Two Brothers Brewing Company

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American Wild Ale
3.84 | pDev: 11.46%
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: A blend of tart black ale with an oak-aged brett amber ale and an oak-aged sour amber ale.
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 85
Photo of dowen17
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown with a one finger tan head.

On the nose is sour fruits and some oak. The roast malt character comes in on the end. Definitely smells sour.

Taste is heavy on the oak. Definitely tastes of oak. Some malt comes through and the sourness hits on the front.

Good mouthfeel. Not much to say about this beer really.

This is an okay beer. I wasn't super excited about it but it was easy drinking. Meh.

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Photo of Holland
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dark brown to black with a huge tan head that stays forever on top. Forever. It's still there and doesn't appear to be subsiding.

S: tartness, sweetness, some dark cherry and chocolate

T: at first it's not sour at all, but on the second sip it hit me, especially on the back end. Still, it's malty and roasty first, then sour with some cherry. Not all too sour at all, though.

M: kind of thin with thin, fine carbonation. Feels kind of delicate, which is not how I would like it.

O: the taste and mouthfeel are disappointing. I expected something more like Sour Black, but this just wasn't up to par.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a recent trade from one of you guys, can't remeber who but I appreciate it for sure. Dark black-brown color. Interesting smell, clearly wild, a bit of brett and a vinous aroma, not bad. taste was also vinous, slight bit of sour. Overall I thought this was pretty solid. Its not going to rival Russian River or Lost Abbey but its a good start.

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Photo of aasher
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was courtesy of hannydog, who gifted it to me. Thanks Gregg!

This beer pours a medium bodied dark, dark brown on the verge of black with plenty of carbonation and a three finger dark khaki head. It actually looks like a really heady stout. The nose features aromas of tart apples, dried red fruits, Brett, slight fingernail polish, and finishes with almost a chocolate malt aspect. It's interesting. The flavors are strange and aggressive. First, the carbonation attacks your palate. After that you get hit with a tart apple sour mixed with roast and bitter chocolate and also a good amount of funk and Brett. There is also some of that finger nail polish lingering around. The dark malt side of this beer is odd. The roast, light coffee, or chocolate are kind of just thrown in there. The most distracting aspect is the carbonation so that brings down my overall score.

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Photo of beagle75
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark brown color with a thin surface residue of mocha-tinted bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Oak and dark vinous fruit marry well here, with an assertive hit of lactic acidity and lesser ammonia also present. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with early tartness that represents a balance of short-lived lactic and acetic qualities. Dark vinous fruit is also present, hanging around into the middle where well-cured oak becomes increasingly pronounced. Savoriness adds interest but is inconsistent, standing out on occasion then fading quickly. Flavors become sparse in the finish, where wood remains and some astringency stands in for bitterness. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, fairly balanced on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: While each component seems satisfactory, if a little safe, the synergy of all parts when considered together is pitch-perfect. This is a distinguished and mature dark sour that compares favorably to Russian River Consecration.

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Photo of bashiba
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clean dark brown with bright ruby highlights and a thick creamy tan head.

The smell is nicely tart, with a big balsamic and dark cherry nose and a touch of chocolate.

The flavor is a milder version of the nice, nicely chocolate with a touch of roast with light tart flavors. Has nice woody and spicy notes. A touch of dark fruit comes through nicely.

The mouthfeel is light and dry with a nice tannin feel to it.

Very nice Wild Ale, almost a wild porter.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, almost purple in color with a dense modest head.

Aroma is sour dark fruit, woody oak and intense alcohol heat.

Taste is intensely tart and peppery up front. Then some dark fruit sweetness makes an appearance before being outshined by the woody, sherry cask alcohol quality. Finishes with a pleasantly musty yeasty funk.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall, an intense and interesting brew. yeasty and woody, with complex fruit qualities.

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Photo of bbeane
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... Starts with a finger thick brownish head that disappears somewhat slowly leaving behind a fair amount of lacing. Beer is black in color with what little light comes through gives it the slightest hint of a crimson hue

S- A little mellow in the nose. Some light notes of oak, tart, and a alcohol

T- A very nice medley of flavor with the sourness and sweetness of the dark malts meshing to start, and the tart eventually taking predominance in the finish

M- Medium body with little carbonation

O- A pretty stellar offering IMO. There's a handful of amazing sours out there that have been the front runners for some time... It's nice to see more attempts out there, some of which are really enjoyable


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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this one.

The beer is a dark mahogany type color with a finger of tan head. Sort of a typical dark sour aroma of vinegar, raisins, plums, and currants. Definitely some oak and grass notes to it. The flavor is really heavy on the oak. A bit of tart fruit, maybe some vinegar. A little grass funk and some hay. Not the greatest flavor to this. Medium body with medium to high carbonation.

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Photo of oline73
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky mahogany color with a finger of cocoa head that fades to a layer.

Smell: Some vinegar sourness with caramel and dark fruit. Picking up some woody notes.

Taste: Smooth sour notes with a lot of oak. Some vinegar and dark fruit. The finish is bitter and woody.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the barrel notes with the sourness. I might have it again given the chance.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color, though it does have some highlights to it. Some tan froth and lace produced.

(S)- A little funky with a tart oaky barrel character. Very subtle bits of raisin.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice tart oak barrel funk to it overall. Some raisin and dark fruits too.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level with a great balance of oak, funk, tart, and dark fruits.

(D)- Overall, a nice little tart, barrel aged sour easy to enjoy. I look forward to seeing how this develops over time.

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Photo of wschmit
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl. oz. corked/caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. No apparent dating/numbering, says it can be aged 5-10 years, though.

A: Big time gusher, opening with a nice pop. I could feel it about to blow as I barely twisted the cork, so I was prepared. Anyhow, it looks quite nice. A fluffy, Diet Coke head (with much better retention than that), leaving a bit of sticky tan lacing. Pitch-black body. Interesting, for sure.

S: Sour black cherries, right up front. Followed up by a deeper, richer sweetness, like a good Flemish red/brown, sort of in between the two. Acetic acid dominates, but there are other kinds of tartness, too. Smells pretty nice, but not for the faint of tart heart.

T: Now this is interesting. Not nearly as sour as the nose would suggest. It's there up front, but fades quickly into a slightly musty, Guinness-like taste. Vinegar makes up the bulk of the souring, but it is mild. I wish there were more complex funk here. A nice idea, but the funk and the darkness seem kinda disjoint.

M: Carbonation really blew itself out into a somewhat flat beer. The mix of acidity with a thin, black body is a bit odd, too. Again, a nice experiment, but it needs refinement, melding. Maybe age would help?

O: I can't remember what I paid. I enjoy keeping tabs on Two Brothers, being local, and I think they're making progress. Worth it for a try, and maybe one or two for aging if you have some room in your beer budget, but otherwise, merely interesting.

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Photo of vic21234
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown with a small tan head.

S- An almost vinegar like smell. Roasty malts are apparent as well, with hints of chocolate

T- Begins and ends sour. Midway through is cherries and chocolate.

M- Lightly carbonated, very sour.

This is probably the first I've had of this style. It's an interesting beer for sure and worth a try. A bit pricey though.

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Photo of mentaltraveller
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It is interesting, unique and well made. This beer balances a wild/sour flavor with dark, malty. almost rasiny finish. These flavors work well together. It pours dark brown, with a good head and plenty of sediment. The roasty flavors are apparent in the smell, but the core of this beer is still sour/wild. A bit expensive, but worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip-shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a tan colored 2 finger size rocky head; good amount of lacing formed around the glass; body is opaque, with an ultra dark brown color; plenty of carbonation; head holds well; lots of visible sediment

S - Sour apple; red vinegar smell; leather; touch of roasted malt as it heats up, but is mostly sour; floral; sour yeast

T - Taste starts sour and tart; moves quickly to a roasted dark malt taste; some dark chocolate; finishes with a sour yeast taste that tours malty; coffee; cherry and currants

M - Effervescent and tart; creamy feel; leaves behind a lingering coffee-chocolate aftertaste

D - Overall, its a concept and fantastically brewed beer; you can taste every flavor in this beer; great balance of sour notes and dark malt flavors; everything from nose to mouthfeel is great; enjoy!

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Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a brewery that has been experimenting with sours for the past couple of years now and it shows. every sour that have put out have been rather consistent. it may have its own edge in flavor but doesn't not lack in quality.

pour is rather dark... as well... stated on the bottle. dark brown with a decent sized head. nose of tart that would be associated with a flemish. cherry hints. but the palate is a bit more malt dynamic. all the nots of a brown ale are there in the undertones. but very deep in there. clearly tart sour cherry hints but not as outrageous as some. backbone of toast, chocolate, and nougat qualities. i got hints of almond. very drinkable... goes quite fast.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375mL caged and corked bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: My pour is an opaque brown color with burgundy edges. A medium sized tan froth forms with a slow, straight down the center pour. Neither the head retention nor the small lace really impress.

Smell: There is a fairly strong dark malt presence here, an early indicator of an under-aged sour. Some caramel and molasses notes, dark cherries, currants, blackberry, and lactic sourness. A bit of vanilla and oak come through as well.

Taste: The flavor starts fairly sweet, with dark roasted grains, caramel and cocoa, and a bit of molasses. Cherries, currants, figs, and raisins slowly turn the flavor toward a lactic sourness. Eventually a bit of Brett is noticeable, imparting a leathery flavor that blends with a bit of vanilla and oak toward the end of the sip. The more desirable aspects of the beer feel understated, a fact which I hope will be remedied over time.

Mouthfeel: Hoodwink drinks a bit fuller than medium for the style. Crisp carbonation fits with the flavor profile. The lactic sour flavor leaves a slightly puckering sensation in my mouth, but it is also fairly dry by the end. Mildly acidic.

Overall: When thoughts of "is this beer worth the price" start creeping into my head, I know that it is a beer that is not meeting my expectations. Right now the flavor is nice, but it is not sour enough for me to accept a simplicity in the other flavors. Maybe some time will do this good, but as of right now I do not like it as much as Askew.

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Photo of nkersten
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into De Dolle tulip. Cork comes out with a weak pop, pours an opaque dark brown with a one finger mocha head that fades to a collar. Smell is a roasty lactic sour with a slight metallic edge, leather and oak. Taste is better than i expected it to be - dark fruit, currants, brett funk, slightly sour, alcohol, somewhat harsh toasted oak finish. Medium body with a prickly carbonation. A good dark sour from a brewery outside of Belgium, although certainly not the best. The "Opus" beers continue to surprise me, but maybe thats because Two Bros set the bar so low with Moaten. Either way, worth tasting.

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Photo of tony223366
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jzmaxson27 for trading me this beer!

A: Really dark brown with about 1/2 finger of tan head that quickly dissipated. Big bubbles rise in this dark brew.

S: Very tart up front. Dome darker malts just barely make their presence known. I'd also say there is a hint of cocoa powder present. Finishes of vinegar.

T: This sour definitely has some blue cheese funk to it. Cherries hit me right off. Then that transitions into a dark malt flavor. It finishes funky and interesting. I don't get any of the cocoa that I perceived earlier. Very interesting.

M: medium body with a slick mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Could use a tad more.

O: An interesting American Wild Ale for sure. Funkier than I thought it would be. Still very tasty. Would drink again.

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Photo of ChiHophead13
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

13oz. bottle from West Lakeview poured into a tulip.

A - pours a thick, rick brown with a discernible purple hue in the light. Thin, pale head with very faint lacing.

S - sour, bitter fruit is heavy up front. Cherry and grape skin which come off tannic give way to a woodsy leather aroma. The smell is the best part of this beer and I would've rated it higher had the finish not been so dominated with a strange vinegar.

T/M - tart and bitter on the tongue without being pushy. the cherry taste borders on an off-putting acetone flavor. The finish is long and more pleasant - softer red fruit, leather, and earth. This beer would benefit from more carbonation.

O - this is a good beer but by no means an exceptional sour. As a "dark sour" I really wanted to find some complex malts or cocoa somewhere in there. Unfortunately, they never came to the party. Admittedly, I drank it young. I'll sit on another bottle for a year and see how it matures.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

The final beer of the night, shared with VDubb86 whilst watching some good, ol'-fashioned "Keenan & Kel". Yeah, we roll like that. It pours a eerily purple-tinted dark garnet topped by a half-finger of relatively short-lived khaki foam. The nose comprises Belgian candi sugar, light cocoa, tobacco, dank greens, sour black cherry, blackberry, and sour milk. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a sort of bleu cheese kinda flavor, which interweaves itself with the dark fruits and sour milk to create a truly unique tart/sour flavor that I can't describe any other way. The candi sugar and cocoa gain some steam, but remain indefinitely in the background. The whole mixture is hard to get used to and keep going back for more of. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a sorta swampy feel (if that makes sense). Overall, an interesting beer, indeed. I can't say that I fully disliked it, but it was kinda difficult to drink at times. Challenging may be a better word. I'm still generally positive toward it, but I doubt I'm gonna have many more in the near future.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours into a LadyFace Sniffer with an extremely dark black appearance that gives just hints of purple on the sides when held up to the light. Slight off white lacing.

Smell – Dark roasted and sweet malts, slight sour and tart aromas, cherries, currants, oak, and cocoa.

Taste – Mouth puckering and sour up front mixed with dark sweet malts and cocoa. I guess this is somewhat similar to the whole “sour stout” trend? Slight red wine, cherry (not sweet but a bit more tart – the sweetness is definitely from the malts), and oak.

Mouthfeel – Moderate bodied, decent carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – A good sour from TB. The main flavors are a mixture of chocolate covered tart cherries. I will say I preferred Askew over this, but this is a different sour and unique (i.e. good) in its own way. Have a few more to cellar to see how it will do with age.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another sour from the Opus series. Poured into Lindeman's tulip glass.

A: pours deep dark purpleish brown, short lived tan head, not much lacing

S: tart lactic acid, cherry, oak, and a hint of cocoa

T: taste starts off with a short dash of sweetness, dark cherries, this turns to tart acidic character quickly, notes of oak and vingar stand out in the middle, the finish features a bit of cocoa. The cocoa competes a little with the sourness.

MF: low carbonation for style, medium body

O: another nice surprise from Two Brothers on the sour front. Hopefully they drop the J Series line and devote those enormous oak foudres to brews like this. It is a little pricey @ 8.99 for a 375ml, but a tasty treat nonetheless.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Binny's a few days ago. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - Finger of tan foam settles a near-complete cap, thick collar, splotchy lace. Dark brown opaque body.

S - Slight vinegar, dusty, leathery brett, currants and cherries, perhaps a bit of dusty cocoa, earthy barrel and vinous hints. Oak gets a little overwhelming as it approaches temperature.

T - Taste again has chocolate, currants, cherry skins, unripe blueberry, touch of red wine vinegar, some dry leathery brett, and a very woody finish. Somewhat subtle - I had to let this warm up quite a bit to get a lot of flavor - but ultimately quite enjoyable.

M - Very dry and tannic, with some pleasant carbonation tingle. Moisture-obliterating, but only light pucker. Acidity grows after a while, resulting in an unsettled stomach.

D - As much as I dislike the business practices of Two Brothers (and Windy City), this beer is actually pretty good - miles better than Moaten in any case. Probably not worth $11, but we aren't exactly flush with beers of this style being made locally. Reminds me a little of Dantalion.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, it has a thin cap of tan foam and a garnet highlight in the meniscus of the glass. Body is otherwise blackish brown. Skim maintains itself after the first few sips.

Woody barrel, black cherry and currant aroma. Fruity and vinous.

Flavors instantly remind me of aged Philosophers Stone (their Black Brett Saison), which is a very good thing. Fruity cherry skins, leather, and a light impression of woody tobacco. Plenty of woody pepper spice and dry, bitter tannin from the barrel. Mild acidity with a moderate puckering tartness. Vinous feel, medium bodied. Dry aftertaste with some lingering hints at the roasted malt base in the background. Red wine and roast malt mashup.Tart black cherry steals the show here, and overall it's a very nice beer from Two Brothers, reprising the more successful elements from their past wild ales, Opus 10 and Philosophers Stone.

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