Uncommon Crow | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by the common American crow and its love for feasting on blackberries, Uncommon Crow is deep and dark in color like its namesake. Aromas of dark chocolate and cherries bloom into big blackberry flavors and a slightly tart finish.

We brew this beer with 2-row barley, midnight wheat, raw wheat, and rye malt, and then add a blend of Perle, Glacier, and Simcoe hops. The beer is fermented exclusively with our house strain of local Brettanomyces yeast. It spends 6 months in a stainless tank before we add 1,000 pounds of blackberries. Over the course of the following five months, Uncommon Crow continues to ferment and develops its luscious uncommon flavors.

Added by Jason on 12-13-2015

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Reviews by Vylo:
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4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml C&C bottle; it pops hard when the cork exits the bottle neck.

poured into Allagash stemmed glass.

Date bottled: Dec 23, 2015

Appearance: Dark purple / black body. Thick and creamy off white colored head. Great staying power with the head; during entire drink a thick cap of latte like head remains on the top the beer.

Smell: Jammy blackberries. Light Allagash signature funk and a light hit of brett. Earthy chocolate matte aroma. Clean nose on this sour. Cherries and lemons as well. Malt forward sour. Perhaps this beer is reminiscent of a what a fruited Oude Bruin would smell like.

Taste: Jammy fruit forward wild ale with mild sourness. I would say a 2.5 / 10 for the level of sourness found in this beer. The blackberries taste authentic and fruit gets bigger the warmer this beer gets. The brett is in moderate proportions; it is fairly earthy and leathery with a hint of horse blanket. Hint of tart lemons and sweet cherries. Finishes with earthy chocolate flavor, leather, and mildly sour yet jammy blackberries.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation level. The carbonation has a nice creamy texture and the finish is semi-dry. Allagash always does such a great job with these bottle conditioned sours; this is no exception. Nearly flawlessly carbonated and quite soft on the palate.

Overall: I am suspecting this is Midnight brett with blackberries after drinking this beer. Mellow sourness. Plenty of blackberries. Its nice change of pace and its also very unique / different from most of the other fruited sour beers that Allagash brews. I would have like to try this beer fresh to see what has changed after it was sitting in the bottle for a little over a year now.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz (375 ml) bottle.
Date bottled: Apr. 26, 2017

Dark brown/purple/ruby/cola color. Large off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film.

I got a whiff of Band-Aids off the initial smell. Some deeper investigation reveals licorice, red wine grapes, berries, and Brett funk.

The flavor is like you shoved a handful of blackberries into your mouth and chomped down. Really impressive how authentic the blackberry flavor is. It's earthy, with a yogurt-like tartness to it.

Extremely dry finish and a lingering tartness. Medium bodied with a sticky feel to it.

This is an odd one and, honestly, I'm still a little confused as how to score it. There's a ton going on in the beer, some good some bad, never not shying away from complexity. Yet there's so much real blackberry character. Allagash makes some damn fine beer in my book, this just doesn't quite enter the upper echelon of what they're capable of.

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Photo of mkh012
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4 months ago.

Dark purplish brown with a short-lived head.

The nose is tart blueberry juice and blackberry pie. Mild band-aid and hay.

The taste is similar to other Allagash Wild Ales. Bretty lemon and blackberry candy. Hints of cherry jam and blue cheese. Less dry than most Allagash Wilds, but it definitely does dry out some on the backend, which is a good thing because there's medium sweetness mid-palate.

Overall, balanced and complex. Similar to Avance and Emile and somewhere between the two quality-wise. 8+/10

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Photo of ctylinebeer
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375 mL cork and cage bottle poured into a teku glass. Bought at a local bottle shop, local meaning right around the corner. Bottle-conditioned American Wild Ale aged with blackberries. Malt bill includes 2-row, raw wheat, and rye; Hops include Perle, Glacier, and Simcoe. Process included brett-fermenting in steel tanks for six months until 1,000 pounds of blackberries were added and then aged for five months. Cellaring is ideal within one year according to Allagash, but I want to drink this right now because it sounds delicious. Here we go...

L - midnight purple color, almost black; no light passing through at all; very effervscent head that disappates to a .5-inch thick layer; no lacing

S - Brettanomyces dominant with hint of blackberries; other notes include dry white wine and plum; definitely funky

T - sour and tart immediately; brett and blackberries mix together to bring almost a pinot noir type flavor being dry but fruity at the same time. Noticable minerality in the water profile

F - very effervescent; medium plus tartness; fruit smooths out chardonney-like character to add more depth in the wheat/pale malt feel.

O - this was too good to pass up. Blackberry wild ale by Allagash could not be anymore than astounding. Would love to try and age this for a year and see how the flavors change. Cheers!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is dark brown with some red peeking around the edges. There is a thick, sticky, off-white head.
Fruity, floral aroma. A little funk.
Blackberries first, then peach. Funky background.
Medium-bodied. On the tart side.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tukiluka
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trevorpost
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BergBeer
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rjp217
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frasergrove
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phineasco
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown, with 2 inch off white head. Spritzy, with medium high carbonation.
Smell: Blackberries, Blueberries, raspberries, Caramel, and brett Funk.
Taste: Blackberries, Blueberries, raspberries, Caramel, brett Funk, with light tartness on the back end.
Mouthfeel: Thin.
Overall: An ok sour from allagash.

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Photo of ScientificSquill
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A full glass appears black, but actually has a purple-brown tint with a fuzzy, off-white blanket.

Smell is funky, pungent sticky peach and toasty charred oak, and taste is very complex, with cherry, green apple, toasted sesame and a little milky lactic funk with a thin, fluid body and light bubbly carbonation.

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Photo of fehrminator
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeRose
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours what looks like a muddy brown until held up to the light - it is a reasonably clear deep red/purple color. There was a dense head of light tan bubbles that retained well and was replenished for a time from the small stream of carbonation off the bottom of the tulip. EVentually subsides to a light ring around the edges.

The aroma is blackberries, mild farmhouse funk, red wine-like notes, other dark fruits leaning to cherry, Predominantly dark fruit, obviously blackberry which is treated well. There's a little lemon and a sour note that reminds me of yogurt.

The taste follows the nose - intense blackberry almost to the point of blackberry jam. There's red wine characteristics - nice tannins and phenolics. Minimal malt detected, and eventually the barnyard wins but it is not intensely funky and it is only mildly sour, again reminding me more of a yogurt/lacto type sour. Not strongly sour, just enough to get your attention and perk up the otherwise "dark" flavor profile. Some sweetness comes through as the beer warms and the berry flavor intensifies.

Medium feel, not as drying as some Allagash wilds. The earthy funk lingers along with a bit of lemony flavor that helps counteract the sweetness of the berries.

Overall, thought this was a good effort and a flavorful beer. It is more fruit forward than I expected and if it wasn't restrained in the sweetness it could have been a mess. Recommended as a change of pace but expect a significant fruit flavor.

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Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Uncommon Crow from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 112 ratings