Wild Sinister Kid (Sherry) | Trillium Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
trilliumbrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sinister Kid is named after the unofficial mascot of our Congress Street brewery: a long forgotten, dismembered doll unearthed in construction rubble. We dusted off Sinister Kid and breathed new life into her, installing a new pipe leg and a wire arm. We quickly found a new use for her evil appearance: keeping an ever present, protective watch over our Congress Street brewery.

This is a special edition of our Belgian Strong Ale aged in sherry barrels and fermented with our native New England yeast culture. Appearance is a deep, opaque reddish-brown with mahogany lining and an off-tan head. Wild Sinister Kid Aged in Sherry Casks emits aromatics of dark fruit, charred oak, vanilla, and savory tobacco hints. This dark, strong ale displays complex flavors of dessert wine, stone fruit, oak, and a light tannic structure with mild acidity. A dry, warming finish with a creamy body rounds out the beer.

MALT: Pilsner, Abbey, Special B, Carafa III, Belgian Candi Syrup, Turbinado Sugar

HOPS: US Goldings

Added by BAsbill on 09-23-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
31
pDev:
9.49%
 
 
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a dark-ish brown/red, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells primarily like sherry barrel sweetness, with black currant, tobacco, vanilla, lemon candy, and grapefruit.

The sherry barrel does wonders to this beer- it gives it a refined sweetness that works well here. There's also balsamic, red wine, grapes, and malt. You would never really know that this is 11% from the flavor, as there's booziness, and it doesn't taste "hot."

This has a medium body, and it's somewhat creamy, with a good level of drinkability, despite the ABV.

The uniqueness of this makes it a really cool beer. There's not many wild ales out there like this one.

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Photo of smi69
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisG523
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petermethot
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScottP
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ben1313
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mattreitz49
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Damian
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on tap at Trillium Brewing Company, Canton, MA
Served in a tulip

Viscous, dark mahogany appearance. The syrupy body was capped by a small film of finely beaded tan bubbles that quickly dissolved. No head retention or lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was really interesting and complex. Dark fruits dominated. Dried currents and raisins came to mind. The oxidized, port/sherry character from the barrel aging was also rather apparent. Strong balsamic notes. Moderate amount of vanilla. Good dose of brown sugar sweetness. Subtle charred oak notes. Bit of damp earth too. The sherry and dried fruit character, as well as the overall sweetness, intensified as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was similar to the aroma but more tart. Berry notes came through strong on the front end. Raspberries and/or cherries perhaps. Good dose of Bretty tartness and acidity. Raisins and currants were again quite apparent. Moderate port/sherry character. Some aged balsamic vinegar too. Nice amount of brown sugar sweetness to offset the acidity. Bit of vanilla and charred oak as well. More tartness and acidity on the back end. Fairly lemony. The beer finished quite acidic with some lingering dry, oaky tannins.

Fantastic creamy, frothy mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine yet fairly aggressive effervescence that fluffed up beautifully. Super soft and smooth on the palate.

This was my first time trying a Sinister Kid varation and it was pretty amazing. The sherry barrel notes melded perfectly with the base Belgian strong dark ale and contributed an immense amount of complexity. All in all, a really interesting and unique beer that I would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of alexsergio
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Prost76
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
3.59/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SveNss0N
2.97/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of deonreds
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of keith40
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at the Canton brewery dated Oct 26 2017. An interesting beer with a cola color and a sherry/coffee nose. Sherry, caramel and coffee flavors with a slightly bitter note. Definitely a sipper and a favorite of Bob. Probably a 1 and done for us but glad we tried it.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Glennp64
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of xtonytx
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigMFDaddy
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle dated 26-Oct-2017

Pours cloudy opaque chestnut brown red maroon amber with a dense creamy beige light tan khaki colored foam head. Smells like slightly boozy sherry wine, slight vinegar, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, chocolate, molasses, tart funky dark fruit, plum, cherry, grapes, raisin, fig, date, apple, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like rich dark malt, tart sherry wine, vinegar, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, rich chocolate, molasses, tart funky dark fruit, plum, cherry, grapes, raisin, fig, dates, apple, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy with moderate high carbonation. Overall a really great wild Belgian strong dark ale aged in sherry wine casks.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

there's a TON of sherry on the scent more so than the taste....not complaining. calling this "mildly" tart is almost laughable....tart AF! i taste all of the 11% , oak-spice and cabernet . it'd be a chore to do a bottle solo but it'll pair well w/ the turkey day meal.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Look: Black with 2 inch white head. Low carbonation.
Smell: Sweet sherry, raisins, Caramel, and toffee.
Taste: Sweet sherry, tart, raisins, and toffee.
Mouthfeel: Medium full with lots of complexity.
Overall: A good but strange wild ale from trillium.

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Wild Sinister Kid (Sherry) from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 31 ratings