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Cascade Bourbonic Plague - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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world-class

391 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 622
Gots: 118 | 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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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

12-16-2012 21:18:19 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

2009 vintage.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 01:31:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%

12-01-2011 12:56:10 | More by djrn2
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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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 14:38:31 | More by mikesgroove
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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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-23-2013 00:08:58 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-23-2013 00:08:45 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-30-2013 05:20:54 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

06-20-2013 02:56:38 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-22-2014 22:40:53 | More by Knapp85
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-09-2013 21:39:56 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 07:47:27 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-14-2011 22:27:08 | More by JAHMUR
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

08-12-2013 19:35:00 | More by Jason
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Sean for sharing this. Served in a Lost Abbey Rastal Teku. Watch out as it's a slow gusher.

A - Pours with a big finger of light mocha foam that settles to a thick ring with some splotchy haze on top, and spotty lace. The body is a dark brown color with a hint of transparency at the fringes.

S - Spicy bourbon, acetic acid, plenty of oak, some notes of spice and cinnamon, and a faint sweet porter base. Not getting much overt date flavor - perhaps it's just a general sweetness. There's a faint whiff of alcohol in there, but it's not unreasonable at nearly 12%.

T - Lactic sourness, bourbon, spicy wood, sweet fruit character, and a hint of dates. Finishes quite sour and tannic. I actually like the taste a bit better, as the alcohol is better hidden.

M - Somewhat zesty, active carbonation, but thankfully not harsh either. Dry, tannic finish. Medium body, not much alcohol heat.

D - Very well hidden alcohol other than the nose. The spices are a bit too heavy for large quantities. I think I like Vlad a little better but this was still quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 01:23:54 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer shared by Thorpe, thanks. I hate the description of this beer on the info page because it makes me feel like I have no palate, I didn't pick up half the things they claim are in this beer I just missed them totally apparently.

Beer is brown and hazy with an off white head that tries so hard but doesn't get it done. Oops.

The aroma is very lactic, mildly acetic, I can pick up some sweetness in there as well....I think the dominant non-sour flavor that comes through is the bourbon honestly. Odd.

The beer is light but very complex in the flavor. it has some maltiness up front, some bourbon, heat (almost solventy) and some fruits. I would say in the long run the lactic wins but the alcohol is a close second. The danger with a big beer like this is that there can be some secondary problems with the mixing of high alcohol with a lot of acids. Can come across as off. This beer walks that line and flirts with the bad side but comes out ahead...slightly.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 21:57:34 | More by drabmuh
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-18-2014 06:44:31 | More by SocalKicks
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

01-26-2014 00:22:35 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-01-2014 15:00:04 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/12/10 notes. Had at a local tasting thanks to Thorpe429; thanks a lot Mike!

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with a few inches of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, cherries, funk, oak, light wine, bourbon, roasted malts, and chocolate.

t - Tastes of sour fruit, spices, dark fruit, oak, bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, and very light vanilla.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth body.

d - While I liked it and thought it was a good dark wild ale, it was no where near as good as Vlad the Imp Aler. I didn't think the flavors went together as well as they did in that beer. Still, a good beer with a unique smell and taste to it. I particuliarly liked the smell. Would certainly have again but I would trade a lot more for a Vlad.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:17:54 | More by mdfb79
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Halcyondays

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%
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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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -18%

03-19-2013 02:31:23 | More by mendvicdog
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

05-08-2014 01:04:50 | More by XmnwildX12
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Cascade Bourbonic Plague from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.