MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
Black grapes, bourbon vanilla and a splash of cherry juice coalesce in this beautiful sour beer.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the purplish mahogany.
-Both aroma and flavor profile are tight.
-Spicy phenolics are present throughout as well.
-Sourness is high, but the suave mouthfeel and flavor arrangement make it all work.
-This is 12%?!? Didnít notice its strength at all! Would have said 8-9% tops.
-This is so beyond De Garde sour beers quality-wise, itís hard to understand the similar ratings.
luttonm (4440) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cascade Barrel House, Portland. Dark, opaque brown, super creamy lacto-porter, acidic, tart, big sour. Good vanilla-oak over top. Heavy, lactic, huge tart. Enamel cleaner. Big, tasty. Odd. Crazy.
tiong (6148) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 25, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Cascade Barrel House, Portland, OR. Pours pitch black with a small bubbly head. Aroma of spices, bourbon, oak, wood, cinnamon, vanilla, dates and mild ripe fruitiness. Taste is slightly tart and sourish with some ripe fruits, figs, dates, bourbon, wood, oak, vanilla and loads of spices. Finish is sweet, sticky and slightly sour with some oak, wood, spices, bourbon and ripe fruits. Quite interesting, but a bit messy.
ippopotamo36 (1551) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 10, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Cascade pub in Portland-USA. Pours dark brown, adhesive tan foam. Nose: light sweet roast, strawberry too. Mouth: sweet peppery roast, tasty and sweet
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gEUS (1685) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown with a reddish hue. Low head. Intense nose with an intriguing mix of forest fruits, burnt caramel, oak, raisins and bourbon alcohol. Full sour sweet body and alcohol heat, some spice in the end.drinks dangerously easy.
ryanfolty (2346) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
March 12, 2016 - on tap at Rare Beer Fest held in the Minnesota History Center. This was an off-menu item, so a nice surprise. Dark pour with limited head. Maybe I didnít wash out my glass well enough as I had noted this was a bit too sugary sweet, seems odd for the style. 2011 vintage.
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Rating #1639 - #CBC2015 Beer 24 - On tap at Cascade - Pours a rich opaque black that is simply medieval. Aroma is Brett, mild roasted coffee, rich oak and vanilla. Medium high carbonation, full bodied, and high alcohol warmth. More roasty, coffee espresso notes, soaked in Bourbon, and highlighted with a blast of Brett sourness. Wondrous. #5whore
andrewje41 (2609) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft pour at the Barrel house, out of the love barrel. I remember getting a group together last ago to try this, and somehow forgot to rate. This was not a beer that deserved to be rated on any memory at all, and Iím not sure if such beer exists. Near black pour with a sticky foam lacing. Soft roast and dark fruit aroma. Flavor has a nice roast to it, with dark fruit, some chocolate, and just enough bourbon to know its there. Lingering roast finishes this nicely. Awesome sour.
koleminer20 (2103) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steve Hackley on September 25. Thanks Steve! This was poured from a 750 mL bottle, Project 2011. The pour is a nice dark brown color, crystal clear, with a good ruby or garnet shining through. This thing does look like a porter. There is a nice thick khaki colored head that dissipates quickly, as itís quite carbonated. The aromas are great. There is a big barrel presence up front. Oak, vanilla, and dark fruits all seem to take the forefront. There is a good tartness happening on the back end, and it lets you know it was supposed to be sour, though itís not there at all. Excellent porter qualities, and no real sourness. The flavor mimics this. There is a good roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, and a light chocolate in front of the barrel. The oak comes in toward the end and offers a touch of vanilla. The tartness is more of an afterthought in the flavor, but itís there. The mouth feel is lighter and hugely carbonated. I was surprised by this. It definitely hurts the thickness. The aftertaste is lingeringly roasty, with dark fruit throughout and a nice tartness. This is an excellent beer, but has the potential to be phenomenal.
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Project; Sampled October 2015
A steady pour into my tulip glass produces a 1/2-finger thick, light brown tinged, fairly quick disappearing head. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber / concentrated brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby hue to it (similar to Port) when held up to the light. The aroma smells strongly of the Barrel influence and concentrated, ripe fruit; fig syrup, prunes, browned dates, lots of vanillin, toasted coconut, Brandy, some warm alcohol, touches of caramelized cherries, molasses, mellowed woody oak, and a lightly tart backdrop that helps accentuate the fruit character. As the beer warms up a floral, cherry leaning, rich fruitiness becomes more apparent in the aroma.
Only lightly carbonated, and pretty light bodied, especially for a beer of this strength; still there is a bit of stickiness and viscosity here that would otherwise be more noticeable if not for the alcohol and acidity. There is lots of aged malt flavors that lean towards sherry, and a caramelized, sweet nuttiness. The finish has some spicy oak notes that linger on the tongue, and this mixes with some spicy, warm alcohol flavors; this actually hides the alcohol quite well for a beer of this strength though. Flavors of malty prunes, brandy basted raisins, caramelized dates, nutty brown malt, toasted / roasted malt, a burnt grain touch towards the finish, as well as a soft spice character that reminds me of allspice, some cinnamon, hints of nutmeg, and lots of vanilla. The acidity is light for a sour beer, though much of this is may be because of all the aged malt, and residual sweetness that helps to keep this beer balanced.
I really like the Sherry & Port overtones that this beer has taken on. I am enjoying this more than I had expected, luckily the Bourbon barrel character has integrated quite well and is only a contributing note to the overall profile of this beer. This is definitely a sipping beer, and as such, it achieves a really nice balance between fruit, aged malt, light acidity, barrel character, and roast character.