via the tart Door County cherries.

That being said, I got loads of sour goodness, mostly of fruit & wine-vinegars with an explosive taste-bud tickling carbonation. I look forward to sober re-review as soon as I can get my hands on some more of that stuff.

A: knocked down a few points for the lack of pour
&
D: a few points low based on the minimal intake received.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 04:28:21 | More by burnheartsMKE
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tom P for sharing.

Cloudy dark orange brown beer, very little head.

Nose brings tart cherry, sour brown malts, little acidic bite even in the nose.

Taste nice tart cherry, little sweetness, flemmy little creamy, nice sourness, bit of a brown malt and sweet candy, but sour cherry. Long flemmy tart finish with lingering cherry.

Mouth is med bod flemmy mild acidic bite, decent carb.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 02:55:35 | More by jlindros
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shared this bottle with several BA's at KBS release day.

Reviewed from notes 3/10/12.

poured into snifter.

Appearance: orange / reddish bodied beer with 1 finger of head white head.

Smell: Funky sour upfront; hay and some cherries.

Taste: Really close to the nose. moderately funky and sour. Then you get a huge note of hay. You get the cherries, but its nothing to crazy. A little bit of fruitiness from the cherries that are not very sweet or tart, but you just know its cherries. Beer finishes with a decent sour aftertaste and some wood.

Mouthfeel: light end of medium bodied beer with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: It was a wonderful sour beer by CW. i am always a fan the thier bers and this is no exception! Make some more Exodus Central Waters!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 17:20:04 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Exodus from Central Waters Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.