1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Token Bourbon Barrel Aged - Alpine Beer Company

Not Rated.
Token Bourbon Barrel AgedToken Bourbon Barrel Aged

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
75
okay

151 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 151
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 27.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 53 | 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:
Beer added by: BdubleEdubleRUN on 09-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (46) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 151 | Reviews: 63 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ms11781
1/5  rDev -68.9%

Photo of pzymali
1/5  rDev -68.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
1.5/5  rDev -53.4%

Photo of Knapp85
1.5/5  rDev -53.4%

Photo of ineva
1.5/5  rDev -53.4%

Photo of djrn2
1.5/5  rDev -53.4%

Photo of maximum12
1.66/5  rDev -48.4%
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.

Photo of acurtis
1.75/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
1.75/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of beerfan99
1.95/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
1.98/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

Photo of Soonami
2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of TheRealDBCooper
2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of manutdfan
2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of Kaydogg
2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of drewone
2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of Azrael
2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of jzeilinger
2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of MikeCactusGordon
2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of crosamich
2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of cbeer88
2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of RWNay
2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.08/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

Photo of largadeer
2.09/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Token Bourbon Barrel Aged from Alpine Beer Company
75 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.