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Hoodwink - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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very good

80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 10
Gots: 27 | 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:
A blend of tart black ale with an oak-aged brett amber ale and an oak-aged sour amber ale.

(Beer added by: ChugginOil on 10-27-2011)
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

pwoody11, Jan 05, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

antoines15, Apr 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

smartassboiler, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Holland
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dark brown to black with a huge tan head that stays forever on top. Forever. It's still there and doesn't appear to be subsiding.

S: tartness, sweetness, some dark cherry and chocolate

T: at first it's not sour at all, but on the second sip it hit me, especially on the back end. Still, it's malty and roasty first, then sour with some cherry. Not all too sour at all, though.

M: kind of thin with thin, fine carbonation. Feels kind of delicate, which is not how I would like it.

O: the taste and mouthfeel are disappointing. I expected something more like Sour Black, but this just wasn't up to par.

Holland, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of dowen17
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

dowen17, Sep 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

markrmoser, Nov 17, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

BRami127, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of aasher
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

aasher, May 05, 2012
Photo of ChiHophead13
3.33/5  rDev -14%
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.

ChiHophead13, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Gonzoillini, Jul 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

ChrisPro, Jan 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

DaBubs, Jan 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Duff27, Oct 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

benpopper, Jan 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

spycow, Mar 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

schultzi22, Dec 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

kenm2118, Dec 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

stbo101, Nov 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

gpawned, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this one.

The beer is a dark mahogany type color with a finger of tan head. Sort of a typical dark sour aroma of vinegar, raisins, plums, and currants. Definitely some oak and grass notes to it. The flavor is really heavy on the oak. A bit of tart fruit, maybe some vinegar. A little grass funk and some hay. Not the greatest flavor to this. Medium body with medium to high carbonation.

womencantsail, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a recent trade from one of you guys, can't remeber who but I appreciate it for sure. Dark black-brown color. Interesting smell, clearly wild, a bit of brett and a vinous aroma, not bad. taste was also vinous, slight bit of sour. Overall I thought this was pretty solid. Its not going to rival Russian River or Lost Abbey but its a good start.

ArrogantB, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375mL caged and corked bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: My pour is an opaque brown color with burgundy edges. A medium sized tan froth forms with a slow, straight down the center pour. Neither the head retention nor the small lace really impress.

Smell: There is a fairly strong dark malt presence here, an early indicator of an under-aged sour. Some caramel and molasses notes, dark cherries, currants, blackberry, and lactic sourness. A bit of vanilla and oak come through as well.

Taste: The flavor starts fairly sweet, with dark roasted grains, caramel and cocoa, and a bit of molasses. Cherries, currants, figs, and raisins slowly turn the flavor toward a lactic sourness. Eventually a bit of Brett is noticeable, imparting a leathery flavor that blends with a bit of vanilla and oak toward the end of the sip. The more desirable aspects of the beer feel understated, a fact which I hope will be remedied over time.

Mouthfeel: Hoodwink drinks a bit fuller than medium for the style. Crisp carbonation fits with the flavor profile. The lactic sour flavor leaves a slightly puckering sensation in my mouth, but it is also fairly dry by the end. Mildly acidic.

Overall: When thoughts of "is this beer worth the price" start creeping into my head, I know that it is a beer that is not meeting my expectations. Right now the flavor is nice, but it is not sour enough for me to accept a simplicity in the other flavors. Maybe some time will do this good, but as of right now I do not like it as much as Askew.

KickInTheChalice, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of wschmit
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl. oz. corked/caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. No apparent dating/numbering, says it can be aged 5-10 years, though.

A: Big time gusher, opening with a nice pop. I could feel it about to blow as I barely twisted the cork, so I was prepared. Anyhow, it looks quite nice. A fluffy, Diet Coke head (with much better retention than that), leaving a bit of sticky tan lacing. Pitch-black body. Interesting, for sure.

S: Sour black cherries, right up front. Followed up by a deeper, richer sweetness, like a good Flemish red/brown, sort of in between the two. Acetic acid dominates, but there are other kinds of tartness, too. Smells pretty nice, but not for the faint of tart heart.

T: Now this is interesting. Not nearly as sour as the nose would suggest. It's there up front, but fades quickly into a slightly musty, Guinness-like taste. Vinegar makes up the bulk of the souring, but it is mild. I wish there were more complex funk here. A nice idea, but the funk and the darkness seem kinda disjoint.

M: Carbonation really blew itself out into a somewhat flat beer. The mix of acidity with a thin, black body is a bit odd, too. Again, a nice experiment, but it needs refinement, melding. Maybe age would help?

O: I can't remember what I paid. I enjoy keeping tabs on Two Brothers, being local, and I think they're making progress. Worth it for a try, and maybe one or two for aging if you have some room in your beer budget, but otherwise, merely interesting.

wschmit, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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.

oline73, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

The final beer of the night, shared with VDubb86 whilst watching some good, ol'-fashioned "Keenan & Kel". Yeah, we roll like that. It pours a eerily purple-tinted dark garnet topped by a half-finger of relatively short-lived khaki foam. The nose comprises Belgian candi sugar, light cocoa, tobacco, dank greens, sour black cherry, blackberry, and sour milk. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a sort of bleu cheese kinda flavor, which interweaves itself with the dark fruits and sour milk to create a truly unique tart/sour flavor that I can't describe any other way. The candi sugar and cocoa gain some steam, but remain indefinitely in the background. The whole mixture is hard to get used to and keep going back for more of. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a sorta swampy feel (if that makes sense). Overall, an interesting beer, indeed. I can't say that I fully disliked it, but it was kinda difficult to drink at times. Challenging may be a better word. I'm still generally positive toward it, but I doubt I'm gonna have many more in the near future.

TMoney2591, Nov 12, 2011
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Hoodwink from Two Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.