London Sour Red Wine Barrel
The Kernel Brewery

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3.98 | pDev: 3.77%
The Kernel Brewery
England, United Kingdom
London Sour Red Wine BarrelLondon Sour Red Wine Barrel
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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Kernel Brewery in London recently; coming in a 330ml brown bottle, bottled on 06/02/2013, BB 06/02/2014, served lightly chilled in a short-stemmed beer goblet. Notes: The back label states “Aged in Burgundy Pinot Noir barrels for 4 months”, enjoyed back-to-back with the sister product, London Sour (White Wine Barrel), as the two products were bottled on the very same date.

A: completely identical to the Chardonnay wine barrel-aged version, it pours a pale straw colour with a very low level of carbonation, leaving lots of large-sized bubbles attached to the side of the glass, and there’s no beer head whatsoever.
S: compared to the white wine barrel version, the nose here is more complex and aromatic, giving a deeper undertone of oak barrels that was used to store Pinot Noir wine, while the leather-ish and Pinot Noir’s aroma still lingers, leaving the otherwise salty-sour notes of funks behind. Given a good swirl, interestingly the balance presented initially is disturbed, as the vinegary elements and old oak barrel’s leather-ish and spicy quality both grow more pronounced, but still the Pinot Noir wine’s slightly sour-strawberry and raspberry like fruitiness lingers well.
T: different than the white wine version, the initial taste is already well integrated, but the pungent vinegary elements deliver a punch quickly by stealth(!); as it settles, the sour berry-ish fruitiness and tart funks mingle well with the old woody and leather-ish elements, rendering a rounded, slightly tannic, dry but not as sour finish as in the white wine barrel version.
M&O: flat on the palate, which I suspect is what’s meant to be, thin-bodied, decently-flavoured though short-lived on the palate. Compared to the white wine barrel version, this one comes with obviously more barrel-aged elements from not only oakiness but also the Pinot Noir wine body, and in the finish the mouthfeel is also more crisp and dry overall, lending extra drinkability all in all. Between the two, I prefer this one for sure, but again I am quite surprised with how little hue has been imparted by the “Burgundy Pinot Noir barrels”.

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3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle after sampling the White Wine version. It's a mustard yellow and hazy with some bubbles but no head. Fruity aroma with red wine, lemon and a hint of apple. Flavor is a nice tartness with fruity notes and hints of the red wine barrel. Like the White, very interesting and complex for a 2.3% beer. Very refreshing! I really enjoyed this but I think I have the white just a bit.

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London Sour Red Wine Barrel from The Kernel Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 6 ratings