OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,777
Ranked #18,242
3.95 | pDev: 6.58%
OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
Connecticut, United States
Notes: Malefactus is our Imperial Wheat Stout with brettanomyces. It is brewed to 11% ABV using abbey, debittered roasted & chocolate wheat malts. Stylistically it is a hybrid between a strong stout, Belgian’ quad & a dark wheat beer. The aroma is lightened by the use of coriander & black pepper. Primary fermentation takes 4 weeks & the it slowly matures in exhausted whiskey barrels for an additional 6 weeks.
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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 1. Pours a deep mahogany, almost brown, with no head. Clarity is fairly opaque. Nose is dominated by grapes. Taste expresses muted grapes, oaky notes and finishes with a slightly medical character. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild acidity and a still carbonation. Overall, interesting and complex. Nice job with this one.

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Photo of mike22ne
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap.
Looks black-brown, no head just a few bubbles.
Smells funky sour, some dark spicy character with roasted malt.
Taste is complex, a bright sour balanced by dark coffee and red wine fruits.
Feels slick and smooth, some noticeable alcohol with a dry finish, but thinner body than expected given the abv.

Overall, an interesting unique beer. Complex flavors and certainly worth seeking out if you're a fan of sour stouts, but not for me.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Saved for my son's second birthday. Pours a very dark black. Tan head fades quickly to a thin bead. Aroma is fruity with a hint of smoke. Smells of blackberry and currants. The taste is an odd mix of sour, smoke, fruit, and black pepper. Somewhat vinous with a vanilla sweetness. Black pepper lingers on the finish. Low to moderate sourness. Medium bodied with some alcohol warmth. Very unique and curious beer. The balance between sour and roasted malt is difficult to achieve.

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Photo of cck5
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this review is for the 2015 October whiskey version.

smell is whiskey and sour heaven.

5/5 oec is the most underrated sour producer in the world.

nightmare on brett with a little more stout character.

can't beat it

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Photo of ljbonadonna92
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Big white wine characters like white fruit. With a slight vanilla and chocolate on the finish. Tart and champaign like. Light mouth feel and a hazy chocolate brown color. Overall enjoyed this one.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml foiled and capped bottle into OEC stemware.

Pours a rich, 2 finer mocha colored head with great retention. Beer is pitch black and thick and oily. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick and oily legs. Perfect.

Nose has hints of black raspberry, roast, smoke, peat, wet wood, and a lactic tartness. Pretty mellow actually and I'm not a huge fan of this flavor profile.

Opens tart soy sauce, smoke and dark fruit. Notes of prunes, roast, smoke and peat in the middle with plum, blackberry and other dark fruit tartness in the middle. Finishes roasted malt, wood and char with the same aftertaste plus a bit of boozy sweetness. Pretty unique.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Rich and full in the mouth and goes down aggressive and coarse. Finishes dry and puckering with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Solid and the high ABV is hidden pretty well.

OEC continues its production of very unique beers but again, unique doesn't necessarily mean good. This one however, is a very solid sour stout but I'm just personally not a huge fan of the style.

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Photo of abrodsky
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is complex and a little confusing. It starts like a typical coffee/chocolate stout, then there is the sweet and sour of the Brett, and finishes with a peppery taste reminiscent of Malbec wine. Interesting and fun, but a little tough to have more than a few sips.

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Malefactus from OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 27 ratings