Shadows Of Their Eyes | The Rare Barrel

Shadows Of Their EyesShadows Of Their Eyes
BA SCORE
4.14/5
274 Ratings
Shadows Of Their EyesShadows Of Their Eyes
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,123
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
274
pDev:
7.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
49
Trade:
13
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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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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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Shadows Of Their Eyes from The Rare Barrel
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 274 ratings
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