Saint Of Circumstance Sour Mash Whiskey Barrel Aged IPA | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Saint Of Circumstance Sour Mash Whiskey Barrel Aged IPASaint Of Circumstance Sour Mash Whiskey Barrel Aged IPA
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Saint Of Circumstance Sour Mash Whiskey Barrel Aged IPASaint Of Circumstance Sour Mash Whiskey Barrel Aged IPA

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saint of Circumstance Sour Mash Whiskey Barrel Aged IPA married the grassy hop notes of this unique India Pale Ale with the richness of whiskey and oak, creating an enticing brew of exceptional character. The use of a mystery hop means this beer can never be duplicated. Aged 8 months in barrels from a well known Tennessee distillery, we at Berkshire Brewing Company offer up this special brew as a treat to you, our loyal customers. Ad Chris and Gary are fond of saying "Its all about the beer, but the beer is nothing without the people". We hope you enjoy it, and thank you for your support.

Added by davey101 on 04-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1/5  rDev -71.9%

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1/5  rDev -71.9%

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1.25/5  rDev -64.9%

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1.54/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I didn't want to review this since its an obvious infection issue, but it's getting good reviews and I think some people may be confused. (sour mash whiskey is not supposed to be sour, aging it in these barrels should not make a beer sour, unless its inoculated with yeast/bacteria that would make it sour).

This beer is not supposed to be sour. the tartness starts off pleasant enough, but the aftertaste is just horrible. There is no barrel or IPA flavors or scents, only rotten green apple and a metallic finish.

I could not get the taste out of my mouth and it ruined the flavor of the beer I had afterwards as well.

I emailed Berkshire about this issue since the reviews from the brewery and/or on tap are completely different from the reviews from the bottle.

Even if viewed as a "sour" beer, this is just not right, and I love me a good sour.

This will not stop me from buying Berkshire beers, nor even their barrel aged beers (gude greg's was awesome, and there were some uninfected bottles of their bourbon barrel imperial stout from a couple years ago that were sublime), but I just wanted to put the warning out there for anyone looking into buying this beer.

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

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2.46/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber into an Old Engine Oil snifter, shared at a tasting. Thanks to davey101 for tossing this my way as an extra in an in-person trade.

A: Clear light copper body under a finger of fine off-white froth that dissipates fairly quickly. Ok.

S: Green apple, harsh whiskey, and a bit of oak. Not great.

T: More apple, some acetone, and a boozy, oaky finish. Meh.

M: Light, creamy. Ok.

O: I was really excited about this one, but something seems to have gone awry. A sour mash whiskey isn't sour, and a beer aged in Jack Daniel's barrels shouldn't be sour, either. Anyone who thinks otherwise should complain to Town Hall for making Czar Jack so not at all sour. Anyhow, as much as I love BBC I just can't say that this beer is anything but a failure. I'm really glad I got to try it, though.


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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 22 oz. bottle I picked up the other day and have kept refrigerated since. Definitely not a style I've encountered a lot but I'm interested to try this, despite some less than stellar experiences with Berkshire barrel aging in the past.

Appearance: Dark amber to light brown in color with a nice white lacing. Pretty nice and light carbonation.

Aroma: Raw bourbon and green apple notes upfront. Definitely a bit sour, but not overwhelmingly so. There are definitely signs of an early infection here. After the initial raw bourbon character, there are caramel and vanilla notes that balance it out nicely. Some malt character but the hop presence is pretty much nil.

Taste: A touch of sour upfront in the form of green apple. Not over the top sour at all and the infection is definitely lessened by the serving temperature and the fact that it doesn't feel fully developed. Definitely some strong bourbon and vanilla tones, but the bourbon feels not integrated enough. The hop character is non existent here as well. Interesting, but definitely not what I think was intended. Not really bad but not really good either.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied, eith the carbonation a bit less than expected. Something definitely feels a bit off about this whole beer.

Overall, a really weird and interesting beer that definitely misses the mark with me. Strong signs of a developing infection and bad barrel integration definitely are the drawbacks. Not something I can recommend but not really bad either. I'd pass on this next time.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thanks! Into the tulip it goes.

Pours a hazy orange, copper color with over an inch of fluffy, almost frothy off-white head. Good retention, and even better lacing.

The aroma is unique, especially for an IPA. Lots of sour apple and tart pear up front, with some faint grapefruit citrus buried in there. Very sour nose, and I would mistake this for a wild or something if I didn’t already know what it was.

While it’s not nearly as tart in the mouth as the aroma suggests, there are still acidic fruit flavors in the fore. Apple, pear, and even some tart grape jump out, with some light citrus and floral hops behind them. There’s a dry oak flavor towards the end, and it finishes with a vague hint of whiskey.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied, due in no small part to the acidic/sour components. No shortage of carbonation - the bottle even gushed a bit upon removing the cap - and a clean, dry finish.

Overall, it’s hard to see this as an IPA based on the aroma and flavor profile. The barrel aging really did a number on this one, but in a new and interesting way I suppose. There are definitely enjoyable aspects to it, but don't go into it expecting a hoppy, citrusy "IPA."

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Modest head that leaves very little lace. The color is orange-gold and very cloudy.

Sweet-sour aroma of wild cherry and tart raspberry. This smells far more closely to a Belgian lambic.

Strong and sour malt flavor. This is a low hopped IPA, perhaps because of the power of the body which lasts through the aftertaste. There is an oiliness to the body which likely comes from the alcohol and the whiskey flavor. Rich body with a low carbonation. I would classify this as a Belgian style, not English.

The bottle is correct: This is an unusual beer, worth seeking out if only to experience the difference.

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3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours pretty, almost-amber and looks very much like a self-proclaimed "english IPA" should look. A bit hazy for the style, but still nice.

Aroma is quite nice. It smells boozier that it is, which is quite a trick. Some pretty potent oak flavor as well, with something a bit spicy and sour rounding it out. Just a really potent aroma here, with even a touch of pepper.

The taste is crazily all over the map. There's quite a bit of booziness and a touch of whisky, which belies the rather sedate 5.70 abv. The flavor is also quite tart and a little sweet, but almost to the point of distraction. One might think that sweet, tart, and whisky-booze would be a Manhattan-lovers dream, but think again. The flavor rounds out with a margarita-like sourness that just doesn't quite work.

Mouthfeel is decent- viscous with some stickiness in the finish.

This is a strange brew that doesn't much resemble the IPA it purports to be. It is something else entirely, but doesn't quite meld the variety of flavors into anything overly palateable. Try it for something interesting, but you may end up drain-pouring it.

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3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A gift from El Presidente

Cloudy copper with a sticky white head. Sticky looking head I guess as because nothing stuck to my glass. Foamless by mid-glass.

Smells like Tennessee whiskey. The sour mash gives it an almost odd brett twang. Bready once I broke through the JD-esque aroma.

Tastes like light and citrusy bourbon which, though the hops don't make a big impression, are accentuated by the citrus of the IPA. Again brett-like sour mash sweetness.

I like Berkshire's thought process here: A bunch of mystery hops arrive - brew an IPA! Mystery IPA not so good? Fortify it with the properties of bourbon! Here here.

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3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a CCB pub glass, formed a beige skim over the slightly cloudy coppery amber brew. Skim recedes to simply a swirl promptly, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet with obvious whiskey component.

Taste starts sweet with a tart undercurrent, sour cherry in the middle, and whiskey comes on at the close, and the tart keeps on keeping on. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is okay. A notch back on the tart would be preferrable, but you don't always get what you want with BA.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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