Cascade Port Reserve
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Cascade Brewing Tap It Tuesday: Port Reserve - this newly declassified brewers reserve barrel was, until recently, deemed too expensive to sell. Having survived being the blenders “go to” barrel for the last several months, it was decided that, in the spirit of Beeresrtoika, this deep, dark red bracing sour port barrel aged beer would be reclassified and deemed worthy of the masses. Nastrovya!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crackedmachine (479) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Pours a deep brown with a thin, light-tan head. Aroma is sour, a tad roasty, and dried pit fruit. Flavor intense and all over the place: sour, very acidic, someone mentioned acetone and I would agree; the harsher elements are countered by dark malt and dried fruit and some port coming through. Maybe not quite as brilliantly balanced as many of Cascade’s other sour offerings. A lot of puckering occurred while I drank this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Cascade port reserve sour ale. On tap at apex... Pours a somewhat dark deeper cola-ey, fainter edges towards the sides and topped with a light beige head... Aroma is fairly acidic and acetone in nature, cherry balsamic with an assertive nature overall, leathery... Sharp acidic with vanilla and strong intense cherry vinegar acetone profile. Super intense and acetone profile tha quite dominates all other flavors. Carbonation holds up but the acidity just overtakes all othe aspects of the brew. Too much. Perhaps i wasn’t expecting such an acidic onslaught. 7/4/7/3/14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12757) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2011
(Draught) Pours an amber-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of vinous, raisins, plum, and caramel. Flavor of vinous, raisins, cranberries, cherries, red plums, and caramel with a dry finish. Nicely acetic. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
On tap at Sourfest. Pours with a hazed brown body and a lasting tan head. Deep, vinous aromas, port, red wine, dark fruits, plums and figs. Flavors are tart, vinous, dark fruits, leather, acid. Medium bubbles, dry. Tart, finish, a bit acetic. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5419) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Draft at Stone Sour Fest 11. Dark ruby brown, with light tan head. Dark fruit, plum, raisin, dried apricot, prune, port wine sweetness, a bit of molasses and chocolate, and a nice well rounded sourness that blends very well. An interesting sour, it’s complexities come together smoothly. One of my favorites at the festival.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 27, 2011
A: The beer pours a dark mahogany color with a fizzy off-white head. S: The port wine really stands out here and gives the beer a nice richness and depth. Lots of dark fruit character, particularly cherries, dates, raisins, and plums. There’s a touch of chocolate and toffee sweetness along with the soft tartness. T: Not nearly as sour as the other Cascade beers I’ve had, but still very nice. The fruit notes and port dominate the beer and give it a balance of sweetness and lactic acidity. Lots of the same dark fruits like cherries, raisins, and plums with a toffee background. M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation. O: I really liked this one. Not super sour, but really interesting (in a good way).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Draft @ sour festival. Brown with tan head. Nose is ripe tart. Taste is is rich and robust, nice pucker but restrained.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2011
syrupy but with only mild sweetness. low carbonation but medium-high acid supports the chewy body. peppery phenols and acids dance on the tongue, while dried fruit (cranberries, plum, black cherry) lingers in the finish. thick body. interesting. seems to work.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9235) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 1, 2011
On tap at the Cascade Barrel House. Pours reddish brown with a rich beige head and a sour fruit aroma. There is a sour winey acidic flavor that works well with the dark malt and candi sugar base. This is a nice job of barrel aging, resulting in a complex yet mellow brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Draft at Cascade. Pours a lightly hazed mahogany amber with tight off white head that has solid retention. Tart lacto, vinious, hints of apple, cider vinegar, caramel. Very subtle, balanced and smooth on the nose. Tart, fruity, red wine up front that moves into a winey, tart, oak, tobacco finish. Not overly tart or fruity, but several layers going on here.

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