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Oregon Trail Bourbon Barrel Porter

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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Oregon Trail Bourbon Porter is a beer as big as the West. Masterfully brewed in the true pioneer spirit. This robust porter is aged in Kentucky oak bourbon barrels. The result is a deep mahogany elixir, rich with oaky smoothness, bold bourbonesque aroma, with hints of fruit and vanilla. Good at either end of the trail.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (3794) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate lighter brown head on there. Nose is very heavy on the bourbon with some wood mixed in, but none of the standard porter aromas. Taste is quite sweet from the bourbon, with a little roasting on the back end, but is too dominated by the bourbon for my tastes. Does go down smooth, though.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (2283) - Hirakata, JAPAN - NOV 9, 2014
Pour from a bomber, shared by Yamamoto-san at Q-Brick. Dark fruit nose, with considerable bournbon, and some fumes. Dark translucent brown color. Light prunes stewed in bourbon, rather thin maltiness. Thin body. The barrel aging is pretty nice, but as a porter it is not at all "robust."

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6704) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 8, 2014
Bomber. Nose of vanilla and bourbon mostly. A bit of tartness, vanilla and bourbon flavor. Light body. Bourbon is a bit much.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4845) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Batch #8? (Says #8 at the centre of the picture), listed at 10,6% ABV. Deep dark brown coloured body with a thinnish lighter brown head. Aroma of alcohol, bourbon, rye, grain, rich chocolatre, roasted malt, pit fruits, raisins and somehow even more sugars and depth - very nice and flavourful. Full-bodied; Rich bourbon flavours coupled with vanilla, oak, cedar, grain and roasted malt, but this one shows more like a barley wine with big hits of alcohol and pit fruits also accompanied with some raisins and figs. Aftertaste shows a very boozy finish with the bourbon and oak taking centre stage. Overall, a very nice and rich beer with a lot of flavour and depth but perhaps not enough complexity in the style department - nice but after you had a few sips, it didn’t change too much. That said, perhaps the aging helped/aided to that? I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon on 27-September-2013 for US$14,55 sampled at home in Washington on the opposite end of the country on 26-October-2014.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
"Full rich aroma of chocolate, vanilla and graham cracker/s’more. Abv well hidden though this is quite the decadent beer. First impression of Oregon Trail is a good one. Deeeelicious..."

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (999) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Batch #4: Poured from bottle to glass. Dark hue with tan head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, roast. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet but not cloying with a wood tannin drying following and ethanol finish. Overall this is an enjoyable brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lothore (556) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- Pours a deep, dark brown hue with a gigantic, uncontrollable chestnut head which leaves tons of lacing on the way down. S- Lots of bourbon, roasted malts, creamy, caramel, hints of an underlying floral character. T- Very full, starts with lots of silky smooth caramel and malt sweetness that moves into a mellow bourbon character and is topped off by an aftertaste of roasted malt. M- Thick with low carbonation. D- This beer was delicious. Just the right amount of bourbon to compliment this strong porter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out loads of bourbon, a little vanilla, and bourbon. Flavour is all bourbon and vanilla, with a thinner silky body. Very flavourful and quite sweet without being cloying. Solid stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7886) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Extremely solid beer. Vanilla nad caramel overtake the rich cocoa and roasted malt.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7028) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. Very dark molasses brown with a thick light brown head. Early lace, decent retention for a barrel aged beer. Aroma is very sweet, with lots of bourbon and oak, underlying chocolate. Flavour showcases the barrel well, and in good balance with chocolate malts, some dark caramel, medium bitterness. Pleasant mouthfeel, nice carbo. Certainly sweet, but without any harsh booziness. I enjoyed this one.


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