Port Reserve - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Had this on tap at Apex the other day. 6oz pour was very fitting for the warm day outside.
Appearance: Brownish with an almost plum hue in the light. Head was minimal but off-white, and lacing was similar in color and amount. Standard fare for the low-carbonation sours.
Smell: Lactic bite, for sure. Bracing sour fruit smell, with a plum-cherry sour/sweet pucker-inducing aroma. After a bit of aeration, there was an acetone-like basic quality to the beer that I was slightly confused by, almost like nail polish remover. Much like saying horse blanket and cat piss as a compliment, the smell was not entirely off-putting, just very interesting and different. As an interesting foot-note, I spoke with some of the staff about this beer, and they had all noted the acetone smell as well, and that it was somewhat intentional. Apparently this beer was designed to solely be a blending agent for other Cascade beers, and never truly intended to be consumed on its own. Luckily enough, we can now take a crack at this and check for it in later beers from the Cascade line-up. Kinda nifty.
Mouthfeel: A very tart sour bite that finished with an almost vinous taste, slightly wine-like. Dark fruity as well, probably can be ascribed to the port barrel aging. Acetone is right there mid-body as well. Really very solid and different, and the most memorable part of this brew.
Overall: A worthy taster for the price. I can't decide if I'd really want it again, per se. Since "drinkability" has been removed, I guess I'd place its merits here and say that 6oz was plenty, and that I would recommend it, if for no other reason than to take a peak into what may be coming down the chute in future Cascade creations.
07-15-2011 01:12:33 | More by nomomentwasted
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
Pours a brownish orange with a small off-white head.
SMells like ... cherries? Berries? Some sort of fruit, along with a surprising hint of earthy booze.
Taste is a straightforward, sweet/sour blend of fruit with that interesting earthiness, a surprising tinge of booze that actually integrates well with the fruit, and a vinous/wine aftertaste.
Nice bubbly mouthfeel. An unexpected winner.
06-29-2011 03:21:09 | More by Overlord
4/5 rDev -1.5%
On-tap at Sour Fest
A: The beer pours a dark mahogany color with a fizzy off-white head.
S: The port wine really stands out here and gives the beer a nice richness and depth. Lots of dark fruit character, particularly cherries, dates, raisins, and plums. There's a touch of chocolate and toffee sweetness along with the soft tartness.
T: Not nearly as sour as the other Cascade beers I've had, but still very nice. The fruit notes and port dominate the beer and give it a balance of sweetness and lactic acidity. Lots of the same dark fruits like cherries, raisins, and plums with a toffee background.
M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.
O: I really liked this one. Not super sour, but really interesting (in a good way).
06-27-2011 13:20:14 | More by womencantsail
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
Draft at Stone Sour Fest 2011.
A: Dark reddish brown with a one inch creamy head. Nice color and head retention.
S: An aromatic blend of dark fruits: grape, blackberry, cherry, and plum. Very light oak presence and a little vanilla. Firm lactic presence.
T: Lower moderate lactic sourness with sugary blackberry, grape, plum, and cherry. The mixture of dark fruits and midpalate sugary sweetness is great. Nice moderate tartness. As with most Cascades, the sourness is very clean, with no dirty funk to speak of, but the fruit profile is outstanding on the beer so it's easy to look beyond the clean lactic approach. Finishes sweet and tart with a lingering berry fruitiness.
M: Medium body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and sticky.
Overall: Another well done sour from Cascade.
06-27-2011 12:56:46 | More by HopHead84
3.83/5 rDev -5.7%
Served in 8oz goblet. Poured a very, very dark reddish brown, barely translucent, and was very still. no head and very little carbonation.
The sourness attacked the nose as soon as it approached. I could smell sour from an arms length away. You had to dig a little, but eventually I found some fruit (grapes) and grain underneath which gave the beer a solid earthiness. WHOA MAMA!!! That is one sour beer! A full frontal attack of sourness, no sneaking around the perimeter with this beer. There was some grain and fruit, but the sourness totally dominates. The sourness lingered for a long time on the finish.
The body was mediumish, not full, not thin. Drinkability is going to depend on your tolerance of things sour. This is the sourest beer I've ever had. The biggest downside to this beer is that the sourness is so overwhelming that the other flavors get covered up. If you like sour beers, this is a must seek out. Worth a lot of effort to obtain if sours are your thing.
06-19-2011 19:37:58 | More by beertunes
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
This beer was originally deemed to expencive to sell by cascades brewmaster, but after using the beer in multiple blends cascade decided to release this beer for the public.
This is the oldest live barrel release to date.
The beer appears very dark red with a large light brown head.
There is a slightly sour smell to the beer. I get a strong vanilla like oak smell to the beer. I also get a bit of a rich, strong fermented grape type of a smell.
The beer tastes strongly acidic/ sour. I get a very strong rich oaky flavor. I get both strong coconut and vanilla type of oak flavors. There is a strong dry rich fruitiness to the beer as well. I get a strong grape and cherry type of a flavor. Though the beer is fruity it is not sweet at all.
There is a thick mouthfeel to the beer.
Overall a great port infused beer. I can tell that the beer has been aging in the barrels a while as this beer is the oakiest beer I have had. Worth getting at cascade.
04-02-2011 17:29:49 | More by chumba526
Port Reserve from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.