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American Wild Ale
3.65 | pDev: 19.18%
Yazoo Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: This ale was brewed with cherry-wood smoked malts, aged in bourbon barrels, and slightly soured.
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 50
Photo of Zazzi82
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-Surprisingly came across a bottle of this. I was aware Yazoo had released this infected sour batch of Sue in very limited 750ml bottles. I knew about the story and history of this beer so there was no way I wasn't going to drink it. The bottling date on the beer is Dec 14, 2011 & was released at the Yazoo Brewery thru a drawing a couple months later. Yazoo's Fortuitous pretty much tasted what you think a smoky spontaneous infected sour Sue would taste like in five years. There is a lot going on, with some flavors really good and some not so quite. I think I would of loved this beer somewhere around 2014 but I definitely appreciate it in 2016. Glad I got to try this. I wonder how many bottles are actually still around??

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle left over from World Beer Cup...I think.
Poured in chalice at private backyard tasting.
Pours a dark brown with tan head.
Rich aroma of chocolate, tannin, dark roasted malts, and mild smoke.
Medium carbonation and strong mouthfeel.
Flavors of light cola, modest malts, minerals, peat, watery coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Drabmuh for this. Served in a cervoise. Pours a very dark brown with a nice lasting tab head and quite a bit of spotty lacing. Nose has some chocolate and roast, no hint of the underlying infection. Flavor is a nice porter with a bit of lactic acidity and a moderate funk and cherry presence. Medium body and a bit creamy. Quite nice.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown, somewhat nearing black, with a tan head. The aroma was slightly smoky, with a slight acrid tartness on the nose and a hint of bourbon and vanilla. Taste somewhat followed that; only mildly tart or acidic, a little barrel presence, and touches of chocolate and smoke. Nothing is too in your face, but it's nice to drink. A bit of elevated carbonation, which could be expected.

I'm presuming that this was an unintentional infection of barrel-aged Sue, that seemed interesting to bottle. And it was. It was interesting and worth the try. But having had Sue, this particular treatment kinda just made me miss Sue, because she's a great beer and this doesn't really do her justice.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour is dark brown, opaque, creamy dirty tan head. Nose is chocolate malt, cream, faint tobacco, and notes of cherry. The taste is very sweet with light plastic, band aid note. Light tobacco in back, somewhat roast/burnt, smokey finish and faint sour fruit. Body is full, creamy, strong carbonation, and wet feel.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black in color with a tall khaki head. Nose is heavy on the roast with a hint of smoke. Sour cherries, green apple, raisins, and plums on the nose, too. A touch of berries and vinegar. Tastes decently acetic, but a nice complexity. Tons of roast, mild smoke, dark fruits, and quite a strong dryness. Definite tannins going on here. Not terribly funky, but a little bit of leather and black pepper.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color with a massive, rocky head; loads of lacing left behind

Smell: Sour cherries with hints of toasted brown bread and chocolate

Taste: Toasted brown bread, up front, but the sour cherry flavors quickly take over, bringing hints of chocolate that develop, after the swallow; building acidity in the finish; the smoke finally arrives in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; slightly creamy and very puckery

Overall: Was looking forward to tasting this beer after I discovered the intriguing flavors in my aged bottle of infected Sue; I wish the smoke came through more discernably, but still an enjoyable sour

Thanks, TheGordianKnot, for the opportunity

Edit: Cracked open my last bottle of infected Sue to taste the two beers side by side and the Fortuitous was fruitier while the infected Sue had a lot more smoke

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.48/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours black with a small tan head fading into nothing.

Aroma is quite different from the base beer. The roasted malts come through and there is still some smoke present, but not as much as Sue. Sour cherries permeate as well along with a hint of brett.

Smoke is subdued compared to Sue, but still present. Lots of dark fruits and cherry sourness intermingle with the roast malt and smoke and it's not a particular pleasant mixture. Got a little vinegary on the back end.

Low carbonation, mouthfeel is way too thin.

While not the worst unintentionally infected beer I've had, it still isn't pleasant. It really does just taste like a batch gone wrong. The sourness clashes with the base beer too much. Glad I got to try it, but was not impressed.

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Photo of TATURBO
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Dark Brown with minimal head.
The smell is fantastic, Really one of the best beers yet on the "smell" scale. Has a sweet Chocolatey, Cherry, Fruit, Bourbon smell. Seems to lack smokiness though. As it warms a strong vanilla extract comes out.
Taste is very complex with fruit flavors, primarily the cherry with the smokiness of a normal Yazoo Sue and some vanilla on the back end.
Mouth was above average but lacking fullness to score higher.
Overall a great beer on it's own but not the same as what I believe they were trying to replicate. I believe the unintentional "Sour Sue" was the target. I'd had a few 6 packs of that and it was actually a great infected beer. The Sourness brought a new dimension to the beer. Fortuitous got close and still worthy of a 4.25 to me.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass, no Yazoo glass, that's OK though. Beer is dark brown / black and really hazy, a tan wispy head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention.

Aroma is leathery and tart with a mild funk.

Beer is light in body and sweet with a mild balsamic character, a little bretty and nice. It was pretty good overall and I'd have it again.

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Photo of DCon
4.62/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received a 25.4 FL. OZ. bottle of this in a trade w/ CurtisMcArthur. Poured from the Black labeled bottle w/ the Red Yazoo brand into a 12oz Snifter Glass. Does not have a bottled on date.

Aroma- A ton of red wine, bourbon, and funk hits the nose all at once. Quite a challenge to take each of the characteristics in this nose and separate them. Finishes with a bit of scotch as well.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has fantastic retention. Has a deep brown colored body and leaves dark suds behind.

Flavor- A very "petey" taste comes up at the beginning and then breaks into a smoked beer. Malts are very well blended and the finish is quite acidic. I found no hops in this guy (like it should be).

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, Small puckering with both smoke and scotch throughout. Very Complexed!

Overall Impression- Can we add a Smoked Sour Style? This one was fantastic! Tons of character while having a smokey, scotch ale like base. HIGHLY recommend trading for this beer if your able to! Thanks again Curtis for the kickass brew!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to my buddy Will for cracking this one during my recent jaunt through Nashvegas.

A: Black body, brown highlights, one-finger of ultra-fine tan head on top. Ok retention and lace. Solid.

S: Big, bold aroma of lactic tartness, smoke, and chocolate. The smoke gets more prominent as it warms, and is joined by some cherry and oaky vanilla. Excellent.

T: Opens with sour cherries and pure lacto, followed by some sweet chocolate malt and a solid wave of woody, meaty smoke - quite a beef jerky vibe. Great.

M: Lively, creamy, full body. Nice.

O: The smoke definitely made for a unique take on a sour, and I thought it worked really well. The tart fruit, acidity, sweet malt, and smoke all combined into a heady blast of flavor. Not for the faint of heart.


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Photo of Sean9689
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into tulip.

A - Pours blackish/brown, tan-colored head, thin collar.

S - Tart cherries, green apples, oak, smoke, smooth booze. It is pretty much as-advertised, but I'm not all that sure I actually like this combo. The smoke and tartness go up against each other in a negative way, I think.

T - A bit less smoke, but the combo is still there. Some balsamic notes going on there, which I don't really dig. Smoke, oak, green apples/tart cherries. I just don't think I "get" this beer to enjoy it all that much.

M - Medium to full, soft carbonation, creamy tart finish.

O - Well, it's smokey, oaky, and funky. That said, I don't think this combo works for me. I would like to have again in the future to see if this changes, but it's not something I'd drink for enjoyment at this time. It just tasted like an infected smoked beer...which is what it basically is.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to duff27 for bring this to the tasting!

reviewed from notes taken on 3/14/12.

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: blackish / brown bodied beer with 2 fingers of tan / medium brown colored head. Head drops quick and this beer has decent lacing.

Smell: Honestly it smells like bandaids; without a doubt...bandaids! Little bit of roasty and smokey notes eventually drown out the intial smell of bandaids.

Taste: Mildly sour, smoky, woody, earthy, and cherries. Decent and noticable charred finish as the smoke builds from this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nice complex beer here. Its a great beer that exceeded my expections, but I really could have used more barrel notes from this beer. A really tasty smoked porter + sour bacteria + time together in a bourbon barrel = an interesting and unique beer!

I would really like to see Yazoo put Sue in a Bourbon barrel (minus the souring) and bottle it. That would be tasty!

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Photo of Duff27
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown beer with a light tan head that sticks around a bit. Some lacing and above average head retention.

Sweet chocolate cover fruit. Almost a peppermint or vanilla sweetness.

Sweet at first, slightly roasty. Not overpoweringly sour at all but it is there. Well hidden ABV. Smokey aftertaste. Very complex.

Well carbonated. Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel.

Very interesting beer right here. If you like to pick apart beers, this one is for you. This is one that ive been looking forward to for awhile ever since I had the "accident" sour Sue. Thanks a ton for this sommersb!

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Photo of craytonic
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - mahogany brown with a large tan head

Smell: Very smokey and slightly sour, touch of beef jerky, chocolate coated sour cherries, and bourbon.

Taste: It is an interesting concept, and the sour notes do not meld particularly well with smoke/wood notes. The background bourbon notes do help. The malts can be a touch harsh. Slightly sweet with a touch of chocolate, nice in that regard.

Mouthfeel: Thin itself but there is a slightly chunky residue to it.

Overall: I was very excited to try this one, I grew to love Yazoo when I lived in Nashville. That said, I get the impression from the taste that this was more of an accident than an experiment.

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Photo of sommersb
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 03-08-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 12-14-2011
Packaging: 750 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Bottle was bought following the drawing at the Yazoo release event...

Appearance is black and opaque, with a tan head about a finger high. Good amount of lace with fair head retention.

Smells are awesome - rich and complex, including the campfire smokiness of the original smoked porter (Sue), a good bit of bourbon whiskey, roasted malts, sweet and sour cherry, and some funky/woody aromas.

The taste starts off with a sour kick - more so than I expected from the aromas. Strong wood/oak/cherry flavors combined with coffee-roast bitterness. The bourbon taste is not as dominant, but there is a good bit of warmth here from the alcohol.

The body is in the medium range, a bit thinner than I would have thought, with a moderate level of carbonation. The finish is sour and includes smokey and woody aftertastes. This is a slow sipping beer due to the sourness and alcohol.

Overall a different and excellent beer from Yazoo. I can definitely see the influence of Sue, and the sourness adds an interesting twist without overwhelming the taste. I would have liked a bit more of the bourbon in the blend, however. I have an extra bottle of this and will plan to see how it ages - should be interesting!

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Photo of onewetpaw
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip.

This is a once off beer that Yazoo released from a spontaneously soured batch of Sue, their smoked Porter, that happened during the move to their new brewery. It was stated that they think the infection was with Pediococcus. The batch got recalled, but instead of dumping it the brewers decided to age it further and then back blend with non-soured Sue resulting in this one-off release.

A- The sourness and acidic nose hits you right away. I also detect some harsh black malt roast notes. The smoked malt of the original Sue isn't here at all

A- Pours black as night with a beautiful light beige head that stays for a long time.

F- Harsh sourness that seems to clash with the roast character. I like sours, but this is not my thing. The astringent malt along with the harsh sourness is too much. I could only stomach half a glass.

M- Thin and drying. The carbonation is nicely elevated helping to clear the harshness from my palate.

O- Not a winner. Most spontaneously "soured" beers from infection don't really work out well and this is no exception. I wish that they would have a hit here since I like sours and would like a local brewery to make one, but this one probably deserves to stay a one off. Oh well.

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Fortuitous from Yazoo Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 50 ratings