Sound Old Yonder Star

Reviewed by on December 23, 2015 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Sound Brewery

  • Origin: Poulsbo, WA, US

  • Rated On: December 23, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: English Strong Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Sound Brewery’s Old Yonder Star offering is presumably a reference to the Christmas Star, and further denominated as a ‘Yorkshire Style Holiday Ale’.  That’s enough seasonal spirit to get me on board!

This 355ml bottle pours a clear, dark orange-brick amber colour, with one skinny finger of weakly puffy, and mostly just wispy tan head, which leaves a bit of desert landscape horizon lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of gritty milk chocolate, subtle earthy coffee, a plain sweetened graininess, some Halls-esque cherry and plum fruitiness, those candied nuts found in confections all over the place right now, and some tame weedy, leafy, and certainly perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is nutty caramel malt, muddled, and somewhat sour dark fruity notes, a bit of milder white grapes, and a hard to really parse leafy and citrusy hoppiness. The bubbles are fairly understated in their barely supportive frothiness, the body a bare medium weight, and more or less smooth, I suppose, just a wee tacky sourness poking and prodding my soft palate like a sparring boxer. It finishes off-dry, the fruity and nutty edginess doing well to keep the base malt in check.

Overall, a sort of weirdly-rendered, but generally engaging winter brew, the fruitiness very reminiscent of how it gets morphed and mangled by spice and booze alike this time of year. Easy to drink, the near 15-proof alcohol keeping its fool head down, and worthy of sipping whilst sitting around with, well, just plain sitting around, amirite?

Brady White

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