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Token Bourbon Barrel Aged - Alpine Beer Company

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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 27.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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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CEDAMA

California

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

04-16-2012 19:46:53 | More by CEDAMA
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tjfinkle

California

4/5  rDev +24.2%

04-10-2012 05:58:50 | More by tjfinkle
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acurtis

New Jersey

1.75/5  rDev -45.7%

04-09-2012 23:33:19 | More by acurtis
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ineva

California

1.5/5  rDev -53.4%

04-04-2012 19:05:27 | More by ineva
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle on 1-21-12

A - A dark brown pour with a foamy tan head. Solid retention and spots of lacing left on the glass.

S - Strong bourbon, chocolate, and some wood.

T - Creamy chocolate with a strong bourbon finish.

D - Good carbonation, medium body.

O - Solid bourbon, a touch bitter, which made it seem unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 23:03:06 | More by HuskyinPDX
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axeman9182

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from Dobby. This one was allowed to warm just a bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Alpine's barrel aged Token pours nearly a solid black, but scant ruby highlights apper with backlighting. Maybe two fingers of khaki colored foam rise up on top of the beer, but the head quickly fades and doesn't leave any lacing. The nose is a little bit weak, but has some notes of vanilla and dark chocolate, but surprisingly no bourbon. There's also some sour cherries and dark fruits, but not not as much as I'd been bracing for. The infection is much more prominent in the flavor profile, especially as the beer warms. It definitely takes over from the vanilla and chocolate. The beer doesn't have a bad taste per se, it's just not anywhere near what a porter should taste like. Similarly, the mouthfeel is entirely off for the style. It's way thin and overcarbonated. I actually didn't hate the barrel aged Token, it's just not anywhere near being a porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 05:53:54 | More by axeman9182
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DSlim71

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-12-2012 22:25:38 | More by DSlim71
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AleWatcher

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 22:42:41 | More by AleWatcher
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

2/5  rDev -37.9%

03-07-2012 11:10:33 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3/5  rDev -6.8%

03-07-2012 03:01:16 | More by bsuedekum
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Growler shared while waiting in line for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour fruit up front with some subtle roasty malt aromas if you search for them. Taste is of roasty malt, sour fruit, wood, and a slight funky flavor. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a decent beer but there is an obvious infection issue going on.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2012 20:42:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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gford217

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.

Pours a deep chocolate brown with a small off-white head that recedes to a small collar quickly.

Aroma is nice and sweet with some cocoa powder, vanilla and caramel. There is some bourbon character well integrated in the nose. There is a faint sugar-coated cherry character in the nose but it's subtle and actually pleasant.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma as the tart cherries are a bit more prevalent. In fact, the nicest attributes of the aroma - chocolate malts, vanilla - are tough to find in the taste. The finish is a combination of roasty malts, tart cherries and bourbon.

The mouthfeel is thinish with low carbonation.

I knew the risk of this bottle going in but was still looking forward to trying it and I'm glad I did. This was nowhere close to a drainpour and I actually enjoyed some of the tartness. That said, it certainly doesn't stand up to the better beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 04:10:41 | More by gford217
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scottfrie

California

2.33/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into Block 15 snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a very fizzy and short lived light brown head. Tiny spotty lacing.
S: Chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, fudge, caramel, nuts, a hint of bourbon, and even more sugar sweet caramel. I’m getting something fruity as well….something infected. Smells great aside from the slight tart cherry notes.
T: Yep. Spritzy, sweet and fruity infected infectedness. Chocolate and caramel are still noticeable, but pretty much everything is overpowered by the sweet and lightly sour cherry/berry infection. Finish is sweet with fruity infection candy.
M: Spritzy and really bubbly carbonation. Body is fairly thick and the mouthfeel is fizzy yet slick and greasy.
O: I bought this bottle before I heard about the possible infection. I paid a lot for the bottle as well. Needless to say that’s what I get for not doing my research, but I’m still pissed this is even available for purchased. There goes an expensive drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 01:43:53 | More by scottfrie
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the brewpub.

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with mahogany edges and one finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Streak of lacing left behind.

Sweet malty aroma with a well integrated barrel character.  Hints of spicy bourbon, dry oak and vanilla counted by dark chocolate, caramel and toast.  Some alcohol but not overly boozy.

Medium bodied with lots of malt and bourbon sweetness. Again, barrel well integrated with bourbon sweetness without being hot. Also some subtle dry, toasted oak and vanilla flavor countered by a slightly smokey malt character.  Hints of chocolate, toffee and rye creating some nice balance but it's a bit tame for my liking. 

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 20:04:46 | More by corby112
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DJButters

California

4/5  rDev +24.2%

02-16-2012 02:33:34 | More by DJButters
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aasher

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

02-12-2012 17:47:44 | More by aasher
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beerfan99

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 18:25:12 | More by beerfan99
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augustgarage

California

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...

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:38:56 | More by augustgarage
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danskyad

California

4/5  rDev +24.2%

01-29-2012 02:42:28 | More by danskyad
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Rckmo10

California

2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

01-27-2012 02:07:20 | More by Rckmo10
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injuredreserve

Louisiana

2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

01-21-2012 03:14:47 | More by injuredreserve
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -37.9%

01-16-2012 20:06:20 | More by cbeer88
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -37.9%

01-16-2012 05:17:27 | More by Soonami
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-16-2012 03:30:40 | More by millerbuffoon
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

3/5  rDev -6.8%

01-16-2012 03:19:55 | More by MarcatGSB
Token Bourbon Barrel Aged from Alpine Beer Company
75 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.