Review 2 Crows Carica Port Barrel Aged Dark Sour w. Black Walnuts & Dried Figs

2 Crows Carica SourToday's review is 2 Crows' Carica Dark Sour, which is Port barrel aged with black walnuts and dried figs. It tops out at 6.1% ABV.

Ingredients: Barley, Oats, Spelt, Hops, Water, Yeast, Lactobacillus, Black Walnuts, Dried Mission Figs

Appearance: Dark brown with a ruby red hue to it. I don't really notice any carbonation in the body but the head has a light/moderate beige head on top, no noticeable lacing as it goes down.

Aroma: Quite often when I review beers, I don't really pay attention to the label until after I've first sampled it, this was one of those times. The first thing I got from this beer was a very aromatic red wine aroma with a lot of sweetness to it that almost has a grape juice profile to it. There's notes of figs, but I don't really notice the walnuts. For a sour, this smells more like juice than a sour!

Taste: Definitely a lot more sour than the aroma let me to believe, lots of red wine/port in this beer, which gives it a lot of its sour profile to it. Carica is still decently sweet with a bit of grape juice to it. The walnuts certainly do come up this time around with a bit of a roasted nuttiness to it and it tastes like well, walnuts. Lastly, there's a decent amount of dark fruit in here coming from the figs. Sweet but sour more than anything else.

Overall Thoughts: Not quite face puckering but really interesting sour. You get a lot of the Port barrel in every aspect of this beer. The sweetness of grape juice was something I didn't know I wanted in a beer, but here we are!

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