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Obscura Vieja | Telegraph Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Beerandraiderfan on 11-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 10
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rough looking brown with nothing in terms of head formation, looks gruit. Lot of oak, tree, light fruit, vanilla, chocolate, brown malt, complex aroma, surprised after that pour.

Plenty tart with complexities beyond mere innoculation. Lots of chocolate covered cherries and sourness. Mild smoke. Dark fruit and red wine comes in on the back end even though the aroma made me think pears and apples.

Pretty cool, different. Like an oud bruin malt system with american wild ale bugs.

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Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Bruery Provisions.

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with plum edges and a 2.5 finger beige head that quickly settles into a lastig ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, smokey aroma with lots of dry oak, dark malt, vinous fruit and subtle acetone.  Toasty with hints of cocoa, dark fruit, red wine and vanilla.

Medium bodied and slightly puckering with a decent balance of funk, dark malt and barrel character.  Lots of dry oak, vanilla and vinous red wine countered by slightly smokey chocolate malt.  Hints of grape, cherry and other dark berries toward the end of the palate with lingering subtle acetic vinegar.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours an almost opaque dark red-brown with a 1/2 inch khaki head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy chunks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with some cocoa, cherry, wine, and oak aromas. Taste is the same but with a very sour and acidic quality. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good wild ale with a tasty sourness.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An eye-opening choice had on tap at The Bruery Provisions. A sour aroma, black bodied and sour and good. Decent retained head. Woody, like fresh wood, and cork. Above average mouthfeel. Unique, though the wine tannins were certainly prevalent. OK drinkability, a sipper. Interesting but not something I will seek out again.

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Neighborhood. A dark brown beer with a smallish head; nice lacing remains up and down the glass. A complex aroma and taste with a ton of stuff going on; more sour than tart, with very tannic, wine-like flavors, lots of dark fruitiness, and a fair dose of vinegar acidity as well. Also heavily oaky. There’s a drying finish that has you going back for more. I also found myself sipping this one continuously just to figure out what was going on and to pick up all the different flavor notes in here. Pretty wild really. Sour cherries and a touch of chocolate but not really much in the way of roasted flavor one might expect from a “porter” be it a sour or wild iteration or not. Medium-bodied with medium-high carbonation making it pretty lively in the mouth.

This is one to be experienced and I’m glad I got a chance to try it. I don’t know that I loved it, as I said earlier, the flavors are really all over the map and it’s not something I’d return to very often, even if I could find it at home. Certainly interesting and thought provoking though.

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Photo of Philousa
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed at Neighborhood Bar in San Diego on 12/29/2011.

Sits an inky black with little head. Errant bubbles cling to the glass here and there, otherwise nothing going on with the appearance. Chocolate and licorice aroma is strong up front, but with a bit of time I also got black currant, vanilla, and a light cherry aroma. Licorice, chocolate, and sour cherries hit the palate all at once in an explosion of flavors. Unripe fruit lingers with bitter oak that mixes nicely. This is a watery, full bodied beer with a dry finish. Feels very similar to some wines.

This is what I look for in a wood aged sour porter (as described to me by the bartender). Attention all brewers: this is how you introduce oak flavors into your beer!. They didn't overdo it, but it's still very present, and goes well with the other flavors. This has some complexity and is almost too much to have at once when you first start to drink it. It's definitely a sipping beer that would go well with a nice fire by which to sit. As much as I enjoyed the complexities in this beer, I'm not sure I would enjoy a bomber of this. I'm glad I had a glass, but the drinkability just isn't there. Here's hoping Telegraph tries something similar in the future.

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Photo of mactrail
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big chocolate and cherries off the bat with bourbon flavor, and then the sour taste. Rich, mouthfilling, and tangy. Long nose of drid cherries, a hint of vanilla, and basalmic vinegar. Apples and wood flavors.

We're told it's a porter aged in American oak Shiraz wine barrels with a wild yeast strain. A little more carbonation wouldn't hurt it.

Definitely a nice variation on the sour theme. The dark and rich flavors instead of the thin and acidic. Reminds me of Lost Abbey's bourbon barrel Angel's Share with an inoculation of fruit zestiness. Among the best wild ales I've tried.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy brown, minimalistic impressions of head formation. Substantial amount of wood aroma, coupled with cherry cola, vanilla, cocao, chocolate, apple, pear and some tree needles, bark and leaves I'd say.

Good amount of tartness, really a complex brew, and easily the most impressive thing I've ever had from Telegraph, this almost got my vote for 1st at the Bistro barrel aged festival, it was that good, muchless by 2pm when some palate fatigue had to be there. Anything with some sour cherry and chocolate presence is going to picque my interest, and this is one I will definitely keep on the lookout for.

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Obscura Vieja from Telegraph Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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