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Almanac Bourbon Sour Porter

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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (1929) - NORWAY - APR 22, 2014
Bottle at BRU Pub, february 28th 2014. Dark brown body, light brown short head. Aroma of tart cherries, dark chocolate, smoke. Taste of coffee beans, vinegar, bitter chocolate, cherries, vanilla and wood. In my opinion this beer is very well crafted, the porter is very noticable, not overshadowed by the tartness, still as a sour on its own it delivers. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (1755) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Acide lactique, noyau de cerise sur une tranche de pain grillé sinon pas beaucoup de complexité. Intéressant et facile à boire mais je suis rarement convaincu par les noires sures.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cobaink2 (31) - seattle, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2014
Bottle from beer junction. A sweet tart taste right off the bat. Porter and dark malts are a bit hidden. A very very faint taste of burbon. It’s just fine in my opinion. Was looking forward to having all these flavors attack my pallet but it didn’t happen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10102) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour & toasted dark mart and bourbon wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & tart dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark tart & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3875) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2014
Pretty dark pour with copper edges and a thin crisp tan head. Nose shows some bourbon and tart oak with fruit skins and charred wood. Light acidity in the flavor with cherry skins and a sourish oak character. Charred wood as well. Light and dry with a touch of tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2014
375ml bottle courtesy of a trade with breaks808. Thanks a bunch, dude. Pours a cola-esque blackish brown hue, a decent darker body is well hazed with ruby brown glow on the edges and bottom. A cakey darker brown head atop is sizable, sticks around and laces well overall. Aromas are distinct sour cherries, a bit tannic and tart with wet oak, vanilla, gentle whiskey spirit and gentle char. Touches of roast, toast and biscuity malts get covered up a bit. More tart cherry, lactic acidity pops a bit with raisin and dark fruit, gentle Balsamic, more cherries, touch of red wine meets the Bourbon and oak elements, a bit of coffee and cocoa. Initial is firmly tart off the bat, nice sour cherries and gentle oak barrel start to grow, more bourbon and spirit, wet oak and whiskey, vanillin and gentle coconut. Cocoa and roast, biscuits and toast do some work as more dark fruit, cherries and raspberry, touches of gentle red wine and some decent dryness hit as we start to taper out, a bit tannic and dry, more sour elements hit that backend with more cherry, tart and lively. Gentle creaminess, vanilla and roast, caramel malts and ashy roast and earth hit that backend and finish. More oak, tannic and wet wood really hit firmly as we finish, touches of spirit, oak and toast provide some synergy as the tart cherry and lactic elements taper off more. A bit carmelized, balsamic lingering elements and tannic wood and toasty roast hang on, a bit of coffee and more wet wood. Overall, this comes together well. The nose falls behind a bit but it pours quite well, flavors pop at times and the whole experience flows well. Perhaps a bit much wood for me personally, but still fairly complex. The sour fruit, dark and red berries, really hit well. The black cherries are genuine and pretty well done. While I’m not usually a big fan of this sort of sour, I actually thought this played pretty well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
budznsudz (473) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2014
Pours dark brown with a khaki colored head and foamy lacing left behind. Aroma is bourbon, roasted malt, and pleasant funky sour notes. The taste is rich and chewy with an enjoyable tartness that lasts through the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (1592) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle 375ml. Pours black with low-medium beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of vomit, chocolate, vinegar, sour cherries. Taste is of sourness, fruits, citrus, slight sugar. Palate: Light-medium body. Palate: Light-medium body. Overall: Kinda sour. Not bad, but nothing outstanding here either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (999) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
Pours a nice brown with a medium white head that leaves great lacing. Nose is of fruity vinegar, can’t say I felt any bourbon. Taste is quite tart but hopefully not too acetic, roasted. Flavors are mostly fruity but also offer some sour chocolate (weird, I know). It isn’t too far from being a Flanders Red, really. Acidity is refreshing, carbonation was medium to high. Cool concept and well executed, it just didn’t click with me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (491) - California, USA - APR 11, 2014
Appearance: Black with thin tan head Aroma: Bourbon, vanilla, and musty funk Taste: Sweet malty and subtle bourbon flavorwith a strong by pleasant sour peach finish Overall: Fantastic combo of a upfront bourbon barrel infused dark and a backend sour

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