Southbound Roxanne is an American Wild Ale with tart cherries aged in oak barrels, 8% ABV, bottled in October of 2016.
This pours with an unpleasant muddy brown color that has a red tint to it. Not much in the way of head retention, but before it dissipated it had a nice light tan color. I’m getting a lot of sweet dark fruits on the nose, figs and prunes and maybe just the mildest bit of cherry in there as well. Not getting much in the way of tartness in the aroma, the wild yeast seems to be bringing more of a Belgian-style quality. There is more cherry in the taste than there was on the nose, but it has an earthy flavor as opposed to being sweet and tart. More dark fruity flavor in the taste as well, and a lot of the oak barrel. I mean A LOT. The dry woody notes from the barrel make an immediate impact on the beer and only get stronger towards the finish. All that barrel character is creating a dry feeling beer with an oaky finish that mixes nicely with more of that natural earthy cherry flavor. There is a mild amount of tartness in the taste, but calling this a Sour Ale would be a bit of a stretch.
I wish there was a little more fruity/tart cherry and overall sweetness to balance this out a bit, but this is a perfect example of how intense of an impression a barrel can make on a beer.