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Almanac Bourbon Sour Porter

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85
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Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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The life of a Kentucky oak barrel is one of giving: first to bourbon, then to dark strong ales, and finally we inoculate it with our Dogpatch Sour culture and fill it with robust porter. This inky black ale blends flavors of coffee, chocolate, dried fruit and Kentucky Bourbon with a pleasant tartness and funk. Pair with hearty winter stews or freshly shucked oysters.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (10582) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle at Gaasa. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is sourness, coffee, bourbon. Flavour is sourness, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, dried fruit, oak. Medium body. Nice beer.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
tectactoe (1875) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Bottle: Black center outlined by some deep, chestnut brown. A soft layer of khaki foam rests on top for a bit. Aroma of sour black cherries, mildly acrid roast, burnt cacao beans, a hint of caramel, mildewy oak, a touch of smoke, soy sauce, & a prickly astringent note that stings the nostrils. Taste is roasted, overly tannic, astringent, & strange. Awkward combo of roast & lactic acidity. Hint of grape, blackcurrant, & sharp cherry skins. Sour oak & wet wood in the finish with an acrid roastiness that clashes rather then meshes. Astringency on the mouth, over carbonated for the flavor profile. Grows boozy with a little warmth. Not sure if this was a mistake or just a bad idea, but if they were truly going for a soured dark beer, this was very poor execution.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1221) - SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Murky brown, opaque as you like. Crust of sandy yellow head. Rich oaty vinious nose. Neat sooky sour throughout and a tingly malt. Shining bitterness. Tart. Tarty tart. Finishes nice and caning sweet. Resonating oaty linger.

Bottle, Tasting by Numbers Tasting, Cheers Shauny

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle thanks to Shawn. Black with tan head. Musty funky aroma, some roast character. Taste of funk and roast, some chocolate. Extremely sour. Nice

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (14287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
bottle at home ... deep black .. big tan head ... soft roast chocolat malt s... soft dry toffeosse .,.. dark malts /.. sour funky balasaminc roat malst .. wierd

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is bretty, not much else, taste is quite sour, chocolate, dry, sweet.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (2029) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2014
"Gotta love these BA sours that make the abv irrelevant. Drinks big, and is exprertly balanced. 50% sour, 25% bourbon, 25% roasty porter. Hints of chocolate and coffee under the funk. The barreling adds another layer of complexity and a hint of decadence. Well done."

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (11900) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle at DC Epic Sour Tasting 2014, courtesy of GenDV138, thank you sir! Brown color. Aroma of coconut, wow! and light cocoa. Taste is smooth, sour, earthy, soft. Amazing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (1937) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Tasted on 2/8/14 from a bottle at the RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours dark cola with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to messy lace. The nose is dark chocolate, toffee, caramel bourbon, and sour lemon. The flavor is a bit more sour and bourbon prominent with the dark chocolate porter taking a back seat. The body is light with very lively carbonation and a long sour, chocolate, and caramel bourbon finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimthechap (1652) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 2, 2014
A dark beer with a touch of mahogany in the dimple of the glass and a rocky latte coloured head. The aroma first and foremost is sour, tart and juicy. Not what you expect from porter at all. Incongruous much? The flavour is the same. The sour barrel aging has completely overcome the natural porter flavours, allowing very little of porter to shine through. I’m not really torn or put off by this: I enjoy sour beers and it is educational to me to see what happens in barrel aging with spontaneous yeasts to even dark beers. The one thing I have learned is that it really doesn’t matter. The barrel characters will come through and dominate, making a vinous beer out of even the most robust of ales. I’ll be sipping on this for a while.


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