Embrace The Funk - Never Again
Yazoo Brewing Company

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
4.28 | pDev: 6.54%
Yazoo Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: A two-year journey of a Belgian Dark Strong Ale, fermented with Brettanomyces and souring bacteria, and aged in 40-year-old Oloroso Sherry casks, Merlot wine barrels, and Bourbon barrels.
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MadEyeJay from Tennessee

4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My favorite of the ETF brews I have tried, and I try all I can. Very complex brew, though not surprisingly when you read the story of how it came to be. If you enjoy a funky beer, this is a great one. The alcohol is hidden well. Very drinkable. Warms nicely. I love it.

Nov 03, 2016
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown, minimal head. All of the barrels present themselves in the aroma. There's tart lactic character up front, some vinous barrel, vanilla, with some dried fruit on the finish. It's like the most complex chocolate covered sour cherry that I've ever had. You don't really feel the alcohol either. The evolution of the different flavors and the way they present themselves on the palate is truly remarkable and is what makes this a truly great sour.

Oct 27, 2016
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jrawlinsGA from Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Could be my favorite ETF beer I've had. Nice nose and coke brown color. The taste is so complex it's hard to pinpoint all the flavors coming through. I get lots of barrel, mild funk. Some cherry and vanilla notes come through. Fairly tart but not over bearing. Mouthfeel isn't very thick, and alcohol is almost unnoticed. Very well done.

Aug 06, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's like they say, "Good things happen to those who wait". And the patience of Yazoo brewers are aptly rewarded with their stronger, darker Belgian-style ale that's undertaken an oaken, souring cocoon and transformed this immature ale into a blossoming, complex and alluring adult. Never Again should definitely happen again.

Tawny crimsons and burgundies take a dark and highly oxidized appearance with a fast dissolving froth that quickly renders the beer's appearance to a burnt sherry showcase. The scent that wafts upon the nose is rife with dark fruit, stone fruit, red wine, dark candies, pepper and cellar-like funk. Sweet to taste, its the flavor of charred molasses, hard candy, cola, steely caramels and cherry juice that bounces on the front of the tongue.

And that's just the start- the flavors keep blooming with the lift of sweetness and the acceleration of sourness. Gaining fruity ground, the taste divulges black cherry, red currant, blueberry, plum, fig and prune with those strong winey tethers of red grape, brandy and robust burgundy wine that pull the fruit and fledgling sweetness together. Balancing with a charge of fresh cracked black pepper, cumin, clove and vanilla, the ale takes a spicy and earthy tone as weathered oak, leather and sandalwood dry the late palate with ease.

Sour to taste, the strong sense of balsamic, breaks up the beer's medium-full body and gives the session an irresponsible sense of drinkability. Spicy, winey and dry, the ale's drinkability is that of stronger merlot and cabernet wine but with a stern vinegar, cherry and oak display that provides a light powder-fine texture to close. Lingering acidity is enough to squint the eye and wet the mouth as its cidery acids far outlast all other flavors in aftertaste.

Jul 22, 2016
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A muddy cola brown with a 1/2 finger tan head that lingered for a bit. Aromas of berries, cherries, vanilla, oak, and musty wine barrels. Moderately tart with blueberry, cherry, vanilla, oak, sweet red wine, and barnyard funk. All the flavors played well together with no real dominant aspect. The big ABV was hidden except for a pleasant warming on the finish. Complex and interesting.

May 21, 2016
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's too bad that this beer will never be available again. This is a great effort. Funky and sour. The Brett is in full effect here... Booze is non existent... I liked this beer quite a bit.

May 09, 2016
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PassMeAZima from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A--Pours dark brown, almost opaque. Lightened around the edges

S--Wine barrel, dark fruit and musty oak

T--Tart dark cherries and grapes. Slight red wine aftertaste with the barrel/musty oak/funk (Brett) flavors lingering

M--Slightly thin initially. The flavors slowly coat the palate with a very pleasant aftertaste

O--Very solid effort. My expectations were not high going in, but I'm very pleased to say this was way above expectations. I would recommend.

Apr 27, 2016
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Rago from Tennessee

4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark burgundy with glowing red highlights, but completely opaque to sunlight in the body. Half finger of a rusty-white bubbly head which dissipated quickly.

Aroma: Sharp tart grape with mellow oak vanilla and a little bit of funk. Some pineapple, too. There's so much here that's new to me, I really don't know how to identify it. The sharpness went away as it warmed, and became more of a mellow tartness.

Taste: This was a whole new world to me. Not much dark fruit taste other than grapes and maybe a little plum. There was also some sweet pineapple in the taste as there was in the smell. As it warmed, the oak and vanilla came out and tasted so smooth. I'm not sure how it's supposed to be with these kinds of beers, but I couldn't taste any hops or malt. There seemed to be a a boozy woody flavor, I presume from the bourbon/JD barrels. The finish was somehow crisp and wet at the same time with a slight and cooling alcohol feel in the throat and on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a wine feel to it, but it wasn't oily at all. It felt surprisingly refreshing.

Overall: I'm not sure what this beer is supposed to be or how it represents it style (barrel aged Belgian strong dark sour?) but I would definitely drink this again. Too bad they won't be making any more of it. If you see it give it a shot if you can afford it at over $5 a bottle.

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Apr 23, 2016
Embrace The Funk - Never Again from Yazoo Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 36 ratings