Atramentous | Brothers Craft Brewing

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Brewed by:
Brothers Craft Brewing
Virginia, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Belgian stout base aged in barrels previously used for Resolute, our bourbon barrel stout. This beer is refermented with wild brett and lacto yeasts with sour dark cherries added.

Added by fire34fighter on 05-19-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 13
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3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +2.3%

The nose is creamy and decadent with whipped cream, chocolate, tart cherry and some balsamic vinegar sourness.

The flavor starts more sour with the vinegar properties but soon it melds into chocolate covered cherries. The cherry is tart, the chocolate is creamy and the vinegar character is pleasingly sour.

Different and delicious, this is very well done and not surprisingly a family member to Resolute.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -55.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.83/5  rDev -2%

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. Bottle Number 1366, 2000. No packaging date.

Deep walnut brown to black opaque body. Head forms a bit light, with some slapping wet sounds out of the bottle. Light cocoa and very little retention for the head, maybe about a finger, but settles to a good collar, about three millimeters thick and fine. Whispy top, not too oily, but a fine sheen.

Mild tartness and good mix of roasted grains on the nose. Very nice hints of plum and raspberry like tartness. Some sweet vanilla and mild char comes out on the end. All very nicely balanced together too. Quite good and very together and balanced.

Palate rushes away quickly on first sip. First sip is a real noticeable light body, not unlike a wet lambic in character. Mid palate doesn't really fill with much flavor, but some of the char and roast hits but quickly dissipates. Very good mellow acid with subdued tart quality, giving some very good fruit notes on the finish, but leaving lots of the classic roast and sweetness behind.

Overall not too bad, but sort of leaves the Imperial Stout qualities in the distance, which in a way for me, I kind of personally don't mind. Big style blur, not really a Russian Imperial, more of an American Wild Ale, even with the Belgian yeast component it seems, but all unique.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of obywan59
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours opaque and very dark brown, almost black with a 1 1/2 finger dark tan large bubbled head that dissipates rather quickly to a ring around the glass. Held up to a bright light, shows a thin band of ruby where the surface of the beer meets the glass.

Tart wild yeast is the first aroma I picked up, followed by oak and cherry ,then chocolate with vanilla and walnuts.

Predominantly tart with yeast and cherry, with bitter dark chocolate and a hint of caramel after the cherry subsides. Undertones of stout.

Medium to medium full in body with very light carbonation and more drying than syrupy with moderatewarmth.

Awesome beer. Plenty sour in my opinion, but it seems more balanced than the other two sours I've tried. Definitely the best of the lot! I'd held off buying it for a long time till my Kroger store knocked the price down $5 to 13.99. It was worth the wait.

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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

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3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

This is a really nice attempt at a sour stout by Three Brother's. If this beer had more of a sour kick it would be incredible. As it is now, there are some great roasty, chocolate notes on the front end, followed by tangy cherries. It wouldn't call it sour, but it's definitely pleasantly tart.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.76/5  rDev -3.8%

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Atramentous from Brothers Craft Brewing
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 98 ratings