Sang Noir - 2012 Project
A blend of red ales aged in oak and bourbon barrels for one year, then aged an additional six months on Bing and sour pie cherries.
Pours the color of vinous black cherry with a slightly burgundy two-finger head. The nose is overwhelmingly tart pie cherry with a touch of wine and bourbon.
The flavor is similar to the aroma...tart cherries, very vinous. Bourbon is barely detectable when cold. Lacto-tart and acidic at first, but as it warms up it becomes significantly more complex - the wine-like character comes out, more bourbon flavor and sweetness from the malt, creating a more balanced, pleasing character. The bottle recommends serving at about 40-degrees, but I would recommend going a little warmer - more like 50-55. It really opens up nicely.
I always have a hard time spending $25 on a bottle of beer (and it seems there are more and more within this range these days, sadly for us poor craft beer lovers), but this is absolutely worth a try at least once. Because of its sour, vinous flavor profile, it pairs really nicely with Italian food - even Trader Joe's frozen lasagna...not that I would know anything about that of course.
Available at Cascade Barrel House and in select bottle shops throughout Portland, Oregon. Occasionally available on draft at Cascade.