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Token Bourbon Barrel Aged - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
75
okay

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
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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1/5  rDev -68.9%

ms11781, Jun 23, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -53.4%

djrn2, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of maximum12
1.63/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks to rmaste6282 for this bottle. As an official, albeit misplaced geographically, Alpine fanboy, I really needed to try this one. They have a way with the hops: lesse about the malts & the barrel.

Pour moves along the path from dark to light black, little carbonation. Smell is...interesting. Raisins? Or is that a raisin hangover from last night's raisin bomb? Malts, barrel make an appearance.

Barrel Aged Token ain't quite right in the head, Jeb. Dominated by a smooth butterscotch, which I didn't expect & am not terribly appreciative of. What the butterscotch doesn't overwhelm, straight-up butter does. Malts? Drowning. Barrel? MIA. Porter? What's that, you say? Ending is tart with the beginning of fruits. Sucks.

Well, this beer has gone to the Never-Never land where brews-gone-bad go to die. Alpine, why have you done this to me? I could drink your hoppy stuff all day long, every day, but this...this is an undrinkable mess. Can't believe I'm saying this but...drain-pour. This makes me sad.

maximum12, Oct 14, 2011
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1.75/5  rDev -45.7%

acurtis, Apr 09, 2012
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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 AleWatcher
1.95/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bomber courtesy of Sideswipe-- big thanks John!
Served in a darkness snifter.

Some sweet malt, vanilla, and oaky bourbon notes are prominent but a hair overpowered by some dark fruit notes holding a hint of tartness.
Feels a bit thin-- but it is a porter so I can deal with the thinness. A lot more carbonation than necessary too.

Overall-- a fun one to try, but not worth what people were trading to land. It might be infected, which will lead me say that I'll re-review it when I try a future release-- but til then, this review stands because it was released like this.

EDIT-- after letting it warm up, I think it must be infected... Dark fruits, tart cherries, and apple cider vinegar probably weren't intended flavors. Also, the body is MUCH too thin and overcarbonated.

AleWatcher, Mar 10, 2012
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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
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2/5  rDev -37.9%

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2/5  rDev -37.9%

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2/5  rDev -37.9%

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2/5  rDev -37.9%

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2/5  rDev -37.9%

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2/5  rDev -37.9%

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2/5  rDev -37.9%

RWNay, May 17, 2013
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
Photo of Arbitrator
2.1/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, John.

A: Pours a dark brown body with a suprisingly effervescent tan head, rising to 2" in height and sticking around a while.

S: Chocolate, butter (diacetyl), oak, vanilla. Mild roast. There's a touch of lactic aroma, but remembering that from the base beer, I am not too concerned. Not much barrel character aside from the oak and vanilla.

T: Bittersweet cocoa, mild coffee. Fairly buttery, and it doesn't make the beer awful, but it certainly takes quite a bit away from its potential. Butterscotch could even work for this flavor profile in some balance. But it missed that mark by quite a bit. Mild lactic sweetness on the end, just as it had in the base beer. I have a hard time picking out any bourbon, but vanilla and oak are noticeable.

M: Light-medium bodied. Very carbonated. The bubbles, as well as the off flavors and the lactic finish, could hint at infection. But given how the base beer tastes, I'm reluctant to make that call this early in the game. It's definitely an 'off' beer, though.

O: I normally love Alpine, but their diacetyl problems are an issue, and the beer lacks any significant barrel character. I like the base better.

Arbitrator, Oct 29, 2011
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Token Bourbon Barrel Aged from Alpine Beer Company
75 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.