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Cascade Bourbonic PlagueCascade Bourbonic Plague
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Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

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."

Added by Floydster on 07-03-2009

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Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Dark brown, practically black body with an inch of frothy light-brown head. Decent retention and great lacing. Excellent.

S: My first impression is straight sour funk, followed quickly by a luscious mixture of bourbon, chocolate, and some tart cherries. Light vanilla follows things up, and then even more sourness. Incredibly complex, balanced, and appealing.

T: The focus here is much more on the acidity, with straight bourbon following up powerfully. Very tasty, but a little boozy and unbalanced (especially compared to the aroma).

M: Creamy medium body with a hearty dose of lively carbonation. Enjoyable, but not quite substantial enough to stand up to the beer's intensity.

D: Big, intense, and crazy. The sweetness and sourness balance nicely, but it's still just huge and, consequently, a little tough to drink.

Notes: Huge thanks to Warren for sharing this bottle. I was skeptical about the feasibility of a sour with such a focus on bourbon, but this worked out beautifully. Cascade has really hit the mark with this one. Now to get a taste of Vlad...

Cheers!

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Photo of oregone
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally opened one.
Opens with some force and a continuous steady tream of bubbly liquid pours for about ten seconds. Have a glass ready.
A: Deep brown in the glass with strong carbonation forming a light brown/tan head that prodigiously holds shape, eventually sinking to strands of fine bubbles predominantly around the rim.
S: Definite tartness as the dominant characteristic. Some woodsy and toasted aromas, some bourbon notes apparent.
T: Tart fruit immediatly on entry, with barrel and richer wood notes showing up on the mid palate along with some charred fruit, and finishing with a bourbony blast. Evolves beautifully across the palate.
M: A bit tart, of course, but not overwhelmingly or detractingly so. Balanced out with richer notes and surprisingly thick mouthfeel which helps balance the strong efervescence.
D: Very good and I certainly could have drank the entire (750ml) bottle and not been fatigued. Obviously this one packs a punch, but you really dont get a sense of the abv, camouflaged perhaps in the bourbon character. Sessionable? No, but definitly drinkable and not fatiguing.
Excellent beer. Truly unique and muti-dimensional.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cascade Tasting (12-11-2009):

***This bottle was from a batch bottled for entry into the 2009 Great American Beer Fest, the batch that won Gold that year, with notable differences being the strong tobacco and leather notes. Overall it was quite a different beer than the large bottling in 2010***

Description: The Bourbonic Plague is based on 24 P Porter that is spiced and fermented with a Belgian yeast. A part is aged in Bourbon barrels and at times, with more spice and a portion that is aged in wine barrels and fed a lush diet of Dates.

Bourbonic Plague, the highlight of our Cascade tasting on 12/11/2009, was brought by jshufelt. I'd been desperately wanting to revisit this since it won gold at GABF 2009 in the Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category. Thanks Jonathan! This was a slow gusher, and foam began creeping out of the top when we popped the cork. Luckily, we had glassware at the ready so we didn't lose a drop. The beer pours obscured dark brown with a two finger light brown head.

The nose opens up toasted and lightly roasted, with notes of tobacco and leather. Chocolate is subtle, and dark cherries and dates are evident. Other notes are of oak, light tannins, and a well integrated bourbon character. The nose is also reminiscent of ripe red grapes with a touch of spice. In addition to these complexities, there is an overarching moderate lactic sourness. When allowed to adequately warm, Bourbonic Plague entranced me. I finished half my glass and set it aside to sip throughout the night. You'd think my forbearance would yield extended stress free enjoyment of this elixir, but jshufelt sought to despoil me at every turn! I was eventually forced to hide my glass from him.

The flavor is light milk chocolate with lactic dark cherries, dates, smoke, tobacco, and lightly roasted malt. The mouthfeel is somewhat dry, and oak is evident. There's a dash of spice midpalate. The finish shows an increased sourness with dark cherry flesh and skin, and lingering notes of smoke and chocolate. I see that I've written "Interesting...interesting...interesting" here in my notes. That's not at all inaccurate. Bourbon is at a moderate level and alcohol is nearly undetectable.

Cascade is well deserving of their Gold medal. This is high quality stuff, and unlike anything else I've come across. Seek this out.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. From the most recent batch. Opened with a decent pop and then proceded to be a slow gusher over the sink. Pours a pretty dark brown with a fluffy slightly tan head of medium sized bubbles that settles rather slowly to form a nice coaster. Smells fairly sour/tart with notes of cherry, lemon zest, oak, earth, and slight acetone. Fairly sour fruit like cherry bite initially that transitions to mild acetone and then a long drawn out light roast bitterness with hints of vanilla and spice. Definite booze type ending, the bourbon is very evident. The carbonation level is fairly high and sort of assualts the tongue in a top too pleasing fashion. Overall, I really like the aroma but the taste has so much going on that I think it (or I) get a little lost with it. The alcohol notes at the end also are a surprise after such a sweet/tart/sour start.

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Photo of mothman
3.15/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

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Photo of Verecund
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As others have reported, this is a bit of a gusher, even when served (fairly) coldly.

Opened on 10.31.2010.

Pours a dark lava, ashen brown, and the mocha head settles into a third finger of lace-giving froth.

Curious, inviting nose. There's brown sugar and caramel sweetness, but it's overtaken by the wine barrel, dark fruit character, and some unidentifiable spiciness. Quite vinous; some lactic character as well.

Lactic acidity sits on the tip of the tongue. The base is sweet porter with a good bit of dark prunus fruit character (plum), but some spiciness comes in mid-palate. The oak is smooth and not overpowering, and I also get some vanilla as this warms. Grape-like, vinous finish. I still don't get much bourbon out of it, but the wine barrels lend themselves nicely here.

Medium-bodied, and surprisingly full and carbonated in the mouth. It's unsurprisingly warming, though not hot.

Aside from being a great beer, this one would be a nice transition beer for the heavy porter/RIS guy who avoids sour, as the lactic notes cut through, but don't overwhelm, the base beers.

If I had a more interesting word to say interesting, I would use it; unusual and winning.

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle shipped from the brewery. For the record, the exorbant shipping fees have NO effect on my score.

A- Pours a dark brown with ruby/amber highlights. Head dies down after initial pour, but hangs around.
S- Interesting. I get some of the wine barrels, not much bourbon, lactic tartness and fruits/spices. It works.
T- Taste picks up right from the aroma. I don't get "porter" from this, more of a brown ale with lactic sourness to it. Plus the wine and dark fruits. Again, not much bourbon, more wine/port qualities to it.
M- Medium to full body with a good amount of carbonation. Not too heavy or sweet.
D- High. Very complex, lots of flavors going on, and just like the Vlad the ABV is very well masked. If I wasn't splitting the bottle amongst friends I could have enjoyed the whole bottle over the course of an hour or so.

Overall - Had this side-by-side with Vlad, and it's almost a dead heat for me. It's almost like a spiced and fruited Flanders aged in a wine barrel. Complex, flavorful, and recommended.

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Photo of mjn5036
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again, a huge THANKS to hopsbreath for this one!

I could tell as I wrestled with the cork there was a lot of pressure behind this one. Glass ready, I popped the cork. An initial gush of foam erupted from the bottle but not much was lost. The beer pours a dark brown with nice ruby highlights. A large, two or three finger head quickly rises and falls leaving ample carbonation bubbles bursting about at the surface.

The smell is initially of dark ripe fruits, sour, spicy, earthy with a finale of booze - bourbon-esque with a hint of sweet vanilla and caramelized sugars. There are definitely some obscure smells that I simply can't put my nose on. It is quite unique indeed.

I am no expert on bourbon but I do enjoy it and this beer is reminiscent of it in many ways. This is not to be confused with a harsh boozy characteristic. There is a forward bourbon flavor on the front with a strong spice and ripe, earthy fruit characteristics. It is sour, of course, but is subtle in the way is presents itself. The back end is significantly malty with a strong presence of cinnamon. The porter characteristics seem to be lost with all the different flavors going on in this beer, but it doesn't hurt it overall in my opinion.

Medium bodied, the high level of carbonation makes this beer less viscous and certainly more enjoyable. The alcohol, present only in my flushed cheeks, is handled very well. There is no harsh booziness that many big beers fail to conquer.

Wow. This beer is hands down amazing - and it only grows on you the more you have. One to sip, that is for certain, but incredibly enjoyable from first to last.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The most explosive gusher I've ever seen. I lost at least half the bottle, wow. Pours dark reddish brown, pretty opaque, with a medium beige head. Nose is oak, dark fruits like currants and plums, wine barrel. Reminds me a bit of Consecration, nicely refined and subtle. Mouth is rich and full, raisin-like, plums, a nice lightly tannic wine barrel. Lightly sour with an earthy, sweet finish. A bit of heat, but bourbon doesn't really come through, seems more like a red wine barrel was used, but it's subtle. The dark fruit sugars on the finish are a bit too sweet right now, that's the big knock I have on this. It has some great nuances and it may improve for a time in the bottle.

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Photo of digita7693
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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

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Photo of TulipSnifter
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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!!!!

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Photo of Elendinn
5/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of elliot23
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

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Photo of djbreezy
4.23/5  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

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Photo of Docer
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Diomede
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.76/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of jdense
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Cascade Bourbonic Plague from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.