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Old Sour Cherry Porter - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Old Sour Cherry PorterOld Sour Cherry Porter

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 9
Gots: 29 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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!
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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 17
Reviews by LiquidCucumber:
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4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer comes in strong with both roasty and sour aromas. I was slightly skeptical at first, but after a few sips and some warming up this beer showed up on my palate as world class. I would call this brew Tart of Darkness' little brother. Bravo for an Ohio brewer with sour balls!

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Poured into a mini nonic glass, light tan foam, random spotty foam in the glass. Skim breaks after the first few sips. Beautiful scarlet highlight glints in the light, otherwise dark reddish brown in direct light. Webbed skim across the surface.

Light acidic fruit and dry barrel tannins, first impression is classically Flanders inspired.

Tart cherry, mellow toasty malt presence, soft feel with a smooth light carbonation level. Some nice depth, the three months in a barrel adds a nice layer of complexity. Flavors reinforce the Flanders impression... Vinous cherry, barrel tannin, light malt impression. Pretty unique and enjoyable, the abv limits consumption slightly, but its not distracting.

Thanks Chris for sharing this one!

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like tart cherries, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and a bit of roasted malt. The taste pretty much follows the aroma, it tastes like tart cherries, bourbon, oak, chocolate, roasted malt, and some plums. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's syrupy and has moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, I thought it was a good wild/sour ale. I like what Rivertown is doing with their limited release beers, it's certainly worth trying if you've never had this one before.

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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to my friend Richard for bringing me this brew!

A: Dark Black in color, when held to the light it turns ruby red, mostly clear. Some tan head on top, but it quickly dissipates into the body of the beer.

S: Definitely some sour notes coming out. Slight Vinegar with tart cherries. Some light oak, and Vanilla scents. Hints of dark chocolate and bourbon.

T: The bourbon comes out right away, some corn and oak, followed by tartness, and a hint of cherry. Dark chocolate and roasted malts finish out the flavor. If anything the cherries are a little lost, but I am surprised how much the dark malts come through and really work with the sourness. The aftertaste is coffee.

M: Medium to medium light in body, carbonation is a little lack luster, and the feel is just a little on the thin side.

O: Overall very nice, creative and interesting, and being able to taste the dark malts, and bourbon over the sourness would certainly be a difficult task, but one I think they achieved. However good it is though, it doesn't quite quench the sour kick I wanted.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into snifter

Appearance-pours thick dark brown with a minimal khaki head. Small lacing around edge of glass. 3.75

Aroma-right off the bat you get a blast of cherry, it's not overwhelming but is potent. Once you dig into this a little you can get the barrel notes, oak and vanilla are two of the strongest. 3.75

Taste-Cherry is the main thing going on here and its a very tart cherry at that. As it warms the barrel notes come out to play and squares the taste up. I was a little worried the tart would be to much, but after a few sips my mouth seemed to get used to it. 4

Feel-light bodied, sour mouthfeel, ABV is barely noticeable, light on the carbonation. 3.75

Overall-I was really worried I wouldn't like this, this my first sour of any kind. I was very relived after the first taste. It turned it out to be a very balanced beer overall. I wouldn't drink this a lot, but it is worth a try from time to time. 3.75

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A: The beer is clear but very dark red in color. It poured with a thin off white head that died down but left a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sour cherries in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of sour cherries along with a bit of sourness. There are only some faint hints of bourbon from the barrel aging.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is nice if you like sour cherries but this overwhelms any tastes of the underlying porter.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Old Sour Cherry Porter from Rivertown Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.