UnderCurrants | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In 2018 we challenged ourselves to using an array of fruit new to our palates and practices. When offered a high quality, freshly picked Black Currant sample, we couldn't resist. We present to you a metamorphosis for your sense. Using 12-36 month aged Agrestic Ale as a base, to which we add1.5lbs/gal black currants, the beer undergoes the final maturation in our French oak "fruiders" for an additional four months. A convergence of supple tanning and deep purple pigments, gooseberry jam, a month-watering acidity and earthy leather elicit notes of a beer having vinous roots. A new variant to one Barrelworks pioneers is born. Santé!

Added by gatornation on 04-03-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,766
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
31
pDev:
5.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of von_kaiser
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jhfinn
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andarel
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BAsbill
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JayAre46
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of schopenhauerale
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkeletonBitch
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenMind
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this at the Reno Beer Invitational (batch 1) as well. I'll get the summary out of the way: possibly the best currant beer ever, and the only thing close is Consecration.

Pours a dark purple kind of color and doesn't form much of a head, sits as a thin line of 1/15" realm. Aroma is tart/sour with wood. No vinegar.

Whereas currant usually just results in a harsh bitter drying dark fruit, this one actually is more nuanced and enjoyable. There is a light sweetness that seems nonexistant in every currant beer before it.

Its a FW bottle though, so I'm sure this is +$1/oz, so I doubt I'll be buying any, but it was a surprise to try and the fact that it was very good was nice. It totally drinks lighter and easier than any other currant beer ever. Like Consecration is great, but damn if that 10% doesn't make it a tough drink sometimes. The agrestic base works wonders here comparatively.

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Photo of LeftHanded666
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Benish
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours with a blood red/dark purplish color to it, with a small fizzy head, and not much lacing.

This smells like acidic funk, dark and jammy currant flavor, oak, and spice.

Not unexpectedly, this was awesome. The currant flavor is very sour, but a nice subtle and jammy sweetness comes through on the back end. Currant is a strong flavor, so I don't get much of whatever the base wild ale is, but I do get a lot of sturdy oak flavor, and a little bit of spicy flavor on the finish.

This is light bodied, clean, with a long-lasting acidity at the end of each sip.

The Barrelworks sours are as good as some of the more hyped up and hard to get sour producers. Luckily, these beers from FW are much easier to get.

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Photo of nwhittin
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of get_bentley
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrismattlin
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours an incredibly beautiful purple/red hue with a thick cap of light pink foam. Aromas hit from three feet away: tart berries, oaky tannins. Flavor is a burst of tartness up front which mellows to sweet berries. Delicious.

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Photo of Crackblind
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap, 6 oz. poured into a wine glass. Incredible! Beautiful blood red color with a nice bit of lacing throughout the entire glass. The nose is much milder than expected but the fruit of noticeable even if it isn't overwhelming, which seems to be a result of mellowing by the oak aging. The flavor perfectly balances the sourness with the sweetness of the currants. Any concern with the price/ounce flew away with the first sip. I can't recommend it high enough.

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Photo of 22Blue
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jason_nwx
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker purple body, one finger offwhite head. Fair retention and lacing. Smell is big on the bright black currant aromas, with moderate lactic acid, touch of oak, slight gouda cheese as well. Touch of lemon rounds things out. Flavour follows; the black currant aroma translates nicely on the palate, with that distinct fruit flavour combining with lactic acid and a bit of lemon for an interesting taste. Overall, it's a bit simplistic although a nice expression of currants. It comes together well, though. Mouthfeel is lighter medium, good carbonation, slightly lactic finish.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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UnderCurrants from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 31 ratings