Soroboruo | The Bruery

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3.67 w/ 158 ratings

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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Ratings: 158 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Texasfan549
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for giving me this one.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, wood, earth, and slight bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is solid for a unique sour, but I am not really getting any Scotch barrel aged characteristics in the aroma or flavor.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I've not fully reviewed a beer for quite some time but I'm doing so since it's the first review for this beer.

Appearance is a nice dark tawny port brown, clear and rich looking with modest tones of wine red. Pours a fast fading cocoa brown head that's lovely while it lasts.

Nose is light cherry carmel with floral tones and hints of fresh red berries. Pleasant and reserved and invites a drink.

Mouthfeel is medium bodies with light carbonation and a unique balance of sweet and sour. There is a light pucker character although for my taste I'd like more sour, but that's just a personal preference, not a criticism of the beer.

Taste is where this beer is going to make it or break it for you. Unique. The flavor profile for me is "almost there." This is a sweet and sour balance of stereotypic scotch ale and a wile ale cherry/red berry sour. Yet, there is a malt profile undertone and hints of the Bourbon barrel. All in all it tastes good but requires getting used to it a bit. I liked it more and more the more I continued to taste it. Repeated tastes show great complexities and balances of flavors. There is a whole lot going on here and I suspect that some will like it a lot and some will not. However, having tasted thousands of different offerings I can't remember ever tasting anything like the "Sour Ale Aged in Scotch and Bourbon Barrels with Heather Flowers Added." (That's right off the front label).

A very creative offering from the Bruery and continued kudos for their willingness to make some of their beers "out of the box." While I have come to the conclusion that most beers, regardless of style, should be consumed fresh (my personal taste and just my current opinion as to "most" beers - not all) this one may well benefit from a bit of age; it will be fun to see what a few months, or more, do to this one.

Finish offers layers of light "red sour" to bitter malt to bourbon tones with an end finish of flowers.

A fun taste; worth trying and likely like nothing you've had before.

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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of brentk56
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split with rudzud.

Light fizzy slight fluffy head, hints of legs very dark brown almost black color.

Nose brings soured brown malts, tartness, brown sugar and caramel brown malts, sour cherry vinegar, plenty of oak, toasty buttery with mild bourbon note, little booze tingle.

Taste brings sour brown malts, quite tart, soured candy, brown sugar, caramel, weird sour patch kids like a terrible brown one, sour cherry ave acetic acid, vinegar notes, and a weird spoiled sour chocolate thing. Little booze warmth, with mild toasty buttery oak, mild bourbon, Heather is non existent. Finish is sticky flemmy, sour mild vinegar and acetic acid, sour cherry and brown sugar.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, syrupy and tart vinegar acetic acid, light booze.

Overall meh, not so great.

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3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%

Apr 2014 bottle, opened Sep 2014

A - Dark black walnut body with a light tan head. Nice retention and low lace.

S - Bright sour note right up front. Sharp lemon, SweeTart candy, scotch whisky, caramel.

T - Meh. Overpowering oak, salt, vinegar, Worcestershire, tonic water, and white bread.

M - Surprisingly thin. Dry finish.

O - An interesting concept, but unfortunately this is probably the worst beer I've had from the Bruery. The integration is sub par, and the flavor profile is unpleasantly savory.

3.29 Soroboruo
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Ath- -Vin- -Pt- -Grg- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.60 4.25 4.60 4.60 4.50 4.00 4.43 10% 0.44
S - 4.30 4.40 4.30 4.50 4.50 3.50 4.25 20% 0.85
T - 2.80 3.25 3.00 2.50 2.50 3.50 2.93 40% 1.17
M - 3.25 2.00 3.50 2.50 2.50 2.75 2.75 10% 0.28
O - 2.80 3.00 3.00 2.75 2.00 3.00 2.76 20% 0.55

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 02/01/15. Enjoyed while watching the Superbowl; got 1 bottle of this in the RS last year. 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch of light tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Smells of sour dark fruits, scotch, bourbon, oak, leather, toasted malts, sweet dark fruits, caramel, and burnt malts. Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall not their best beer, though I enjoyed it more than most people. Sour notes are there but not overpowering, and lots of scotch. Interesting for sure, but not something I'd buy too often, and not for everyone.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4.3/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Soroboruo from The Bruery
Beer rating: 55.1% out of 100 with 158 ratings
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