Bourbon Sour Porter - Almanac Beer Co.
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.26/5 rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The beer pours a dark, caramelized brown, with a nice, rocky head of medium-sized, dark khaki bubbles that stick around and leave a fat, sheet-like lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer’s body is opaque, with just a hint of caramel light sneaking through at the edges. The beer appears clear and clean of particles as it poured into the glass. All in all, the beer looks like a nice porter, but it smells quite a bit different… On the nose, the beer smells fantastically funky. Cherry fruit leather blends with fruity vinegar, smooth vanilla, and even touches of milk chocolate. Chocolate cherry pie comes to mind when the smell is considered as a whole. Touches of acidic lemon, sweat, and prickly horse blanket can be sensed as the beer warms, along with soft oak. The bourbon on the nose blends beautifully with the beer, providing no alcoholic heat but a bunch of rich vanilla and caramel scents. I like the nose of this beer a lot! On the tongue, the beer tastes a little harsher than the smell. The beer begins with tart acidity, moving more into funky and fruity acidity. The beer develops more of a fruity sweetness soon after the sip which carries into the middle. Rich tannins strike into the mouth in the middle of the sip, putting up an interesting bitter structure on the palate and gliding into the finish where there is a touch of roasted malt bitterness and sugar. In flavor, the beer begins almost like a Flanders red, with tart vinegar and cherry fruit leather moving into an interesting middle of slight caramel malt and rich bourbon oak flavors that fold into bright citrus and bitter oak on the finish, and finally close with just the herbal and oaky bitters remaining on the back of the palate. The flavors are rich and complex and unfold on the tongue as the beer warms. The bourbon character is perfectly light and adds complexity; the oak, while a bit too bitter, adds yet another layer to the beer. In the mouth, the beer feels medium to full in body, with a smooth and silky mouthfeel that still provides a nice grip on the tongue. The mouth is left shockingly clean with just the acidity in the cheeks bringing out some saliva. Overall, this beer is delicious and complex. I like the nose a bit more than the beer; I think they need to ease off of the oak tannin on this beer, as it takes away from some of the other flavors in the beer. This is a delicious beer though, and makes me anxious to try more from Almanac. They seem to be doing things right over there on the West Coast. Cheers to my brother for the bottle!
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2014 01:52:40 | More by Maxwell
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3.88/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a very dark brown. Slight reddish tinge where light shines through. Head is beige, small bubbles but gorgeous sheet of lace stuck behind. Looks great.
Smells roasty, but also Bretty, with an odd wild sourness to it. Slight coffee darkness and a touch of leather. That tartness really does add both intrigue and excellent balance, though.
Taste is tarry, leathery and dark, with big notes of fennel and pepper on there. Notes of tart yeast, with some wild barnyard just twisting those dark notes towards organic, giving nitrate-rich soil, red wine and maybe even some cordite. Not that I know what cordite actually tastes like, but you know, that sensation of cordite in the air. Dark and mysterious, and surprisingly drinkable.
Nice body. Definite pull from the yeast, but it doesn't feel too dry at the back because of its composition.
I like, but it just doesn't pop with as much wonder and amazement as it may have. Very pleasant palate and complexity, but just may have been so much more, somehow.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 06:50:41 | More by laituegonflable
4.04/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
375ml bottle poured into a Cantillon taster 7/7/2014.
A- Dark brown, nearly black body that is fairly opaque. Not much in way of head, maybe a quarter finger off-white head with minimal retention, no lacing.
S- Wow, this is an interesting combination of lactic acidity and pure chocolate flavours. When it warms up, the chocolate wins out more as well. So tart lactate with dark chocolate and some coffee. Very complex sour dark ale that reminds me a lot of Phenomenology of Spirit.
F- The comparison to Phenomenology of Spirit is apt, except this beer is not quite as tart as Phenomenology. There is a tart lactic acidity that starts out, with a bit of oak and vinous character, that transitions fairly quickly to a bitter dark chocolate flavour, like eating a square of dark chocolate and letting it melt in your mouth. It's very tasty, though I'd like to have had a bit more sour.
M- Medium body, good carbonation, just enough bubbles to keep it crisp and refreshing despite being a darker beer. It's certainly drinkable with a chocolatey finish.
O- Very interesting beer that I would recommend trying once if you find yourself a fan of tarter saisons and stouts/porters.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 03:01:39 | More by Stevedore
Bourbon Sour Porter from Almanac Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.