Afterlight | The Rare Barrel

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4.18/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Afterlight is a dark sour beer aged in French Bordeaux wine barrels. Fermented with Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus, this decadent sour beer presents notes of dark chocolate, dried cherries and vanilla. Dark and alluring, Afterlight entwines flavors of both beer and wine.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 04-07-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
67
pDev:
7.18%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
24
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of mattreitz49
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of reebtaerG
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

another killer beer from the rare barrel, but honestly, in my now somewhat extensive experience with their beers, they just dont age all that well. every single one i have ever had fresh has been amazing, and every single one i have ever had that has been cellared has been so over the top sour as to be almost unappealing. the intense caustic acidity is better here than in others, but its still way too much, past even vinegar into that malic acid harshness realm, which to me has to be a flaw. that said, the flavor in this beer is still absolutely incredible if you can get past the tooth decaying sourness. i could almost swear there has to be fruit in here, it seems hard to believe that there isnt, and that all of this raspberry and dried cherry character comes from the bordeaux barrels alone. there is a ton of red wine character too, dried fruity jammy aspects and the tannins, but this is a fruitiness almost beyond wine, very impressive! cranberry, cherry, and wood later on, slick and full bodied going down, the acid comes on late but it comes on hard, toned back even by 20% or so this would be an all time great, but its just too much. this much have been epic when it was brand new, but like all rare barrel stuff in my experience, the cellar has turned it into an acid bomb. still delicious, but thats a shame. small doses only for me at this point, but amazing depth of flavor from the barrels and still some funkiness too!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emottram
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IckyT2012
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Frosty11161
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sk8sean86
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scottfrie
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into snifter. 2016 bottle.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a finger of fizzy dark tan head that quickly bubbled away into nothingness. No lace.
S: Tart dark sour notes of black cherry skins and black currents mixed with hints of chocolate, caramel, and leather. Musty barrel character shines through with hints of oak and vinous red wine. Light acidity shines through on the nose as well.
T: Follows the nose with sweet notes of dark fruits and red berries mixed with tart cherry skins and bright acidity. The finish is full of greasy and smooth oak, light caramel, and leather. I get hints of current, red grape, and chocolate in the aftertaste. Flavors remind me of an oud bruin.
M: Medium-full body with fizzy, slightly prickly carbonation. The mouthfeel is initially greasy and slick, but bright and tart acidity quickly dominates with a solid blast of lactic and acetic acid. Drying finish with some clinging gritty tannins.
O: Definitely reminds me of an oud bruin with strong acidity and complex dark/red flavors. Perhaps not as deep and rich and some Belgian counterparts, but everything works together very well.

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Photo of Run4theRoses
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of floyd_pugman
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark chocolate color. Nose is signature RB sour funk, with notes of dark chocolate covered cherry. Palate is highly acidic, with lemon and lime flavors, with chocolate fudge coming in next and dried cherry and other dark fruits following. A well-made beer, but these RB sours have gotten far too acidic for my palate, which makes it hard for me to enjoy the complexity of the remaining flavor profile. But those who like acidic sours should enjoy it.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeremiahoden
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.87/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sour.

Sour.

Sour.

The aroma hits you with a bit of funk, hidden behind the winey/lemony wall.

Flavors of the sweet dark malt in the background are over powered by lemons, tart plum, rich wine, and sour candy.

Before you buy this, make sure you are into sours, or you will be sad.

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Photo of Lucoli
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Afterlight from The Rare Barrel
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 67 ratings