I found out recently that this is looking like it will be the second to last Barrel Society brew ever since the brewery is taking the membership in a different direction for next year. With the end of an era fast approaching, I took advantage of a day off and swung by the brewery to check this out on tap.
Beer Name: Macbeth
Brewery: Night Shift Brewing Company (Everett, MA)
Description: I present to you, the brewer’s notes: Macbeth pours bright yellow and glows as it hits the glass. On the nose, it sports bold notes of grapefruit zest and Sauvignon Blanc, supported by funky Brett character. Once you sip, you can expect notes of lemon, vanilla, and ripe grapefruit pulp; with an earthy quality from the Brettanomyces, and a lingering oaky finish.
Appearance: Light, easy to see through golden-yellow body with some small bubbles lazily running up the sides. White foam formed up top around the edges of the glass only.
Smell: Tart and (citrus) fruity.
Taste: Subtly tart throughout, the lemon was definitely the standout taste with grapefruit pith more in background. The finish was crisp and dry in a way very reminiscent of white wine. There was a slight bit of funk on the very end.
Mouthfeel: More or less medium bodied, with a bit that slightly syrupy finish I tend to get from sours. Moderate carbonation towards the end.
Hype: Always elevated for these releases, though I think this one and the next will have very high expectations. Hoping for the series to end with a bang.
Overall: There’s a small part of me that’s all little bit disappointed that this wasn’t a Scottish ale, but I can get over that. I really enjoyed this brew and found it refreshingly light and delicious. This was probably as good as the style gets for me and I was really impressed with how well the wine barrel aging came out in this beer. Although I’d personally consider this more of a spring or summer beer myself, it would fit in nicely on any occasion where one might consider a glass of white wine as well.