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Rivertown Barrel Aged Old Sour Cherry Porter

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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (3250) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2016
Refrigerated brown bottle poured into a cup. Opaque dark brown with very small beige. Aroma is tart cherry, medium body, low carbonation, and very little lacing. Taste is tart, dark malt, and cherry.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (2264) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2016
sampler poured dark brown to almost black. no head. the aroma was sour cherry straight up. the flavor almost bit off my tongue. very strong sour cherry backed by roasted malts but the cherry is very predominant. it was almost to the acrid side of the spectrum one thought it was off putting and almost like vinegar...it was decent enough my buddy loved it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (6369) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Bottle pours out a brownish amber topped with a small head. Nose is tart cherries some sweet pit fruit a light malty notes and some barrel. Taste is mostly the tart sour cherries a little pit fruit sweetness some light roast porter I guess and the barrel.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drsordr (2448) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2016
Draft to taster at Jungle Jim pour cola brown with no head. Nose almost spoiled sour, tart cherry, and rubbing alcohol. Taste similar to nose with spoiled fruit. Alcohol mixed with malt. Dont like it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - 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 doesnt come through very strong, but the oak is a little more prominent. 3.5 T: Again theres a solid acetic component. Cherry fruits along with some berry notes. The bourbon is a lot easier to detect and theres also more vanilla. Theres 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: Its good enough all around. Worth a try, but it probably wont blow your mind. ★ 989 characters DavoleBomb, Dec 18, 2013

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - 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...

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
sfontain (851) - 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.

2.4
   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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3637) - 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, its not worth the ridiculous price tag that they have on it... Draught at Party Town in Florence, KY.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (4176) - 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, "Wheres 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.


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