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Rivertown Old Sour Cherry Porter

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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1156) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle from a trade in Cincy. Shared with Dan, Danni, and Josh at my place. Snifters. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate light brown head that was short lived. The aroma was delightful with sour cherry notes, chocolate, dark fruits, and oak barrel. The taste (once warmed) was very nice with sour cherries, currants, raspberries, dark chocolate, and barrel. Delicate mouth, somewhat of a velvety finish. Somewhat tart, but not like Tart of Darkness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9744) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours murky and dark brown with a fleeting, off-white head. The nose is acidic and acetic offering fruity cherries, deeply roasted malts and enjoyable vinous notes. Full-bodied and thick with airy carbonation. The flavor is roasty, sour and vinous - red wine and red wine vinegar – with a heaping helping of black cherries. Thanks to my good friend, growler, for popping the top off this world-class beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1581) - Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Bomber, 2013 vintage. Thanks Matt. Pours a dark brown with a very minimal head. Looks like a porter. Smell is sour and tart. That was unexpected. My one knock is is there is a touch of astringent on the back end of the aroma. Kind of unpleasant. Otherwise this beer is damn good. Taste is acidic sour. Tart cherries. If I was blindfolded I would swear it tasted like a kriek. Looks like a porter. Tastes like a wild/sour. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4178) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Murky brown pour with a tan head. Nose is nice and tart with notes of cherry and chocolate. Tart in the flavor with cherry and some green apple skins. A little cocoa shows as well. Light bodied with a tart finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
nick76 (4282) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2014 The aroma is sour and lactic with some malt and fruit. The appearance is brown with no head. The taste is like expected. The palate is flat and thin. Overall not good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fluffy (1824) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2014
much more sour than i expected it to be, but it in a good way. had a recent bottle share.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ricoslim (116) - - AUG 6, 2014
Had this thanks to my boy Prazak. Color is brown with some red tones. Not much of a head. The name does not lie. Very sour and lots of cherries in the aroma and taste. Bourbon is light but a great overall sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
slang14 (23) - - JUL 22, 2014
Damn sour more than a but harsh but in the spirit of sour good color nice aroma no real head

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5964) - Aurora, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10342) - 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.

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