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RATINGS: 235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
Sour porter blend aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7525) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks dude. pours unclear brown-reddish with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. cacao and cherries, roasted spicy chocolate, unmistakable bourbon - loads of it, even tannic, grass, pepper, other spices. surprisingly not too boozy with a moderate sweetness. light to medium acidity - few balsamic notes and an overall nice acidity complexity. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily, grassy-spicy astringent finish. just a tad roastiness missing for it to taste more like a porter in my sense, but eh, it’s a quite nice offering!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2014
750mL bottle, 2009 vintage. Opened with a loud pop, and it gushed a bit.. poured medium-deep brown with a tall beige head that fizzled down quickly. The aroma picked up sour oak, bourbon, and leathery notes over sour coffee and licorice notes.. sweet roast came through in a nice way.. spicy on the back of the nose with more bourbon barrel. The flavor found tart oak, lightly metallic barrel, and some tannins on the tip of the tongue, with sweet, roasty black malt and vanilla following.. tasty bourbon and lactic notes laced throughout.. finished with great balance between the porter and the barrel.. and some belly warmth. Medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation.. moderate-plus overall sourness, and it was always in balance.. really tasty stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nimbleprop (7373) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Curtis, the brewer, was kind enough to allow me to sampled this on tap from the keg room at the brewery. This beer is completely legit. Pours an opaque, deep brown with a very frothy off white head. The nose is really good, sour mash, lactic acid, big vanilla, whiskey, brown sugar, licorice, chocolate, dried fruits. Flavor was just as good, starts with a lactic tartness which is rounded out by a mellow sweetness, oak, vanilla beans, light Belgian chocolate, some light spice. Full bodied, roasty, tart finish. So happy I had a chance to try this, it’s very exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7144) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle provided by CaptainCougar. Thanks! Poured a really nice brown color with a tiny tan head. Aroma was sour notes, a touch of vanilla. Flavor was vanilla oak, with some bourbon and a touch of sour notes to it. A nice melding between a sour and a bourbon barrel aged ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2013 750ml bottle: Pours a clear deep copper amber with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a sweet toasty malty nose with some black cherries and bourbon oak. Starts with good effervescence and toasty malty sweetness with good tart balance and bourbon complexity before a drier a bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2010
#2299, GABF 2010. like all their beers, this one just didnt agree with me like rest. sour & bourbon driven aroma. gathering grape juice, bourbon & tons of sour tartness. sort of a strange combo, IMO . OK but sort of jumbled flavor but it appears I may be the one off with this

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (6974) - Utah, USA - JAN 15, 2014
On tap at the Barrel House
Dark brown with a small beige and good lacing. Aroma is woody, chocolate and vanilla. Flavors of bourbon, woody, vanilla and chocolate
Nice and tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6935) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2010
750 ml bottle mail ordered from the brewery. Pours a very dark blackish brown hue, near opaque overall, some brownish edges with a big tan cakey head that dies to a moderate size, laces small. Aromas area nice dose of roasted malts and coffee, followed up by lactic acid and wet oak, bigger red wine tannins and flourishes of Bourbon spirit, grapes and sour lemons and plums, cherries. Roast throws some nice notes, light vanilla spice and faint cinnamon really makes it welcoming, complex. I get more red wine and then the vanilla really starts to assert itself as it warms a bit more. Initial is doses of vanilla and red wine, sour lactic acid, sour red cherries and grapes, some lingering roast sticks through, touches of more wet oak and bourbon spirit. Touches of cinnamon, red wine tannins grow a bit more as it warms. Some more sourness, as it swoops into vanilla and a dryness in the finish. Certainly, a very interesting and complex beer. The sourness and oak, lactic acid and moderate to lighter sour is compelling, the vanilla gets a bit cloying on the backend, covers up lingering roast a bit more than I’d like. But the oak and sourness really are nice, a more feeling red wine, but Bourbon definitely creeps in. This is a complex beer, fruity and sour, good oak presence, roast and spices of vanilla and slight cinnamon play well, but in my opinion muddle the roast/sour synergy. Very nice beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (6642) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Sampled at an esbls tasting. From Shep. Dark brown with some red. A tan ring. Sour funk dominates the nose but bourbon is noted. Fruit, too. The flavor has all kinds of stuff going on. Bourbon. Fruit,msour funk, wood, interesting, unique, and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (6606) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 28, 2016
Bottle, 2011 project. Pours deep reddish chestnut, small beige head, some lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, toffee, roast, lemon, cherry. Flavor is, whoah, some sweetness, light tart, light funk, cherries, Manhattan, vanilla, toffee. Whoah. Medium body. Me likes.

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