Style: Old Ale

ABV: 9.9

98/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 20
Mouthfeel: 5

Reuben's Brews Wormwood Scrubs

What the brewers say

“Brewed in the tradition of 19th-century British strong ales and conditioned in oak with Brettanomyces claussenii.

What our panel thought

“Dark brown. High head that retains well. Moderate caramel and chocolate dominated by a leathery funk and a slight tart sourness. Light floral notes in the background as it warms. Toast and chocolate malt flavors dominate, with hints of espresso. Light earthy and leathery undertones, but generally very clean for a wild beer. Light cherry and plum esters blend well with the beer. Cohesive and exceptionally balanced. Finish is drier than expected, with light Brett leather lingering slightly.”

What our editors thought

“Pointed Bretty nose channels a bit of oud bruin and speaks to common roots. The sip has salvaged a bit of residual sweetness, despite the Brett, and it helps soften the peppery bitterness.”

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