Shadows Of Their Eyes | The Rare Barrel

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Rare Barrel
California, United States
therarebarrel.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark sour beer aged in oak barrels.

Added by pmarlowe on 10-26-2013

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Ranking:
#3,602
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
292
pDev:
7.73%
 
 
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57
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Photo of Soneast
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jvillefan
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XxthaDoggxX
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stoval
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zonian1
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SadMachine
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grover37
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of deonreds
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Mxsluis
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of reebtaerG
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of captainkrad
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of krome
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of knicks19947
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with drabmuh. Extremely tart.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Shadows Of Their Eyes from The Rare Barrel
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 292 ratings