Shadows Of Their Eyes
The Rare Barrel

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The Rare Barrel
California, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #492
Ranked #4,800
4.14 | pDev: 7.73%
Nov 08, 2020
Oct 27, 2013
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Notes: Dark sour beer aged in oak barrels.
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3.5 by vfgccp from New York on Nov 08, 2020
3.96 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on Sep 05, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

Bottle from 2016

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a black beer topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of sour cherries and dark fruits with a lot of wine barrel. Definite oak and funk going on as well.
T: Taste is sour cherries and currants with some roasted malts, and cocoa powder, strong sourness throughout but also some of that oak wine barrel and funk. On the swallow there's more sour cherries, cocoa powder, currants, roasted malt and lingering oak.
M: The beer is fairly light in body but it is not watery. Carbonation is slightly effervescent without being prickly while the beer has a drying finish due to the acidity.
O: Overall this beer is really good. It's definitely sour and it may be a bit much for some people as it does detract from everything else going on at times. That being said the beer still has a really nice amount of complexity and some really great flavors going on. Worth a try.

Dec 13, 2019
4.46 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Dec 04, 2019
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3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

Dark ruby to the point of it looking brown unless held up to light, no head. Smells of oak, lacto, brett, with the acidic and sour fruits: plum, cherry, strawberry, and raspberry. Taste is all of that but stupid acidic and tart, through in rhubarb and dark chocolate too. The problem is the acidity does not allow the flavors to linger on the palate. Feel is super acidic, tart, sour, and dark. Just too acidic to really enjoy its full potential

Sep 10, 2019
4.32 by hcproff36 from Texas on Jun 16, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jngrizzaffi from Texas

Pours a very dark reddish brown color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is very good. Has a tart cherry and oak aroma. Taste is the same, but there is more oak than cherry. Would like to have it the other way around, but it is still a good beer. Medium bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation.

Jun 07, 2019
4.35 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on May 26, 2019
4.02 by sd123 from Georgia on May 13, 2019
3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Mar 25, 2019
4.91 by wcampbell69 from Massachusetts on Feb 07, 2019
3.99 by Soneast from Wisconsin on Jan 21, 2019
4.25 by paulish from New York on Dec 25, 2018
4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Dec 16, 2018
3.79 by StoutSnob40 from California on Dec 14, 2018
4.29 by jvillefan from California on Sep 22, 2018
4.35 by XxthaDoggxX from Virginia on Sep 12, 2018
4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Jul 24, 2018
4.5 by Stoval from California on Jul 04, 2018
4.24 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Jun 23, 2018
4.3 by SadMachine from New Jersey on May 16, 2018
3.82 by grover37 from District of Columbia on Mar 24, 2018
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4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

my theory about these guys holds with this one, which is that all the relatively fresh ones from these guys are great, and all the cellared ones are too sour to be any good anymore. something about their culture just goes to pure acid after awhile. fortunately, this one was on the newer side, and is tasting really good right now, a dark sour aged in oak. its still really acidic and puckery, but its full of flavor and character, and has a really nice funkiness from the brett in here that keeps it interesting and multidimensional, more pronounced than in a lot of the other rare barrel beers i have had. i like what the dark malts contribute, this is sort of coming across to me as halfway between a sour porter and a flanders red, with some nice dark roast from the grains, ashy and deep, with the high acid finish, but also some of the dried red fruitiness of the flanders, with the vinegar aspect to the sour profile, red wine and lemons and cherries and oak too, really quite complex, even in all its sourness! cranberries and currants and cabernet, piquant and sweet and roasty all at once, very cool sensations. not too much body for the color and nice prickly bubbles, good feel overall. a fun and interesting beer, intense flavors that go together well, and very woody too. a worthwhile brew here for sure!

Jan 22, 2018
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3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

Cloudy brown with a thin tan ring.

Smell is charred roast with tart cherry, grape and buttery crust.

Smoky cherry and roasted ham flavors finish semi-dry. This is nicely tart, almost too sour, with a light sharp burn on the swallow.

Jan 22, 2018
4.58 by deonreds from New York on Dec 26, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Rare Barrel basically has two base beers, a golden sour and a dark sour, then they make like 100 beers from these 2 bases. This is the dark one. Pours a cola colored pour, slightly thicker in viscosity, thin tan 1/4" head. Aroma smacks of that oak meets wine tannins vibe with a little bit of earthy malt feels.

Taste is a pronounced sourness met by not really roasty malt, but a darker, more earthy variety. Complimented by oak and cocao like taste. I can't really tell how this is any different from say, Consigliere. There is a little more in the way of that brown (earthy) malt I was talking about. Like this one has oud bruin feels moreso, slightly different I guess. Had a slightly more vinegar like presence than the others, but nothing that was problematic levels. Lots of carbonation with dark fruit notes that pop in terms of blackberry, currant and dark cherry etc. . . and are actually a little juicy even, not just that bitter dark fruit note you get from RIS/BDSA. Expensive stuff so not in the repeat purchase (at least in bottle) category. Would bang again on tap.

Dec 24, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by Pencible from Virginia

A: This poured a translucent cola color with quickly dissipating light tan head.
S: It smelled like tart apple cider vinegar, with some clove and funky oak and sour grapes.
T: It tasted like puckering tart apple cider vinegar and sour grapes, with some funky oak and clove. It had a clean and lasting sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was a bold and juicy sour with simple but powerful scent and taste. The body was good, but the finish was super tart, so it must be sipped. Age would probably help. Fresh is still excellent. Recommended.

Dec 23, 2017
3.87 by Mxsluis from Michigan on Nov 11, 2017
3.9 by reebtaerG from Maryland on Nov 02, 2017
4.23 by captainkrad from New Jersey on Oct 20, 2017
4 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Aug 21, 2017
4.75 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Aug 07, 2017
4.75 by krome from Illinois on Aug 05, 2017
4 by knicks19947 from New York on Jul 24, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Shared with drabmuh. Extremely tart.

Jul 15, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Working with the historic flavor and technique of Flanders oude bruin, but weaving in some modern advancements and understanding makes The Rare Barrel's oak aged, wild old brown ale something truly marvelous and, as prescribed, rare.

Shadows of their Eyes reels in the nose with the piquant tangy scent of dark fruit. Stone fruit, pitted fruit, dried fruit and dark berries all seem steeped in a red wine bath and then adorn with an earthy, oaken, slightly pungent perfume. Underneath that complex aromatic blend lies a dark garnet, slighlty tawny ale that casts a tall, loose and expressive froth. But maltiness leads the way with hard candy, toast, light coffee and chocolate as the ale hits the tongue for the first time.

Exuberant carbonation breaks up the maltiness on the middle palate and ushers in a semidry and vinously dark tone. Black cherry, red grape, plum, blackberry and blackcurrant allow for a juicy sparkling red wine taste to seduce the tastebuds before a rounded and more earthiness of fig, prune and raisin develops a nutty and woodsy dryness midway through. Sour, drying and hinging on cider, citrus and merlot rot, a grappa spiciness trails with faint hop bitterness and a firm oaken tannic bite.

Medium bodied and true to flemish form, the malty remnants of nuttiness and robust dark fruit supply a moderate weight to the mouthfeel while the brazen acidity, alcohol and wood spices act to dry the taste and create a surprising refreshment to a beer of such complexity and roundness. An afterglow of dark fruit skins and red wine appease the tastebuds in a medium length aftertaste to close the session.

Jul 06, 2017
4.1 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan on Jul 04, 2017
3.83 by Frosty11161 from California on Jun 12, 2017
4.25 by mattreitz49 from Florida on May 29, 2017
3.75 by t2grogan from Arizona on May 08, 2017
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