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Ebony And Oak | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by EgadBananas on 07-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by DoubleJ:
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3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery, on to the beer:

Black colored and topped with a little head on the pour. Decent head retention and a little bit of lace hanging around. The aroma shows that there was some wood which come in contact with the beer beforehand. It smells of whiskey, a little fudge, and some booze. The whiskey aspect carries much of the aroma's score.

Ebony and Oak tastes more of oak than ebony. Oak soaked in whiskey and oxidation are the highlighted flavors of the beer. Red grapes, vague toasted notes, a kiss of cocoa, and even acidic. It claims to be a stout, however its character is more Belgian. It's medium bodied and the alcohol is hidden well.

Decent BAB overall, though disappointing by The Bruery's astronomical standard. Worth a taste if you fancy your beer to be aged in wood.

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Beautiful, solid black brew with a nice, fairly thick tan head, with excellent retention.

Aroma is sharply sour, with big oak notes, dark fruit, and hinting at a wild flavor. Bourbon notes are very soft and subdued, as is any roastiness.

Flavor certainly has some significant sourness up front, but far more approachable than the aroma would have led you to guess. This fruity tartness is followed immediately by thick chocolatey waves of roasted barley, and finished off by a growing boozy sweetness from the bourbon. Oak and vanilla make appearances throughout.

There's a decent, tart sting up front, followed by a very smooth body. A little thin for a stout, even a BBA stout. A little alcohol heat on the back-end.

This is a low-ABV BBA stout with very nice sharply sour notes, but well, well below sour/wild ale/stout thresholds (e.g. Tart of Darkness). There's also no heat or metallic infection notes; it's just enough tartness to separate it from a regular BBA stout.

Unfortunately, the beer loses a few points on the overall flavor and feel; while it's very interesting, I want more STOUT in my stout!

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Ebony And Oak from The Bruery
78 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.
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