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Cambridge The Colonels Porter

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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
CBC’s Barrel-Aged “Baltic” Porter Release Date: 11 August, 2005 Colonel Albert Bacon Blanton (1881-1959) began working at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Franklin County, Kentucky, when he was sixteen. Five years later, he was President of the whiskey plant. For over fifty-five years, Col. Blanton dedicated himself to the distillery, and as a true bourbon aristocrat, developed world-class straight Kentucky bourbons (believing blends to be inferior) and occasionally produced and bottled a single-barrel bourbon. In 1984 the Buffalo Trace Distillery released Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon in his honor, the first in the world to be commercially released. Why is this at all important to a small craft brewery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, far from the hills and farms of old Kentucky? ‘Cuz we’ve got some of their barrels. The Colonel’s Porter, named in honor of the innovator, aristocrat, and visionary, is an interesting blend of Porter styles. Brewed stronger and further attenuated than our house porter (in the tradition of Northern and eastern European porters), with accents of caramel, cherries, figs, and roast malt, it has aged for over six months in fresh, second-use (the first being the bourbon) American oak barrels from the Buffalo Trace Distillery. While the contribution of whiskey flavors is slight, noticeable in a perfumed note of wildflowers and hot alcohol, the wood itself has contributed an extraordinary smoothness, with notes of vanilla and charred oak rounding out the beer’s myriad complexities. A mere two hundred gallons of The Colonel’s Porter resides now in our serving tank. How long it will last is anyone’s guess. We suggest, though, that you get around to trying it sooner rather than later. And as you raise you glass, take a moment to savor the commingling of style, flavor, aroma, and history in your glass. OG:1.064 FG:1.012 ABV:7.2%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2010
sample from the pitcher @ GABF on 9/18/10. black pour with a tan head. brett nose with light barrel notes. medium funky body - the brett takes center stage then the porter comes in - very interesting... never had anything like this. wild on the front, porter on the sides and mixed well on the back of the mouth. funky, malty finish with barrel notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (5798) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2005
On draught at Redbones, 8/21/2005. Having had multiple pints of this baby, I can attest to the nice work on the barrel-aging. Never got old, and actually, the more I drank, the more I enjoyed the bourbon flavor. Pours a deep, milk-chocolate to dark-roast coffee brown, with some very faint ruby highlights and a small, but well-retained medium-tan head, mostly hazy. Aroma of wood chips, bourbon, molasses, touches of faint smoke and bits of dry blackberry or currant skins. A touch of cocoa powder and maybe some anise as well. Flavor is bourbony, but the sweet, sticky caramel holds up to it well, with touches of molasses/maple and dry, moderately bitter roast. Finishes with some raisins and coffee, real beany, grainy and thick. A delicious, savory beer, with the bourbony coconut and mild alcohol coming back to stick with you on the finish. Way to go Will, this is a barrel-aged beer that can stand up to the best in the country/world. Low to moderate carbonation and a medium body, with a chewy, sticky mouthfeel. I want to head over to CBC right now just thinking about it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Sampled at GABF on 9/17/2010. This Baltic Porter pours a eclipse black color from the tap. Medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee, tart, funky and woody. A medium to full bodied Baltic Porter. The malts are chocolate, coffee, fruity and tart. The hops are herbal. Funky and tart with chocolate, coffee and some bourbon in the background. Nicely balanced. Interesting beer, although I wonder if a little more aging would bring out more of the wood character. I can’t recall when, if ever, I have had a funky porter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - SEP 3, 2005
Pours deep dark brown with a small head. Aroma is sweet with chocolate notes. Taste is creamy vanilla, oak barreled, slight chocolate. Sweet finish. Smooth all around, a classic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Draught @ CBC 5/5/06. Pours a dark black color with a small tan head. Nose is chocolate and coffee, as it warms you begin to smell the lacto. A nice hint of oak to it as well. Roasted malts and some sweet coffee in the flavor as well as the wild yeast. Palate is smooth and creamy with a clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 21, 2010
On tap at CBC. Wow, what an excellent beer. Pours darkest brown with a good-sized tan head and some lacing. Aroma is chocolate and coffee, bourbon and oak, along with some dark fruits. Flavor has the sweetness and roastiness levels you’d expect from a porter, but then takes it in a new direction. It’s more tannic than sour, with a nice mild level of tartness. Lacto and brett appear to be present. Coffee, chocolate, oak, bourbon, caramel, and excellent tart fruit flavors: black cherry, blackberry, and vinous notes. The palate is smooth and medium-full bodied but still has some prickliness from the wild yeasts. As far as wild porters go, this is one of the best I’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Great cherry pit and leather aroma. Flavor is a complex mix of tartness, light dark roasted bitterness, astringency, and just a tiny bit of residual sugar. Really nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2010
A dark porter with a thin lacing dark brown head. In aroma, superb dark acid cherries, Brett/horseblanket, ground cherries, and vinegar acids. In mouth, a surprisingly smooth yet intense porter with ground cherries, lactic acid, Brett, very funky and complex. On tap at brewpub, July 1 2010.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6058) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2011
(Draught) jet black pour with a nice thick head. Nose of sour cherry, cinnamon and lactose. Taste is very tart, lacto, toasty, plain yogurt notes, cherries, bakers chocolate, and some grape vinousness as well. Thick and creamy. Really nice baltic porter, I sure thought it was soured though in a good way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010 Oaked aroma. Dark coloured strong in alcohol a little sour and fruity with a hint of bitterness in a warming malt finish.

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