Mares in a Jam
Small Pony Barrel Works

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4.15 | pDev: 2.89%
Small Pony Barrel Works
Ontario, Canada
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle from the LCBO; dated 2020-11-06 and served slightly chilled. Listed at 7.1%.

Pours a murky, opaque brownish-burgundy colour, producing half a centimeter of light beige-coloured foam that dissipates within thirty seconds or so. A thin collar and a few flecks of lacing are the only remnants - not much to look at really. Very tart on the nose, with lots of oak and raspberry juice, in addition to hints of balsamic vinegar, sour cherry and earthiness. A little funky, with a touch of ethanol.

Very sour and tart, particularly at the back end. Notes of raspberry and cherry dominate, with lemon sourness and oak tannins also coming through. Balsamic vinegar and intense lactic acidity towards the finish, culminating in a puckeringly acidic aftertaste of raspberry juice, cherry, lemon and vinegar that lingers on the taste buds for a moment or two before trending dry. Medium-full in body, with light carbonation that weakly brushes against the surface of the palate; feels soft and plush on the tongue, without much sign of alcohol at all. I really like this one, but it's a sipper for sure, and one bottle should be more than enough for most folks.

Final Grade: 4.23, a very respectable A-. Mares in a Jam is the first Small Pony product I've had a chance to try, and it definitely made for a swell introduction. In terms of sheer sourness, this is one of the most intensely sour beers I can recall reviewing, so you should expect a lot of pucker here between the raspberries and fierce acidity. Highly recommended if you have any appreciation for brutally sour raspberry wild ales - can't wait to try the older 2019 release, which has been chilling out in my cellar for over a year now.

Feb 19, 2021
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy dark blueish color ale with a small head with limited retention and some light lacing. Aroma of tart raspberry notes with some light acidic notes with some sour notes clearly identifiable. Taste is a mix of tart raspberry flavours with some light acidic notes and some sour notes with very minimal amount of residual sugar. Body is somewhat full with good carbonation. Enjoyable and you can easily notice the huge amount of raspberry that were used in brewing this beer.

Dec 23, 2018
Mares in a Jam from Small Pony Barrel Works
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 7 ratings