Hoodwink - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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86
very good

81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
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:
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.

(Beer added by: ChugginOil on 10-27-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Binny's a few days ago. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - Finger of tan foam settles a near-complete cap, thick collar, splotchy lace. Dark brown opaque body.

S - Slight vinegar, dusty, leathery brett, currants and cherries, perhaps a bit of dusty cocoa, earthy barrel and vinous hints. Oak gets a little overwhelming as it approaches temperature.

T - Taste again has chocolate, currants, cherry skins, unripe blueberry, touch of red wine vinegar, some dry leathery brett, and a very woody finish. Somewhat subtle - I had to let this warm up quite a bit to get a lot of flavor - but ultimately quite enjoyable.

M - Very dry and tannic, with some pleasant carbonation tingle. Moisture-obliterating, but only light pucker. Acidity grows after a while, resulting in an unsettled stomach.

D - As much as I dislike the business practices of Two Brothers (and Windy City), this beer is actually pretty good - miles better than Moaten in any case. Probably not worth $11, but we aren't exactly flush with beers of this style being made locally. Reminds me a little of Dantalion.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of aasher
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of Holland
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another sour from the Opus series. Poured into Lindeman's tulip glass.

A: pours deep dark purpleish brown, short lived tan head, not much lacing

S: tart lactic acid, cherry, oak, and a hint of cocoa

T: taste starts off with a short dash of sweetness, dark cherries, this turns to tart acidic character quickly, notes of oak and vingar stand out in the middle, the finish features a bit of cocoa. The cocoa competes a little with the sourness.

MF: low carbonation for style, medium body

O: another nice surprise from Two Brothers on the sour front. Hopefully they drop the J Series line and devote those enormous oak foudres to brews like this. It is a little pricey @ 8.99 for a 375ml, but a tasty treat nonetheless.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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Hoodwink from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.