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

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of eclipse54
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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Photo of ghostwalker
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange body. Thin, steadily replenishing, creamy, off-white head.

Nose is JD barrels with a soured sweetness that is almost Brett-like.

Flavor is not at all what I expected. Light malt, whiskey not that noticeable, huge sour on the finish. And Houston, I think we might have some Brett here! Surely that big sour apple bite is not solely from the sour mash... Interesting and really unique flavors. Much less hops than the label IPA might suggest.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and slightly slick.

Overall, very good. Not a huge drinkability, but I like it.

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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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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of inandon
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - deep brown with a hint of red slight foaminess

Smell - whiskey, oaked age deliciousness with a cider smell to it. Cider gone bad :)

Taste - not very hoppy, taste of apply pie with a hint of whiskey

Great beer, with some malty-ness to it with a heavy taste of apples.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for this one. 22oz bomber into a SA sensory glass. Truly a unique brew.

Pours a 1 finger foamy white head with poor retention. Beer is a semi-clear bronze orange. Lacing is stringy and sparse with little cling. Not much to look at.

Nose is incredibly distinct. Hop presence is almost entirely missing for an IPA. Instead, notes of green apple tartness with a sweet booze character for balance. Strangely enticing. Aromatic.

Opens warm booze. Big malt body with a peat and oak tartness. Some ethanol towards the middle pushed to the background. Finishes tart, woody, and with some nice fruitiness. The slightest hint of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Real good.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and refreshing and crisp going down. Mild finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Very solid.

I wasn't sure what to make of this beer... and I'm still not sure what to make of it a bomber later. All I know is, its a lot better than I thought it would be and its hugely sessionable. Nice!

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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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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1/5  rDev -71.9%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Gosox8787
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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Saint Of Circumstance Sour Mash Whiskey Barrel Aged IPA from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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