Review: American Solera Sherry Barrel Western Culture

I enjoyed the regular oak barrel aged Western Culture, and I enjoy a sherry barrel aged beer, so I should be in for a treat. The same base beer as Western Culture, run through the same coolship, but aged in a single Oloroso Sherry cask for at least 18 months. Super limited, only 85 cases produced.

Company: American Solera

Location: Tulsa, OK, Brewed and Barreled at Prairie Artisan Ales

ABV: 5.4% ABV

Style/Description: Coolship Ale Aged In Oak Barrels (Sherry Barrel Aged)

Price: $14.00 per 375 ml

Appearance: Lightly cloudy straw pour, no head or lace. Appears still.

Nose: Some light funk, with sweet and spicy sherry shining through. Some tart fruits, with woody oak.

Taste: The sherry barrel aging gives quite a different profile to this brew, adding flavors of dates, prunes as well as sherry itself. Earthy and sweet, some peach and citrus tartness. Light and dry, with completely still carbonation. Not sure if this is intentional, as it could be in this lambic inspired brew, but the regular version had a fairly robust carb on it. Whether intentional or not, this guy would benefit from a moderate carb. I enjoyed the dry fizziness of the oak barrel aged version.

Finish: Crisp and clean finish, with lingering sweet sherry.

Overall: Loved the flavor, and astonished to see a sherry barrel aged coolship beer being produced in Oklahoma, especially if it is an intentionally still lambic. That being said, I think that it could have benefited from carbonation. Not sure if all the bottles were still, but mine, Kris’s and a few people on Untappd were without carbonation. I’ll hang on to the other bottle and perhaps some age will carb it up.

Rating: 3.5/5


One thought on “Review: American Solera Sherry Barrel Western Culture

  1. I can’t wait to try this. Undercarbed sounds pretty great to me…but that’s probably because I just had half a bottle of champagne and carbonation is kind of the enemy right now. Haha. Anyway, good review! 🙂

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