Shadows Of Their Eyes
The Rare Barrel

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Wild Ale
Ranked #388
Ranked #3,128
4.15 | pDev: 7.71%
The Rare Barrel
California, United States
Shadows Of Their EyesShadows Of Their Eyes
Notes: Dark sour beer aged in oak barrels.
Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 303 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.11/5  rDev -1%
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!

Jan 22, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Jan 22, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Dec 24, 2017
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Pencible from Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Dec 23, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Jul 06, 2017
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Sample at EBF Saturday
Dark brown with a thin tan head. Tart deep pitted fruits with lots of earthy funk. slightly chalky mouthfeel. good but the other was much better.

Feb 05, 2017
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rand from California

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into The Rare Barrel wine glass

Pretty, dark-amber colored brew with medium carbonation and a quickly dissipating head. Subtle bouquet with gentle aromas of oak, tart cherries, grassy funk. On the palate, its flavor profile is more layered and expansive, with nuances of cocoa and strawberries, adding to the tart aspects suggested in its nose. A lemony undertone plays off pit-fruit sweetness, giving the brew excellent drinkablity. A light, festive complexion helps quaff-ability as well.

For a base beer, this is tasty and satisfying in itself. And it would be a great introductory sour for someone yet to acclimatize. Really easy to throw back and pair with food.

Oct 30, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish/copper hue color ale with a nice off-white foamy head. Aroma of berry and oak with some tart and vinous notes is pretty wonderful. Taste is also a mix of tart and vinous notes with some berry and oak notes and very faint residuals sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Wonderful and I would love to compare this to Rodenbach.

Jul 15, 2016
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Clean malt with a light berry light character, faint oak, coupled with a moderate sourness that lingers.

A: Dark amber color, clear with a thin white head that dissipates into the glass. There is light lacing in the glass.

T: Slightly funky with a cherry like flavor that finishes with a bright clean moderate sourness.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer has a light acidity, but is pleasing.

O:Pretty tasty; the beer has a clean malt and sourness aroma and flavor that's almost cherry-like. The beer is quite refreshing and easy to drink.

May 28, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros. Batch 1

A - Poured into a Kate the Great a nice clearish brown hue with a thin off white head.

S - Aromas of light oak, fainter malts, light tartness. Decent barrel notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, good amount of light funk, rather straightforward for the style.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little flemmy.

O - Overall this was a rather straightforward dark sour. Certainly nothing earth shattering.

Serving Type: bottle

Mar 25, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Spilt with rudzud
Decent foamy fizzy head fades fairly quickly, little lacing, dark murky ruby chestnut color.

Nose generic sour malt, funk, acidity, copper malt and stone fruit sour, tart slight berry,.

Taste big acidity and some funk, tart jammy berry, stone fruit and berry, little tannic seed stem, little funk, generic fruity and tangy tartness. Finish flemmy funk, tart acidity, generic fruit.

Mouth is med bod decent lighter carb, big acidity.

Mar 25, 2016
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Kurmaraja from California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is, as some reviewers have said, a simple beer. It's fundamental. One of the core products that Rare Barrel produces to make other beers. And it's solid. Something likea blank slate - not a ton of character, but flavorful. A hint of chocolate, plum, vinegar. The criticisms that it is very sour may apply more to B1 than B2. B2, in my experience, was moderate.

Feb 24, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark fruit, tannins, red wine, raspberries, lacto, sour and tart. Hits you in the corners of your jaw. Dry, oaky and mellow vanilla finish. Pretty good.

Jan 07, 2016
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ShanePB from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Dark cola-colored body, quick fizzy white head. Tart dark berries, cherry, oak and lactic acid. Flavors have some dark malts, berry fruits, and a nice pucker on the palate. Refreshing and fruity.

Aug 11, 2015
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HeadyTheElder from Louisiana

4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle of Batch 2 poured into a RB Ambassador's glass. Nice well-balanced dark sour. Tasty notes of coca-cola, tart cherry skin, and oak. Not too acidic. I drank the entire bottle by myself with no problem.

Jul 05, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one was shared by somebody who name escapes me at the 2015 Le Roar Grrrz release.

This one pours a dark amber brown, with a one inch head, and no lacing.

This one smells like dark fruits, chocolate, a bit of vinegar, some lactic acid, and a bit of lemon.

This is really excellent and shows how a dark sour should be pulled off. The dark aspects of this sour are really nicely emphasized. There's a good amount of raisin and sour cherry, with some chocolate as well, kind of a cocoa powder flavor. The requisite and expected sour and funk is there in full force, with a nice lemony funk.

This is light bodied, with a crisp and light mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

The Rare Barrel clearly knows how to make a really solid sour and this is a great example of it.

May 10, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber brown body. Medium off-white head.

Smell - Smells like a Flanders. Cherry and wood. Some caramel malt. Sharp vinegar.

Taste - Intense sourness. Vinegary sour. A bit of dark cherry, but mostly caramel malt. Wood and a strong sourness.

Mouthfeel - Very sour. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Man, it's sour. Simple beer, but way too sour.

Sep 23, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle shared by Richard - thanks.

A: Pours amberish brown with a half-inch thick off-white head which lingers briefly before settling to the rim and leaves spotty lace.

N: Fruity, oak barrel, sourness, funk, malty grains.

T: Dark fruits, tannic, vinous, funky yeast, mellow sourness, faint roast and chocolate overtones.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes mildly prickly, tannic, sour and fruity.

O: The whole being better than the sum of the parts sort of thing. Enjoyed.

Aug 27, 2014
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Dirty, dirty brett, earthy and austere. Leans towards chocolate rather than dark fruit. Lacto is there but modest and outperformed (and not quite enhanced) by the brett.

Aug 26, 2014
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kevanb from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a The Rare Barrel Founders Tulip.

The beer pours a dark, dirty, ruby color, hues of burgundy and garnet, but the appearance is generally murky with a thin, fizzy, bone colored head that vanishes instantly leaving a slight trace of film atop the beer, but no lace is left. The aroma is of pitted stone fruits, cherries and plums, nice funkiness with mild oak and red grape with some soft vinegar. It's pleasant, not super complicated, fruit, funk and wood, but balanced very well. The flavors mirror well, lots of fruit, dark cherries, plums, red grapes, light apple cider vinegar with nice musty oak, delicate funk and a substantial heaping of dark malt. The mouthfeel is appropriate, lively and bubbly but with nice substance, coats pretty well and finishes easily with a soft puckery pop.

Verdict: A very nice dark sour ale from The Rare Barrel. It reminded me a lot of Consecration, just with a less substantial barrel (or wine) character. This was my first beer from this brewery and I sure hope it's not the last, very balanced and approachable beer, was easy to finish the 750ml bottle with just one other person.

Jul 16, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Blend No. 003.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit, acidic, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and refreshing.

Jul 05, 2014
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Funkfest 2014... Syndicate hooked this one up... Very cool, my first beer from this brewery and I was pretty impressed.

A little hazy amber/reddish.. no real lacing.. the off white head rises up and dies back just as quickly.

Nose is a bit vinous with some cherry and something that I associate with apple skins/crab-apples. More sour/tart than funky, but there is a bit of Brett that combines with a hefty oak note.

Flavor has plenty of cherry/apple and the oak/vinous elements move this forward, a bit of residual sweetness/light acetic elements make me think Flanders.. Hints of roasty malts mesh well with the background sweetness... Pretty darn good.

Body is surprisingly heavy for the ABV... but it is soft and drinkable with a good small bubble carbonation.

I am stoked a friend/friends have a solid connection for this brewery... That said, Darrel/Spence... Don't fuck things up! :-)


Jun 22, 2014
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