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Cascade Bourbonic Plague - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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431 Ratings

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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 618
Gots: 133 | FT: 16
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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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -6.3%

drewone, Jun 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

klipper, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of CruisaC
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

CruisaC, May 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

HuskyinPDX, May 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

BdubleEdubleRUN, May 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

monitorpop, May 20, 2012
Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing!

Pours a dark chocolate brown, almost black color with purplish plum edges and a 1.5 finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lace left behind.

Slightly spicy, vinous aroma with a decent barrel character along with dark malt, toasted oak, vinous fruit and earthy funk. Hints of vanilla and bourbon followed by grape, dark cherry and plum.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation up front and a tart vinous red wine flavor along with some dry, earthy oak. Good balance of dry toasted oak, dark malt, subtle puckering acidity, vanilla and bourbon. Really complex but a bit too sweet for my liking.  Hints of toffee, vanilla, spicy bourbon, oak, chocolate and dark fruit.  Really sweet but not boozy with the abv dangerously well masked. Faint vinegar in finish but not overly acetic or solvent like.  Pretty good but I that there was more bourbon.  There's a bit too much going, overpowering the bourbon and hurting the overall flavor.

corby112, May 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

birchstick, May 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

marine1975, Apr 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Rconn006, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of morimech
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

morimech, Mar 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

staggerlee024, Mar 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

phingdong, Mar 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Viciousknishs, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Miamilice, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Gosox8787, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

DoctorB2B, Mar 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

BillHilly, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

piclee, Mar 04, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark chocolatey brown ale color with a massive white head, that later is just a tan lacing around the edges.

S: Sweet, Sour, Chocolate and lacto bacteria.

T: Very sour lactic taste first off, followed by a sweet chocolatey stout flavor. The underlying base beer is relatively light in body, but that is true for the style. It is however much sweeter than most sour ales. The alcohol percentage is also much higher at 12.1% so that is clearly drawing a distinction between most other sours. Slightly hot in the throat, but not boozy tasting. There is a nice bourbon oakey edge along with some strong natural vanilla flavors. As this beer warms, the vanilla became more and more prominent.

M: Light in mouthfeel, high in carbonation. Both of these are perfectly characteristic for the style.

O: Definitely the sweetest sour that I have ever had, not to mention it is also the highest ABV sour that I have had that I can think of off the top of my head. Definitely worth trying and highly recommended.

alpinebryant, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bthomas, Mar 01, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark red-brown with a thin finger of chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slow leaving behind lots of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of Bourbon, sour cherries, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, and oak.

T - Starts off with deep roasted and slightly burnt malts with some chocolate and vanilla and some sourness. Through the middle, the cherry comes through a bit stronger and the Bourbon starts to come through with some oak. The finish is a mix of Bourbon, vanilla, oak, deep roasted malts, and sourness with a bit of booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a nice warming finish.

D - Very dirnkable. The balance is outstanding with so many flavors going on, especially the sourness and the Bourbon flavors.

ngeunit1, Feb 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

bullywee, Feb 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

happy5930, Jan 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

grownfool, Jan 27, 2012
Cascade Bourbonic Plague from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.