Soroboruo | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Soroboruo is a backwards take on a Scotch ale. As Scotch ales are typically known for big, toffee-like malt and subdued yeast flavors, Soroboruo allows our wild yeast and bacteria to shine full-heartedly, adding a delightful tartness, balanced by the soft floral notes of the heather flowers. A most unusual and quite exciting take on a sour ale.

Added by 2GOOFY on 05-05-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of samying
4.56/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, dark brown with minimal head and not much viscosity. Reminiscent of a barrel aged porter.

S: Lactic tartness backed by a hint of caramel and bourbon.

T: Less tart but the sourness is still there. Toffee, cherries, and chocolate with a tart vein running through it. Barrel notes and booze on the finish.

M: Fairly thick mouthfeel but without any residual syrup on the finish.

O: I know this was an accident and I'd love to try what they were originally shooting for. However, if there's anyone who can pull off a tasty infection, it's The Bruery. I quite like this but it would be nice to try what they were originally aiming for. Would I spend another $20 on it? Probably not, though at a slightly lower price point I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another. This is fairly similar to Cascade's Burbonic Plague and with a bit more age on it, Soroboruo might take the lead in that competition.

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4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass, 2014 edition

A- pours a deep brown color with a small fizzy white head that dissipates completely, leaving nothing behind

S- initially it smells like a Flanders red ale; tart balsamic vinegar, ripe dark cherries, earthy yeast, blackberries. Hints of scotch, vanilla & oak. Underlying caramel malt & toffee

T- tart balsamic vinegar up front resemble a Flanders Red ale, as on the aroma. It transitions into some scotch notes with flavors of oak and hints of vanilla. As it nears the finish, notes of sweet caramel malt kick in with lingers of more scotch barrel and dark tart fruit

M- body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouth feel, that continues to a slightly warming finish. Alcohol hidden well overall

O- a wee sour? It's unique and it's very good. I can always appreciate a beer that thinks out of the box

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4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours coffee brown with a frothy beige head that leaves a nice pattern of lacing

Smell: Caramel, blackberries, tart apple, balsamic vinegar, funk, Bourbon, vanilla, oak - a wild combination

Taste: The caramel is the first element to hit the tastebuds and it is quickly subsumed by a range of other flavors, though it lingers right through to the finish and the aftertaste; lactic blackberry, tart apple, funk and balsamic vinegar come next with acetic tones overwhelming; after the swallow the oak, Bourbon and vanilla tones emerge though I am having a tough time getting the Scotch barrel flavors at all

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Perhaps it took this beer a year to settle down and perhaps the beer was unintentionally infected (as some reviewers have noted) but these things can happen with wild yeast; this beer is drinking very nicely now and is showing of its range of complexity

Thanks, factory, for the opportunity

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4.3/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: deep brown with clear edges.

Aroma: dark fruit, funk, smoke, earthiness, light acid.

Flavor: big dark/stone fruit, plum, peach, even some tangerine notes paired with this acidity.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, kinda sticky but still finished dry.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Furlinator
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%

Bottled on 04/16/14.

Pours translucent reddish cola brown. The very thin khaki head quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace.

The smell is of red wine vinegar, cherries, plums and a hint of bourbon.

The taste is of tart unripe cherries, plums, red wine vinegar and bourbon accents.

The texture is heavy bodied with low carbonation.

A pleasantly surprising dark sour that combines tart dark fruit, Scotch ale and elements of bourbon barrels.

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4.15/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of notchucknorris
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

When I was in the Reserve Society last year, I pretty much snatched up anything and everything The Bruery threw my way. This was one of the ones where I bought it immediately because it was something new, the probably a day later actually looked at the description and just thought, "Dammit. What was I thinking?" So it's been lying around until I decided to go through my cellar recently. And now I'm pissed I only bought one.

A: Pours a dark chocolate color. Rich, but not too syrupy looking, with a thin cream colored head.

S: You get this light sour dark fruit tartness right away. It's like a combination of super overripe red delicious apple, tart plum skin, raisin and maybe a touch of apple cider vinegar. A little bit of oak barrel in there as well as some caramel, maybe a bit of chocolate and toffee.

T: Has this nice mix of slightly acetic dark fruit, rich malt and a sharp tartness on the backend that just sticks to your tongue. I don't know if it was different a year ago, but the bourbon barrel doesn't show too much here, but there's a rounded sweetness to this beer that I think is coming from the bourbon. Finishes with tart red plum, grapefruit and maybe a little tart green apple. This tastes way more like something from Cascade's playbook than The Bruery's. Really enjoyed this one.

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4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a Teku
only bottling date is 2014

Thanks to rjjhoffman for sending this over as an extra

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown, nearly black, with 2 plus fingers width of light tan head. Head dissipates down fairly slowly, but leaves only a few small patches of lacing.

S: Tart sour fruits, oaky notes, vinous dark fruits, caramel/toffee, subtle floral notes, boozy ethanol, and a trace of scotch like peat. Interesting combination of aromas, but very complex and I like it.

T: Big sourness, along with some sweet dark fruit notes are the first flavors I get. There is followed by a combination of Scotch-like peat and bourbon charred oaky and vanilla characters. I also get caramel, and some vinous fruit characters. Tartness fades quickly as the palate adjusts, allowing the other flavors to come out. The Scotch peat characters build throughout the drink. Again, lots of complexity and quite good.

M/D: Fuller side of medium body, carbonation on the higher end for 12% ABV but seems appropriate for this one. Speaking of the ABV, its very well masked, and all things considered drinkability is good.

O: This beer seems to take a lot of shit here on BA but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. Very complex, lots of different layers of interesting flavors, and IMO they meld together fairly well. Definitely an interesting and unique beer that is worth trying.

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4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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Soroboruo from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 158 ratings
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