The tap list was chock-full of sour/lambic beers and I couldn’t wait to dive into them. My second beer of the day was SOUR 76. Sour 76 is another bourbon barrel aged beer. This American Wild Ale has an ABV of 7.6%.
An English-style Old Ale soured in a bourbon barrel with sweet cherries.
Sour 76 pours a medium to dark brown. Once again, there is no film except for a thin film.
The smell on this beer is sour and that made me happy. As one would expect from the description I picked up a sour vinegar-like funk, cherries and wood. The bourbon can be detected more and more as it warms up.
A mouth-puckering sourness is the first thing you notice. Once I was able to get past that, I picked up the cherries and a bit of chocolate. This combination was not unlike a cordial cherry. A faint smokiness/burnt flavor appears at the end. Sour 76 is smooth and easy drinking!
Mouthfeel is medium-to-light. It dries out your mouth and leaves behind a little residue.
This beer wasn’t big enough for me. None of the flavors seem to want to take control or dominate the flavor. Instead they all seem content to sit in the background. I really wish that the flavor was a bit more pronounced, but either way it’s a tasty beverage.
Overall: 6.5 out of 10
As an AMERICAN WILD ALE: 6.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Russian River SUPPLICATION, The Lost Abbey DUCK DUCK GOOZE, Ithaca LeBLEU