The Colonel - Barrel-Aged "Wild" Porter - Cambridge Brewing Company
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
3.76/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
09-15-2013 16:23:38 | More by VelvetExtract
4.49/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
O: This is a fantastic beer, and one of the most interesting I've had in a while. The yeast and bourbon characteristics blended better than I was expecting, and it's lighter-than-expected mouthfeel made it quite drinkable.
03-30-2013 02:02:41 | More by Jakk
4.46/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
03-23-2013 00:25:28 | More by Damian
The Colonel - Barrel-Aged "Wild" Porter from Cambridge Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.