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Bourbon-Barrel Aged Sour Lug Nut LagerBourbon-Barrel Aged Sour Lug Nut Lager

Brewed by:
Skyscraper Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Accidentally went sour in the barrel

Added by GRG1313 on 01-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by vacax:
Photo of vacax
2.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Richard for sharing this obscurity. I was interested to try this, as a bourbon barrel aged sour pale lager is not something that grows on trees. This had the potential to turn out either terrible or amazing, and sadly I am probably going to have to say this one trends more toward the former. Reddish amber in color with a moderate head, lower levels of retention. The aroma is...cheesecake? What? Buttery, cheesy, sourness with a caramelly diacetyl background. This is intended to be sour, evidently, but it is not the kind of sour I want in a beer. Tastes cheesy, cidery, acetic, slight bourbon note (if any). Body is light, low to medium carbonation. I hate to have to call out a local brewery, but this release is questionable.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.8/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Special brew for Skyscrapers Third Anniversary Party. Batch 132, Aged 7/2/09 - 11/3/09; Bottle #348 of 372. Hand made, numbered and signed label.

Pours a medium brown orange amber with an off white initially thick 1/4" head that quickly fades.

Nose is a sweet red wine vinegar; pleasant and nose promises acid and sour. Very light whiskey undertones in the nose.

Mouthfeel is a medium/full body with a nice "half and half" creamy/buttery feel and an elegant "light champagne" type of carbonation; almost an elegant carbonation.

Flavors are somewhat unique. Flavors follow nose in that there is an initial hit of sweet red wine vinegar with undertones of sour apple, grape and a hint of vanilla wood; followed by a herbaceous undertone of green pepper and celery, all with a nice acid balance and a light sour character.

Finish is acidic, lightly sour, layers of red wine vinegar, herbs, green apples and green pears. Somewhat unique and actually very drinkable IF you like or want a light and "reserved" acidic drink.

This is not a "hit you over the head" sour but one that is layered, pretty complex and drinkable.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
1.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thank you Richard for giving me the opportunity to review this beer. I entirely appreciate the bottle and the brewery's efforts, that being said:

Bourbon Barrel Aged Sour, Lug Nut Lager, Skyscrape Brewing Company (El Monte, CA)

Bottle #341 of 372, hand signed

Appearance: From the outset I am suspicious of this alleged lager because it doesn’t have any other adjectives akin to lagers and it looks as reluctant as a Craigslist casual encounters endeavor. It is just languid and sits there, supplicant but distasteful. It is deep yellow, mellow gold and the carbonation looks like a crestfallen 8th birthday party with lacing streamers applied with judicious alacrity.

S: The smell of this beer reminds me of white zinfandel, toffee run over by a car, and a caramel kiss left in the microwave in a plastic container too long. My left eye does this staccato glitch like wild animals when they eat a monarch butterfly. I feel like this wont be getting better, like the third season of One Tree Hill.

T: Ok, to be fair, the tart bite is there at the outset, its like they used a simple sour mashing technique or maybe a poorly monitored spontaneous fermentation but the overall taste is not entirely offputting. That old toffee that I was mentioning earlier, Voltrons up into full on Wethers’ Original. The buttery coating is like a cruel Jelly Belly of the experimental kind. The butteriness is not unlike Lindsay Lohan’s complexion in execution. It seems like this is getting worse with age, much like Lindsay Loh- well, moving on.

M: The mouthfeel for the first half second is pretty awesome and is almost like “Ok guys, wow this is kinda like Supplica- ok no, that’s, vagina, a buttery vagina taste, wait wow.” So, if you have that Memento disease and you can only recall the last .5 seconds, then I guess, this is the beer….for you? You probably shouldn’t be drinking on that many meds though.

D: Again, this comes down to the user. Would you perform cunnilingus on a clown? Do you absolutely hate the tastes of butterscotch and regret? If not, then this might be your jam. It’s tough to blast it too, because it feels like something I would try, not the clown sex, the brewing. I look at the hand signed bottle, the numbered limited batch and then I just sit in my tower, acting like I used to be something. Well fine, I can’t put clown vagina in a bottle, but I can criticize, and well, here we are Mumra. Time for some HOOO.

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Photo of drewone
1.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of womencantsail
1.69/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to Richard for sharing this one over the weekend. I would have never even know about this one otherwise.

A: The pour is a slightly hazy amber color with no head to speak of.

S: The nose is overrun by diacetyl--incredibly buttery and caramelly. There's a slight tartness to the nose and perhaps a bit of vinegar as well. No bourbon aromas to speak of, however.

T: The taste is just as buttery as the nose is. Lots of butterscotch and caramel flavors. While there is some decent sourness going on, it's more to just cut through the cream qualities of the beer.

M: I expected even less in this regard than a "regular" lager considering it's barrel aged. However, this was one of the better aspects of the beer. Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This beer is pediococcus gone wild. While it is a bug that produces lactic acid, it is also known to produce diacetyl, and that it has done (in staggering amounts). This was an interesting experiment, but not a very pleasant result.

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Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -2%

Bourbon-Barrel Aged Sour Lug Nut Lager from Skyscraper Brewing Company
2.04 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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