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Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Cherry And Berry Wood-aged Sour -

LOC: Den­ver, Colorado ABV: 5.2% | IBUS: 25 | SRM: N/A

What the brewer says

“Fla­vors of cho­co­late with a bit of roasted marsh­mal­lows up front, a slight fruity es­ter note in the mid­dle, then fad­ing to a clean malty fin­ish. De­spite the color, it’s a ses­sion­able beer. Chalk ad­di­tions add a lin­ger­ing min­eral fla­vor that en­hances the per­cep­tion of malt fla­vor and aroma.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Mod­er­ate cho­co­late with roast and toasty malt. Rich Mu­nich-type malt in there to sup­port over­all, and there’s a very light touch of slight smoke. A faint hops note loi­ters deep in the back­ground.” Fla­vor: “More rich and toasty malts with hints of cof­fee, smoke, and bit­ter cho­co­late. Mod­er­ate sweet­ness morphs into a mod­er­ately low bit­ter­ness.” Over­all: “A pleas­ant, roast-for­ward beer with hints of smoke but a slight sweet­ness that soft­ens any pos­si­ble rough edges. Nice malt char­ac­ter and malt com­plex­ity, but still very clean— that body doesn’t linger in the fin­ish, and it closes in a crisp and re­fresh­ing way. A tasty beer over­all.”

AROMA: 11 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 20 MOUTH­FEEL: 4 OVER­ALL: 9

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