SLOambic | 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): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We are fortunate to have great relationships with our local growers who provide us with superb fruit for our beers. Like last year, we had the opportunity to purchase fresh marionberries and boysenberries, both close cousins to the blackberry, so we pounced. For this vintage, fresh berries were added to Sour Opal, a beer matured up to 24 months in oak barrels, and then fermented using our proprietary blend of microflora for an additional 3 months. Bursting with ripe berries and brambles, as well as hints of jam, the fruit gives way to a rustic funk and soft oak flavors, finishing with a mouth-watering acidity.

Added by Thorpe429 on 08-10-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
276
Reviews:
24
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
7.47%
 
 
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102
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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ross84
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moses_Malone
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevenw7474
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Curt3
4.93/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shigg85
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of epyon396
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.

A: Lots of Blackberries, followed by a lemony lingering sourness with a touch of funk.

A: Deep purple, almost plum color, clear, with a moderate white head with solid retention.

T: Crisp, Berry flavor upfront, with a moderately strong lemony lingering tartness and a touch of funk and oak.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer has a touch of acidity, but is quite pleasing.

O: Amazing! Very well executed and clean with great balance between the aroma, flavor and mouth-feel. Very easy to drink!

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Photo of breadwinner
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolute home run of a beer, which manages to blend all the best parts of Firestone Walker/Barrelworks's repetoire - deft use of oak and tremendously nuanced and balanced sour+funk profile - with a veritable assload of blackberry (or, more precisely in the case of the 2015 batch, boysenberries and marionberries). This is what you want in a fruited sour - delightfully juicy fruit character alongside characterful oak, tartness, and funk. These guys manage to pull such interesting notes from their barrels, an almost savory character, herbal, like sage perhaps, as well as dry oak and a unique musty character, which isn't so much damp basement (a la 3 Fonteinen or Cantillon) as something I can't even really name, except to say simply that it's incredibly pleasant. The Barrelworks guys have managed to import all of the precision of the mother brewery, while applying it in a whole new realm, creating beers as unique as they are delicious. From Agrestic to Sour Opal to Bretta Weisse, these are just tremendously lovely and thoughtful beers that I'd drink every day and Sunday. Cheers, cheers, three cheers indeed.

(Edit: sweet Jesus, have had the immense good fortune to have this again. This isn't just exemplary, this is mind-blowing. The most recent tasting was from the keg, and you could've mistaken it for delightful blackberry pie, dustings of spice and vanillin oak, and perfectly assimilated vein of funk. I mean, truly, truly world class stuff here.)

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Photo of Stinger80OH
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of my_knew_craft
3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbone1384
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vfgccp
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10/9/15 bottle, opened 10/23/16

Blackberry edition

A - Hazy plum jelly body with a light violet head. Nice rention and ok lace.

S - Acidic lemon, blueberry skins, and tart blackberries.

T - Loaded with juicy tart blackberries. Lemon, tanniny grape skins, and a touch of wood.

M -Light and crisp. Shade thin.

O - A nice, juicy American Wild.

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Photo of -Rick
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.44/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrsaffert
4.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ruby red with a pink hue.

Smell is a bit better than the flavor. I have no idea what the berries are, but they are there. Sour and tart with light acidity. Lemony. Has a cranberry and green apple flavor to it.

Light bodied. Nice carbonation.

Solid beer. I enjoyed this.

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4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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SLOambic from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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