Chunga's Old Bruin
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #14
Ranked #3,639
4.18 | pDev: 10.05%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Chunga's Old BruinChunga's Old Bruin
Notes: A Flanders style brown ale. We took Chomo-lung-ma (our organic honey nut brown) and aged it in a second generation Woodford Reserve barrel (subtle bourbon flavor, notes of American oak) for four months with 30lbs of tart cherries and a specially blended culture of wild yeast and beer souring bacteria. Chunga's Old Bruin exhibits and aroma of sweet cherries and faint chocolate/ roasted malt complemented by a faint oak bouquet. The flavor has a pronounced sour character with the caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt finish.
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.47/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Clear burnt brown with no head, the smell is old man and dog breath with dirty socks and sticky stale cherries.

Taste is a different story, with a toasty char, cherry, oak, and cigar skin that has a nice sourness, but also a thin body and semi-dry finish.

It's too bad the smell is horrendous.

Apr 02, 2018
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown with some reddish flecks. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Cherry, strong acidity. Chocolate malts. Some notes of a bourbon barrel. Oak and vanilla.

Taste - Bright cherry. Sour. The brown ale comes through, though. Caramel and chocolate malt. Some vanilla and oak, again reminiscent of a bourbon barrel. Some red wine characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Oaky. Sour, but not over sour, as Jackie O's tends to be.

Overall - Complex and flavorful. All the flavors are distinct and still work well together.

Sep 17, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I could have sworn I reviewed this beer, but I guess not. This was the most recent batch, shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Thin tan foam settles quickly to wisps and a thin collar of bubbles, as well as a few specks of lace. Solid and opaque dark brown body.

S - Cherries, sweet musky funk, vanilla, oak. No trace of the listed 8.5%, and as it warms a growing Sweet Tart candy flavor.

T - The taste isn't quite on par with the aroma. Heavy lactic tartness, with a hefty dose of oak and light tart cherry flesh. There's perhaps a hint of chocolate from the brown ale malt base. Again, the alcohol is well hidden.

M - Medium body, very dry and tannic from both fruit and oak. Lower carbonation. No alcohol warmth. Could use a bit more spritz, but otherwise pretty nice.

D - A solid beer that's easy to drink. Not too acidic, nor too boozy, with sufficient complexity and depth, and good balance between the various flavors. I'd happily drink this again and hope Brad keeps making it.

Jan 14, 2013
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sendsilk from Florida

3.42/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at a CCB weekly tasting, thanks Jason!

It's a nice Old Bruin, nothing that special but nice to have tried it. It's kind of a murky brown with a acidic smell. Tastes like Dissident but not as good.

Nice to have tried it but won't be searching it out again.

Dec 14, 2012
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coreyfmcdonald from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark clear brown color with a finger and a half of off white foam. Retention is average.

S: Balanced lactic and acetic sourness, some sour cherry, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Sour cherry is definitely the dominant aroma here - acidity is not overly strong. Caramel, brown sugar, and a bit of roast balances it out.

T: Puckering tartness is followed by sour cherry, mild lactic acidity, and a nice toffee sweetness to balance. A nice musty funk is also present to add complexity. The sweetness, sour cherry, and tartness work very well together with a nice, non-overbearing sourness. Rarely do I taste a beer that mixes sweetness and sourness so well, particularly with a nice fruit flavor.

M: Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. Works well with the beer.

O: I love this beer. Sour cherry, tartness, and sweet toffee mix extremely well together. It's quite balanced and flavorful. I often find the acidity overtakes this style, but the sourness is mild and balanced by fruitiness and caramel sweetness in this beer. Probably the best beer I've had of this style.

Oct 19, 2012
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oline73 from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a small layer of off white head. The head fades to a very small ring around the pour.

Smell: Rather sour, lots of dark fruit and vinegar. I'm getting some tart red berries along with cherries. A bit oaky as well.

Taste: Definitely an oude bruin. Lots of red berry tartness along with some vinegar. Just a touch of sweetness balances out the tart, but doesn't take over. The finish is full of red berry sour notes. Some cherries and oak throughout the sip.

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


Sep 16, 2012
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jmarsh123 from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light brown with some red hue along the edges. Small white head leaving solid lacing down the glass.

A bit sweeter on the nose than expected although a good tartness from the cherries and some oak presence cut through it. Just a touch of booze.

Tastes has similar components although the oak shines through more. A little underlying sweetness while still being moderately sour. The oak creates a drying presence on the back end bringing the flavors together.

Medium in body and carbonation.

Another very good bottle from Jackie O's. Good complexity with a good mix of sweet and sour.

Jun 16, 2012
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tsauce2 from Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes taken 4-4-12

P: 24 fl oz bottle, 6 oz pour into a snifter.

A: SRM is light brown with dark cherry tinge. Semi-trasparent. Head is clear/light off white, 1/2 in, soapy bubbles, and dissipates to line the edge of the glass. Medium carbonation. Medium/light lacing.

S: Moderate tartness with natural cherry tones. Medium oak notes and a light sweetness, subtle chocolate nuances, gentle bourbon presence.

T: Follows the nose very closely. Tartness/sourness is a little sharper than the nose indicates, but is very nicely rounded by the 24 months of oak aging. Cherries are very delicately and thoughtfully incorporated, still making their presence known while harmoniously blending with bourbon and soft chocolate flavors. Aftertaste is predominantly tart, with cherry, oak, bourbon, and chocolate notes manifesting at different points.

M: Medium body. Feel is a juxtaposition between tart notes and the natural fruit and also oak characteristics. Bourbon makes a very gentle impression on the feel. Wet finish.

O: One of the best beers in the "sour" family of beer I have ever had. This is one you just have to try to really get the gist of all the things that are going on with this beer. I don't give out "5" ratings lightly, and imo this beer has earned that distinction.

Apr 21, 2012
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Dark brown color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is good, but very little lacing.

4.0 S: Tart cherries galore. Lots of oak in this with vanilla to a lesser extent. Surprisingly no tannic activity. Light earthy funk. Minor acetic acid with much more tangy lactic acid. Plum fruitiness backing up the cherry. Toasty with a light roastiness. Very nice.

4.0 T: Good pucker factor in this stemming from the tart cherries and the acetic notes. Again lots of oak with a little vanilla. A touch of supple tannins. Toasty and roasty. Big cherry flavor with plum and unripened apple. Just a touch of earthy funk.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A little less creamy that their sours usually are, but it's still good.

4.0 D: Tasty beer. I haven't had an oud bruin in a while and this was a good reintroduction to the style. Solid all around.

Feb 05, 2012
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siege06nd from Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint.

A. Pours a super dark, cloudy brown color. A quarter finger cream colored head. Pretty nice lacing and retention.

S. Sour cherries, vinegar, little bit of oak. Relatively light funk. Maybe a hint of char.

T. Tart cherry, lactic acid, lots of oak char, some malt. Nice smooth finish with lingering funk. Very good.

M. Medium-bodied. Assertively carbonated. The sourness is balanced really well with the oak aging.

O. A good oud bruin. Could use a little bit more pucker, but it hits the right notes.

Jan 05, 2012
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Urbancaver from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange. Touch of off-white head. Looks decent.
Smells tart and cherry heavy. A bit muddled. Pretty nice flavour profile. Lots of cherry, oak, tart but not acidic. Again a bit muddled but pretty tasty. Overall well carbonated and quite enjoyable

Dec 03, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cherry wood color with light ruby highlights peaking around the edges of the glass. a small tan head rises up, not too high but never fades leaving nice concentric lacing all the way down.

aroma is wonderfully balanced, just a fantastic blend of tart cherries, wood, light notes of vinegar, plums, all sorts of dark fruits and a wonderfully balanced sour profile. smooth and effortless each sip was truly a pleasure and really set this apart with its depth. hints of leather, tobacco, smooth fruit notes, a touch of vanilla in the finish, it literally had it all and really you could not ask for much more.

Oct 22, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery during One Funky Afternoon. Served in a tulip.

Pour yields a dark reddish-amber-brown brew with a thin head. Light lacing as it went down. The nose has a good amount of cherry plus some light acid. Mild bread character. The flavor brings some nice lightly-sweet malt plus cherry, dark fruits, oak, and a bit of sourness. Light acetic character, though mostly lactic. Oak in the background. The fruit is a nice touch. Medium body with a good sourness that melds well with all the other flavors. A solid brew for sure.

Apr 12, 2011
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Tripphop from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at One Funky Afternoon. 2008 version. A whop in the nose with tart cherries and old funk. Color is a deep mahogany, very slick looking with minimal head and lacing. Cant get over the smell, very rustic and mature. The taste is superb, very complex with layers of chocolate and tart cherries, the sour unravels into a deep heavenly experience. Wish they had bottled this one for the release.

Apr 08, 2011
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Deuane from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to corby112 for breaking this one out. Bottle 24/72--bottled on 12/3/2009.

A-Deep copper with ruby highlights a thin off-white head reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lace.

S-Dry, woody sourness with strong damp earth notes, sour cherries and a waft of herbal spiciness.

T-Astringent oak, spicy herbs and sour cherry dominates the initial flavour profile. Puckering tartness is present but not overwhelming.

M-Medium bodied and more robust than expected. Extremely dry with the sourness adding to the astringency. This one hits home with me.

D-Dry, tart and delicious! A totally solid, well done and interesting old bruin! Well done Brad!

Jan 29, 2011
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Hojaminbag from Colorado

3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chunga's Old Bruin has a body that is a mix of ruby and dark brown, changing as it is turned in the light. The light brown head settles into a color and leaves a few chunks of lacing here and there on the glass.

Tart cherries and oak are there as expected, but a pretty big malt profile comes through with hints of chocolate and caramel.

Spicy oak notes get things started. Cherries and a good bit of sourness come next, and then straight sourness becomes dry and musty, showing off a pretty good array of brett characteristics. The dry sour flavors are fairly intense and somewhat puckering. Next comes the malt, that has notes of chocolate, caramel, and toasted malts. The darkness of these malts is somewhat unique to this beer. The finish has a hint of vinegar to it. Although bourbon barrels were apparently used to make this beer, the barrel gives it more of a vinous character than anything, with cherry and grape flavors coming through.

As I said, this beer is a little puckering up front. The carbonation seems a bit high.

Chinga's Old Bruin is an interesting beer, but it is not something that will astound you.

Jan 25, 2011
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to corby112 for bringing this bomber to our tasting on 1/23/11!

A - Poured a deep garnet body with a slight royal purple tint and burgundy hues, and a slim off-white head that reduced to a thin ring and spotty lacing.

S - Earthy and herbal notes dominate the initial aroma, followed by a moderate tart cherry character. Quite vinous. As the liquid reached room temperature, chocolate became much more apparent in the nose.

T - Dry, earthy and herbal notes kick things off, giving the initial flavor a somewhat grassy character. Think tree roots, bark, etc. A hint of tartness emerges in the backend along with some dry funk and sourness.

M - Medium bodied with a slight syrupy texture, though thinner and watery at times. Extremely dry mouthfeel with an earthy bitterness that persists throughout. Finish is slightly medicinal and tart.

D - Pretty interesting sour beer with a distinct herbal character, though I'm still on the fence with this one. I enjoyed the chocolate character and the tartness, but at times the herbal attributes we are bit harsh and the dryness overpowering.

Jan 24, 2011
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to iceicebaby for sending this.

Pours a deep dark ruby red/chestnut brown cor with dark mahogany edges when held to a light sour e and a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Slightly funky aroma with hints of dry brett effervescence, silky caramel malt and tart dark cherries. The malt presence is more prominent in the nose than exected with lots of lucious dark chocolate, toffee and caramel. Slightly roasted as well countering the dry Brett and earthy oak.

Medium bodied with a good amount of puckering, funky dry Brett up front that is quickly countered by the rich chocolate malt, earthy oak and vinous dark fruit. Puckering at first but not acidic at all. Again, the malt presence is stronger than anticipated but it provides a nice silky chocolate, toffee, hazelnut presence that counters the dry Brett, earthy oak and tart dark berries. The barrel aging and cherries added provide a vinous note with hints of grape, tart dark cherries, plum and raisin. Slight vinegar flavors adds a slight sour character to the finish but this beer is well balanced and very quaffable.

Jan 24, 2011
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mothman from Minnesota

3.02/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle 20/72. 12/3 2009.

Poured into snifter.

Pours fairly flat. Color is a caramel brown.

Aroma: Sour cherries, oak, vinegar, funk, and some light chocolate notes.

Taste: Sour cherries mixed with some other flavors that are odd for the style. It has to be the chocolate and caramel notes. I get some vinegar, but in a bad way. It seems to be an off-sour flavor.

Mouthfeel: Off sour feel to it. Medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Ends with a medicinal flavor.

Overall, not the type of flavors I expect from the style. It was ok, but it just had some off flavors in it. Not something I drank a lot of.

Aug 24, 2010
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brokensail from California

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Javier for sharing this at Sour Fest.

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with a finger or two worth of off-white head.

S: The nose is quite fruity, with lots of sour cherries and a hint of under-ripe plums. The acetic nature of the beer is there, but not overly powerful.

T: A good sour cherry flavor along with a bit of oak and (strangely) some chocolate notes (oxidation?). Fairly earthy and somewhat dry, but a decent amount of sweetness seems to have been retained.

M: The body is medium with a strong carbonation and a slight dry quality on the finish.

D: I quite liked this beer, especially after having a couple of terrible Oud Bruins lately.

Jul 22, 2010
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Mora2000 from Texas

4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

Bottle 56 of 72. Bottled 12/3/09. The beer pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate powder with some oak and tartness. The flavor is oak, chocolate, tart cherries and vanilla. The chocolate stands out more when the beer is cold, but as it warms the flavor improves as the tartness gets more and more assertive. Medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

I drank the beer right as it came out of the fridge as well as when it had warmed to room temperature. I think the warmer the beer got, the better it got.

Jun 05, 2010
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

shared this rarity with a few friends at the Kentucky Derby gathering a week or so ago... rhinos00 hooked up the bro and I with some awesome Jackie O treats. Truly appreciated Alex.

Bottle # 37/72

Pours deep red... thin head that doesn't stick around .. no real lace.

Nose starts with a fairly abundant cherry essence, yet seems a tad artificial ... some lite cocoa and only hints of acetic qualities put this in the Oud Bruin category..

Flavor is better... some vanilla and very lite bourbon notes help tie things together... tart cherries are more "real" on the palate.. mildly vinous ... pretty sweet... though the sour notes really don't cut through the sugars.

Body seemed a tad thin with a lite carbonation... finishes pretty smooth and has a lingering fruitiness.

man... I really wanted to like this one more... The body was just too light to warrant a really drinkable brew... and really it seemed to be a bit "all over the place" without ever really gelling together.

Big props once again Alex... One of the best BA's out there.


May 12, 2010
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msubulldog25 from Oregon

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

#47 of 72 from the Dec 2009 bottling ~ huge thanks to the generosity of Pecorasc. From the 22 oz. brown bottle, I poured probably 6 oz. to my snifter at hannont's tasting on May 8, 2010.

A: An almost-clear mahogany pour that shows off a maroon-ish tint in the afternoon sunlight. Short fizzling head ends in an abrupt swirl of film and a slender ring. Plenty of the tiniest of bubbles.

S: Musty and sweet cherry pulp in a husky/sweet grainy syrup. Some barrel-aged woodiness, then the mildest of fruity funks.

T: Lovely spicing - candied nuts, nutmeg and honey! A cocoa/caramel backing creeps up, growing stronger with some time. Tartness seems a bit subdued: apple pulp, mild cherries, hints of wood/tannins.

M: Mellow and lightly carbonated, at best. Though the initial body is on the lighter side (seems thin for the style), the feel grows to a chewier thickness. Where's the 8.5%?

D: Whew, a beautiful brew: so balanced and pleasing. Not the most tart/'Belgian' of Oud Bruins, but a sipper that warrants some time to contemplate. Among the 'rarer' beer I've enjoyed in a while (both style-wise AND distribution-wise - SEVENTY-TWO BOTTLES? sheesh) and certainly one I'd want to repeat; again, huge thanks to Sam.

May 09, 2010
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csmiley from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 31 / 72

A - Pours dark brown with some sienna thrown in the mix as well. A decent amount of light is able to shine through at the bottom of the glass. Head is off-white to tan and tops out as a cap on the brew. It sticks around for a minute and then recedes to a wisp of a ring around the edges. Lacing is minimal.

S - Oak starts it off. It's quickly followed by a sweeter aroma that almost seems out of place. Seems like honey to me. It's only noticeable for an instant then some cherry and plum show up. Once the dark fruit comes into the equation, the sweeter aroma finds its context. It's a little musty on the end. Some caramel in the distant background. Alcohol is surprisingly absent.

T - Earthy up front. Notes of oak and other woods present. Cherry is, of course, present and more bitter than in the aroma. The odd sweet aroma is completely gone from the flavor. It's a little tart midway with green apple. Alcohol is absent from the flavor too. Very good job covering up 8.5%. Finishes with more oak and a little caramel. Caramel is very, very light though.

M - Lighter bodied with little carbonation. Finish is tart and sticks around on the palate for a while.

D - Drinkability is pretty good. The alcohol is almost completely masked which get points in my book. The oak is prominent and done well. The idea of an organic brown gone sour makes for a good brew. That being said, carbonation. Just not enough in this bottle and that takes away from what would have been a great score. Even a little more suds would greatly improve it. This is still a solid brew from a solid brewery. I'm gonna go ahead and recommend it.

May 03, 2010
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HopHead84 from California

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #38/72, bottled on 12/3/2009, and consumed on 12/19/2009 in a snifter. The beer pours dark brown with a one inch light brown head, decent retention, and decent lacing.

The aroma is of cherries with a touch of tartness, ripe grapes, a light roast, chocolate, and a low acetic character.

The cherry flavor nearly mirrors the aroma, though the tartness seems more cherry skin derived. Notes of wood and barrel tannins are evident. There's a low sweetness and a light roast. The finish is tart cherry skins with oak. Alcohol is well hidden.

Dec 23, 2009
Chunga's Old Bruin from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 109 ratings