Ocho Barril: Magic Beer Genie

California
United States
Ocho Barril Magic Beer Genie Half Moon bay beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

The Ocho Barril Series is named after the batch sizes in which our unique sour ale is produced. A batch of 420 gallons fills eight oak barrels whilst leaving room for the addition of fruits and spices. The beer is then fermented with a combination of Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pedioccocus and aged between 12-24 months to create a mélange of bright acidity and a funky barnyard finish. Magic Beer Genie Belgian Dark Strong was aged 18 months in a Pinot Noir Barrel.

Profile

ABV: 
10.7%
IBUs: 
29
Served at: 
50 - 55° F
Hops: 
East Kent Golding, 6300
Malts: 
Two-Row, Pilsner, Acidulated, Vienna, Dark Wheat, Special B, Munich, Melanoidin
Judges Review 
Randy Scorby's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The aroma initially greets you with prominent black cherry, plum, spicy alcohol and a rich, bready caramel maltiness. Immediately following this is a sharp, clean lactic acidity with supporting earthy and slightly barnyard-y Brettanomyces. A light vanilla character jumps in as it warms. The flavor shifts soon after with the Brettanomyces becoming more prominent with notes of significant spicy alcohol. The bready caramel malt character becomes more pronounced as it approaches mid-palate, with a supporting cast of black cherry, plum and vanilla. The solid residual sweetness dries out in the finish with a boost from the alcohol and moderate levels of hop bitterness. It pours a slightly hazy dark brown, with a lingering tan head. This makes for a very enjoyable brew right now, but would benefit from aging until the snow starts to fly again.