Ebony And Oak | The Bruery

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Ebony And OakEbony And Oak

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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: 17 | Ratings: 144
Reviews by DovaliHops:
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4.02/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard it's infected, still looking forward to trying it. Once popping the cap. the beer does gush a bit. Beware opening around electronics, such as a computer. Pours black with a medium sized tan head that goes down quickly. Scent is...yep, this beer is infected. I immediately get some lacto notes and tart aromas. There is also quite a bit of cocoa and powdered chocolate. Some wood-like notes with a hint of vanilla. Some raspberries as well, which is weird. It smells like a chocolate covered raspberry beer. Taste is toasty chocolate at first, but immediately turns to tart infection. However, I feel that it really works for this beer. There are subtle bourbon characteristics, but the tartness makes them hard to find. Tart raspberries and oaky vanilla with a ton of chocolate. This beer is damn tasty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and suits this beer well. Drinkability is very high. Overall, it sucks that The Bruery did not achieve what they wanted to with this beer. However, I'm really digging it. It's like Tart of Darkness with much more chocolate and bourbon notes. Higher ABV, less sour, but just as enjoyable. I can honestly say I like the way this beer turned out.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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
3.26 out of 5 based on 144 ratings.
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