Ensorcelled

California
United States
Ensorcelled The Rare Barrel
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Decadent, rich, and jammy, Ensorcelled will remind you of a chocolate raspberry tart dessert.

Ensorcelled shares a special piece of history with us. Ensorcelled has taken home a Gold Medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup, a Silver Medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival, and a Silver Medal at the 2016 World Beer Cup in the American-Style Sour Ale category. However, prior to wining these prestigious awards, we named this beer Ensorcelled (which means "Enchanted"), because Jay, our Director of Brewing and Blending, was enchanted by this beer throughout the barrel aging process. As Jay would taste through our first batches of our young sour beers, he kept going back to Ensorcelled and expressing how this was one of our best sours in the barrel cellar. After months of tasting through our barrels, and months of consistently coming back to Ensorcelled, Jay and the team became enchanted with this sour dark sour with raspberries. We hope that you and your friends enjoy a piece of this enchantment when you share your bottle of Ensorcelled.

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ABV: 
6.2%
Judges Review 
Tracy Hensley's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Complex and unusual aroma of dark moist German multigrain bread, smoked cedar, dry coco powder with dried sour black cherries and red raspberry compote. The ale is an opaque muddy brown color with a low tan head clinging only to the sides of the glass but when swirled creates Belgian lace.  Flavors start as a tart sour lemon zest with a frothy raspberry crème. The finish is a salty raspberry milk chocolate truffle with a low aftertaste of old pink rubberbands. Mouthfeel has high fine carbonation with moderate acidity supported by low chocolate graham cracker flavor with medium body. Overall a unique and interesting sour beer, but the pieces are a bit jangly. The combination comes together in a reasonable whole but lacks succinctness or focused complexity.