Orpheus Minotaur is an American Wild Ale aged in whiskey barrels, 8% ABV, no bottle or best by date. I got a chance to try Coffee Minotaur (the version of this beer that was also aged with coffee) a couple of months ago, I’m hoping for a quality craft beer experience with this one as well.
Minotaur pours with a crystal clear dark gold color with some intense red tones. A little bit of head was created by the pour, but it fades away completely. The aroma is rather mild, it takes a good bit of effort to get just a mild amount of caramel malt and some of the whiskey barrel. There’s a nice balance of sour ale and whiskey barrel in the taste. The beer tastes malty and mildly tart at the outset of the sip, the middle of the taste brings in some tart fruitiness highlighted with some green apple. I’m enjoying a nice mix of the whiskey imparted from the barrel and a mildly sweet bit of toffee on the finish. The carbonation of this beer is incredibly low which is creating an drinking experience that is more akin to spirits than beer.
Not an overly complex barrel aged sour, but the longer I sip on this the more I enjoy it.