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Dark Humor - Sherry Barrel Aged | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by TMoney2591 on 01-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 10
Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +10%

The aroma is sherry, barrel, vinegar and sourness which makes the wild fermentation obvious to the nose. The flavor is more black cherry, oak, with less sour or tart than anticipated. It's dry and has more wine characteristics than beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a moustachioed shaker pint glass.

Thanks to jyoung for this bottle!

This stuff is a 100% Brett-fermented porter aged in a variety of barrels, including rum, bourbon, tawny port, ruby port, and, this version, sherry. It pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises Amontillado sherry, pretzel, and a heavy dose of sour Brett funk. So far, things are working. The taste is more Brett than anything, with the orange-y funk overriding any potential sense of porter-ness. That said, a touch of wine barrel (it could be any wine this time, really) does make it through the haze. This would all be fine and dandy, but the Brett doesn't seem to have matured all that well (or, to put it a different way, it doesn't really taste all that good here). The body is a light-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, though a good-sounding idea, this beer just turned out to be weird. It's too thin for its own good, and the Brett just makes sure not much else is detectable. Shame, really, 'cause I think a sherry barrel-aged porter sounds pretty cool...

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Dark Humor - Sherry Barrel Aged from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
3.41 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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