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Cascade Bourbonic Plague - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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world-class

389 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 623
Gots: 117 | FT: 14
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:
"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."

(Beer added by: Floydster on 07-03-2009)
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ArrogantB

Colorado

2.08/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml bottle thanks to drez77. This beer was a pretty good gusher but at least it didn't spray the ceiling? Dark brown and it has a good head. Smells very odd with the porter malt aroma conflicting with sour and just ouch..The flavor was a disaster to me, so many things in conflict: porter, sour, cinnamon, barrel, yuck! This is like Ron Burgundy drinking milk on a hot day: a bad choice. I love sour beers but this was just a let down. I drainpoured my glass :(

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 04:18:04 | More by ArrogantB
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WolfsbaneBloom

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

06-24-2014 15:34:40 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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craytonic

District of Columbia

2.6/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared with the dirty south crew

Appearance: Mruky red/brown pour, bit of gushing; big head. Cork did not want to come out.

Smell: Bit of a muddled mess; Sour with bourbon, brown sugar, cinnamon, and dark fruits. Too much roasted malt for a sour

Taste: Raisins, prunes, tons of cheap chardonnay-ish oak, messy and boozy

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, a bit too much carbonation

Drinkability: We didn't finish the bottle; not very impressive. I have really enjoyed many of Cascade's wild beers but this one was not one of them. Train wreck is a very apt description. Souring a porter of course didn't turn out well; if you told me they tried to make money off an accident I would believe it.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 01:30:15 | More by craytonic
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womencantsail

California

2.73/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

A: The pour is a dark red/brown color with very minimal head on it.

S: The nose is full of butter, bourbon, and alcohol. A definite lactic tartness to this with some hints of dark fruits, but the alcohol and butter are very strong.

T: This has to be the booziest sour I've ever had. Way too much bourbon, making the flavor slightly solventy, some oak, and again: butter. Raisins, vinegar, lactic tartness, and even some sweetness.

M: The body is medium with a decent level of carbonation, a slight pucker inducing sourness and a lot of heat.

D: What is the big deal with this one? I'm guessing that previous barrels/bottles might have been better, but this one just missed the mark.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2010 02:56:17 | More by womencantsail
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IPAIsaac

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

03-23-2014 01:51:22 | More by IPAIsaac
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.7%

11-15-2011 12:40:23 | More by AleWatcher
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dspinler

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.7%

03-22-2014 12:08:28 | More by dspinler
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jophish17

Georgia

3/5  rDev -29.7%

12-09-2011 04:33:38 | More by jophish17
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.13/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opens with a bit of a pop. Slowly gushes up.

Pours a large layer of light tan head. Very fluffy. Fades down rather quickly. A quick swirl brings back some head. Color is a dark brown, nearing black.

Aroma: Roasted malts and sourness right up front. Then I get the spices of cinnamon and vanilla. The cinnamon is spot on. I also get a touch of grahm cracker flavor. Has cherries and other dark dried fruits. Light chocolate and caramel hide behind the sour and tartness. Not too much oak showing. I get more wine notes than bourbon notes which hardly show.

Taste: My first reaction is: "How did this beer when a medal?" Fairly sour and funky. A medicinal flavor up front. I like the spices (vanilla and cinnamon) but the sourness distracts from everything good in this beer. It starts out with the wine barrels showing and dark dried fruits and then eventually transitions into the porter notes of chocolate, roast, and caramel with bourbon heatin' things up. This beer would be pretty good if it wasn't so soured.

Mouthfeel: Sour, fizzy, and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends with some funk and roasted malt.

Overall, I am just not that impressed with this beer. It could be great, but the sourness has already taken over this beer. I don't see this one getting better with time. A bit of a letdown as I had high hopes for this one. Cascade has been a bit of a disappointment on the last 2 wilds.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 22:48:57 | More by mothman
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter.

Pours a somewhat-dark brown color with a bit of a crimson hue. Slight retention as well as a nice cap as it settles down. The nose brings forward a sourness as well as some funk and oak. Strong lactic character. A bit of bourbon. The flavor is quite strong with some bourbon, booze, and a bit of a sour character. The flavor and feel have a bit of a strange astringency plus quite a bit of booze. Very odd indeed. I did not like this nearly as much as the Vlad. Probably my least favorite Cascade beer to date.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 00:05:34 | More by Thorpe429
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vissai

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

11-23-2012 05:52:57 | More by vissai
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

07-19-2014 14:47:54 | More by mltobin
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

12-16-2012 21:18:19 | More by t0rin0
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another big thanks to Sean for brining this pair...Pours a watery dark brown, semi clear, not overly attractive. Light tan head with some nice retention, spotty lacing...Aroma full of oak, spicy bourbon, acidic...Taste is lactic oak, almost reminds me of something infected, spice shows off predominantly too. The taste is less successful. A weird oaky finish that I don't like.

Decent, but nothing special at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 03:58:20 | More by jrallen34
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Arbitrator

California

3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 750mL bottle into a glass. A generous gift from ramnuts. Thanks, Frank!

I simply could not budge this cork. I wound up using a corkscrew opener on it.

A: A slow gusher out of the bottle. It settles into the glass with a purple-brown (puce) body and tan head. Good retention and nice curtains of lace down the sides of the glass.

S: There's an immediate whiff of dates from the bottle as I remove the cork. Lactic sourness, oak, roast, bourbon, and brown sugar. This has the signature Cascade smell that I associate with their various Flanders Reds. It's also vaguely buttery, which is not totally upsetting next to the bourbon, but it's not something I enjoy.

T: Bourbon is very noticeable, as are sweeter contributions from brown sugar and caramel. I don't really taste the dates, even though I smelled them. There's plenty of grape (wine, I suppose). Vanilla, too. As the beer warmed, cinnamon emerged. The finish has lactic sourness with a mild tannic astringency. It's also boozy, though I guess I'd expect that from a 12% beer. That aside, the flavors are well integrated.

M: Boozy. It's not quite solventy, but it's a bit harsh. Carbonation is high and foamy. I wound up swirling a lot of it out just to get the beer to drink better. It was taking away from the flavor. I am impressed by how it starts off sour, becomes sweet and creamy, then finishes sour once more. Very interesting.

D: In 2009, I had the opportunity to sample a different version of this beer out of the barrels at the Raccoon Lodge. That was better than this one, but you get an idea of what they were aiming for. This is a very interesting beer and is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 02:21:35 | More by Arbitrator
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well since his cellar is apparently a black hole of all things sour and barrel aged. No surprise sweemzander busted this out during our night of the wilds. Poured into a tulip.

A: Rusty cola brown. Huge two fingers of beige head. Modest sticky lace. No cap.

S: Whoa! Hello bourbon. I pretty much only get a hint of play doh and maybe a tiny bit of sourness. This one is aptly named.

T: Thankfully the bourbon has decided to play nice with the other flavors. I can pick out some tart citrus, spices and sweet dark fruits. Plenty of bourbon though.

M: Medium body with light carbonation.

D: Overall not my favorite of the evening. Maybe laying it down for a good while would help round thins out.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:38:04 | More by beerwolf77
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grownfool

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -18%

01-27-2012 01:08:24 | More by grownfool
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -18%

03-19-2013 02:31:23 | More by mendvicdog
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18%

01-16-2012 07:08:29 | More by ygtbsm94
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -18%

04-05-2013 18:06:13 | More by bsuedekum
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18%

11-25-2011 16:43:54 | More by deapokid
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -18%

11-14-2011 17:14:38 | More by writerLJBerg
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Unchi

California

3.5/5  rDev -18%

12-01-2013 19:09:22 | More by Unchi
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TulipSnifter

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer is dark with amber edges and it has no cap.
Smell: I smell a lot of alcohol.
Taste: strong alcohol, sour, hint of prune, complex.
Mouth feel: This is a very strong beer.
Drink ability: This beer is good to sip but I couldn't drink much of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 23:54:46 | More by TulipSnifter
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PWoods for sharing this.

Holy hell of a gusher batman! The pop from the cork was deafening! Left my ears ringing while beer was foaming out the top of the bottle and we were capturing what we could in our glasses.
Pours a murky brown in color with some reddish highlights. When I finally got settled down to drink this beer it had about a inch of head left on it.
Smell was a bit weird. There was sour, some bourbon, some dark fruit. All these were recognizable in the flavor as well, but there was a good bit of oak and some chocolate coming through. I would have never guessed the base beer was a porter. At least I have never seen a porter that looked like this. Decent mouthfeel. This was just an all around weird beer, couldn't quite get into it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 16:14:39 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Cascade Bourbonic Plague from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.