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Cascade Bourbonic Plague - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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411 Ratings

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 621
Gots: 129 | FT: 18
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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3.5/5  rDev -18%

deapokid, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

This is a pretty nice beer, but not everything I hoped for.

A: Dark brown with lighter crimson brown on the edges. A tanish bubbly head dies to a small ring, it kind of looks like a porter mixed with gueuze consistency.

S: An interesting smell with some tart citrus and some roasty notes. Vinegar, vanilla, and cinnamon make an interesting mix thats subtle. Cherries and raspberries with some wood. Interesting.

T: A lot of porter roast and chocolate but with just a touch of sour cherry overtones. Some nice bourbon flavor as well and some juicy fruity vanilla flavors. Lot of vanilla bean actually..cinnamon is sort of there but I imagine it was once more dominating in this brew. Sweet and confectionary. Good thing I like vanilla and sweet, if not I would hope this was more sour.

M: Pretty nice semi thick with plenty of bubbles.

Overall a nice brew I'd buy if I saw it, but I won't trade for this again.

Dreadnaught33, Nov 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

coreyfmcdonald, Nov 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

xnicknj, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

CoryR, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photekut, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

I2uss, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

rpstevens, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

SummitVA, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

kkrez, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

bauermj, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

sideshowe, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

AleWatcher, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

jh1982, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

stevefinny, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

starrdogg, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

SourNotes, Nov 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Sarlacc83, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

mikesgroove, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of vkv822
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%

2010 vintage
750ml bottle into tulip snifter.
from notes.

Open with caution!
Was a pretty heavy gusher upon removing cork.

Pours an extremely dark brown, near black. Has a foamy light tan head.

The nose is bourbon, oak and lactic tartness. Vanilla comes through at times as well.

The taste follows the nose, with tartness upfront followed by bourbon, with oak and vanilla as parts of the bourbon notes. Faint dark fruits at times.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with lightly prickly carbonation. Leaves an enjoyable warming finish.

A really unique and enjoyable beer. I forgot what a fan of this I was.

vkv822, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of dgilks
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%

Received in a trade with writerLJberg. Thanks Luke.

Very dark brown colour verging on black with a smooth, creamy, tan head. Fair head retention, in fact it's very good for a sour.

Very complex aroma with plenty of spiciness, bourbon oak, tart lactic sourness, some chocolate and even some caramelised malt notes. Neat.

Immediately tart but balanced out with a smooth malt sweetness, caramel and chocolate. The fruitiness from the dates adds a lovely complexity as does the restrained barrel character. Incredible.

Medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. Very nice and it accents the complexities in this beer.

A stunning combination of chocolatey porter, spice, lactic tartness, bourbon oak and fruit. A truly unique beer and one that is justifiably well liked.

dgilks, Oct 31, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -4%

750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Opening this refrigerator-temperature bottle was something of a Sisyphean ordeal. After much jostling, turning and prodding, the cork broke, which necessitated the use of a corkscrew. Of course the bottle gushed, but I only lost about an ounce. By the time the beer settled in my glass, the body was a very dark chestnut brown. A two-finger light tan head with phenomenal retention and stiff, meringue-like peaks of foam. The lacing is not terribly impressive.

Fascinating is the best way to describe the aroma. Just after pouring, this beer is all about tart, vinous funk. There is a very strong vinegar, lactic quality to the aroma. It almost smells like there are berries in the mix, a distinct raspberry-like aroma. As it warms, a wave of sweetness comes through. There is a lot of very enticing vanilla in this beer. Not too much bourbon or discernible barrel presence, but that's not the worst of faults.

The taste is somehow more complicated than the aroma. Right off the bat, those -bals really make themselves known. There is a definite, sharp hit of alcohol, but it's not overpowering and I wouldn't call this beer "hot." The lactic tartness of the base beer is strong enough to withstand the barrel presence, though it is very warm going down. Plenty of vinegar, with sort of a tangy, zesty citrus component. What initially seems like a very sweetness transforms into a deeper dark fruit flavor - I thought that plums or prunes were in the mix, though evidently Cascade used dates. A lingering woody aftertaste becomes quite strong over time.

Moderate carbonation, certainly on the lower side for the style. It works well with the full body, though.

A well done experiment from Cascade, one with a huge array of flavors that never seem overly busy. Some of the extreme tartness I often crave is tempered by the barrel aging, but the imparted flavors are really nice. Perhaps more technically impressive than enjoyable to drink, but it's still very good.

amphion1065, Oct 26, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -14.5%

Bottle given to me by my good friend Swimsum. Thanks Brent!

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Gentle pour nets at least three fingers of expansive, nougat-colored fluff. After a few minutes, that initial head has decayed to a creamy froth, which looks very inviting - similar to the cap on a latte. Walls of lace mark where the head once stood, and extend down the walls of the glass as the session progresses. The body is earthy brown with moderate translucence near the edges.

Smell: Dark cherries, blackberries, key lime pie, caramel, and peppery bourbon. Sweet, tart, and bourbon-y all at the same time. Somewhat confusing, certainly interesting - it seems to work.

Taste: Caramel, bourbon, and syrupy dark currants lead things off. Vanilla, lime-like tartness, and booze form the finish. This is the second time I've had this beer, and each time I thought the bourbon and wild aspects clash. My roommate agrees; there's just too much going on in here. Still pretty good, but I just don't think bourbon barrels and sours were meant to be.

Mouthfeel: Tart, boozy, and semi-sweet. Seems heavier in body than most sours, but also finishes drier. Highly carbonated at first, but my roommate and I drank it until it was nearly flat. More enjoyable with lower carbonation in my opinion. Taking a step back though, the clashing bourbon and sour aspects are what make this such a slow sipper. Great execution. Misguided intent.

Overall: I think I've already said enough about this one. It's interesting - worth a try if you can get your hands on some for a reasonable price - but not worth recreating in my opinion. This is an experiment, nothing more.

ThreeWiseMen, Sep 29, 2011
Cascade Bourbonic Plague from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.