Brewery: Trillium Brewing Company
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: American Wild Ale aged in red wine and bourbon barrels. Hops – US Goldings. Malts – Pilsner, Abbey, Special B and Carafa III. Adjuncts – Blackberry, Cabernet Grapes, Belgian Candi Syrup and Turbinado Sugar
Brewer Description: (from website) Sinister Kid is named after the unofficial mascot of our Congress Street brewery: a long-forgotten, dismembered doll unearthed in construction rubble. We dusted off Sinister Kid and breathed new life into her, installing a new pipe leg and a wire arm. We quickly found a new use for her evil appearance: keeping an ever-present, protective watch over the first floor of our Fort Point restaurant and brewery.
This year, we’ve crafted what we consider to be our most complex variations of Sinister Kid to date. We took the base Belgian Strong Ale recipe, fermented it with our native New England yeast culture for two years in both bourbon and wine barrels, then transferred the beer to our oak foeders to condition on a variety of fruit. The six resulting blends are intricate expressions of wild yeast, time, and fruit all coming together harmoniously in the bottle.
Three of the 2019 Wild Sinister Kid blends were conditioned upon twice the amount of fruit as their counterparts to achieve a truly elegant and fruit-forward final blend. Consisting of 50% bourbon barrel-aged beer and 50% wine barrel-aged beer, Wild Sinister Kid: Double Blackberry Cabernet presents a deep plum color in the glass. Intense blackberry aromas wash over the palate immediately followed by notes of fig, raisin, and cherry. Mildly warming, with a touch of sweetness and rounded acidity, this beer is elegantly balanced and refined.
My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.22
My ratebeer.com rating: 4
Intro: A 330ml bottle, bottled on 19th September 2019. Poured into a Lindemans stemmed lambic teku/tulip glass.
Appearance: A cloudy dark reddish purple colour with a one finger brownish purple head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Lightly tart, blackberry, nail polish, oak.
Taste: Tart, sour, blackberry, mixed berries, grapes, grape skin, lightly vinous, oak.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Aroma and flavours were enjoyable, and the 10% ABV was well hidden.