The Wild Beer Co. Modus Operandi, 7% abv
This barrel aged old English ale brewed with brettanomyces yeast was the debut creation of Somerset craft beer adventurers Andrew and Brett of The Wild Beer Co. It was a pretty damn ambitious debut it has to be said. The bourbon barrels used to age the early batches were soon supplemented by batches aged in red wine barrels, and the two beers were blended together after some ninety odd days to give us something designed to showcase what these guys are all about. It’s been a while since I last had some of this, I’m looking forward to it.
It pours a lovely dark reddish brown, the head thick and creamy and lasting. I performed my special nostril exercises and inhaled a lungfull, there’s oak, red wine, dark fruits, and vinegar. A heady combination, it even tickles a little. Awesome, I love a good nostril tickly beer!
I take a sip. It’s kinda like one of those experimental smoothies you, well I, make when slightly tipsy. Morello cherries, fresh strawberries, victoria plums, juicy raisins, figs, dates, all the good stuff. Throw in a vanilla pod, a few oak shavings (not really, but y’know) some muscovado sugar, a good splash of red wine, some balsamic vinegar… well why not?
It’s sweet, tart rather than properly sour, fruity, and loaded with a big, earthy oakiness. The finish is dry with a hint of bitterness, the body approaching full with a soft carbonation. ‘Tis a rustic delight, a bold, complex, experimental ale that’s impossible to pigeonhole and does it’s best to test and tantalise the taste buds. A worthy modus operandi and a fine beer. Cheers!