Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Wild Ale fermented with blackberries. Barrel ratio: 100% French
Brewer Description: (from bottle) We are fortunate to have great relationships with our local growers who provide us with superb fruit for our beers. Like last year, we had the opportunity to purchase fresh marionberries and boysenberries, both close cousins to the blackberry, so we pounced. For this vintage, fresh berries were added to Sour Opal, a beer matured up to 24 months in oak barrels, and then fermented using our proprietary blend of microflora for an additional three months. Bursting with ripe berries and brambles, as well as hints of jam, the fruit gives way to a rustic funk and soft oak flavours, finishing with a mouth-watering acidity. We humbly present 2016 SLOambic.
My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.34
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2
Intro: A 375ml corked and caged bottle. Batch No. 003, bottled on 8th November 2016. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A clear ruby purple colour with a big two finger pinkish head that dissipated quickly while leaving only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Tart, blackberry, mixed berries, lightly jammy.
Taste: Sour, tart, blackberry, mixed berries, with a touch of oak and funk.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Very nice blackberry aroma and flavours. Enjoyable and easy to drink.