Elderberry Sour | Mammoth Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mammoth Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Elderberry Sour was aged 12 months in our naturally soured bourbon barrels. As the barrel aging was coming to an end, loyal staff and family braved the wilds of the Eastern Sierra to pick Elderberries from Lundy and Scheelite Canyons.We married the sour and elderberries together in a fermenter and let blend into a blissful state. Enjoy, oddly enough, with smoked meats. Bottle conditioned for your pleasure.

25 IBU

Added by bpasquini on 03-31-2014

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Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for sharing this one!

Poured a reddish amber color with a good amount of lasting foam on the surface.

Aroma was earthy and unique, vaguely acidic with a light cheese rind funk.
Similar taste, moderately tart and earthy with a wet wood funkiness and lasting complex aftertaste. Balanced and not overly sour or vinegary. Medium bodied with a dry finish. Overall it was nice, and a fairly unique fruited sour ale.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Fall 2016 seasonal (enjoyed on 10/17/16). Poured from bomber into pint glass.
A: Pours a ruby amber hue with half inch white bubbly head that quickly recedes. (4)
S: Nicely strong fruity (elderberry) sour aroma hits from over a foot away. Soft bourbon, oak, vanilla, and a hint of lactic acid. (4)
T: Sweetly tart elderberry hits first, quickly followed by the bourbon barrel with notes of oak, vanilla, and red berries. Don't let this warm too much, otherwise the bourbon barrel notes become too strong. (4.25)
M: Medium body. In turns sweet, tart, and sour. Nice barrel aging fullness. Lingers and matures a bit on the palate. (4.25)
D: By the description, I was worried the bourbon barrel aging would drown out the elderberries. This didn't happen and the end result is a nicely balanced brew with good complexity. (4.25)

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this at Eureka Burger in Bakersfield, it was listed on the board as Mammoth Elderberry Sour, so I decided to go with it as its' name

Served in a tulip

A: The color resembled the color of raspberry with slightly more pink to it, looked really good, there was no head or lacing which was expected for a sour, looked to be unfiltered, could not see through it but didn't look murky either, very nice appearance to it in my opinion

S: This beer had a very nice smell to it, noticed some tart raspberry, and I want to say there was some sweet boysenberry as well, noticed a slight hint of tart grape, and I'm not really familiar with wine barrels but I want to say I noticed a blend of cabernet and pinot, it was very faint as the berries dominate the nose

T: Lots of tart berry with some sweet berries mingled with it, and you can notice those wine barrels coming in after the berries, then finishes with a winey grape, tart berry flavor which is actually quite good, the use of berries was different for me and I really enjoyed the presence of them in the flavor profile, it was good change up for a sour

M: Was a bit let down here, I think this beer needed more carbonation but over all it still was solid for the beer

O: Fantastic sour from Mammoth, had low expectations as I am not generally a big fan of their beers but this one was by far the best I've had, if you get the chance to try this beer out I recommend it

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This was my first introduction to the sour world and it was truly a treat. MBC still making great beers.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine glass.

Look: Hazy golden amber hue. Finger of frothy white head. Dies down to a solid cap of foaming leaving nice lacing behind.

Smell: Decent acidic sourness. Berry notes. Honey malts round out the background. Nice fragrance, but not what I'd call complex.

Taste: Less sour than expected based on the nose. Sourness most prevalent up front and dies down rather quickly, washed away by dark berries (elder/blue/black), ends on what I want to call a malty note, but almost flavorless on the finish. There's some hay and wheat in there too. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation, starts off slightly acidic and tart, then gets drier and drier.

Overall: Very solid beer. Not as complex and crazy as some sours. I dig it.

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Elderberry Sour from Mammoth Brewing Company
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