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Cascade Bourbonic Plague - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

506 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 626
Gots: 145 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Floydster on 07-03-2009

"This blend of strong dark porters was aged in oak, wine and Bourbon barrels, then blended with a dark porter that had been brewed with vanilla beans and cinnamon. The blend was then aged an additional 14 months on dates."
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Ratings: 506 | Reviews: 119
Reviews by brystmar:
Photo of brystmar
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from 2009.

Loud pop from the cork, mild gusher. Brown body, manila/tan head, super stubborn head and lace. Truly beautiful appearance. Tons bourbon in the nose, mild vanilla, more vanilla, traditional Cascade sour yeasty aroma.

Bourbon-forward on the palate. Dark fruits, mild spices, no vanilla, plenty of bourbon. Pretty tasty, but I'm not a bourbon guy at all. My bourbon-head buddies were gushing (pardon the pun) over this stuff while I merely enjoyed it. Pretty good, though I prefer even the "regular" Cascades (kriek, apricot) over this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Beachwood BBQ
Seal Beach, CA

Dark brown nearly black with a thin khaki head. Lots of spotted lacing down the glass.

Surprisingly not particularly aromatic, though I'm happy to say the other features of this beer make up for it in spades! A muted combination of bourbon and sour notes make up the aroma, but nothing is leaping out, even after warming.

This is quite the journey. Never before has a beer changed so drastically from start to finish. At first, this is a sour porter, with hints of roasted malt and chocolate coming through, along with sweet fruits and biting sourness. Then, after swallow, a new, delicate, earthy, woody bourbon flavor fills the mouth and stays and lingers. Magnificent!

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

A spectacular beer and (like with many Cascade offerings) like nothing I've ever tried before.

(I'm looking at you, The Bruery! Time to bourbon-barrel age some Tart of Darkness!)

Photo of Soonami
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cascade bourbonic plague is such an interesting beer. It is for sure the most complex sour beer I've had to date (hehe). This is a dark brown beer with a sand colored head. The beautiful aroma just bursts out of this beer--it's a lot like a loaf of baking fruit cake with spicy cinnamon, clove and vanilla, sweet dried fruit and slightly sour like overripe bananas. The beer tasted like it smelled with a lot more pronounced vanilla and oaky bourbon flavors. There is a nice molassesy sweetness from the dates and a warming spiciness. The alcohol is very well hidden in this very complex beer with just a slight warming feel on the back of the throat. Very complex and although the ingredients don't seem like they should work together they really come together grounded by the very good base porter

Photo of elliot23
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured into a snifter at the Barrel House. Great color for a sour. Super dark, almost like a cup of coffee. Redish hue to it as well. Looks great.

N. What a nose. I can't keep my face out of this one. Lots of dark fruit. Some cinnamin and vanilla in there. A small touch of alcohol, but pretty mild considering the abv. Some bourbon and oak can also be pulled from this as it warms.

T. Amazing on all fronts. Very aggressive beer. Really unique. Never thought I'd have a barrel aged sour porter. Lots of oak and vanilla in the taste. I can also pull out some strong dates in there as well. A little dark cherry and some alcohol finish round this one out. Amazing how the 12% abv is hidden though.

M. Pretty full for a sour. Good carbonation as well. Pretty warming on the mouth. Good stuff.

After one glass I can feel it. To be expected though. Goes down dangerously easy though. Can't wait for bottles of this one!

Photo of Metalmonk
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent by msubulldog25 in a recent trade, the text immediately intrigues, as does the great name: "Bourbonic Plague - Northwest Style Sour Ale - ale brewed with spices and aged in used oak wine and bourbon barrels on vanilla beans and cinnamon then fermented with dates." Additionally, the label says this is a "huge, spiced double porter...lactic fermented in select barrels for over 12 months and fed on a rich diet of dates."

Huh. You can just imagine dead beer traditionalists rolling in their graves. Its likely too much for some of the living as well.

I expected this bottled conditioned beer to gush, and it did. I was prepared but spent some time babysitting it until it chilled out, which included pouring a full glass then having to push more into a second glass until things settled down in there. So, what results is a huge head, rocky and stiff and tan, quite beautiful actually, like an airy ice cream. Liquid is a super murky dark brown, looks wonderful.

Aroma is a hugely vinous thing, more tart than sweet, more green than something this well aged was expected to smell like. I get some oak and date too, a little bit of the bourbon, though nothing of the vanilla or cinnamon comes to the nose.

To say this is a complex beer is not only stating the obvious, but also understating it. Nearly every sip brings a new view, a new impression, as my taste buds wrangle with this ridiculous monster. Its vinous aromatic qualities are also a prime feature of the taste. They're wrapped in a woody, earthy exterior, and the piquant flavor of alcohol-soaked dates comes through as well. The cinnamon and vanilla are no doubt that brighter spice character I'm tasting, although they've been totally transformed through barrel aging. Bourbonic Plague (what a great name) finishes tart and fruity sweet, with earthiness shining through to balance. Interesting that the bourbon is only a mere flash amongst many flavors. It's hard to brew with a bourbon barrel and not have that dominate, showing what a complex, challenging creature we're dealing with here, and what a good job they've done of incorporating everything evenly. The only Belgian characteristic here is the yeast, but it's a big one. Wild ales are derived from ancient Belgian traditions, and here the yeast puts that big Belgian stamp on an otherwise all-West Coast mutant. Thankfully, the roasty porter base comes through just enough, and that's good, as I find many sours to be good and sour, but they can also mask most if not all the base beer elements. Not this one. The alcohol? Oh, that? Hardly detectable, but maybe the flurry of impressions is just distracting. Still, very well hidden, I'd say, especially for 11.5%!

Not terribly dry, as some sours are, the tartness causes a palpable physical pucker in the mouth, although it's actually subtle and not an annoyance. Otherwise this has both smooth and crisp characteristics, texturally about as complex as the taste is.

While sours are not totally my thing, this one is clearly exerting its own unique personality in that realm, and what could have been an unholy mess has turned out very well. I'm going to savor this sucker the rest of the night. A definite slow drinker and one to cherish while there's still some in the glass.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to schen9303 for sharing this one. Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Southampton oversized snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a 3 finger frothy off-white colored head with outstanding retention. Beer is an opaque black and lacing is patchy and stringy with excellent cling. This one's a real beauty.

S: Nose is pungent bourbon with hints of chocolate, sour cherry, purple wine grapes, and subtle roasted malts. Flavors work perfectly with each other here with a slight tartness that tickles the nose exquisitely complementing a robust, but not overwhelming bourbon presence. Very unique also though perhaps not quite to style.

T: Opens with a slight cherry tartness and dark fruit. Transitions into sour wine grapes and cherry puree with overtones of roasted malt and sour liquorice. Bourbon barrels linger in the background providing a nice sweet complement along with a degree of cobwebby Brettiness. End is chocolate, roasted malt, and sour cherry and grape with notes of prune and sour, unripened plum. Finish is tart dark fruit, bourbon, and a bit of smoke. Aftertaste is slightly dry and ashy. Might be the first sour dark beer that I'm a fan of!!!

M: Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Bubbly and a bit grainy in the mouth and abrasive at the edges. Tingly going down with a messy aftertaste and a dry, lingering aftertaste. This one's pretty standard but missing a degree of crispness at the finish that would have put it more over the top.

D: Much better than its cousin Vlad the IMPaler in my opinion, this is a really well made sour porter. What sets it apart is a nice balance between sour and sweet with a ton of complexity that captures both the Brett and funk aspect as well as the roasted malt, dark fruit, and chocolate aspect. I'll definitely be coming back to this one.

Photo of dirtylou
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at the barrelhouse

from notes

The commercial description of this beer is pretty ridiculous - another truly unique brew from Cascade. This beer starts innocently enough as a porter base but is then morphed and transformed through oak wine and bourbon barrels, blended with cinnamon and vanilla beans and aged further on dates. I'm not sure where the sour comes into play, but it got in there somehow. Decadent concoction and as complex as they come.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 project.

Appearance - Brown body. Nice khaki head. Thick collar and a few islands of foam.

Smell - Bourbon. Oak and vanilla in turn. Acetic, vinegary acididty. Fruity, too.

Taste - Sourness up front. Not as vinegary. A little roasty. Borders on soy saucy. Bourbon permeates the whole drink. Oak and vanilla. I don't get a ton of spice, though.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, syrupy, sweet, and sour. All at once. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I don't know how I feel about this. It's complex, as all Cascades are. It's abrasive, too, though. I keep going back for more, so I guess I like it.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by BRoss242! 2009 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured dark brown with a one finger khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, dark fruit, chocolate, wood, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, sour, tart, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really found the chocolate aspect on this one to be quite surprising if I am honest. While it worked well with the brew overall it didn’t seem like it was necessarily needed in my opinion. Definitely worth your time to try this one if you haven’t done so before.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived to my wifes and my table at the Cascade Barrel House today right after Vlad. Poured into a mini snifter, this beer looks like medium bodied coffee with some deep ruby edges. A thin wispy snow white ring on the edges tells me that this is indeed carbonated. No lacing is present.

Again on the nose I'm getting lots of vanilla similar to Vlad. Dissimilar to Vlad, I'm picking up on prunes and dark chocolate. Sweet carrot cake with some dark liquor make this interesting.

Wow does this have some serious bourbon notes! Sweet cherry, bitter grape skin, and soured coffee role all over the palate here! The alcohol never goes away nor does it try to hide! I like it!

Mouthfeel is thinner than Vlad and more in line with how I like my sours to feel.

Drinkability is oh so good. Whole 750's are gonna disappear with ease when this comes out in bottles!

Photo of morimech
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 Vintage? Corkscrew required to remove the cork and released with a loud pop.

Dark brown color with two fingers of head that settles to a thick cap. Not much for lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma of bourbon, dark fruit, vanilla, and some pinot grapes. Smells acidic and slightly boozy.

Moderately tart flavor. Complex combination of fruits and barrel. The bourbon plays a lesser role in the flavor as acidic fruit notes lead. Underlying date flavor. Some nice vanilla flavor comes in midway before finishing tart and semi-dry. Alcohol is noticeable but not overly hot.

The body is a bit larger than what is typically found in a sour. Good bottle conditioning carbonation and overall texture.

Lived up to expectations. All the work that went into this beer came out in the end.

Photo of CruisaC
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"This blend of strong dark porters was aged in oak, wine and Bourbon barrels, then blended with a dark porter that had been brewed with vanilla beans and cinnamon. The blend was then aged an additional 14 months on dates."

I knew I wanted to try this based on description alone.

Pours thin and dark with a good amount of khaki head

Smell is a bit one-dimensional. I get plenty of the sour smell I've gotten from other Cascade sours; not much of any of the other components. Not a bad smell, just hoping for more.

Fortunately taste is much more complex. I get a gentle sourness but also the bourbon and some raisins/dates on the end. A combination that works for me.

Thinner with a nice amount of carbonation. This is not stout creamy nor should it be.

A very good beer from cascade. I have yet to be disappointed in them, and I'm slowly ticking my way through ther lineup.

Photo of Diomede
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Portland Int'l Beer Festival.

A: Dark brown color, finger-esque head, translucent opaqueness.

S: Sour wildness meets bourbon. Wow. Crazy aroma. Some dark cherry, some bourbon.

T: Very interesting...bourbon-y with sour undertones. Some oak on the tongue, a very unique profile.

M: Very nice on the tongue, not too heavy, not too light.

D: If not for the 11.5% abv, I could sip on this all night. Very pleasing beer, another winner from Cascade.

Photo of Docer
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap as a taster at their new barrel house... as I was having too much fun enjoying two full size glasses of some others....

- Nice mocha head, silky, stuck around a bit over a nice dark molasses looking brew... brown, mysterious..

- Wonderful sweetness.. oak, bourbon, even a butterscotch or buttery rum scent... light tartness... earthy... light funk..

- My oh my what a tasty number.... like Ron said... it's a nice After dinner brew or morning.. I could drink this stuff all day.... light grains, cocoa... earthiness.. butterscotch, buttery candy.. tart porter qualities... all blended so well.. this brew is a masterpiece....

- Light bodied, slightly syrupy sweet... but yet very well carbonated....

- A must have! Very easy to drink.. can't taste the alcohol one bit really... as it is a potent number.... so good.

Photo of n2185
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark ruby-brown with half a finger of beige head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: sweet and tart fruit notes up front with candied sugar, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. There is a lot going on here and it works well.

T: sweet and tart fruit flavors up front with oak, vanilla, and bourbon. There are also notes of caramel and sour cherries before a smooth, tart finish.

M: medium body with mid-low carbonation, this beer avoids being too watery like some sours.

O: a great beer, overall. There is so much going on and it all works wonderfully together.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a tulip. 12.1% ABV, 2009 Vintage.

Yep, another Wild to TICKle my fancy. Thanks sweemzander! Beer #6 completed the night of epic proportions...

A - Bourbonic is dark black with clear brown highlights topped by a low tan head with decent retention for the pile of loose bubbles. Nothing great to see really.

S - Lightly toasted chocolate malts pair well with the great barnyard funkiness. Tart, cocoa, dark cherry, and mild yeast on the finish. Well-blended wild aroma that doesn't go too far. I like the nuances in this one!

T - Roasted black malts and cocoa with light bittersweet chocolate and an oak-like barrel flavor with some alcohol on the back end. Nice Brett funkiness comes in and spices the whole thing up.

M - Strong carbonation and a crisp, light finish with a tart, penetrating feel. Warm alcohol is felt in sensation both in the stomach and through retro-nasal breathing.

D - Nice and roasted maltiness is balanced by a complimentary Brett funk that takes the place of hops, this beer goes down pretty well for being as strong as it is.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Buckeyeboy brought this one over a while back.. Thanks Jeremy!!

A "fizzer" when cracked... hazy dark brown.. yeast flecked head... good lacing.

Nose is big bourbon and dark cherry sour... cocoa.. a bit roasty and some background acetic notes... really though despite the sour, the bourbon abides.

nice fruit and a bit too much roastiness.. the lactic sour really comes out and helps balance the bourbon and vanilla... Alcohol is very minor, yet present.. the dark malts and the sour fruits with barrels never mesh and make for a real mash-up of a brew... ruby port made my notes... Not enough "sour" for the big-ass bourbon qualities... but what do I know?

Jeremy hooked it up.. thanks buddy.

3.5/4.5/4/4/3.5

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

lovely brown color with an off white head that streaks down the sides of the glass,

Lovely aroma is a mixture of sour and sugary malts wonderful dark fruits, caramel, toffee, tart cherries, great porter like quality but full of fruit and light funk, really a very interesting and fun mix here. Smooth as silk with a great finish and wonderful back to it.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Shane!

The bottle gushed a bit upon opening. In the glass it's a dark stained chestnut color; light penetrates the beer ever so slightly. A finger of head settles to a thin crust in time.

It smells unusual, but good. The wine and bourbon barrels are apparent, lending oak, dark fruit, caramel. Dates, vanilla and ambiguous spiciness are equally present. There's a mild lactic sourness on the nose, and a strong overall vinous character.

On the palate it's both malty and sour. The vinous character melds nicely with light lactic acidity up front, but malt takes over quickly thereafter. Dates, molasses, cherries, cola, vanilla and spice - there's a lot going on. The body is tannic and semi-dry, carbonation a bit fizzy at first but smoother as the beer sits. This is enjoyable, but I feel like it's trying to do too many things at once.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with my roomate, out of my Lost Abbey tulip.

A- Pitch black. Crazy amounts of foam, creeping up out of the bottle. The head is a khaki color, and there is no end to it.

S- Smooth red wine, lots of oak. Little bit of bourbony vanilla, but the lactic sourness is also very prevalent.

T- A beautiful blend of flavors. Smooth with a touch of bourbon at first, with strong vinous oak notes transitioning. The sourness is a great touch, and just the right melding of flavor. Some smoky porter hints as well, also some cinnamon and spice.

M- I thought this was going to be super fizzy, but it is just about right. Nice body, very nice transitional flavor.

D- I thought this was going to be a huge overwhelming beer, but its actually quite tasty. I really wouldn't think these ingredients would work together, but it blends so well. Cascade...just wow.

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, not much carbonation, clear amber brown when pouring.

S-Chocolate, dates, dark fruits, some roasted malt, bourbon and wine. Some funk.

T-Same as the nose but the flavors are not meshing that well together.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation and a tad thick.

O-I was expecting more from this beer, especially given the price tag.

Photo of cbarrett4
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from cask at Cascade Barrel House Portland:

Pours murky brown with very little head and almost no lace. Kind of ugly (though it did get pulled off cask... so...)

Interesting nose though a bit over the top. I really got the bourbon sweetness up front, kind of hot (alcohol) on the nose but a little caramelized sugar, prunes, and black currants in there. But the alcohol really detracts.

More of the same. Mostly stewed dark fruit and sweet cherry pie with smoke, toast, and sweet bourbon. It's got a slight sour twinge.

Again everything kind of tossed into weirdness with the oppressive alcohol. Out of balance, but a good texture and long finish.

I have had much better brews from these guys. I appreciate the style, and I know that this beer has some fans... but just because you can go bigger doesn't mean you have to. Also of note: I have had some Dogfish Head at 18% abv where the alcohol seemed more in tune.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest. One of the top highlights of the Fest. Pours dark amber brown with a fine tan head. Smell is complex with wild, sour, woody, stone fruit pits, cherry, and slightly sweet notes. Taste is even more intricate with a mild sourness, oak tannins, leather, slight tobacco smoke, sweet and dry. Tart in the back on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, full, and a little boozy with some tangy zip. Overall, just loved it. Should have gotten more, but too late, all gone.

Photo of claspada
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of hoppymcgee from our most recent trade. Bottle says 2009 so I assume it is from then. Cork broke as I tried to take it out; needed a wine opener to get it out.

Pours a dark brown with no visible light escaping. A large 2-3 inch soapy, bubbly head dissipates leaves some decent spotty lacing. After the first pour the bottle continues to overflow with extreme carbonation from the Bretty yeast.

Aromas begin with typical Bretty yeast smells; sourpatch kids, dark cherries, earthiness, dark sherry, slight vinous grapiness. As it warms the Bourbon begins to show itself; oak, vanilla, dark berry jam just to name the most dominant barrel induced smells.

The tastes begin with lots of sour berries mixed with juicy fruits. Sweet blackberry, pomegranate, juniper berries start the show. Then you get the slight roasted flavors of chicory, dark caramelized sugars and light baker's cocoa but these flavors are continuously overwhelmed by the sour dark cherry Bretty yeast. As it warms you once again get the nice oak and vanilla flavors from the barrel.

The mouthfeel is super full bodied with above average carbonation. In this case the Brett trumped the Bourbon barrel leaving a pleasant bubbly feeling across the tounge. The carbonation scrubs hthe palate after every sip which is nice but it robs you of enjoying the extremely enjoyable flavors of the beer, so I wish it was toned down a tad but that cannot always be controlled with wild yeast beers of this nature.

Overall, this was a really super beer. It is extremely complex and unlike any beer I have ever had. I usually do not like dark Brett beers because the flavors just don't typically mesh well, but this somehow works amazingly. For a beer blended from dark style beers and with such an extremely high ABV it drinks amazingly light and easy. This is the perfect fall weather beer because it blends dark beer with nice light sour flavors. Make sure you DO NOT drink this too cold as all the great flavors are only detectable and appreciated once it warms up. Anyway, extremely highly recommended and worth seeking out; so complex and this is a testament to amazing brewing and blending from a great, small, under appreciated American brewery.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Unfortunately a got a taste of this beer before I was ready. I had a about a 1/4 of the bottle gush out upon removing the cork. Into my mouth and down my throat went the beer in a fast and furious manner. Anyway, thanks to Khazadum on BA for this.

4.0 A: Opaque black color. Any of the the yeast that was in there got mixed in when it gushed. Two fingers of creamy tan head (once the carbonation came in control) with good retention and a good amount of lacing.

3.5 S: The wine comes through stronger than the bourbon. Usually I'm not a fan of the wine barrel aging, but this is good so far in the nose. Date aroma is there, but I'm not picking up much of the vanilla. Lactic acid is there in moderate amounts and acetic acid in smaller amounts. Woody with a mild tannic astringency. A bit of the toastiness of the underlying porter comes through.

4.0 T: The taste is both interesting and palate pleasing. Again the wine dominates the bourbon, but the bourbon comes through stronger the more the bottle is emptied. It's actually quite vinous for what it is. There isn't a lot of sourness in the taste, but there is some lactic and acetic acid with emphasis on the lactic. Again oak with a slight tannic flavor. Dates come through very strong with grape, plum, and prune fruitiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit aggressive, but okay I guess. Good creaminess with a touch of astringency on finish.

4.0 D: Not too shabby for what seems like an unholy mix of grape and grain. I never expected a bourbon and wine barrel aged beer to surface, but it seem now that it can be done with a fair amount of success. This is a welcome departure from the more typical wilds and bourbon barrel beers and is something I'd like to see more of in the future.

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Cascade Bourbonic Plague from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.