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Chilie Wonka by Valley Brewing Company
Sour Ale
5.80 % ABV

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Review by seaoflament on 07/21/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2009
Had this interesting beer at the Stone Sour Fest 09. I just had to try this beer because of the funny name. Found this description of the beer in another site and thought it would be helpful:
"A very unique beer that will be a love or hate experience for most beer connoisseurs. The beer starts with our Central Valley Golden, Luna Blanca, aged and is soured in a bourbon barrel for one year. The barrel imparts a natural aroma of chile peppers from the use of organic rainforest coffee beans in a previous use. The Wonka effect is achieved through the addition of Scharffen Berger Cacao Nibs into the barrel. Aromas of Chile peppers, flavors of chocoalte and a dry sourness that defines this truely unique beer."

The color was a hazy pale yellow with an inch of foam on top. Nice lacing on the sides and decent head retention.

Somewhat cheesy on the nose with a bit of leather, apricots, sweet and tart lemons, a bit of pepper and spices too.

Lemon tartness initially with a bit of pale malt sweetness following closely. I get a bit of an herbal flavor, very dry in the finish. Hints of bitter and sour orange, as well as grapefruit.

Feels a bit thin and watery on the palate at the very end. Pretty refreshing though and decent beer. Quite interesting too, there was this flavor I just couldn't quite pinpoint. There was a bit of a peppery flavor but it wasn't spicy.

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