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The Colonel - Barrel-Aged "Wild" Porter - Cambridge Brewing Company

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The Colonel - Barrel-Aged "Wild" Porter
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BA SCORE
88
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This wild, slightly sour porter has been aged forover two years in American oak bourbon barrels.
These barrels are home to various strains of Brettanomyces from previous batches - wild yeasts often found in aged beer. The “brett” contributes notes of fruitiness (dried cherries, cranberries), farmhouse-y funk, and acidity. This aged-and-blended strong porter pays homage to Colonel Albert Blanton, founder of the Buffalo Trace distillery, and is our modern interpretation of the ‘entire’ original porter-style
beers of the nineteenth century. While the contribution of bourbon flavors is slight, the wood itself has contributed smoothness with notes of vanilla and charred oak rounding out the beer’s complex flavors of berry, roast, and caramel. Its well-attenuated body and acidity remind you that this beer makes no attempt to fit in with modern times.

(Beer added by: GratefulBeerGuy on 04-18-2009)
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A-Pours dark. Minimal light penetration. Tan head pops away to nearly nothing.

S-Complex aroma. Lightly sour. Bourbon notes are slight but noticeable. Decent mixture of cocoa and roast and a big Bretty component.

T-Flavor brings more of the beer's base. Porter flavors of roast and powdery chocolate. Then the Brett and tartness kick in. I enjoyed how the okay bourbon rounds out the flavors.

M-Fuller bodied. A bit boozy. Feel is creamy. Moderate carbonation.

O/D-A neat beer. Really experimental. Some tartness and bourbon blended into a Porter.

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Had this on tap

A: Dark, slick black

S: Heavy acidic vinegar, with a fair amount of bourbonesque oak and alcohol

T: Heavy initial yeasty attack, with a strong flavor I can only identify as Brettanomyces- tarty, and funky. Finishes nicely into a strong oak/vanilla bourbon flavor.

M: A bit more carbonated and lighter than I was expecting.

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Drank on-tap at Cambridge Brewing Company, Cambridge, MA
Served in a fluted glass

The beer poured an absolute pitch black and looked silky and shimmery in the glass. A small crop of khaki colored froth topped the liquid. The head soon dissipated and fell to a lasting ring of foam.

The nose was incredibly unique and complex. Strong wild ale-like characteristics. Lots of balsamic vinegar and sour cherries notes. Good dose of acetic acid. Tart yet semi-sweet. Hints of oak. A touch of roasted malts came through as well.

The flavor profile was very similar to the nose, except perhaps it integrated more porter-like qualities. Tart, semi-sweet, balsamic vinegar-like notes melded with roasted malts on the front end. Sour cherries, black currents and raspberries came through in the center. Lots of oak and red wine character. The finish was a bit disappointing. It was quite tannic and woody with slight metallic and bitter notes.

The beer was medium bodied with a crisp, spritzy effervescence. Somewhat thin for a porter, yet acceptable for a wild ale. The carbonation died down as the beer sat, leaving the liquid feeling a bit flaccid.

Cambridge Brewing's "Wild" Porter was one of the most exciting and memorable beers I have tried in quite a while. While the wild ale qualities definitely outshone those of the porter, the flavors melded seamlessly. If you are a fan of creative wild ales, you should definitely seek this out.

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The Colonel - Barrel-Aged "Wild" Porter from Cambridge Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.