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Almanac Bourbon Sour Porter

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86
style
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (1068) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle. Very dark brown. Aroma of sour cherry chocolate cake, wood, light coffee, gentle bourbon. Taste is sweet and tart. Mouthfeel is crisp and bright, tart dryness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Prufrockstar (1092) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle shared by Nick. Nearly black pour, little to no head. Aroma: cheese, vanilla, acetone, tannins galore. Any "porter" or roast/chocolate character is lost behind that front. Tart taste, somewhat sweet. Medium body-, slick texture, drying finish. Overall: all barrel no porter makes Prufrockstar a grumpy drinker.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (4894) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle at Olympen. Almost black with a stable beige head. Sour fruit nose, hints of yoghurt, berries. Tart fruit flavours, dryish chocolate notes, a hint of marcipane. Nice one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrewFace (847) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. Tart, roasty, sweet, lightly acidic aroma. Dark blackish brown, light tan head. Roasty, sour, sweet, dark fruity, lightly acidic.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2014
(375ml bottle) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of grapes, vanilla, cocoa, and bourbon. Flavor of dark fruit, roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, vinous, oak, balsamic, and chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2325) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Pours a deep burnt umber color with three fingers of khaki foam. Nose is a mix of tart cherry, light apple, roasted cocoa and a hint of nuttiness. The palate follows with nice interplay of roast and tartness. Layers of dark boozy fruit, tart acidity and a lingering roasted tar, tobacco with some bittersweet bakers cocoa rounding it all out.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gad905 (107) - - SEP 23, 2014
Keg at Beer Belly, LA. Thought I wasn’t quite into this but it turns out I am. Dark brown, lasting tan head. Aroma of funky bourbon acidity and some roast. Tastes light sweet with some bourbon and some stone fruit, dry roast, and then fruity sour - red wine notes. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (11058) - 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 (2201) - 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 (1276) - 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


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