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Fortuitous - Yazoo Brewing Company

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 19.78%
Wants: 17
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This ale was brewed with cherry-wood smoked malts, aged in bourbon barrels, and slightly soured.

(Beer added by: onewetpaw on 03-04-2012)
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Reviews by onewetpaw:
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2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip.

This is a once off beer that Yazoo released from a spontaneously soured batch of Sue, their smoked Porter, that happened during the move to their new brewery. It was stated that they think the infection was with Pediococcus. The batch got recalled, but instead of dumping it the brewers decided to age it further and then back blend with non-soured Sue resulting in this one-off release.

A- The sourness and acidic nose hits you right away. I also detect some harsh black malt roast notes. The smoked malt of the original Sue isn't here at all

A- Pours black as night with a beautiful light beige head that stays for a long time.

F- Harsh sourness that seems to clash with the roast character. I like sours, but this is not my thing. The astringent malt along with the harsh sourness is too much. I could only stomach half a glass.

M- Thin and drying. The carbonation is nicely elevated helping to clear the harshness from my palate.

O- Not a winner. Most spontaneously "soured" beers from infection don't really work out well and this is no exception. I wish that they would have a hit here since I like sours and would like a local brewery to make one, but this one probably deserves to stay a one off. Oh well.

onewetpaw, Mar 04, 2012
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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown, somewhat nearing black, with a tan head. The aroma was slightly smoky, with a slight acrid tartness on the nose and a hint of bourbon and vanilla. Taste somewhat followed that; only mildly tart or acidic, a little barrel presence, and touches of chocolate and smoke. Nothing is too in your face, but it's nice to drink. A bit of elevated carbonation, which could be expected.

I'm presuming that this was an unintentional infection of barrel-aged Sue, that seemed interesting to bottle. And it was. It was interesting and worth the try. But having had Sue, this particular treatment kinda just made me miss Sue, because she's a great beer and this doesn't really do her justice.

EgadBananas, Oct 05, 2012
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2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours black with a small tan head fading into nothing.

Aroma is quite different from the base beer. The roasted malts come through and there is still some smoke present, but not as much as Sue. Sour cherries permeate as well along with a hint of brett.

Smoke is subdued compared to Sue, but still present. Lots of dark fruits and cherry sourness intermingle with the roast malt and smoke and it's not a particular pleasant mixture. Got a little vinegary on the back end.

Low carbonation, mouthfeel is way too thin.

While not the worst unintentionally infected beer I've had, it still isn't pleasant. It really does just taste like a batch gone wrong. The sourness clashes with the base beer too much. Glad I got to try it, but was not impressed.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Drabmuh for this. Served in a cervoise. Pours a very dark brown with a nice lasting tab head and quite a bit of spotty lacing. Nose has some chocolate and roast, no hint of the underlying infection. Flavor is a nice porter with a bit of lactic acidity and a moderate funk and cherry presence. Medium body and a bit creamy. Quite nice.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to duff27 for bring this to the tasting!

reviewed from notes taken on 3/14/12.

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: blackish / brown bodied beer with 2 fingers of tan / medium brown colored head. Head drops quick and this beer has decent lacing.

Smell: Honestly it smells like bandaids; without a doubt...bandaids! Little bit of roasty and smokey notes eventually drown out the intial smell of bandaids.

Taste: Mildly sour, smoky, woody, earthy, and cherries. Decent and noticable charred finish as the smoke builds from this beer.

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

Overall: Nice complex beer here. Its a great beer that exceeded my expections, but I really could have used more barrel notes from this beer. A really tasty smoked porter + sour bacteria + time together in a bourbon barrel = an interesting and unique beer!

I would really like to see Yazoo put Sue in a Bourbon barrel (minus the souring) and bottle it. That would be tasty!

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Pours almost black in color with a tall khaki head. Nose is heavy on the roast with a hint of smoke. Sour cherries, green apple, raisins, and plums on the nose, too. A touch of berries and vinegar. Tastes decently acetic, but a nice complexity. Tons of roast, mild smoke, dark fruits, and quite a strong dryness. Definite tannins going on here. Not terribly funky, but a little bit of leather and black pepper.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received a 25.4 FL. OZ. bottle of this in a trade w/ CurtisMcArthur. Poured from the Black labeled bottle w/ the Red Yazoo brand into a 12oz Snifter Glass. Does not have a bottled on date.

Aroma- A ton of red wine, bourbon, and funk hits the nose all at once. Quite a challenge to take each of the characteristics in this nose and separate them. Finishes with a bit of scotch as well.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has fantastic retention. Has a deep brown colored body and leaves dark suds behind.

Flavor- A very "petey" taste comes up at the beginning and then breaks into a smoked beer. Malts are very well blended and the finish is quite acidic. I found no hops in this guy (like it should be).

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, Small puckering with both smoke and scotch throughout. Very Complexed!

Overall Impression- Can we add a Smoked Sour Style? This one was fantastic! Tons of character while having a smokey, scotch ale like base. HIGHLY recommend trading for this beer if your able to! Thanks again Curtis for the kickass brew!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown beer with a light tan head that sticks around a bit. Some lacing and above average head retention.

Sweet chocolate cover fruit. Almost a peppermint or vanilla sweetness.

Sweet at first, slightly roasty. Not overpoweringly sour at all but it is there. Well hidden ABV. Smokey aftertaste. Very complex.

Well carbonated. Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel.

Very interesting beer right here. If you like to pick apart beers, this one is for you. This is one that ive been looking forward to for awhile ever since I had the "accident" sour Sue. Thanks a ton for this sommersb!

Duff27, Mar 15, 2012
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Fortuitous from Yazoo Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.