Old Red Barn 2016 – Half Pints Brewing

From Winnipeg Manitoba’s Half Pints Brewing Company comes their seasonal “Old Red Barn” 2016 Vintage a sour red ale.  This beer was aged for two years in stainless and barrels.  The beer pours a reddish brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of cherry, sour funk, oak, vanilla and some sweetness.  The flavour is of cherry, oak, big acetic notes (quite sour), vanilla, sugar, red wine and a hint of vinegar.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.4% with an IBU of 23.  Having tried the original around three years ago I can say that they made a beer this beer to the same great standard.  I wish they would release this far more often.

Commercial Description:  The Old Red Barn is our first foray into the wild world of sour beers.  This special ale is fermented with a mixed yeast culture that takes almost two years to produce all the complex flavours that you’re about to enjoy.  Fermented in stainless then barrel aged for two summers, the beer reminds one of the sweet rewards of patience with cherry pie, vanilla, and almond aromas.  the flavour is bracingly tart with a background of oaky vanilla and a low hops bitterness to accentuate the bready malts.  Try it at 10C in a large Bordeaux glass, with a creamy, warm Swiss Raclette or buttered scones with sour cherry preserves.

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