Slow Slicing
Nightmare Brewing Company

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Nightmare Brewing Company
New York, United States
Fruited Kettle Sour
4.15 | pDev: 7.71%
Feb 15, 2022
Dec 04, 2020
Asiatic-Style Sour Ale. Soured on Mandarin Oranges, Cucumbers, and Lemongrass with Yuzu and Rice Sugar.
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Rated: 4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 15, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by Taenim from Maine

May 29, 2021
Rated: 3.51 by DCMcCutch

May 10, 2021
Rated: 4 by RBorsato from Virginia

Apr 12, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by beerrat from Virginia

Mar 29, 2021
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Reviewed by jzlyo from Iowa

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Aroma malts/slight bread, lime and sprite/7up. The flavor is fruit/lime, wheat/malts, noticeable salt/mild spices and a mildly sweet/slight Worcestershire sauce finish.
Mar 13, 2021
Rated: 5 by stricken157 from Michigan

Feb 21, 2021
Rated: 4.48 by boocie from New York

Feb 20, 2021
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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This is a special brew. It demands your attention with bold flavor statements.

It pours an evil yellow with a little fizz. The aroma is astringent as hell, so you won't be surprised when it etches itself into your taste buds. The nasty, fruity sour will burn open cuts. Be careful.

Highly recommended. Outstanding Nightmare label. I may try to peel this one off - I have on one or two other Nightmare labels.
Feb 19, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by Zaphog from Michigan

Jan 25, 2021
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Reviewed by ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Because I am a connoisseur of torture techniques and death metal (sorry not sorry), I am aware that the reason this is called "Slow Slicing" is because that is the English name of the Chinese torture method "leng tch'e"/"lingchi" which is basically a "death by a thousand cuts" form of, well, doing harm to someone's physical body, and that ties into the fact that this is considered by the brewery to be an "'Asiatic-style' sour ale, soured on mandarin oranges, cucumbers, and lemongrass, with yuzu and rice sugar." That is... a lot. Also, it's 8.3% ABV and I didn't check that before pouring it so now I'm about to slowly become drunk. Which I guess is better than slowly dying of lacerations. Possibly.

Anyway, this pours a nice golden-orange color with a well-formed head of eggshell-white foam that lingers for a few minutes before eventually settling down to a thin ring with decent legs and spotty lace here and there. Active carbonation is seen rising from the bottom of the glass, though it's quite a bit more visible toward the surface, which is lazily covered by slightly hazy islands of thin, sudsy bubbles. Looks pretty good, yeah.

The nose is definitely telling me "we weren't kidding about this being a sour," as it immediately hits me with a ton of acidity with a driving citric component that feels bright and fun. The yuzu is extremely prominent and gives off a slight "tropical" note especially when paired with the cucumbers that have this cool, slightly herbal element to them. There's a hint of grassiness in here, and, of course, a good bit of orange-y heft as well. I definitely don't get the feeling this is going to taste like a beer that's over 8%, and that seems dangerous right off the bat.

Oh hell yeah. This is super tasty and complex. Tons of lemongrass and mandarin/yuzu hit the palate on first sip, followed by a wallop of quenching acidity and a mid-palate that actually has a touch of graininess and a balancing zip of ethanol (glad it's not totally buried here; I prefer bigger sours to actually taste like they're strong, at least to an extent). The finish has some more mandarin and hints of mango and passion fruit. Eye-opening tartness and good balance between a lot of the flavors. I find the cucumber gets a bit lost here, but I thought I detected it in the nose. Not a huge loss because everything else is great. Feel is dense and even a little chewy compared to many fruited kettle sours, but I expected that based on the ABV. It's still a fun sipper, for sure, and I would absolutely try more stuff from these guys. This was brewed at Dorchester Brewing near Boston, so that's probably why we got it. Hope they continue to use that facility so more Nightmare stuff shows up on local shelves. Into it!
Jan 16, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Jan 07, 2021
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Reviewed by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours out a hazy looking yellow orange with a finger of white head. More will form if you're not careful. Mild lacing. The foam fades relatively quickly.

On the nose, I get citrus, which is mainly orange and perhaps some lemon. Eucalyptus or what appears to be a plant-y, green, minty note. The strangest thing though is this strong note of mango, which is not in this brew. That unique quality (almost a funky quality) that mango has is ever present in this brew. I wouldn't really call mango funky in the same sense as a farmhouse ale or perhaps even a blue cheese, but mango smells and tastes more distinct than other, friendlier tropical fruits. But I digress. This brew seems to have the level of mango that Nightmare's Columbian Necktie should have had.

Taste follows. Citrus, orange and lemon, mint, green/plant notes, again with the mango but less so, and now that rice sugar comes in. I love the rice sugar addition. I feel that Ling Chi takes more advantage of the rice sugar, but it still brings a nice quality to this brew. As for the mango, I'm guessing that somehow the cucumber and citrus are interacting with each other to create a phantom effect. Simulating the presence of mango. 3 out of 5 on the sour scale. Moderately tart.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very lively carbonation. Almost bubbly like a champagne. The rice sugar brings a sticky cloying quality reminiscent of drinking fruit juice. A medium amount of acidity.

A solid brew. The interesting choice of ingredients in this one makes it distinct. While not my favorite sour, which is Windlass due to its simplicity, I always look forward to trying new Nightmare brews.
Jan 01, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Dec 20, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Dec 20, 2020
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Slicing through the thirst, Nightmare Brewing Company dolls out a exotic sour sour, citrusy and spicy with the juicy and radiant tanginess of mandarin oranges, cucumbers, lemongrass and yuzu fruit. There's certainly a lot to dissect here.

Pouring a pale golden color, the light and hazy hues precede a creamy white froth and a juicy scent of citrus, cider, white wine and light brine. Sweet in its early impression, its juicy and melon-like maltiness maltiness weaves together elements of honeysuckle, light pastry and sourdough for a creamy sweet upstart in taste.

As the sour ale splashes the middle palate, its bright and juicy flavors are largely of citrus juices, French cider and white wine. Crab apple, chardonnay and gooseberry constrict the flavors and shape a clean that registers like lime and lemon to the heading into the late palate. Keeping its juicy melon-like roundness, the sourness and brisk burlap invites the mustiness of wine rot on the finish. The lemongrass and cucumber are largely lost on the palate except for the honeydew attributes of cucumber and the tang that accompanies the lemongrass herb.

Medium bodied and light, the beer is quite moderately bodied for most sour ale, the uniqueness of the fruits and their only work to unify the kettle sourness underneath. A medium length series of echoes of fruit and wine makes this a highly refreshing, crisp and clean beer of high acidity that just slices through the thirst.
Dec 16, 2020
Slow Slicing from Nightmare Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 16 ratings