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Old Yonder Star | Sound Brewery

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3.81/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sound Brewery
Washington, United States
soundbrewery.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
6
Ratings:
9
pDev:
7.35%
 
 
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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by ChrisCage:
Photo of ChrisCage
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- This pours a rich dark brown with plum, red and orange hues....plenty of yeast haze involved as well! Carbonation is kind of hard to tell what is happening but the head is superb...starts out two fingers thick with good retention rate....eventually settles into a nice layer and ring over the brew. Lacing isnt overly good but rather looks oily. Nice looking Ale!

S- Smooth roasted malts, brown sugars, a touch of honey, caramel/toffee sponge cake, plum pudding, the hardened drippings of cinnamon rolls and loads of syrupy sweetness...a real treat on the nostrils.

T- The flavors are much different than the aromas let on......cherry tartness becomes forefront with much more bitter aftertones at the end. There are still flavors of fruit, such as plum and raisin, rummy notes, charred oak and maybe even some bourbon. Much different, but it's the sour/tartness that is throwing me off....not bad but not expected.

M/O- Love the Champagne like carbonation on this one, and the body is medium in texture. As far as drinkability goes, I think I'd be good after this one bottle....the alcohol is what perhaps is giving the tart edge but otherwise is well hidden....above average but not my favorite holiday type cheer!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MAB
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was expecting a bit too much, I think, having sampled many outstanding products from Sound Brewery before.
This was a lovely beer to look at-- dark amber and nice head. A bit foamy, but nice flavors of spices and malt, with a subtle amount of bitterness.
Not as over the top as their standard line tends to be, but a solid effort.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle, day 23 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick amber colour, with one skinny finger of weakly puffy, and mostly just wispy tan head, which leaves a bit of desert landscape horizon lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of gritty milk chocolate, subtle earthy coffee, a plain sweetened graininess, some Halls-esque cherry and plum fruitiness, those candied nuts found in confections all over the place right now, and some tame weedy, leafy, and certainly perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is nutty caramel malt, muddled, and somewhat sour dark fruity notes, a bit of milder white grapes, and a hard to really parse leafy and citrusy hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly understated in their barely supportive frothiness, the body a bare medium weight, and more or less smooth, I suppose, just a wee tacky sourness poking and prodding my soft palate like a sparring boxer. It finishes off-dry, the fruity and nutty edges doing well to keep the base malt in check.

Overall, a sort of weirdly-rendered, but generally engaging winter brew, the fruitiness very reminiscent of how it gets morphed and mangled by spice and booze alike this time of year. Easy to drink, the near 15-proof alcohol keeping its head down, and worthy of sipping whilst sitting around with, well, just plain sitting around, amirite?

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Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rasmonton
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber beer that pours with a nice thick creamy head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin lacing at the rim. A mix of flavors including a rich maltiness and tart cherry, which does not overpower. Strong alcohol content is well concealed. Overall, a very enjoyable and drinkable brew.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Corson
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany body with a head that fades away pretty quickly. The scent is largely malty, with a bit of floral, yeasty, and sweet aromas. The taste is a bit tart up front, followed by nice bitterness and a large roasted barley taste. It has a fairly smooth feel with a clean finish, making for a meh beer.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The final beer of my Craft Advent Calendar, which had plenty of nice surprises this year. Last year's edition finished with a brew from Sound, so I was optimistic heading in to my final tasting. Overall, this was an enjoyable beer. It seemed to lack the spice I usually associate with a winter warmer - no worries, though, because it really is a nicely crafted brew. The caramel and dark fruit flavours dominate both nose and tastebuds, with a lovely, rich finish. It's been a lovely run through December and this was a nice way to wrap things up.

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Old Yonder Star from Sound Brewery
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 9 ratings