Cerebral Brewing Last Scion
What the brewers say
Barrel-aged dark sour with spent Viognier, apricot, nectarine, and radish honey.
What our panel thought
Inviting nose, tart and vinous—dark fruit, a touch of malty sweetness, hints of roast, subtle medicinal note—and slightly jammy like a big Cab. Flavor is a touch piney, with strong but nicely judged acidity. Notes of meyer lemon lend a sweet impression. Low flavors of dark cherries and apricots. Lively mouthfeel, finishing tart and dry, leaving pleasant wine-like tannins. I want this with a big, marbled, dry-aged ribeye.
What our editors thought
Earthy hops, dark chocolate, and a curious coffee note punctuate the nose, with a touch of vinous character. The sip is lighter and thinner than the setup suggests, with sour tropical fruit notes in the fore—lychee, yuzu—followed by a warming sweeter malt that's quickly scrubbed by soft, lingering bitterness. Unexpected and thoughtful.