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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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Sour porter blend aged in bourbon barrels.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Draught at the brewery. I can see why this was saved for the end of the tasting, as it’s a palate killer all around, with a hugely rich body balanced by a strong acidity. Dark brown in color, with a big beige head. Rich chocolate and dried fruit aroma with some tart lemon, oak, and bourbon. Big rich malty flavors with chocolate and dried fruit. A nice lactic sourness comes in, along with some dry bourbon flavor and balances the malt nicely. Just a touch of alcohol in the finish, which is impressive given the strength. Big filling mouthfeel with smooth carbonation. A fantastic beer all around, and a very nice imperial take on a sour porter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (2430) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 28, 2014
Sampled at DLD 2014. It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of tart dark fruit and some funk. The taste was of chocolate, tart dark fruit notes, some roasted malts and vanilla. There was also some bourbon and oak in the backend. Very tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2398) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike! A: Dark brown hue, with an eighth inch of head that leaves some good lacing on the glass. S: Sourness, cherries, booze / alcohol, oak, funk. T: Ooo...this is different...I like it. A healthy level of complexity exists here in this glass. Intriguing and challenging, with flavors of oak, wine, cherries, bourbon, and funkiness. This daring beer walks a fine line between triumph and failure. I’m a fan. M: Pretty smooth feel, notwithstanding the massively complex pungent blitzkrieg of funky, fruity booze. D: While I do prefer Vlad the Imp Aler, I really enjoyed this brew. I love sours, even / especially ones that challenge the palate. This was a really fun experience. I’d happily drink this again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-22-2010

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdamJackson (2343) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2013
on tap at EBF Dark brown Nose is Oaky tart apples and white grapes Starts tart. Finishes oaky with grapes and cherries with smoke and boozy heat. It’s very hard to say its okay or not. Overall, a very boozy sour which is not desirable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Nose is wood, bourbon, some tart acidity, general fruitiness. Flavor is fruity bourbon, sour lemon acidity, some richness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gription79 (2227) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Had on draft at Raccoon Lodge. The aroma is chocolate grapes, slight tartness, vanilla, very dessert like. The flavor is slightly acidic, chocolate, leather, grapes, hints of spice. The finish is dry and warming. Very tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2224) - Connecticut, USA - APR 5, 2014
Wow this is 12% and it goes down way too easy. Roasty cherry leather vanilla and balsamic. The typical lactic tartness of a cascade with a marachino cherry, and woody tannic tartness that i dig.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Pinot nose, oak, bing cherry. Dark ruby, small tan ring. Strong wine character, tannic, sublime, beautiful, raisin, amber honey, tart currant, toasty barrel. Spectacular.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing! Pours a dark chocolate brown, almost black color with purplish plum edges and a 1.5 finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lace left behind. Slightly spicy, vinous aroma with a decent barrel character along with dark malt, toasted oak, vinous fruit and earthy funk. Hints of vanilla and bourbon followed by grape, dark cherry and plum. Medium bodied with tight carbonation up front and a tart vinous red wine flavor along with some dry, earthy oak. Good balance of dry toasted oak, dark malt, subtle puckering acidity, vanilla and bourbon. Really complex but a bit too sweet for my liking.  Hints of toffee, vanilla, spicy bourbon, oak, chocolate and dark fruit.  Really sweet but not boozy with the abv dangerously well masked. Faint vinegar in finish but not overly acetic or solvent like.  Pretty good but I that there was more bourbon.  There’s a bit too much going, overpowering the bourbon and hurting the overall flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2203) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2010
(pour thanks to Dave-you guys don’t know him). Wonderful funky beer with aroma and body from the bourbon. Wish there was more to go ’round....Really nice and went over well with even with the folks who are not big sour fans.


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