Hoodwink | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

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.

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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 26
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Hoodwink from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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