Hoodwink | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrothersbrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of tart black ale with an oak-aged brett amber ale and an oak-aged sour amber ale.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
85
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
Wants:
9
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Trade:
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of antoines15
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of pzymali
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ackeeper
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Sparky44
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of vic21234
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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 nkersten
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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 funkyaudio
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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 dwbrews
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of ferrari29
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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 kenm2118
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of NeutroMan
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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 bauermj
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of bbeane
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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

CHEERS

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of wschmit
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Hoodwink from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 85 ratings