Liquid Swords 2017
Oxbow Brewing Company

Liquid Swords 2017Liquid Swords 2017
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American Wild Ale
4.29 | pDev: 6.29%
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Liquid Swords 2017Liquid Swords 2017
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 11
Photo of SLeffler27
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A thin rocky almond head quickly disintigrates to a ring, leaving a faint, fine silk. The beer itself is very dark brown and opaque, with rich dark auburn highlights. Each swirl deposits a short-lived fine lace and thin film on a Blue Point tulip glass.

The aroma opens with strong raisins and dates. Figs are subtle and quickly give way to oak. Apple cider vinegar is also clearly detectable. Warmth brings out a non-descript tart berry.

Unsurprisingly the acidity is high. Tartness is offset by the cider vinegar. All the while, the acidity continuously herds the flavors back. The aromas are all represented, however, the oak is most prominent. About midway through the glass, sweetness becomes an opening factor. Regardless, this beer finishes quite dry.

The medium body is soft, with an almost oily texture. Alcohol is as expected, while a soft, fine carbonation gives way to an extremely dry finish.

If Oxbow is emulating a Belgian Lambic, they have done quite well. Fruit, acid, and vinegar are all a bit high, in my opinion, but, regardless, I enjoyed it on a cool, Summer afternoon.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Brown, cola with no head
S: Cherry, lemon, lactic, grape, vinous, light caramel, musty, old fashioned
T: Gets more sour throughout, grape, light cherry, lactic acid, chocolate and caramel malt, mineral, earthy Brett
M: Light with light carbonation
O: one of the best dark sour farmhouse ales I've had. Taste would be bumped up if it didn't get much more sour for the last third of the bottle

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Photo of BergBeer
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Opaque cola black with brown highlights. The head is medium and eggshell colored. The head has great retention. No activity visible.

Smell: Effervescent and funky. Notes of apple cider vinegar, hay, preserved lemons, rhubarb pie, blackberries, and lingonberry preserves.

Taste: Light and zippy tart on the attack. The attack holds notes of preserved lemon, chalky sweet tart, and blackberry notes. This linger as a body of dried Calimyrna figs, cranberry sauce, pomegranate molasses, apple cider vinegar, hay, dried pears, fruit leather in general, and a hint of clove. The finish is dry tannic oak.

Feel: Zippy yet full flavored. Prickly carbonation. Clean body to a semi dry finish. Mild acidity. Medium tannins. Medium tartness. No alcohol.

Overall: Wild and unique. Overall it’s smooth but not everything is cohesive. There is a bit of a battle between that smooth body and the tart fruit notes. I can’t help but feel like if it had just gone a hair more in either direction it would come off as a more complete experience. With that being said it is up to snuff with the rest of Oxbow’s stellar offerings in that its is complex, flavorful, and smooth as hell. A solid beer but just misses the ridiculously high bar of some of Oxbow’s other offerings.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours almost no head. The beer itself is a nice clean and clear brown color that definitely shows that it's been aged. Other than that, there's nothing else to say.

The smell and tastes are pretty good and interesting. The main notes are a more wild ale raspberry tart in the smell and taste but with a slight and light bourbon in the taste. The hop note largely gets overwhelmed by the tart but comes off as an orange note. There is also an underlying herbal sweetness in the taste's finish.

The feel is a bit disappointing. It's very silky smooth since there isn't much carbonation and has a nice medium body. It's very different than what someone would expect from a farmhouse ale.

Overall, it's a good beer but seems like it was supposed to be aged rather than drunk fresh to let the different note either blend or mix together.

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Liquid Swords 2017 from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 11 ratings