Saturday, March 12, 2016

Brau Brothers Barrel & Bog Funky Sour Ale

Beau Brothers Barrel & Bog Funky Sour Ale. Dark Ale brewed with natural cranberry soured in used oak barrels. Beau Brothers Brewing Company, Marshall, MN. 8.1% ABV.

Note: I drank the contents of the bottle without reading what it actually was.

Dark brown, nearly black, full, rich, thick cocoa-toned head, leaving lace, looking fantastic.  

Aromatics: clean, sweetish, fruit-y-a-little-bit, with a little funk and sour beneath, and a whiff of chocolate malt.

Taste: In the mouth, it's a sweet thing, followed by some weird funky stuff. Oaky tannins stay on top of the flavor profile, with sweet and sour keeping a constant tango. Chocolate-y malt holds it down, caramel and toffee-isn tinges, too, with the wild and the sour holding over it. No hops at all. 
Tasty stuff.

I liked this, a lot. Odd that I didn't pick out the cranberries, though. Mark it up for complexity. 

2 comments:

Kris said...

Ok, I'm glad to hear we weren't the only ones who didn't read the bottle before cracking it open. Good but I was expecting something different based on the name alone.

AL MCCARTY said...

What were you expecting? Barrel= barrel, bog = cranberry.