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Cascade Bourbonic Plague - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Bourbonic PlagueCascade Bourbonic Plague

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

336 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%


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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n2185

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2014 22:05:08 | More by n2185
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StJamesGate

New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the brewery, Portland

Oxblood with beige film.
Deep tart woody nose with no bourbon notes.
Big bourbon hit, sugary preserved peaches, cloves, cinnamon gum, sherry, Christmas cake, Maraschino cherry and some slightly sweet vinegar.
Cherry end and stone linger.
Medium, round, sweet, no heat.

Madly complex, endlessly intricate. Not very sour or very bourbon. A tardis - as much in it as you want to find.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 18:50:33 | More by StJamesGate
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dirtylou

Washington

4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2013 21:05:09 | More by dirtylou
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ehammond1


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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!)

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 01:08:31 | More by ehammond1
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Halcyondays

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a ruby plum brown with a mild white head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Bourbon dominated, vanilla, some dark fruit.

T: Dates for sure, prunes and figs. Very much a dark fruit flavour. Some molasses and nice acid on the back end.

M: Heavy feel on the palate. A full-bodied beer for sure. Quite smooth, light carbonation. Light acid.

O: A nightcap beer if you will from Cascade. Good flavour, I like the dark fruit character. Clearly enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 03:11:53 | More by Halcyondays
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Shmeal

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Cascade Barrelhouse at 6PM.

Appearance - dark as night with a creamy white head. Head was roughly 3 fingers but dissipated after a few minutes.

Smell - heavenly with some fig, vanilla, and malts

Taste - absolutely incredible. All the qualities of a good big stout with a nice sour punch in the middle. vanilla comes through on the finish as you exhale

Mouthfeel - very smooth and creamy. Much lighter than I was anticipating

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable, this could have would have gotten dangerous if it wasn't for the fact that I had to drive afterwards

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 04:03:52 | More by Shmeal
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muchloveforhops3

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first review (which I feel is definitely long-overdue). Here it goes...

On tap at the Cascade Barrel House, during the bottle release of Bourbonic/Vlad; from notes (10/16/10).

Pour: Served in a small chalice; deep brown in color, with just a little bit of light penetrating through it; a tiny off-white head tops this brew off..

Nose: The aroma is of medium strength, and consisting of sweet cinnamon, oak, dark sugars, dark fruit, and vinous notes; mildly lactic; smells pretty good..

Taste: A delicious blend of sweet and tart dark fruit, overlapping lightly roasted malts, and smoothed out by vanilla and oak; bourbon, vinous flavors, and cinnamon really come out in the warming finish; awesome..

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied, with medium carbonation; a perfect match to the flavor profile (I think a fuller body would be overkill)..

Drinkability: Drinks well, considering the high ABV; however, I'd be lying if I said the alcohol didn't detract from this aspect a bit..

Overall, a solid brew that very much stood out to me (which is the reason I wanted to make it my first review). I look forward to having this again...

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2010 08:28:28 | More by muchloveforhops3
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digita7693

Germany

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cascade barrel house

A very dark, stout like, slight red color on the edges, very slight tanish white film of a head

S nice mix of spices, bourbon and sourness... kind of a strange combination, not sure what to think

T This is something different. tastes of a full bodied red wine, with some oak notes, vanilla and a splash of bourbon with some sourness to it. its somewhat port like with a hint of stout. very unique, yet delicious

M/D good carbonation, easy drinking. Very drinkable, but not sure I could take more than 1 or 2 at a time

Not sure what to say, one of the most unique beers I have had, absolutely delicious and confusing, is it a stout, a sour, a port? apparently it is all of the above and wonderful

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 14:51:03 | More by digita7693
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TulipSnifter

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
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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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the barrel room today. Beers like this just leave you shaking your head in wonderment.

BP pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The beer looks pretty nice, but it wasn't until I dipped my beak into the glass that I started to understand the mystique surrounding this beer. The nose is incredibly complex in this beer, showcasing dark fruit, light sour, dark chocolate, mocha and a hint of bourbon. This beer smells great, no doubt, but then I took my first sip. Mama mia is this yummy! On the palate, the bourbon is much more prevalent, and it marries well with the dark chocolate, wine flavor, dark fruits, vanilla and light sour. The combination of flavor in this delicious beer is amazing. Also, while there's some sweetness to this beer, it's balanced incredibly well by the dark fruits, wine flavor and light sour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a very long, very smooth finish. As I've come to expect with most Cascade beers, the alcohol is very well disguised, and always seems much less than it actually is. Based on what I experienced on the palate, I would have thought for all the world that this was a 7% or 8% beer, instead of the 12% listed on the menu. This gives one the foolish impression that they can drink a fair amount of this great beer, which really would not be a very good idea.

In any event, this is just delicious stuff, and is clearly a very special, well crafted beer. Yummm!!!!

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 23:08:20 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Elendinn

Oregon

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Barrel House -- served in a snifter.

A - deep, deep, deep red; vinous, like a pinot noir, save for the carbonation. No head to speak of and very thin, tan lacing around the edges.

S - bourbon dominates the nose, followed by vinous grapes (reminiscent of pinot noir), a port-like sweetness, figs, dates, wood, and hints of vanilla and spice.

T - potent, tannic red wine -- pinot noir or cabernet sauvingon. Bourbon makes its presence known, though never overwhelmingly so, followed by a hint of vanilla; the cinnamon is faintly present in the backend, along with other spices. The vanilla and cinnamon become more perceptible as the beer warms, transforming it from a dry red to a port.

M - fair amount of carbonation, which is good, as it would've been syrupy otherwise. Full-bodied.

D - considering its similarities to wine, it's incredibly drinkable. Quite possibly the most complex, most exquisite, best beer I've ever had. Perfection.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2010 18:17:48 | More by Elendinn
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elliot23

Montana

4.83/5  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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 01:00:40 | More by elliot23
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hopsbreath

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2010 06:16:26 | More by hopsbreath
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djbreezy

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Barrel House. Just a little taste.

appearance - dark brown, no head or lacing

smell - vanilla, fruit, spice

taste - oak flavors, sour, cinnamon, prominent vanilla bean, maybe some chocolate snuck in

mouthfeel - well carbonated, medium body for 11.5 percent, slightly dry finish

drinkability - highly complex, enjoyable, quite unique

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2010 21:14:13 | More by djbreezy
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Docer

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2010 20:41:24 | More by Docer
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Day 1 at Cascade's brand-spankin' new Barrel House - a squat goblet poured right to the 8 oz. fill line.

Listed on the menu at 12% ABV

A: The dark brown porter base makes this look like, well...a dark brown porter. A filtered ruby glow glints a little, look closely and you'll witness the tiny carbonation streams. Broken khaki film fails to cover the whole glass, receding to a slim ring and leaving small specks of lace.

S: An odd layering of aromas; unfortunately the first is diacetyl, our buttery/butterscotch 'friend'. Once the initial waves pass, the scent is more tart, showcasing dark fruit, vanilla and spice. An oaken sweetness catches up as the pour warms.

T: A boldly tangy mouthful, earthy and tart fruit, bourbon-soaked. Flavor mimics lemon-lime at times, candy/caramel apple sugar, then more and more vanilla. Ends with an odd herbal grassiness; a drawn-out beer that needs some contemplating between sips. Not sure I love it, but it definitely pushes the boundaries of 'interesting'.

M: Puckering, tongue-twisting and cheek-tugging intensity initially, then a strikingly smooth creaminess beneath. Medium body, barely-present alcohol warming.

D: I'm not gonna say I won't have this again because surely I will. For a beer this 'big' it sure does go down smoothly, though one pour is plenty. At $6.50 for 8 oz. (which isn't a factor for 'drinkability', but is worth noting) I'd be lying if I said I liked this better than some of the less expensive and larger pours of standards like the Apricot or the seasonal Goses. Oh well, to each their own. Certainly worth trying, but not a beer I'm compelled to rush back to.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2010 20:12:07 | More by msubulldog25
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Diomede

California

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2010 06:31:13 | More by Diomede
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womencantsail

California

2.73/5  rDev -35.9%
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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Overlord

California

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very pleased to get to try this at Stone sourfest! Thanks for putting on a great event, Bill.

Pours a dark brownish mahogany. Light tan crust. Surprising amount of sediment .. bit crazy, actually.

It combines wine-y, date/raisin, grape, and lingering bourbon with a nice background lactic punch. I didn't think this beer could possibly turn out good given the mixed heritage, but it really was quite special. Must have taken a lot of work to get the sour/dark fruit, lighter sweet notes, vinous oak touch, and bourbon to integrate. Extraordinarily complex, nice lively mouthfeel despite its stocky pedigree.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2010 06:39:40 | More by Overlord
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jdense

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

PIB, one of the 'mystery beers', went on tap at opening Friday and was gone in an hour!

One finger light tan head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Dark brown opaque body, some visible carbonation, some reddish highlights. Pronounced and deep barrel presence, very complex nose, dark stone fruit, cherries, plum-like esters, little if any hops. Taste mirrors the nose, very complex yet in perfect balance, picked up some chocolatey notes, a bit of tobacco, some horse blanket, one very funky beer. Mouthfeel is medium, not sticky despite fruity characteristics, minimal effervescence leading to a fairly dry finish. My understanding is that the base beer for this blend was a sour porter, interesting. Very drinkable, especially for the style and ABV, alcohol well hidden. Another world class sour from the mad ( :) ) scientist, Ron Gansberg, truly deserving of all the awards and accolades this beer has received. Can't wait for the bottle release next month. Absolutely superb, for fans of Wild Ales and Sours, an essential, and sublime, drinking experience.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 16:57:49 | More by jdense
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wethorseblanket

California

4.6/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 02:38:25 | More by wethorseblanket
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slaintemhor

Oregon

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Bailey's Taproom's anniversary in August '09. The colour was very dark brown with only a thin head. The nose was one heck of an acetic sour puss (and I mean that in a good way!). On the palate, WOW! Sweet and lightly cloying with loads of citrusy sourness that makes me scream for more. Woohoo!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2009 04:15:02 | More by slaintemhor
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Floydster

California

4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the brewery with Ron and Curtis, thanks again for the awesome hospitality guys and pulling this stuff straight out of the barrel, excited to try a sour porter and it did not disappoint in the slightest, reviewed from notes, color is a dark brown with some dark red edges, no head or lacing here, aroma consists of a large amount of bourbon, roasted malts, cherries, lacto, oak, cocoa,, and sour accents, flavor starts off with a nice warming bourbon welcome, immediately falls into a complex mix of sour flavors with cherries leading the way, interesting how the tart and roasty accents from the tart mix, finish has is a bit creamy with vanilla and chocolate rounding out the bourbon flavor which again melds with sour berry flavors and adds some crazy complexity, warm, tart, roasted, and slightly sweet, very interesting mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, could drink a good amount of this stuff considering what it was, do not know the ABV but it seems pretty high although you cannot really taste any of it, smooth all the way to the finish, would like to drink again and look forward to seeing what others think about this one, like nothing I have had before, this one is sure to turn some heads, recommended

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2009 19:35:52 | More by Floydster
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 01:06:57 | More by Alieniloquium
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draheim

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL (2011 project) into a tulip. Pours a cola-colored reddish brown w/ a thin head.

Aroma is sugary sweet, almost grapelike, balanced by a punchy sourness.

Taste is likewise syrupy, fruity sweet and simultaneously almost vinegar-sour. Lots of residual sugars here. Some bourbon heat too. An unapologetically big, flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel is sticky and pretty thick.

Overall a strong, powerful beer but it lacks the finesse and complexity I was expecting at such a high price tag. A nice sipper but probably a one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 02:41:09 | More by draheim
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Cascade Bourbonic Plague from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.