The marriage of wine and beer has increased in popularity over the last few years as barrel aging continues to explore new territory. Breweries are finding all sorts of ways to brew with the grape juice and must used to make wine, as well as the barrels these very ingredients are aged in. While many beer/wine hybrids have hints of wine, Mach-Limit Tempranillo from Black Project is not one of them. The combination of a neutral sherry barrel, sour golden ale, grape juice and must together blurs the line of beer and wine in a magnificent marriage of ingredients.
Even before smelling Mach-Limit, one can visibly see the influence wine had on the beer as it pours a beautiful magenta color with a light pink head that dissipates quickly. Right off the bat I get dry wine smell that leads to a slight funky flavor. At first taste I get a pinch of funk, but nothing overpowering. The beer then leads to a semi-sweet and slightly sour flavor. With a dry start and a hint of sour, this beer leaves your mouth very smoothly and has you wondering what did I just drink? With each subsequent taste I feel I could drink this all day – and then I have to remind myself that at 8.8% it goes down all too easily.
Mach-Limit sold out during the release, but rumors are a few bottles might find their way on to shelves in the near future. With each new release, Black Project is pushing the envelope and after winning back to back bronze medals in the Wild Ales subcategory at GABF, it’s clear they’ve become one of the industry’s rising stars. Black Project is aiming to release a new beer or two every month at their host brewery Former Future located off South Broadway in Denver, CO.