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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale Refermented in Oak Barrels With Blackberries: Nocturn Chrysalis Kiowa Blackberries from Oglesby, Texas were added to oak barrels containing mature sour beer. The beer was then allowed to referment to dryness. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally conditioned.

Added by scotv on 10-18-2013

BEER STATS
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51
Ratings:
758
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
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Photo of unclejazz
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

Jester King brings another dry and less sweet version of a fruited sour and are very successful. There are real marriage of the fruit and base beer, hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. batch 2 Apr14'

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

From a bottle, pours a ruby dark cranberry red, very carbonated.

The nose is funk right away, berries, tart cherries, vinegar. The flavor is not as sour as the nose leads you to believe. The flavor is alot of berry, a little citrus, but something is not sitting well with me regarding the cherry flavor I get. It reminds me of cherry flavored medicine.

This was a bit off for me. It's good, but that medicine aftertaste throws off my enjoyment.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%

500ml bottle of Blend 2. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass 8/16/2014.

A- Dark purple body. Pours out like a particularly dark red wine, but with a darker shade of purple. Comes with a one finger white head with fair retention time, not a whole lot of lacing to be found. [4]

S- Initially, this beer smells remarkably similar to a pinot noir to be honest. Oak, red tannins, dark fruits- heavier on the blackberry versus cherries or blueberries of course- with a nice lactic tartness that is more subtle and really the major distinguishing characteristic versus a warmer pinot noir. As it warms, however, the lactic acid comes out quite a bit more to remind you that this is an AWA. Funk comes out more as well, but this beer has less funk than I was expecting. [4]

F- Lactic acid, oak, and a dry blackberry finish. There is a small amount of leather and horseblanket, but it ends up being a fairly insignificant contributor to the overall gestalt flavour of the beer. This is a very dry beer which reminds me of a red wine in some ways except its carbonated and there is certainly less complexity to it as the blackberries are the only contributors of the dark fruit character. [4]

M- On the thinner side, but certainly not watery. Sufficient carbonation that dances on the tongue. Finish is a dry, slightly bitter tannic one that absolutely dries my tongue out. [3.75]

O- Good drinking experience. It's moderately acidic but the complexity seems to be a bit lacking- I feel that this beer is far too dry for its own good as it takes away a lot of the potential fruit sweetness that would add to the palate. In addition, there seems to be a bit less funk that would also add complexity and make this a more interesting drinking experience. [3.75]

Final Score: 3.925

(Using the above ratings for each category and the weights below, per the old system)
Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20%

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is ruby hued with a small, bubbly pink cap. The aroma is cherries, musty basement, funk. Cherries, raspberries, mild acetic character. Soft carbonation and a delicate finish. This and Atrial Rubicite seem inspired by Cantillon, which is certainly a good thing. A cherry showcase and a fine example of an American wild ale.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes from 7/14

Blend 2
A- Pours a gorgeous purple/ruby with a light pink head that slowly recedes to a collar, leaving some lacing. Some lively bubbles rush to the surface. Simply stunning!

S- Nice fresh black berries, some barnyard funk, oaky tannins, yeasty, and slightly soapy.

T- There is a lot of the base sour blonde beer evident right off the bat. Some fresh and some under-ripe black berries and wild berries come in through in the middle. Moderately tart, and very dry. Some of the soapy dishwater flavor noticed in the aroma comes through unfortunately, but it doesn't hurt it too much. Slight funk as well.

M- The mouth feel is light, slightly puckering, very dry, acidic, and well carbonated. Just about spot on for the style.

O- A very nice fruited sour that quenches thirst and makes you want to take another sip. Some slight flaws that can be fixed, but still very good.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 5.19.14
Blend Two
April 2014

A - Pours a deep dark burgundy with a bright pink fizzy head that is gone fast.

S - Tons of berry goodness, jammy, some tart oakiness.

T - Blackberries, oaky, a bit flat and one dimensional.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Nose is crazy, flavor is solid but bit flat and one dimensonal.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend #2 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A- Almost purple in color with red hues, it could easily be mistaken for wine. A thin, fizzy light purple head sits atop the body. A slightly red hue is visible at the base of the glass.

S- Vinous, fruity, berry-like. There's a tartness underneath that isn't at all overwhelming. It's heavily floral and kind of like grape juice.

T- Tart berry flavor, some vinegar, barnyard funk, red wine.

M- It's tart first, then progressively more sour and vinegary. It's wine-like and has a dry finish. The carbonation is there but easy to overlook.

O- This is a good beer that is almost close to wine.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

blackberry is such a hard fruit to show through authentically in a beer, especially in a long brett fermented one where all the flavorful sugars just get broken down to oblivion. this is a wonderful demonstration that it is indeed possible. inky purple, hazy and wheaty from the looks of it, this is what i wanted my home-brewed blackberry saison to look like, this color is try blackberry beauty. a nose of brett more than lacto, although both are present, as they always are in jester king stuff. the fruit is musty and yeasty, minimally processed, yet still fresh as anything and juicy and sweet and ripe and sunny and perfect. the berry flavor is right up front with a touch of really pale wheat and slightly sweeter more voluptuous biscuit malt type, while the funk comes second. bretty before acidic again, just like the aroma, and then the berry blasts back in the finish, tartness on tartness, just how these should be. i don't think the fruit shows as well as the wine grape one, the rubicite, or even the cherry one, but its blackberries, and thats part of their modus. great beer, stunning really, worthy of all they hype and then some.

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Photo of jegross2
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Nocturn Chrysalis from the Jester King Craft Brewery out of Austin, Texas.

Score: 91

May 2014 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Jester King beer glass and enjoyed on 07/17/14.

Appearance: Pours a blackberry pulp color akin to New Glarus R&D Very Sour Blackberry, with a thin layer of light purple head that quickly settles to a thick ring around the glass. Solid lacing, great retention. 4.25/5

Smell: Blackberry jam and lacto primarily, with notes of lemon, oak and vanilla. Well integrated and pleasant nose. The nose is not quite "blackberry yogurt," but the comparison is apt nonetheless. 4.25/5

Taste: Has a sour bite upfront with oak and blackberry, followed by a surprisingly faint lacto flavor. Finishes with a dry, lemon juice-like, slightly acidic sourness without much flavor. No real linger on this beer. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, appropriately carbonated. Dry finish, good sourness. Good balance, with a nice, light acidity. Could use a little sweetness. 4/5

Overall: This beer is good, but nowhere near the level of quality relative to other Jester King fruited sour projects such as Atrial Rubicite and Omniscience & Proselytism. I think this beer might be a bit too overattenuated. The sourness and blackberry flavor is nice, but the lack of sweetness from the fruit sugars holds this one back from being great.

Cost: $15 for a 500 ml bottle.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark purple appearance. Very nice looking. A gently foam around the edge with some light colored purple swirls on top. Smell is very fruity, and a little wine like. Some funk and barrel in the nose, too. Starts out with a tart Burst of not quite ripe blackberries. Pick up some nice funk on the very end, with barrel notes appearing, as well. The fruit is nicely balanced here with everything else. Carbonation is around medium. Had this side by side with vsb, vsb was super carbonated compared to this. Nocturn has just a slight amount of fizz in the beginning to go along with that tartness. Not overly sour. Very nice. Pretty easy to drink and very tasty.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 2 April 2014 bottle from trade poured on July 5, 2014. Pours a beautiful ruby red and purple color with a deep pink head that recedes somewhat quickly. Beautiful notes of vinegar and blackberries, big lacto funk sourness, wow really nice. Flavor is juicy black berries up front but dries out quickly with lots of dry oakiness, light vanilla, lacto, and big sour vinegar notes. Acidic on the tongue and that lingers with the dry oak. Lots of oak tannins and red wine notes both in aroma and flavor. Medium bodied, juicy at first with the dry finished, and high carbonation. This is crazy good and even improves as it warms and the berries really start coming through.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened after Mexi Cake and domed by myself. Poured into a wine glass.

500 mL Batch 2

A - Shades of dark purple with mixed hints of redness that blend with the purp. Decent sized head on this that was mostly white + purple foam mixed together. Head recedes back into the glass at a good clip.

S - Smell is blackberries mixed with a little jammy nose. You can definitely smell the tart on the first pour and as it warms that smell dissipates and allows the more of the smells to come through

T - Taste follows the nose with a decent upfront tart sourness followed by the smooth sweet tastes of blackberries. My only complaint would be is to sour this up more! Really an easy drinker and finished this bottle in no time.

M - Mouthfeel is a little thicker which I like for these sours. The tart isn't over bearing what so ever. It makes this beer crushable.

O - Overall, Definitely enjoy AR and MvB better, but this was refreshing and definitely enjoyed every drop

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace for the share!

500ml bottle; 250ml pour.

batch 2; April 2014.

poured into Jester King Wine Stem.

Appearance: dark purple bodied beer with a white colored head that has a tint of red. A full finger of head that has good staying power. Spotty lacing on the glass. This beer looks almost exacly like NG VSB.

Smell: Jammy blackberries and mellow sourness. major lacto notes. The beer actually smells like blackberry greek yogert. Awesome nose on this beer!

Taste: This tastes like a mellow version of VSB. Lots of jammy blackberry notes combined with big lacto notes of cheesy greek yogert funk. Great balance between the fruit and lacto. This is fantastic! Very mellow sourness.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carboantion. Very creamy mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. You can tell this is a cool ship sour based on the mouthfeel.

Overall: This is exactly what I would consider a mellow version of VSB. Jester King is the real deal and this sour is seriously under rated, but VSB is still better sour beer with Blackberries.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, berry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, berry, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but quite sour.

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Photo of 3sheets2wind
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2: 8 oz. draft pour at Jester King tasting room (6/1/14). $8.

This is a nice beer, but it is not atrial rubicite with blackberry replacement. This is substantially different.

Looks like Andre Cold Duck (this is not a bad thing) with its purple body and pink head. Smells like an cabernet sauvignon, leather and raisins with some blackberry coming through.

Very dry but not overly sour. There is no residual sweetness from the blackberry. The berry taste is good, but a little one-note.

Recommended.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 2, 500 ml bottle served into Jester King stem.

The beer pours dark raspberry, purple in color with a gorgeous lavender pink head that leaves a nice small layer of tiny bubbly foam after the head resides.

The aroma is cake, blueberry jam, blackberry compote, Pinot Noir, rosé, musty vineyard, and some old framboise funk. From the pour to the nose, this is not disappointing. Intoxicating smell.

The taste is vinous dark berries and I mean all sorts of berries. Cranberry, tart raspberry, fermenting blackberry, and even some lingonberry is revealed. But this isn't so much in the sweet berry realm in the way some Kriek and framboise can be. This is mostly raw tart fruit flavors. Finishes dry and clean. Tart but not sour, see this developing nicely in the cellar. But it's not all fruit as you get that JK funk and subtle saline character. A lovely berry skin funk and oaky aftertaste lingers. Is it jammy? Yes but without the sweetness if that makes sense. The best words I can use to describe the overall flavor profile, RAW and SOPHISTICATED.

Mouthfeel is light, medium high carbonation, tart, and moisture sucking dry. Just the way I like my farmhouse funk. Delightful.

This here is better than Atrial. If VSB is better than this then it's probably a religious experience. Do I think it could be better? Probably not. But then I'm a fan of restrained sours whereas others like them mouth puckering. I can think of 10 fruit sours that are "fruitier" than this but only in the fruit sweetness sense. This is raw fruit, vinous, dry, funky, oaky, and plain delicious. And the best thing of all, it seems like this will only age and transform graciously. I don't think I'm trading mine. Definitely hoarding this one.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into a wine glass at West Lakeview Liquors Jester King tasting on 5/30/15.

A: Deep, deep reddish-purple, almost like sparkling grape juice with a thin, off-white head.

S: Lush blackberry, intense and sour barnyard funk, green apple.

T: Intense sour blackberry, oak tannins, fruit overpowers the funkiness, crackery malt backbone.

M: Medium body and carbonation, smooth, very crisp and refreshing, not puckeringly sour.

O: This would be my favorite JK sour that I've had, and in my top 3 sours so far.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 served on-tap at the brewery at the Encendia release 5/23. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: Dark purple/crimson, no head by the time it arrived to me, but some decent mauve lacing stemming from a thin bubbly crown.

Smell: Lots of vinous grapes, this actually reminds me of Biere de Merlot more than the previous iteration of Nocturn. Light tartness, and the oak barrel is prominent enough too. This bodes well.

Taste: The barrel remains quite prominent, and the blackberries shine through beautifully. Not mouth-puckeringly sour, which is very nice. Funk is kept to a minimum. Very fruity, and the crackery, saltine malt I've become so accustomed to in Jester King's fruited sours finishes the beer off.

Mouthfeel: Lots of dry tannins, and a level of carbonation perhaps a bit lower than other Jester King fruited sours.

Overall: A HUGE improvement over the last iteration of this beer. The last one was rather vinegary and somewhat light on actual blackberry flavor. This was more like blackberry cobbler. I think by this point it's pretty clear I'm a Jester King fan-boy.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #2- April 2014 (two months ago), served in Abbaye de Cureghem glass.

A- Pours a translucent dark reddish purple, thin purplish-pink head forms that fizzles very fast to a flat top, lots of fast small rising bubbles.

S- Fruity blackberries, raspberries, funk, a hint of cheese, some light chocolate, and a decent oak presence. Fairly complex but doesn't have the same aroma strength as other Jester King fruited sours.

T- Fresh lightly fruity sour blackberries, oak, a little bit of chocolate on the backend, finishes with a little bit more sourness, some very light funk, a slight leathery tannic bite. Again a nice fruitiness with subtle complexities but not quite as flavorful as some of the other JK beers.

M- Medium bodied, over-carbonated at first with a very fizzy feel but dies down fairly quickly, very easy drinking without being overly acidic.

O- This was a very nice fruited AWA however it's not quite as flavorful as I was hoping. It was definitely very enjoyable but has a hard time standing up against other JK sours such as Atrial and Aurelian. That being said this is a great beer that any fruited sour fan needs to try.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep purple and reddish brown. Small white head. Nice collar.

Smell - Blackberry and an intense acidity. Musty berries.

Taste - Really intense sourness. Blackberry. Slight pale malt. And then more sourness. Lemony. Some musty grain in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Overly sour. Medium carbonation and medium body.

Overall - It's too sour for me. Most of the other flavors are masked, but what I do taste is good.

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Photo of TotallyHosed
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick head with a purple hue recedes moderately to a thin veil. The liquid is dark purple and looks like concord grape juice.

The smell is very similar to sweet tart candies. I also get some raspberry and green apple notes.

The flavor is full of tartness. It's very difficult to pick up anything else, but I do strain to detect some raspberry and blackberry flavors.

The feel is light to medium with some prickly carbonation felt.

This gorgeous looking brew is one of the better fruited dry sour ales by Jester King (among Nocturn, Atrial and Aurelian). My favorite is Atrial, followed by this, then Aurelian is a distant third. This brew has a much better feel than Aurelian. At the same time, the flavor lacks some complexity. I would like to taste more oak and berry notes. The tart flavor is outstanding on its own.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with cyde. 500 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Blend 1, bottled in 9/2013. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a small foamy off white head with poor retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart blackberry, sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, vinegar, red wine, hay, straw, oak, clove, pepper, leather, musty funk, and oak/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, blackberries, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart blackberry, sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, vinegar, red wine, hay, straw, oak, clove, pepper, leather, musty funk, and oak/yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart blackberry, sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, vinegar, red wine, hay, straw, oak, clove, pepper, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, blackberries, and oak barrel flavors; with a great balance of sweetness/tartness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited sour ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, blackberries, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the moderate acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Pours a garnet hue with a cloudy clarity and a loose, off-white head. Nose expresses sour milk (somewhat rank) and tart berries. Taste follows nose - berries are much more prevalent and thankfully, the sour milk character drops off appreciably. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an almost still carbonation and a light acidity. Overall, a good sour but not mind-blowing.

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Photo of VernonBaxter
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1 into Funk n' Sour glass

A: Murky dark red/purple. Quickly receding whitish head.

S: Dry barnyard funk. It would smell great if it wasn't fruited, but being refermented with blackberries I'd expect tart, fresh, jammy fruit on the nose like Aurelian and Atrial which I don't find here. To this beer's credit, it was opened alongside a New Glarus VSB which smells like blackberry jam, so maybe I was jaded. There is minor dark fruit on the nose, if I didn't know it was blackberry I don't think I could identify it.

T: Pleasant tartness, wonderful dry JK funk character. Again, if this was just a wild ale I'd be crazy over this, but I expected more from the blackberries. Mild dark tart fruit taste.

M: Medium bodied. Not very carbed

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml, Sept. 2013, Batch 1
Jester King glass

A: Pours a murky pinkish hued dark brown red. Initially about a quarter finger of beat white to tan head. Slightly pinkish in color. Leaves a little Trace of lacing.

S: Definitely getting those blackberries at the forefront. Funk. Dry damp barnyard funk. Oak tannic vinous character. Eraser chalk note.

T: Nice punch of fruit tartness up front. Not overly "sour". That interesting divide between sweet and tart in the mid palate. Finish is dry with lingering berry character on the back of the palate. Might be a touch dry.

M: Medium bodied. Not as highly carbed as I thought.

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Nocturn Chrysalis from Jester King Brewery
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