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Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Kirk on 12-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8% ABV. Cost was 7 euros/33cl bottle @ Pikkulintu in Helsinki, Finland. Reviewed from notes taken in Summer 2015.

Expectations were high. Brewed with three different strains of brettanomyces from Crooked Stave. Served into a tulip.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~1 inch wide. Off-white colour. Frothy, foamy, nicely thick, and creamy.Retention is nice - about 5 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it rececedes.

It's a nice looking head overall.

BODY: Muted dull amber colour. Nontransparent but semitranslucent. No yeast or sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's not unique or special looking, but it's generally appealing, sure.

AROMA: Muted funkiness from the brettanomyces. Muted red apple skin. Shallow oak barrel notes. The wine notes are faint at best; this isn't a vivid or expressive aroma by any means. The barrel encroaches on the wine. A hint of vanilla does come through. Musty, with no vivid or identifiable malts.

I detect no alcohol, off-notes, or overt hops.

Aromatic intensity is oddly restrained/reticent.

TASTE: Hints of faint acetic acid and vinegar couple nicely with red apple/apple skin and musty shallow brettanomyces yeast(s). It's not real farmhouse-y or barnyard-y, with no notes of hay/straw, leather, etc. There's a dab of vanilla and some enjoyable wine-cured oak, but no rich red grape or barrel sugar character. Well put together in spite of its muted overall vibe and reticence, with sufficient diversity of flavour. It does lack the depth, nuance, and subtlety of better offerings in the style.

The wine does grow on me as I drink, and I find a somewhat dry leathery feel start to emerge over time.

TEXTURE: Aptly medium-bodied, with slight overcarbonation. Has apt thickness and heft. The dry texture is odd at first, but in a way it's suitable, matching the plain presentation of the flavours. Still, this texture fails to accentuate specific notes or to elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: A strangely appealing beer with a leathery texture that grows on you. Tuff Ghost is worth trying once, but won't dazzle. Certainly competent work from the breweries involved, but given the source of the brettanomyces and the description of the brewing process, I hoped for better.

B- (3.41) / WORTHY

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. Small khaki head and a thin collar.

Smell - Slight vinegar acidity. Oak. Vinous aroma. A little funk.

Taste - Tastes just like a Flanders up front. Wood. Red wine. Light tartness. Dies down quickly and gets a little bit oxidized. Woody and malty finish.

Mouthfeel - Moderate sourness up front, but drops off quickly. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - It starts off nicely, but doesn't really pan out.

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Photo of Kirk
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Fanø / Tired Hands Tuff Ghost from Fanø Bryghus
3.33 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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