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Squatters Root Cellar | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative


Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Wasatch on 01-26-2011

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by rickyhansing:
Photo of rickyhansing
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried this a couple time now, and I think it does get a bit better with some age. Upon first trying this beer it was a touch sweet, but now a little more sourness is sneaking through.

Nice carbonation, if I didn't pour it quickly enough the bottle would have overflowed. However, that is to be expected in a Wild Ale. The beer was rather dark also. The flavor was nice and complex, somewhat tart/sour. You could taste the Port Barrel as well as some nice caramel notes. I may have preferred it a bit more sour, but it was fairly well balanced.

Overall it was a very good beer, I wish I picked up a couple more bottles to see what will happen to it in 6 months.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish color with a large tan head. The aroma is a mix of dark fruit and brown sugar. I don't really get any tartness or sourness in the aroma, but the beer does smell nice.

The flavor is more complex. I get some dark fruit and brown sugar notes, as well as a light amount of tartness and some yeast notes. There is some oak character. The beer is very red wine like and is pretty nice.

Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of uziangis
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Conditioned

Poured into a chalice a nice dark brownish color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger creamy/fizzy tan head, which leaves a big island that disapates into some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some plums/raisins/figs, oak/port, funky. The taste is slightly sweet, and slightly sour/tart, with some nice dark fruit notes, oak/port notes are very nice as well. Medium body, pretty carbonated tingyness. Very Drinkable, like the bottle sez, this is a anomaly. Started off as an American Strong Ale and turned into this after some aging. A nice twist on an AWA.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one from Wasatch in our recent trade. I asked John what was available from Utah, and he suggested this one. I love Wilds, so I was eager to give this one a try. Thanks John.

Be careful! This was a bit of a gusher for me. Root Cellar has a body that is brown with dark orange highlights; it looks like a dark russet shade when held up to the light. The beige head is at least two fingers tall, and it's pretty creamy looking. Great retention and some nice lacing.

The aroma has a distinct but not overpowering sourness to it, with quite a bit of fruity character to go with wood, toffee and caramel.

The sourness is apparent, with a little bit of lemony characteristic to it. Root Cellar isn't a beer where the focus of the flavor profile is mouth-twisting sourness; instead the sourness is integrated into the rest of the beer, providing an extra layer of complexity. After the sourness, malt and barrel characteristics assert themselves. The first few sips the booze-soaked fruit tasted like bourbon to me, but after that it was pretty obvious that the barrels used here were from some sort of port or other dessert wine (ah, reading the bottle helps- it's port). A good bit of dark fruit such as plums and dates is in there, along with a vinous character that mixes with a bit of wood and some vanilla. The toffee and caramel isn't as huge as I expected it to be, and it really seems like a backbone to balance out the sourness and the barrel flavors. The malt does its job, providing some sweetness and stopping the port flavors from being overpowering. How well the sourness worked in this beer is surprising considering it it doesn't resemble a lot of other sours that I have tried as far as the malt profile and yeast go. Definitely a winner.

Root Cellar has a good bit of carbonation, but it manages to add a creamy feel to this medium to full bodied beer.

I sipped on this one for a while, but I had no problems finishing the bottle by myself. Complex, interesting and tasty. I like it.

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Photo of JAXSON
2.61/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black pour, beige head. Some acidity, very earthy nose. Strangely tandy and bright. Mouth is thin and heavily metallic, heavily acidic. "Diapery" per Kevin. Really poor. Anyone giving this above a 3.0 needs to get some more exposure to this style.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of mrandypandy
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped bottle purchased from the Salt Lake City brewpub.

A- Pours a dark, murky brown with a thick mocha head. Good lacing, vibrant carbonation.
S- Yes. Tartness, dark fruits and a hint of spices.
T- Disappointing. The description reads this as an American strong ale aged in port barrels with notes of plum, caramel, oak, sourness. The taste does not quite deliver. I get a faint sourness and the port is very evident, some dark fruits but the whole beer seems watered down and thin. Flavors are muted when they should be vibrant.
M- Thin, watery, weak body. Well carbonated but I was hoping for more body.
D- Medium. More body and pronounced flavors would have helped. Allowing the beer to sit and warm helped.

Overall - I will say, at first I was disappointed but it seemed to get better as it warmed. The port aging did add a nice twist as well. Decent, but not top-tier.

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Squatters Root Cellar from Utah Brewers Cooperative
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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