Do You Like Spicy Nachos (Raspberry & Cherry Edition)
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
ABV:
12%
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Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 4.73%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
5
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Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
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Notes: Collaboration with Evil Twin.
An Amarone-inspired blended Belgian-style strong dark ale aged in Port, Bourbon, Marsala and Cabernet Wine barrels with raisins, cherries, and black currants, and with cherry and raspberry puree added.
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with fading shades and brown ring. Boozy wine and port with bourbon accents, light oak, with HUGE cherry skins, fig, black currant, grape, raisin, plum, and cherry. This fruity and boozy combination continues into the taste, massive on the palate with the various barrels and fruits, but stops short of being hot or too sweet. Hints of leather, semi-sweet chocolate, licorice and molasses. Feel has great barrels and fruits texture, huge body yet drinkable. Will say it is not technical to style at all, but live a little people!

Apr 30, 2021
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Minor head production; retention is OK. Body is dark, not unlike prunes or very dark raisins, and appears to be clear.

Nose is a really interesting blend of port and red wines, dark fruit, and berries. To some extent, it smells very similar to a normal BSDA, but with everything amplified - and in this case, with actual fruit and barrels. The result yields a slightly sharper, brighter, and boozier tone than a normal BSDA. Still, the more I smell it, the more I like it.

Similar on the palate: unusual, complex, and unique. Best experienced in stages.

A bit sharp up front, although it's difficult to tell if that's from the fruit, fruit puree, or the barrels; although, after several sips, I'm starting to notice the cherries up front. Before long, the berries and fruit have definitely taken over, with slightly tart and dark tones. Raspberry, raisin, and currant are most prominent. While the fruit are starting to fade from the palate, big boozy tones from the malt base and in particular the barrels starts coming through: brown sugar, port, and bourbon, before the red wines return a sharper influence. This is really where the cherries get to come through, as cherry notes are complementary to the red wine.

With each sip, I'm savoring more and more of the way the notes interplay. It's an incredible and unique beer. It's not something I would want frequently, and while a BSDA base makes a ton of sense, there's so much going on that I don't get much of the base beer's character. I'm sure it's complementary overall, but it doesn't stand out. That's hardly a negative, to be clear.

Mouthfeel is sticky, thick, a touch hot (but not overpowering for 12% ABV; think of a Quad in the 9-11% range). Obviously a complex, slow sipper, but the beer doesn't force you to slow down; you should want to slow down to really savor each sip.

Dec 13, 2020
Do You Like Spicy Nachos (Raspberry & Cherry Edition) from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5 ratings