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Hoodwink | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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3.85/5
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85 Ratings
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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.

Added by ChugginOil on 10-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
85
pDev:
11.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 26
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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 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 oline73
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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 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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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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 ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hoodwink from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 85 ratings
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