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Rivertown Barrel Aged Old Sour Cherry Porter

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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!

Note: Older labels say "Old Sour Cherry Porter" and newer ones say "Barrel Aged Old Sour Cherry Porter."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Poured into a perfect pint. 3.5 A: Dark brown color. One finger of fizzy light brown head. Retention is below average and minimal lacing is left. 3.5 S: Right off the bad you get a big punch of acetic acid. Cherry fruitiness with hints of lactic acid. Roastiness with a dry tostiness. The bourbon doesn’t come through very strong, but the oak is a little more prominent. 3.5 T: Again there’s a solid acetic component. Cherry fruits along with some berry notes. The bourbon is a lot easier to detect and there’s also more vanilla. There’s a bit of harsh astringency and bitterness in here which is probably due to equal parts bourbon, roastiness, and some tannins from the barrel. This lasts well into the aftertaste. Some farm notes with musty basement and dry rotten sweat socks. 3.75 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a pleasant creaminess to it. Quite nice here. 3.5 D: It’s good enough all around. Worth a try, but it probably won’t blow your mind. ★ 989 characters DavoleBomb, Dec 18, 2013

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (3263) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Pours a dark porter like brown w/quick dissipating head. Aromas of sour cherries and foeder. Flavors of dark fruits, vinegar, with a cask like feel...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
sfontain (846) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Half a 750 mL into a tall tulip. Thanks, Alex. Talk about bad marketing... I know this is blasphemy to all the sour-lovers out there, but to call this a porter is sacrilege; there is no porter here. The aroma was so astringent, I thought I was sniffing about 22% alcohol. Flavor utterly annihilating-ly sour. Heavy, heavy, sharply sour cherry flavor. Between the two of us we choked down most of the bottle and poured out the last 4 oz or so, then moved on to IPAs. No thanks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Aarod26 (1) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - JUL 15, 2015 does not count
So sad to see this beer fall so far. Had it on tap and there is little to no porter left in this beer. The sour has taken over the beer completely. So I waited anxiously for the bottle release hoping for redemption. The first bottle unfortionatly was flat as it could be. As was the bottle tonight, I have to say I will be pouring out the the rest of this bottle. Was my favorite sour of all time. Maby next year river town

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3349) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2015
6/11/2015: Rivertown Old Sour Cherry Porter... Dark and somewhat thick, quite smooth on the tongue. Lots of cherry in the aroma and tart, sour cherry in the flavor along with rich caramel and some chocolate malt. The overall acidity is balanced and this beer is very good. That having been said, it’s not worth the ridiculous price tag that they have on it... Draught at Party Town in Florence, KY.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (3033) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 29, 2015
on tap @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque cherry brown color, beige rim head, dots of lace. Aroma of sour cherry. Taste is more sour cherry than porter, to the point that I ask, "Where’s the Porter?" It grows as it moves to an alcohol laced finish, leaving me with a decent sipping brew, but not a Porter in any way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3622) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Lets go to the Jockey Box
what next?
Rivertin Old Sour Pumpkin, shared by friend, not in living room, for make the taste!
Pours a dark brown with a small head and some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is lots of oak, lots of cherry, some chocolate & roast are in there as well. It’s got a lot of tart fruit and funk in the bouquet.

The flavor is centered around tart cherries with lots of chocolate. The beer is sour and has some mild vinegar notes with lots of tart fruit & woody oak character.

Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5669) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2015
From the February 2015 3R6P tasting. +++ Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a small foamy off white head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was tart, sour and vaguely fruity. The flavor was very tart, sour, dry, chalky and had hints of vague fruits and vanilla. Long tart and sour finish. Medium body. Ok

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1419) - 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 (10214) - 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!

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