The Cut: Merlot
Casey Brewing & Blending

The Cut: MerlotThe Cut: Merlot
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Wild Ale
4.39 | pDev: 7.52%
Casey Brewing & Blending
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
The Cut: MerlotThe Cut: Merlot
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 40 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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spoony from Colorado

3.89/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle (dated December 18, 2015) to a tulip.

A-The beer is a lovely magenta/ruby color and almost perfectly clear. Pretty dark in hue. The head is pink and very quick to fade. It leaves no lacing. Carbonation is not active in the glass.

S-The aroma is quite sour with a big acidic punch that barely fades as my nose adjusts. After a minute, I start to pick up some fruit, red grape mostly, but also some raspberry and sour cherry. The oak is drying and a little rough around the edges. Intense, but not a fruit-forward as I would have hoped.

T-The taste tracks the smell closely. High levels of acidity make for a very sour beer with less complexity than my favorite Casey beers. Flavors include red and white grape, tart raspberry, sour cherry, and the same slightly harsh oak note. It is very dry and slightly vinous. The acidity almost overpowers the fruit, but once it warms to room temp, things open up a bit.

M-The carbonation is active and chunky on the palate. Heft is medium and the finish is a bit sticky.

O-Not that this is a bad beer, its pretty good, actually, but I was hoping for a little more vinous fruit character out of this one.

May 12, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork and cage bottle, dated 12/18/2015. Served in a Casey stemmed glass.

Pours a dark ruby and reddish body, slight purple hue, one finger white head, short-lived, no lacing. After a few minutes, it certainly looks like a lighter red wine, perhaps apropos for what is being accomplished here. Smells of rich complex grape sweetness, grape must, a light background lemon acidity, touch of leather, tannin, light oak presence, mineral. Holy cow. Flavour is equally as impressive; with a big red wine grape presence, blackberry and stone fruit, oak, touch of wheat, the slightest hint of lemon, fair bit of lactic acidity, mild musty funk. The fruit quotient is in brobdingnagian proportions, yet the base beer holds up nicely to it by the fact that I can easily pick out the underlying lemony geuze-like characteristics that Oak Theory is known for. Plenty of oak, vinous character, mild amount of funk, mildly earthy and floral bitterness keeps this from tasting like straight fruit juice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, appropriately dry and refreshing. Tart grape and lactic acidity finishes things out. An overall wonderful fruited wild ale with a lot of grape character and complexity. Merlot and wild ales seem to be a great partnership as merlot tends to have more straight red fruit character, versus say cabernet franc which tends to be more peppery and have darker fruit sometimes. All that aside, this is a fantastic grape wild and worth whatever it takes to land.

Jul 11, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is hitting on all cylinders for me.

Gorgeous purple color resembles grape skin. A lingering ring of lace sets a nice contrast to the burgundy color of the beer. Just beautiful. 5

Grape and berry fruitiness meets dry, tart, lemon acidic aromas. 4.25

Flavor is dry as a bone and so grape-heavy. But there's a berry fruit element and light lemon. 4.5

Dry, dry, dry. Tart, fruity, full-bodied. The finish will leave your mouth like the Mojave. 4.5

This is phenomenal. So vinous it could be perceived as wine.

Mar 07, 2016
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MLDucky from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Talk about murky. Dark purple huh, nose is spot on merlot, funk and oak. If a fruited sour could be "juicy" this would be it. Seemed to explode with grape flavor, the merlot really took well to this style. Soft dryness on the front end but the carbonation separated it from a wine. However, it's very wine like in nature. I was quite surprised by this as I'm not a huge wine fan, but this was definitely different enough for me to really enjoy it.

Mar 07, 2016
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Kramerbarthomer from Colorado

4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark, reddish purple color. Moderate carb. Nose and taste are both loaded with grapes. The funk is present, but is mild. Super juicy. Overall, it's a fantastic beer. One of the better Cuts thus far.

Mar 07, 2016
The Cut: Merlot from Casey Brewing & Blending
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 40 ratings