Pucker Up Chuck

5.5% ABV, 35 IBU, 28 SRM

Dark chocolate meets tart red wine and wood character in this barrel-aged, sour stout. Sweetness backs up the bold, fruity character, with undertones of vanilla and toffee. This started as our award-winning oatmeal stout, which we soured with wild bacteria while aging three months in a 3rd-use bourbon barrel. No wine or wine-barrel-aging was involved, the wine character is entirely the result of the beer, wood, and microbiology involved.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Dark brown to black, tan head of fine bubbles, rapidly dissipating.
Aroma: Aroma of oak, dark chocolate and fruit. Wine-like with red grape skins. Vanilla with lactic sour evident in aroma, similar to acidic fruit juices and wines. No yeast or hop character evident.
Flavour: Heavy on the fruity, dark chocolate character, fading into notes of caramel and toffee with underlying wood and vanilla tones.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, tart but balanced. Somewhat drying, tannic.

Notable Ingredients

Hops: N/A.
Malts: British heirloom floor-malted Maris Otter barley as foundation with a mix of Canadian, British and German specialty malts.
Other: Aged 3 months in a third-use Jim Beam bourbon barrel; soured with naturally-occuring bacteria in the barrel. All fruit character is from the beer, bacteria, and barrel. No wine, fruit or natural/artificial flavours added.

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