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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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of bradner
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ChiHophead13
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
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 kawilliams81
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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 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 homebrew311
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +2.9%
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 +5.2%
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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Photo of ChugginOil
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured @ Two Brothers shortly after the release.

This brew looks stout like in appearance but with less head than most stouts.

The nose is full of funk with sweet chocolate in the mix. Strange, interesting and enviting.

The taste is tart and quite sour upfront but then blend into some sweet chocolate and sweet dark malt. This is the best of both worlds.

The mouthfeel is ampley carbonated, dry in the finish, and pretty sour.

Overall, interesting as hell and damn tasty.

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