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Token Bourbon Barrel Aged - Alpine Beer Company

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75
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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 27.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BdubleEdubleRUN on 09-02-2011)
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Reviews by hopburster:
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4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

hopburster, Jan 12, 2012
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Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Zwanze Day 2011
Bottle Share
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Dark brown with dark cherry red and auburn edges. Light brown head and spots of lacing left down the glass.

Wonderfully aromatic barrel aged porter. Lots of vanilla and wood, complemented by roasted malt and rich chocolate. No one aroma is dominant; this comes together incredibly well to form a divine, balanced, rich aroma.

Roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate combine with very mild vanilla and oak flavors from the barreling. This beer will not beat you over the head with bourbon notes, but they are there.

Surprisingly light bodied for the style with ample carbonation. I would prefer it to be a touch thicker, but this is a very minor complaint.

A delicious barrel aged porter. Fantastic!

ehammond1, Sep 26, 2011
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2/5  rDev -37.9%

Soonami, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of OStrungT
4.03/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a jet black color, with a thin brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a thick curtain of lace.

This beer smells of vanilla. I get a mild roasted caramel aroma also. Hints of bourbon are also detectable. I slight coffee aroma is present.

This beer tastes like it smells. Sweet caramel, with some oak and vanilla. Mild bourbon and coffee in the finish.

This beer is low in carbonation. It is full bodied and smooth. The alcohol is well hidden throughout this beer.

I doubt this beer would make a great session beer. It is too high in alcohol.

Overall: I dont get any hints of the infection others have noted. Maybe I am just lucky? Either wat, I liked it and would buy it again.

OStrungT, Nov 26, 2011
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1.75/5  rDev -45.7%

acurtis, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Aberration
5/5  rDev +55.3%

Aberration, Nov 14, 2011
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1.75/5  rDev -45.7%

mdaschaf, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of beerfan99
1.83/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

2011 Release
22 oz bottle tasted on 2/10/2012

A: Dark brown in color with a small light brown head. I was expecting it to be a little darker in color, closer to black. Looks a little on the watery side.

S: Bourbon aroma first, followed by caramel and maybe a little vanilla. Very inviting and anxious to taste.

T: Infected. This promising bourbon token has been infected and tastes on the sour side. Unfortunately, this is not a good sour.

M: Low carbonation and a little watery.

O: I was anxious to try this brewery only limited release. Alpine is one of my favorite breweries, so I had high expectations going in. Unfortunately, this beer was infected and was basically a drain pour. This is not a good reflection on Alpine, especially considering that they really don't have a line-up of sours and cannot use cross contamination as an excuse. I'll update this review, if any of my remaining bottles are good.

For those of you considering trading for this beer, I recommend staying away.

beerfan99, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of augustgarage
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Samuel Smith nonik.

Deep (yet clear) seal brown liquid with vague auburn highlights when held to a strong light support a heavily active raft of desert sand micro-bubbles which recede to a thin collar and a lasting slick.

Toasted malt, cedar, and charred barrel notes in the nose - faintly acrid quality is assuaged by a hint of butterscotch (no diacetyl).

Tart barrel-heavy palate entry with a second wave of smoke and harsh roasted tomato/bourbon notes. Bitterness increases as the sour notes subside and a hint of unsweetened chocolate seeps through the metallic elements. The barrel has taken over this beer.

Medium-light bodied, tannic, fizzy, and astringent mouthfeel.

Lightly infected or poorly aged/handled, I can't quite tell? A terrible value from a wonderful brewery, especially given how terrific the base beer is on its own...

augustgarage, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

DJButters, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

Gonzoillini, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a dark red brown with a minimal light tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, wood, and butterscotch. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The barrel really manifested itself nicely in this brew. However the taste of butterscotch gives me some slight concern on this one... The aroma was quite nice for the style and one of the better ones I've come across. Just wish that the flavor would have followed suit... Still a definite must try for any beer fan out there.

thagr81us, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to both SDDanC and BdubleEdubleRUN for this beer (one more in the cellar). Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a dark brown, almost black color. About a finger of mocha colored head.

Smell – Slight bourbon, vanilla, quite realistic toffee, chocolate, and some buttery aromas oddly.

Taste – As much as I love Alpine, I feel this beer is a bit off. Not nearly as much bourbon as I was hoping. Some nice chocolate and vanilla flavors mixed in with a decent amount of buttery flavor that detracts from the beer. I get no tartness that some were describing though (thankfully). A hint of roasted bittersweet malt come sin at the end.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, a hint thin, spot on carbonation.

Overall – A bit disappointing to be honest. A couple of the flavors were just off and I am struggling to finish this bomber.

SpdKilz, Oct 10, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Devi0us, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

DearthVader, Nov 15, 2011
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2/5  rDev -37.9%

TheRealDBCooper, Nov 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

CEDAMA, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
1.98/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours dark brown/black with a big creamy beige head and lots of bubbles.

Some sweet malt, vanilla, oak and a touch of booze present on the nose. Dark fruits and a touch of sourness.

Flavor is overpowered by the infection. Tart cherries and apple cider vinegar prevail. The porter flavors are completely lost and there is no bourbon presence.

Infection has made this one too thin bodied and way overcarbed.

I'd love to try a non-infected bottle. Sometimes I dig some sour flavors in porters, but this is definitely the bad kind of infection.

jmarsh123, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of largadeer
2.08/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks for the tick, Nick. Dark chocolate brown topped by a thin tan head with minimal lacing. Smells like cocoa powder, butter and cake batter. Bourbon is very faint. The palate is odd; mildly sour and lactic, buttery, slick. Raisin covered chocolate, not much bouton flavor but faint oak. Medium-thin body. Finishes on a buttery note with a slick mouthfeel. I love Alpine, but this isn't particularly good.

largadeer, Oct 13, 2011
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1.5/5  rDev -53.4%

mendvicdog, Dec 17, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

injuredreserve, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

danwho, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

MrHirschybar, Jan 01, 2012
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2/5  rDev -37.9%

manutdfan, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of dmsohyea
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle bought at Alpine Beer Co. I feel the need to re-review this in the bottle because it's really falling apart. My tap review didn't taste the same at all. This beer either has a diacetyl problem or is infected. (going to be a short review)

A - same as before dark brown with good head and retention.

S - like a stick of butter melting in the microwave and a bit of brown sugar. wow is this one buttery.

T - taste is not nearly as buttery, but the flavor is there. Imagine a nice buttered toast and a bit of bourbon character.

M - Good and slick with moderate carbonation. Pretty nice, still.

O - butter flavors have ruined the beer I enjoyed so much on tap. Bummer.

dmsohyea, Oct 21, 2011
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Token Bourbon Barrel Aged from Alpine Beer Company
75 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.