I don't normally associate fruit with stinging, that's normally reserved for wasps, nettles, and cutting remarks. But this is so sharp it could give you a nasty nip.
St Mars of the Dessert are actually reviving a Yorkshire brewing tradition, which was akin to leaving a strong beer to go stale, giving it a slightly sour flavour that became associated with the region.
Intent on bringing back the style with a modern twist, Fruit Stingo Raspberry is the first forray into what will be a series of stingos (stingies?) over the year.
This first one makes use of raspberries, a relatively safe flavour for sours given it's in their natural flavour regardless, but we can't wait to see what else they do!
The smell is sharp, tart raspberry fruitiness which is to be expected, with a pink/orange colour in the pour that looks very much like what you would expect a fermented raspberry press to look like.
The flavour is quite tart at first, with the sourness overriding much of the fruitiness until the later part of the profile which allows more of the fruit flavour to come through the sharpness, but it's not a distinct raspberry flavour. It's more like a generic 'fruit' flavour, similar to fruit sour sweets.
The aftertaste is crisp and quite dry, with a little bitterness to go with the sharp sour flavour. It lures you back in for more nicely, with a very well defined finish.
The colour of the label for Fruit Stingo Raspberry is actually pretty close to the colour of the beer, which si quite an unusual choice. The raspberry-pink design and text on the label create a nice contrast that puts me in mind of Bassetts Fruit Salad sweets.
There's a barrel on the label design in a nod to the traditional method of ageing the beer in oak barrels, which is a method still used today for some sour-brewers.
The silver can gives an impression of the artisan craft brewery, with a little industrial charm helping to make the can stand out a little. Especially with the label not going all the way around.
As a Sheffield brewery most beer shops will sell St Mars of the Desert products, so have a look around if you're local enough. If you want to get your hands on these but live further afield then you can go to Craft Metropolis where you can get it online for £4.75.