Shadows Of Their Eyes
The Rare Barrel

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #407
Ranked #2,852
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: 301 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by StonedTrippin:
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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!

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Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Frosty11161
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Stoval
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
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.

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Photo of wcampbell69
4.91/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cletusdog
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MickeyHops
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sd123
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of krome
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of scottfrie
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Founder’s growler into Founder’s glass.

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a couple fingers of active light brown head that quickly fizzed away into a soft collar. Negligible spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Woody smelling with musty notes of oak barrel and old attic. There is slightly funky barnyard quality from the brett, and a sharp lactic bite from the lacto. There is a fruity quality to the nose as well, with scents of black currents, cranberries, cherry pits, earthy raspberries and perhaps apple. Mustier smelling than some of their other beers.
T: Lacto tartness and mild acidity hit first alongside notes of red berries and fruits. Musty and damp flavors of woody oak and damp basement follow. The finish is sour and acidic, slightly acetonic, with a hint of powdered chocolate and slightly sweet fruity aftertaste.
M: Medium-full body, spritzy carbonation that finishes splashy, with a slick mouthfeel that has a touch of gritty, cleaning tannins.
O: Probably their most sour that I’ve encountered, with a great straight forward flavor that is highly drinkable and smooth. Not my favorite from TRB, but definitely in their top tier.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shadows Of Their Eyes from The Rare Barrel
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 301 ratings