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Rivertown Old Sour Cherry Porter

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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
From Rivertown’s Barrel Aged Series, brewed exclusively for Party Source. (Per the label) "We combined our Imperial Porter with fresh dark Michigan cherries, and then aged it for over three months in a bourbon barrel inoculated with wild yeast. This is a bottle conditioned ale, and can cellar for over five years. Enjoy!"


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2014
22 oz bottle gifted by phaleslu. Thanksn buddy. A want list entry for awhile. Pours a murky darker opaque brownish hue, a gentle tinge of ruby brown glow. Mellow carbonation, small frothy tannish head atop dies to a mellow ring, small lacing. Aromas provide nice play between oak and biscuit, mellow roast meets some black cherry, yogurt and lemon. Touches of Lacto bite a bit firmly, cherryskin and seedy tart cherries meet some gentle plum, dark fruit and a nice bit of sourness mixing well with oak, touches of vanillin and bourbon elements. Solid, nothing seems overdone. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a bit lighter with some biting sourness up front. Yogurty lacto, cherries and a bit of sharpness show cherryskin, sourness and a bit of wood. Middle shows some more of those Bourbon elements, vanilla and toastiness, some biscuit and deadened sweeter malts from the time on souring bacteria seems to have eaten through a firmer base, gentle touches of cocoa, earth and subtle carmelized malts sneak in and mix with that oaky life. Backend is a bit sour and sharp, gentle sweeter cherries grow a bit more back here, some stone fruit, plum and black cherry with a bit of currant. Finish is a bit dry, lingering fuzzy Lacto and mellow oak, touches of vanilla and cherry as this one finishess with some odes to the base beer, gentle bit of darker sweetness beneath. This beer seems to hit all the notes you’d expect, presenting a pleasant sourness without being overwhelming or overdone, perhaps a touch warm with some ABV and spirit notes into the back where more barrel shows beyond the sourness. Overall, it definitely goes through the motions and offers a coherent experience albeit not necessarily as bright or loud as some may like. A nicely done beer for a style/end goal that can get messy well before the finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of cherry, coconut, oak, vanilla, caramel and light cocoa. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of cherry, vanilla, caramel, coconut and light cocoa with a smooth dry lingering coconut cherry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcartamdg (1858) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Pours a dark murky brown with no head. Aroma of cherries, vinegar, and malt. Taste is sour, malty, cherries, and malt. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (3508) - Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Poured a brownish red color with aromas of sour cherries, light barrel and some funk. Flavors are the same with light porter characteristics with some light bourbon and more sour cherries. Nice overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2411) - Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherries, green apple, cranberry, red wine vinegar, oak, clove, chocolate, light roast, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, light bourbon, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity of fruity/funky yeast, sour cherry, and light-moderate roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, toast, chocolate, light roast, vanilla, oak, clove, leather, musty funk, light bourbon, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, leather, toast, light roast, vanilla, oak, clove, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, sour cherries, and moderate roasted malt flavors; with a nice sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice sour porter style. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, sour cherries, and moderate roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (3584) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2014
650 ml. Opaque ebony with a lasting film of cream. Nose is funky yeast and tart dark fruit. Taste is sourish dark fruit, prune, earthy spiced soy sauce, and touches of whiskey and dark chocolate. I didn’t pick up much oak, which is a bit disappointing. Medium body has a carbonation that’s a little too fizzy at times, but mostly seems appropriate for the beer. Well balanced in all directions and has a lot going on, but still has just a bit of an edge to it. I’d like to age a bottle, or better yet pick up a bottle in a few years that has the brewer’s blend of aged and fresh batches.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2014
22 ounce bottle
This bottle was picked up at Party Source (where else?). A decent porter reminds me of a lighter version of New Glarus Enigma which is a beer way overdue for another release. If you find it on the shelves and don’t mind paying a bit of a premium for an average beer then grab one.

Aroma / Appearance - Carbonated and deep black, the thin eggshell head and strong base add nice depth. Vanilla, black cherries, chocolate, and other oaky aspects are like an aged bottle of Enigma. Traces of coffee lurk in the background.

Flavor / Palate - Tangy cherries and chocolate tickle the throat. Slowly building over the course of a few sips the palate heightens by adding tartness. The barrel aging is not very evident. Without a hook to keep things interesting from start to finish this beer is competent without being amazing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (2498) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Bomber from Weilands in Columbus. Murky brown pour. Oak, cherry, balsamic, sugar, little earthy, cocoa. Moderately tart. Even, drinkable for the abv. Good, but the level of sour was a bit of a tease - wanted more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1359) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Shared with Z, pours a cherry red color with no head. Nose is sour and tart and slightly fruity. Taste is sour and tart as well, and off set by bittersweet cherries. No hiding the alcohol on this sour porter. Finish is sour, tart with a moderately long cherry bourbon flavor. Nice sour, for sour pusses only. Quaff Score 8 / 10

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1316) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Pours brown with a tan head and tart, cherry aroma. Taste is tart and sour, lots of cherry notes with dark fruits, wood, bourbon and alcohol leading to a sour, long bourbon finish. Delicious sour


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