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Cascade Bourbonic Plague - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 618
Gots: 132 | FT: 13
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 MADhombrewer
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Poured into a champage glass.

Appearance- Dark, murky crimson with a small, off white head. Small amount of lacing. 3.5/5

Smell- Tart cherry-off- the-tree smell. Some alcohol and bits of cinamonn. 4/5

Taste- Very tart. Cherry and cinnamon. Sweetness comes out later, I contribute to the dates and the caramel malts. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied beer. Good for the style 4/5

Overall- Great beer! Not a crazy sour, but something you can sink your teeth into. It is a very interesting beer. Very complex. 4.5/5

MADhombrewer, May 21, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed last week during the Great Verizon Snafu of 2011.

Watch out 'cos this is a slow gusher! The beer itself is a beautiful dark brown with mahogany highlights, there's a dense, thick light brown head with great retention. The nose is great. Rich, vinous, tart and with a little bit of bourbony coconut, I'm immediately impressed. Layers of dark fruit, cocoa, buckwheat honey, tobacco and some leather are present. The cocoa/chocolate character has a mild floral aspect to it as well. The date character makes me think of dates soaked in chocolate and mildly spiced. A clean lactic sourness rounds out the nose.

The palate opens with a blend of tartness, sweetness, wine and a little bourbon. Again, i's a beautifully complex beer. Spicy with some coriander and maybe some nutmeg? Cocoa liqueur-like, almost unsweetened, with a pleasing bitterness. Nice dark fruit character is present, though not easily recognizable as dates, even when I pair it with one! A clean, lactic sourness keeps this refreshing. Sweet and sour on the finish with a mild cocoa bitterness, this is a rather beautifully balanced beer. Bourbon is mainly present as a mild coconit initially and a boozy warmth with a touch of vanilla on the finish. Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation, this is rather excellent on the palate. Highly recommended.

All told, this is one of those few Cascade beers where I've found the lack of bug complexity hasn't been to a detriment. Well done, guys!

DefenCorps, May 12, 2011
Photo of jag21
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to get to try this one.

A: Almost opaque brown, thin tan head, not much lacing.

S: Dark fruits, sour lacto, some vanilla and cinnamon

T: Follows the smell but with bourbon. The mix of flavors, with the porter base, is really something different, and in a good way.

M: Good amount of carbonation, I might have liked even a bit less for a creamier mouthfeel

O/D: Not something to session, but one of the most unique and complex sippers out there.

jag21, May 04, 2011
Photo of richtersf
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best beer in the world. Sour bourbony vanilla dark ale. More complex than a lot are capable of. People saying this beer isn't good is like a 4 year old saying Chopin isn't good. You won't be disappointed if you appreciate the brewing, blending and souring process.

richtersf, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
2.08/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml bottle thanks to drez77. This beer was a pretty good gusher but at least it didn't spray the ceiling? Dark brown and it has a good head. Smells very odd with the porter malt aroma conflicting with sour and just ouch..The flavor was a disaster to me, so many things in conflict: porter, sour, cinnamon, barrel, yuck! This is like Ron Burgundy drinking milk on a hot day: a bad choice. I love sour beers but this was just a let down. I drainpoured my glass :(

ArrogantB, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure who to thank, somebody brought this to a tasting at Jackie O's. The beer was dark brown with a reddish tint and a huge tan foam. The aromas of bourbon (duh) and soured wine, it smells tart and strong.

It tastes vinous and sour, with nicely integrated bourbon notes, actually really tasty. A little bit of everything currently hot in special release beers. It almost gets a little vinegar flavor at points, but still pretty solid tasting overall.

Light but adequate carbonation, this goes down more easily than I thought it might. Very very good.

TurdFurgison, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Gtreid
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to urwithdave for sharing. 750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Dark, muddy brown color. The pour dropped a nice finger of fizzy, tan head that quickly faded to a thin rim. Not much lace to this one.

A: I get the notes of sugary plums and dates, with a very nice sourness from the lacto. Not too much bourbon in the nose. Very complex, one of the more complex noses I have smelled.

T: The bourbon comes through here, not in an overpowering way, just in a nice way. The sweet fruit is soured nicely. This is not a mouth puckerer, or a bourbon bomb, just a very nice mix.

M: Medium body, aggresive carbonation. A little thicker than most sours, but not bad.

O: This was one interesting brew. Super complex, not overly sour, not overly sweet, and not too much bourbon. Very solid and unique offering from Cascade. Skal.

Gtreid, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty dark. A very nice brown with some reddish tint to it. A bit of white head. Smells very sour and tart. Lots of oaky bourbon on the nose. Tastes very sour lots and lots of bourbon heavy on the tongue. The oakiness is prominent. Not much vanilla. Vry nicely carbonated.

Urbancaver, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and Co.

A-dark maroon in color with white whispy head
S-very sour smelling. Fruity
T-very sweet and sour tasting. Finishes very smooth
M-medium body with a nice clean finish
O-good brew but overshadowed by some today

brew3crew, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent by msubulldog25 in a recent trade, the text immediately intrigues, as does the great name: "Bourbonic Plague - Northwest Style Sour Ale - ale brewed with spices and aged in used oak wine and bourbon barrels on vanilla beans and cinnamon then fermented with dates." Additionally, the label says this is a "huge, spiced double porter...lactic fermented in select barrels for over 12 months and fed on a rich diet of dates."

Huh. You can just imagine dead beer traditionalists rolling in their graves. Its likely too much for some of the living as well.

I expected this bottled conditioned beer to gush, and it did. I was prepared but spent some time babysitting it until it chilled out, which included pouring a full glass then having to push more into a second glass until things settled down in there. So, what results is a huge head, rocky and stiff and tan, quite beautiful actually, like an airy ice cream. Liquid is a super murky dark brown, looks wonderful.

Aroma is a hugely vinous thing, more tart than sweet, more green than something this well aged was expected to smell like. I get some oak and date too, a little bit of the bourbon, though nothing of the vanilla or cinnamon comes to the nose.

To say this is a complex beer is not only stating the obvious, but also understating it. Nearly every sip brings a new view, a new impression, as my taste buds wrangle with this ridiculous monster. Its vinous aromatic qualities are also a prime feature of the taste. They're wrapped in a woody, earthy exterior, and the piquant flavor of alcohol-soaked dates comes through as well. The cinnamon and vanilla are no doubt that brighter spice character I'm tasting, although they've been totally transformed through barrel aging. Bourbonic Plague (what a great name) finishes tart and fruity sweet, with earthiness shining through to balance. Interesting that the bourbon is only a mere flash amongst many flavors. It's hard to brew with a bourbon barrel and not have that dominate, showing what a complex, challenging creature we're dealing with here, and what a good job they've done of incorporating everything evenly. The only Belgian characteristic here is the yeast, but it's a big one. Wild ales are derived from ancient Belgian traditions, and here the yeast puts that big Belgian stamp on an otherwise all-West Coast mutant. Thankfully, the roasty porter base comes through just enough, and that's good, as I find many sours to be good and sour, but they can also mask most if not all the base beer elements. Not this one. The alcohol? Oh, that? Hardly detectable, but maybe the flurry of impressions is just distracting. Still, very well hidden, I'd say, especially for 11.5%!

Not terribly dry, as some sours are, the tartness causes a palpable physical pucker in the mouth, although it's actually subtle and not an annoyance. Otherwise this has both smooth and crisp characteristics, texturally about as complex as the taste is.

While sours are not totally my thing, this one is clearly exerting its own unique personality in that realm, and what could have been an unholy mess has turned out very well. I'm going to savor this sucker the rest of the night. A definite slow drinker and one to cherish while there's still some in the glass.

Metalmonk, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to schen9303 for sharing this one. Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Southampton oversized snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a 3 finger frothy off-white colored head with outstanding retention. Beer is an opaque black and lacing is patchy and stringy with excellent cling. This one's a real beauty.

S: Nose is pungent bourbon with hints of chocolate, sour cherry, purple wine grapes, and subtle roasted malts. Flavors work perfectly with each other here with a slight tartness that tickles the nose exquisitely complementing a robust, but not overwhelming bourbon presence. Very unique also though perhaps not quite to style.

T: Opens with a slight cherry tartness and dark fruit. Transitions into sour wine grapes and cherry puree with overtones of roasted malt and sour liquorice. Bourbon barrels linger in the background providing a nice sweet complement along with a degree of cobwebby Brettiness. End is chocolate, roasted malt, and sour cherry and grape with notes of prune and sour, unripened plum. Finish is tart dark fruit, bourbon, and a bit of smoke. Aftertaste is slightly dry and ashy. Might be the first sour dark beer that I'm a fan of!!!

M: Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Bubbly and a bit grainy in the mouth and abrasive at the edges. Tingly going down with a messy aftertaste and a dry, lingering aftertaste. This one's pretty standard but missing a degree of crispness at the finish that would have put it more over the top.

D: Much better than its cousin Vlad the IMPaler in my opinion, this is a really well made sour porter. What sets it apart is a nice balance between sour and sweet with a ton of complexity that captures both the Brett and funk aspect as well as the roasted malt, dark fruit, and chocolate aspect. I'll definitely be coming back to this one.

SpeedwayJim, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of beerwolf77
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well since his cellar is apparently a black hole of all things sour and barrel aged. No surprise sweemzander busted this out during our night of the wilds. Poured into a tulip.

A: Rusty cola brown. Huge two fingers of beige head. Modest sticky lace. No cap.

S: Whoa! Hello bourbon. I pretty much only get a hint of play doh and maybe a tiny bit of sourness. This one is aptly named.

T: Thankfully the bourbon has decided to play nice with the other flavors. I can pick out some tart citrus, spices and sweet dark fruits. Plenty of bourbon though.

M: Medium body with light carbonation.

D: Overall not my favorite of the evening. Maybe laying it down for a good while would help round thins out.

beerwolf77, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Soonami
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cascade bourbonic plague is such an interesting beer. It is for sure the most complex sour beer I've had to date (hehe). This is a dark brown beer with a sand colored head. The beautiful aroma just bursts out of this beer--it's a lot like a loaf of baking fruit cake with spicy cinnamon, clove and vanilla, sweet dried fruit and slightly sour like overripe bananas. The beer tasted like it smelled with a lot more pronounced vanilla and oaky bourbon flavors. There is a nice molassesy sweetness from the dates and a warming spiciness. The alcohol is very well hidden in this very complex beer with just a slight warming feel on the back of the throat. Very complex and although the ingredients don't seem like they should work together they really come together grounded by the very good base porter

Soonami, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this stored in the fridge for a month or so to slow down the explosiveness of these bottles. After wrestling with the cork for a few minutes, finally getting out some channel locks to open it.. I succeeded! And it didn't even foam over (right away). Was able to pour into my goblet for pure enjoyment. Dark brown super bubbly, red highlights. Woo! Aromas of vanilla, dates, a whiff of a clean sourness soiled by the dates, some prickly spice (cinnamon, yeah?). A lot going on..this is more like I remember from the tap!
I taste the beauty, the sour dates, some spice, vanilla, a little bourbon, it is a beautiful sour. Not as thin as some of the previous bottles I'd had. The carbonation in this one was perfect, puncturing tiny flavor wounds in my entire mouth. Dammit, I wish they had more of this one. And I wish I had more as well.

dragonWhale, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep red color, it was a gusher but after it settled off it had a nice tannish cap to top it off

S: Bourbon, tart, vanilla, grapes and some cherry hints

T: A lighter red wine/port wine feel and texture, spices, cinnamon, hints at vanilla, wood and plenty of bourbon, did I mention some cherries, ripe and unripened grapes, perhaps vinegar. The booze was def noticable from beginning to end. I did not get the brown sugar but received some molasses kicks.

M: Nice feel and well carbonated.

D: Very drinkable and an excellent example of the style

barleywinefiend, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Gfunk720
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with my roomate, out of my Lost Abbey tulip.

A- Pitch black. Crazy amounts of foam, creeping up out of the bottle. The head is a khaki color, and there is no end to it.

S- Smooth red wine, lots of oak. Little bit of bourbony vanilla, but the lactic sourness is also very prevalent.

T- A beautiful blend of flavors. Smooth with a touch of bourbon at first, with strong vinous oak notes transitioning. The sourness is a great touch, and just the right melding of flavor. Some smoky porter hints as well, also some cinnamon and spice.

M- I thought this was going to be super fizzy, but it is just about right. Nice body, very nice transitional flavor.

D- I thought this was going to be a huge overwhelming beer, but its actually quite tasty. I really wouldn't think these ingredients would work together, but it blends so well. Cascade...just wow.

Gfunk720, Feb 05, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a tulip. 12.1% ABV, 2009 Vintage.

Yep, another Wild to TICKle my fancy. Thanks sweemzander! Beer #6 completed the night of epic proportions...

A - Bourbonic is dark black with clear brown highlights topped by a low tan head with decent retention for the pile of loose bubbles. Nothing great to see really.

S - Lightly toasted chocolate malts pair well with the great barnyard funkiness. Tart, cocoa, dark cherry, and mild yeast on the finish. Well-blended wild aroma that doesn't go too far. I like the nuances in this one!

T - Roasted black malts and cocoa with light bittersweet chocolate and an oak-like barrel flavor with some alcohol on the back end. Nice Brett funkiness comes in and spices the whole thing up.

M - Strong carbonation and a crisp, light finish with a tart, penetrating feel. Warm alcohol is felt in sensation both in the stomach and through retro-nasal breathing.

D - Nice and roasted maltiness is balanced by a complimentary Brett funk that takes the place of hops, this beer goes down pretty well for being as strong as it is.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Swimsum
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Newest vintage (12.1%) that was split with a buddy and poured into Bruery Tulip. Random side note: cork was super hard to get out and wasn't a gusher (maybe Vlad's the gusher, can't remember). Some lacing is left on the walls but not a lot.

Pours out a murky dark brown color that settles very dark brown in the glass. Damn can see yeast floating around, be careful on your pour if you don't want yeast in this. A nice foamy tan head emerges on one. About a half inch in height. No light is getting though the body of this one. Head settles to about half initial size and is still nice and foamy.

Acidic and sour smelling up front. Subtle cinnamon with a noticeable vanilla smell. Some sweetness, probably from the dates, also comes though. Not as complex as I thought it would be.

The cinnamon comes much more forward in the taste than it does in the smell. This is also a very sour tasting beer but it is a nice sour, not mouth puckering at all. At times dates comes though in the taste and some alcohol heat as well. The smell may not be complex, but the taste on this one is. There are a lot of flavors going on here.

Lots of carbonation in this one. While it isn't thin it at times feels a bit thin but overall is a medium bodied beer. Carbonation bounces all over the mouth as this one is sipped and swallowed.

There is a lot going on with this beer. Perhaps at times that isn't a good thing but I really enjoyed this beer and am glad that I have another bottle. I will let that one sit for another year or so (at least that's the plan). If you get a chance to try this I strong suggest you go for it. Would get this again no problem.

Swimsum, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Phelps
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed during a tasting with tlay10 and poured into a snifter.

Pours a cola-colored dark maroon with just a bit of clarity that coalesces to dark chocolate brown, very dark, with only lightly visible maroon highlights. A foamy two-finger head the color of reddish ginger and composed of tiny bubbles leaves a very sticky and substantial ring grabbing the glass with all its might. Fat streaks of bubbly lace and sheets.

Lots of vanilla in the nose, along with brandy, sweet dates, cinnamon, molasses, lots of toasty oak, light espresso, dark chocolate and a light lactic character. Very smooth, with a nice showing from the sweet fruits.

The flavor's a great mix of sweet dates, ethanol, molasses, brandy, vanilla and moderate yet perfectly integrated bourbon. If this is a double porter, I don't really notice. I do, however, pick up the vanilla beans, cinnamon and dates. There's a nice vinous oak character along with cola and brown sugar as it warms. Wonderfully complex. The brett character is a nice compliment to the other flavors, not overpowering.

Fairly fizzy, the beer falls apart as it moves about the mouth. The body is a shade above medium-light, with moderate carbonation. A bit of alcohol burn in the nose, but not much -- it's miniscule for what you'd expect from a 12.1 ABV beer. The soft body expands as it warms as well.

Tried alongside Vlad, this was obviously the better beer to my palate. More complex, nicely sweet, and the tartness is less out of control. Bomb.

Phelps, Jan 22, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really Looking forward to this one. First of all it was tough to get the cork out, I had to break out the wine opener to get the puppy off. Then it proceeded to foam up over and I lost probably 10% of the beer which sucked, but it could have been worse.

A - Pours dark brown with a nice tan head the leaves a thin line of head above the body all the way down the beer.

S - Lactic acid, vanilla, bourbon, some oaky/woody character and definite sour cherries as well as other dark fruits. Smell the alcohol on this one.

T - Dark Fruits especially sour cherry, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate. Upfront and assertive Lactic acid sourness and some lasting wood/oak dryness on the back end. Everything really works well together with this one.

M - Medium bodied, possibly alittle over carbonated.

D - Liked this one,really enjoyed it and wouldnt mind having another glass. Once again Cascade puts out another quality sour I'm really a fan of what their doing out there.

kfsv034, Jan 22, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a mighty head that quickly
recedes, dark brown in color.

Aroma: Super well defined clean bourbon wafts
out, and then the random lactic sour smell comes, seemingly from nowhere. Smells great, but really kinda weird. Vanilla and brown sugar (dates?) come through.

Taste: Sweet n sour, oak, smidge of bourbon, but not to an overpowering extent. Brown sugar, damp oak, lactic acid. Super hidden alcohol, 12%?! Never would have guessed! So strange but I really like it.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thin and effervescent. Carbonation creates
percieved fullness, so it's not really a problem. Good for a wild ale, weird for a bourbon barrel beer. Buuut it works well for the beer.

Drinkability: Each curious sip invites another to see if you can find out what the hell is going on. Again, no hint of the 12.1% ABV, except for the buzz I seem to be getting. This beer is an enigma. A delicious, delicious enigma.

MrFootstones, Jan 20, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Huge thanks to hopsbreath for this one!

(A)- Pours an almost dark opaque brown color. A minimal tan head that dissipated down to bubbles. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A rich profile. Raisin and dates with some sweet bourbon notes. Some dry hay and sour acidic raisin and dates.

(T)- Same as the smell. It is certainly rich with raisin and dates with a subtle sour and acidic aspect. It is quite nice though with the subtle sourness combined with the above mentioned dark fruits.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A great balance of rich dark fruits and a smooth sour acidic character.

(D)- A richer, yet dynamic and unique take on the style. Sweet, yet still has a fitting acidic sourness to balance itself out. Obviously, their Vlad the ImpAler is rather different than this one, I far preferred this one since both were had in the same evening. Solid stuff here.

sweemzander, Jan 09, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Buckeyeboy brought this one over a while back.. Thanks Jeremy!!

A "fizzer" when cracked... hazy dark brown.. yeast flecked head... good lacing.

Nose is big bourbon and dark cherry sour... cocoa.. a bit roasty and some background acetic notes... really though despite the sour, the bourbon abides.

nice fruit and a bit too much roastiness.. the lactic sour really comes out and helps balance the bourbon and vanilla... Alcohol is very minor, yet present.. the dark malts and the sour fruits with barrels never mesh and make for a real mash-up of a brew... ruby port made my notes... Not enough "sour" for the big-ass bourbon qualities... but what do I know?

Jeremy hooked it up.. thanks buddy.

3.5/4.5/4/4/3.5

JohnGalt1, Jan 09, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Unfortunately a got a taste of this beer before I was ready. I had a about a 1/4 of the bottle gush out upon removing the cork. Into my mouth and down my throat went the beer in a fast and furious manner. Anyway, thanks to Khazadum on BA for this.

4.0 A: Opaque black color. Any of the the yeast that was in there got mixed in when it gushed. Two fingers of creamy tan head (once the carbonation came in control) with good retention and a good amount of lacing.

3.5 S: The wine comes through stronger than the bourbon. Usually I'm not a fan of the wine barrel aging, but this is good so far in the nose. Date aroma is there, but I'm not picking up much of the vanilla. Lactic acid is there in moderate amounts and acetic acid in smaller amounts. Woody with a mild tannic astringency. A bit of the toastiness of the underlying porter comes through.

4.0 T: The taste is both interesting and palate pleasing. Again the wine dominates the bourbon, but the bourbon comes through stronger the more the bottle is emptied. It's actually quite vinous for what it is. There isn't a lot of sourness in the taste, but there is some lactic and acetic acid with emphasis on the lactic. Again oak with a slight tannic flavor. Dates come through very strong with grape, plum, and prune fruitiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit aggressive, but okay I guess. Good creaminess with a touch of astringency on finish.

4.0 D: Not too shabby for what seems like an unholy mix of grape and grain. I never expected a bourbon and wine barrel aged beer to surface, but it seem now that it can be done with a fair amount of success. This is a welcome departure from the more typical wilds and bourbon barrel beers and is something I'd like to see more of in the future.

DavoleBomb, Jan 04, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:

After wrangling out the stubborn cork, We were greeted with a generous pop and lots of carbonation gasses which is always a good sign. On the pour this comes out a hazy milk chocolate brown color with just a thin tan colored head that faded away by the end of my glass. When I hold the glass up to the light there are some reddish hues around the edges and no yeast chunks. As I give a generous swirl there is a low amount of lacing.

Smell:

Bam! love this sour funk! huge nose of tart black cherries, sour lactic funk and sharp acidity. As my glass warmes a little bit there are some vinegar and cider notes that are peeking through. Some faint chocolate notes, very wine-esq , and oaky

Taste:

Wow, this makes me pucker up just a bit, very tart cherries, barnyard grassy flavors and funk. Lots of lacto & and brett running amok in this baby. Something like licorice and faint menthol is slightly in the finish with red wine, and cinnamon. Not a darn hint of the 11% ABV anywhere.

Drinkability:

This is a real sleeper because the booze can sneak up on you quickly. Drinks rather thin and goes down easily lots of bright vibrant fruit flavors mixed in with all of classic brown ale and porter flavors. Well done Cascade this is epic

Bmoyer0301, Dec 29, 2010
Cascade Bourbonic Plague from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.