Hoodwink - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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85
very good

26 Reviews
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Reviews: 26
Hads: 82
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 4.72%
Wants: 10
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ChugginOil on 10-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A blend of tart black ale with an oak-aged brett amber ale and an oak-aged sour amber ale.
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Reviews: 26 | Hads: 82
Reviews by ChiHophead13:
Photo of ChiHophead13
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

13oz. bottle from West Lakeview poured into a tulip.

A - pours a thick, rick brown with a discernible purple hue in the light. Thin, pale head with very faint lacing.

S - sour, bitter fruit is heavy up front. Cherry and grape skin which come off tannic give way to a woodsy leather aroma. The smell is the best part of this beer and I would've rated it higher had the finish not been so dominated with a strange vinegar.

T/M - tart and bitter on the tongue without being pushy. the cherry taste borders on an off-putting acetone flavor. The finish is long and more pleasant - softer red fruit, leather, and earth. This beer would benefit from more carbonation.

O - this is a good beer but by no means an exceptional sour. As a "dark sour" I really wanted to find some complex malts or cocoa somewhere in there. Unfortunately, they never came to the party. Admittedly, I drank it young. I'll sit on another bottle for a year and see how it matures. (952 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mentaltraveller
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It is interesting, unique and well made. This beer balances a wild/sour flavor with dark, malty. almost rasiny finish. These flavors work well together. It pours dark brown, with a good head and plenty of sediment. The roasty flavors are apparent in the smell, but the core of this beer is still sour/wild. A bit expensive, but worth a try if you can find it. (392 characters)

Photo of dowen17
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown with a one finger tan head.

On the nose is sour fruits and some oak. The roast malt character comes in on the end. Definitely smells sour.

Taste is heavy on the oak. Definitely tastes of oak. Some malt comes through and the sourness hits on the front.

Good mouthfeel. Not much to say about this beer really.

This is an okay beer. I wasn't super excited about it but it was easy drinking. Meh. (419 characters)

Photo of nkersten
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into De Dolle tulip. Cork comes out with a weak pop, pours an opaque dark brown with a one finger mocha head that fades to a collar. Smell is a roasty lactic sour with a slight metallic edge, leather and oak. Taste is better than i expected it to be - dark fruit, currants, brett funk, slightly sour, alcohol, somewhat harsh toasted oak finish. Medium body with a prickly carbonation. A good dark sour from a brewery outside of Belgium, although certainly not the best. The "Opus" beers continue to surprise me, but maybe thats because Two Bros set the bar so low with Moaten. Either way, worth tasting. (610 characters)

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of 1noa
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of bashiba
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clean dark brown with bright ruby highlights and a thick creamy tan head.

The smell is nicely tart, with a big balsamic and dark cherry nose and a touch of chocolate.

The flavor is a milder version of the nice, nicely chocolate with a touch of roast with light tart flavors. Has nice woody and spicy notes. A touch of dark fruit comes through nicely.

The mouthfeel is light and dry with a nice tannin feel to it.

Very nice Wild Ale, almost a wild porter. (467 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours into a LadyFace Sniffer with an extremely dark black appearance that gives just hints of purple on the sides when held up to the light. Slight off white lacing.

Smell – Dark roasted and sweet malts, slight sour and tart aromas, cherries, currants, oak, and cocoa.

Taste – Mouth puckering and sour up front mixed with dark sweet malts and cocoa. I guess this is somewhat similar to the whole “sour stout” trend? Slight red wine, cherry (not sweet but a bit more tart – the sweetness is definitely from the malts), and oak.

Mouthfeel – Moderate bodied, decent carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – A good sour from TB. The main flavors are a mixture of chocolate covered tart cherries. I will say I preferred Askew over this, but this is a different sour and unique (i.e. good) in its own way. Have a few more to cellar to see how it will do with age. (887 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, it has a thin cap of tan foam and a garnet highlight in the meniscus of the glass. Body is otherwise blackish brown. Skim maintains itself after the first few sips.

Woody barrel, black cherry and currant aroma. Fruity and vinous.

Flavors instantly remind me of aged Philosophers Stone (their Black Brett Saison), which is a very good thing. Fruity cherry skins, leather, and a light impression of woody tobacco. Plenty of woody pepper spice and dry, bitter tannin from the barrel. Mild acidity with a moderate puckering tartness. Vinous feel, medium bodied. Dry aftertaste with some lingering hints at the roasted malt base in the background. Red wine and roast malt mashup.Tart black cherry steals the show here, and overall it's a very nice beer from Two Brothers, reprising the more successful elements from their past wild ales, Opus 10 and Philosophers Stone. (895 characters)

Photo of Danimal25
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of oline73
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky mahogany color with a finger of cocoa head that fades to a layer.

Smell: Some vinegar sourness with caramel and dark fruit. Picking up some woody notes.

Taste: Smooth sour notes with a lot of oak. Some vinegar and dark fruit. The finish is bitter and woody.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the barrel notes with the sourness. I might have it again given the chance. (497 characters)

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ackeeper
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of aasher
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was courtesy of hannydog, who gifted it to me. Thanks Gregg!

This beer pours a medium bodied dark, dark brown on the verge of black with plenty of carbonation and a three finger dark khaki head. It actually looks like a really heady stout. The nose features aromas of tart apples, dried red fruits, Brett, slight fingernail polish, and finishes with almost a chocolate malt aspect. It's interesting. The flavors are strange and aggressive. First, the carbonation attacks your palate. After that you get hit with a tart apple sour mixed with roast and bitter chocolate and also a good amount of funk and Brett. There is also some of that finger nail polish lingering around. The dark malt side of this beer is odd. The roast, light coffee, or chocolate are kind of just thrown in there. The most distracting aspect is the carbonation so that brings down my overall score. (883 characters)

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of funkyaudio
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Pellinore1
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color, though it does have some highlights to it. Some tan froth and lace produced.

(S)- A little funky with a tart oaky barrel character. Very subtle bits of raisin.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice tart oak barrel funk to it overall. Some raisin and dark fruits too.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level with a great balance of oak, funk, tart, and dark fruits.

(D)- Overall, a nice little tart, barrel aged sour easy to enjoy. I look forward to seeing how this develops over time. (567 characters)

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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Hoodwink from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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