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Cascade Bourbonic Plague - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Bourbonic PlagueCascade Bourbonic Plague

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332 Ratings

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%

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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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 16:53:26 | More by Urbancaver
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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 16:51:13 | More by brew3crew
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 00:01:24 | More by Metalmonk
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 21:53:20 | More by SpeedwayJim
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3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:38:04 | More by beerwolf77
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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 05:49:43 | More by Soonami
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New York

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 20:53:23 | More by dragonWhale
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 15:13:59 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 01:29:38 | More by Gfunk720
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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 01:12:51 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 05:34:35 | More by Swimsum
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 21:00:17 | More by Phelps
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 03:28:07 | More by kfsv034
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 06:37:40 | More by MrFootstones
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 20:17:57 | More by sweemzander
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3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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.


Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 10:54:59 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 19:31:03 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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.


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


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.


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

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 18:43:11 | More by Bmoyer0301
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3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another big thanks to Sean for brining this pair...Pours a watery dark brown, semi clear, not overly attractive. Light tan head with some nice retention, spotty lacing...Aroma full of oak, spicy bourbon, acidic...Taste is lactic oak, almost reminds me of something infected, spice shows off predominantly too. The taste is less successful. A weird oaky finish that I don't like.

Decent, but nothing special at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 03:58:20 | More by jrallen34
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3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PWoods for sharing this.

Holy hell of a gusher batman! The pop from the cork was deafening! Left my ears ringing while beer was foaming out the top of the bottle and we were capturing what we could in our glasses.
Pours a murky brown in color with some reddish highlights. When I finally got settled down to drink this beer it had about a inch of head left on it.
Smell was a bit weird. There was sour, some bourbon, some dark fruit. All these were recognizable in the flavor as well, but there was a good bit of oak and some chocolate coming through. I would have never guessed the base beer was a porter. At least I have never seen a porter that looked like this. Decent mouthfeel. This was just an all around weird beer, couldn't quite get into it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 16:14:39 | More by FtownThrowDown
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4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Cascade Barrelhouse at 6PM.

Appearance - dark as night with a creamy white head. Head was roughly 3 fingers but dissipated after a few minutes.

Smell - heavenly with some fig, vanilla, and malts

Taste - absolutely incredible. All the qualities of a good big stout with a nice sour punch in the middle. vanilla comes through on the finish as you exhale

Mouthfeel - very smooth and creamy. Much lighter than I was anticipating

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable, this could have would have gotten dangerous if it wasn't for the fact that I had to drive afterwards

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 04:03:52 | More by Shmeal
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District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

A: Dark brown hue, with an eighth inch of head that leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S: Sourness, cherries, booze / alcohol, oak, funk.

T: Ooo...this is different...I like it. A healthy level of complexity exists here in this glass. Intriguing and challenging, with flavors of oak, wine, cherries, bourbon, and funkiness. This daring beer walks a fine line between triumph and failure. I'm a fan.

M: Pretty smooth feel, notwithstanding the massively complex pungent blitzkrieg of funky, fruity booze.

D: While I do prefer Vlad the Imp Aler, I really enjoyed this brew. I love sours, even / especially ones that challenge the palate. This was a really fun experience. I'd happily drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 02:42:22 | More by Huhzubendah
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District of Columbia

2.6/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared with the dirty south crew

Appearance: Mruky red/brown pour, bit of gushing; big head. Cork did not want to come out.

Smell: Bit of a muddled mess; Sour with bourbon, brown sugar, cinnamon, and dark fruits. Too much roasted malt for a sour

Taste: Raisins, prunes, tons of cheap chardonnay-ish oak, messy and boozy

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, a bit too much carbonation

Drinkability: We didn't finish the bottle; not very impressive. I have really enjoyed many of Cascade's wild beers but this one was not one of them. Train wreck is a very apt description. Souring a porter of course didn't turn out well; if you told me they tried to make money off an accident I would believe it.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 01:30:15 | More by craytonic
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3.15/5  rDev -26.1%
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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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
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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