Adjunct Professor (Boysenberries)
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

Adjunct Professor (Boysenberries)Adjunct Professor (Boysenberries)
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #402
Ranked #3,826
4.18 | pDev: 9.33%
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States
Adjunct Professor (Boysenberries)Adjunct Professor (Boysenberries)
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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful appearance. Great head, sticky lacing, maybe a slight purple hue or my mind is playing tricks on me. Aroma has some berry darkness with chocolate, coffee grounds, a slight balsamic oakiness and acidity. Flavor is juicy dark berry with oak, tannin, vanilla. Medium creamy body. Awesome dark sour.

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Photo of stakem
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enormous thanks to anotherjoe who is responsible for popping my SARA cherry with matching proper glassware. 750ml capped presentation poured into the matching snifter. The brew is black in color with dark mocha head. Some spotty stringy lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is acidic with lots of tangy fruit inclusion overtop chocolate and coffee roastines. The taste is tart and fruity/tangy with roast like coffee/chocolate and earthiness before some minerals and meaty character into the finish.

This is medium bodied with modest carbonation. It is interesting but not at all what I was expecting based off the label description: Belgian stout aged with boysenberries and barrel aged? Not really a stout at all except for the looks. Whatever, its pretty tasty.

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Photo of 01001111
4.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Thick, velvety, black with a slight purplish hue.

S: Coffee and vinegar. The sour smell is quite strong with this one.

T: First a wave of espresso followed by rich, fresh berries, and then the lactic sourness kicks in. I'm not sure if the souring was intentional but it plays perfectly with the other beautiful flavors in this beer.

M: Velvet with a mildly puckering finish.

O: Wonderful. Having not been blown away by what I had on tap at Sante Adairius, I was preparing to be underwhelmed by this. Apparently the hype is well deserved; this Adjunct Professor is an excellent brew.

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Photo of xenjoiii
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you, Reja, for this bottle.

A: Poured pitch black with two fingers of khaki head. Sticky lacing.

S: Where to begin? Roasted malts; light notes of coffee; soft berry/fruit; and faint funk. Very interesting and complex nose.

T: Chocolate, roasted malts and coffee upfront; boysenberry mingles with a soft tartness, mid palate; closes with faint bitterness and smooth dryness.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with, soft carbonation, light/medium body (leans towards the latter).

O: Wonderful beer. Immensely complex. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a hint of transparency at the edges. Nice khaki head. Good retention.

Smell - Fruity, dark roast. Some chocolate. I'm not familiar with boysenberry, so I can't specify the fruit aroma. Acidic aroma.

Taste - Much more fruity. Roasty coffee. Dark chocolate. Bright tart fruits, but I still don't know if it's legitimate boysenberry. A bit chalky in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Tart more than sour. Flavorful, medium body, well carbonated.

Overall - Tough call on this one. The flavors all seem to be in perfect balance with each other, but I just don't know if I want some of these flavors together.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to John11486 for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and chocolate covered berry aromas. Taste is much the same with sour berry and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great cocoa and berry aroma but I wasn't expecting this one to be sour.

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Photo of popery
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Trying batch 1 and 2 together. Pours black with a tiny bit of brown around the edges. Medium light brown head. Some lacing, good retention for a sour. The first batch has a mild aroma with an acidic berry edge, some soured roast fruitiness. Batch 2 has a lot more berry character and sweetness. It generally comes together better with more depth and complexity, adding in more chocolate and some coffee. Taste is similar for both versions. Batch 1 is pretty acetic and sour but lacks the richer stout and berry flavors of batch 2. The second batch has a wonderful mix of chocolate, roast, berries and sour. It all works together much better than I expected. Very tasty stuff. Mouthfeel is thin for batch 1 but fuller and fairly smooth for batch 2. The second batch us clearly superior at this point and is probably the best dark sour that I've tried.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 7.17.13
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A - Pours a dark brown with a light brown head that fades slowly. Gusher!

S - Tart dark fruit, dark toasted malts.

T - Dark and heavy bosenberry.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Dark and heavy, almost stout like, but with a nice bosenberry tartness.

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Photo of illidurit
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16e series bottle opened among friends and shared, with wonderful results! Pours a seductive brownish black with a purple sheen. Aroma is berry fruits and red wine. Flavor is a really nice complex blend of different elements. At first it’s light, moussey in body with a boysenberry note and a slight acidity. As it warms, everything comes together with a very forward red wine character (I’d argue the most prominent note in the beer), Belgian chocolate, cocoa, mild smoke, and berries. This was shared with a wine connoisseur, a stout-lover, and someone who doesn’t really like beer, and it was a unanimous hit.

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Adjunct Professor (Boysenberries) from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 84 ratings