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Token Bourbon Barrel Aged - Alpine Beer Company

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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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3/5  rDev -6.8%

MarcatGSB, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber to CBS snifter on 1/5/12
*From notes

-- Thanks to Sebowski for the hook-up --

A: It looks ok I guess. Nothing crazy. A standfard pour yields a dissapointing one finger head, which has an almond-brown hue to it. Lacking retention and zero lacing.

S: A reasonable amount of wood, and what can only be described as a red fruit tanginess.

T: The fore is tannic and charry. Diacetyl attacks the mid, and adds a buttery quality to the beer which isn't warmly welcomed. The mid also reveals a mild funkiness. The finish comes off quite lactic. I will say that the infection takes a backseat as the beer warms, and recommend getting this one to room temp before consumption.

M: Just too damn brash. There's no finesse here, and the thin body only exacerbates the infection.

O: I absolutely love Alpine. It will forever hold a place in my beer filled heart. And for as much as I heart these guys, I cannot recommend this infected barrel aged porter.

I think I can see through the infection, that I'm able to get a decent feel for where they wanted to take this. And if this didn't have any outlying issues, it may've been a pretty damn good BA beer.

In the end though, this is just not up to snuff, and I sincerely hope that Alpine cleans this kind of thing up, as future bottlings cannot have this kind of issue. Here's to immediate and improved quality control.

Rhettroactive, Jan 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

funkel81, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of hopburster
4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

hopburster, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of crosamich
2/5  rDev -37.9%

crosamich, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of spdyfire83
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

98th Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. Thanks jcon5 for sharing this at the DL Variant + Others Tasting in Chicago (October 2011).

A: Medium brown with a tint of burgundy. Half (light tan) fingernail head on vigorous pour.

S: Roasted coffee, dark malts, vanilla, and a hint of dark fruit. Not too over the top, but pleasant.

T: Quite sweet (butterscotch, caramel, and chocolate) with a faint hint of coffee. Roasted malt character comes thru towards the end, but this is not a terribly good finish to this beer.

M: Medium body with low carbonation.

O: I wish this beer were a bit more roasty and that you could tell that is was aged in a barrel. As you cannot, there is definitely room for improvement here. A good start to a beer, but there needs to be a few extra layers and just more robust.

spdyfire83, Jan 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

spamages, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of brydeen
2.33/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Pours a reddish brown with a tan, thin head. Little retention or lacing.

S: Huge buttery nose, with hints of caramel and vanilla. No real bourbon presence at all.

T: Tangy sweetness with a metallic tinge as well. Unfortunately, this bottle has also fell victim to the alleged infection issues. Total drain pour.

M: Very thin bodied for a porter. Not a lot of carbonation, but somewhat smooth and creamy.

O: I was hoping I would dodge the infection concerns, but I did not. Hard to recommend this one to anyone.

brydeen, Jan 05, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Gushue3, Jan 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

MrHirschybar, Jan 01, 2012
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1/5  rDev -68.9%

pzymali, Jan 01, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -53.4%

djrn2, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Wowcoolman
4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

Wowcoolman, Jan 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

scray24, Dec 30, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

wattershed, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of FeliciousDoyle
4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

FeliciousDoyle, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

Gonzoillini, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of many during my recent trip to San Diego.

A: Half fingered head formed atop this deep reddish brown brew and displayed little retention and only some lacing.

S: Vanilla and caramel blend nicely with the coffee and bourbon scents.

T: Vanilla cream front with a slightly sour aftertaste. Aftertaste worsens throughout the tasting, but although it's infected it remained drinkable.

M: Medium bodied and creamy, low on carbonation.

O: Would love to try the next batch.

tjkinate, Dec 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

davidbowers13, Dec 18, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

ChrisPro, Dec 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

CummingsK21, Dec 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

starrdogg, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black color with a small, thin brown head. As the head slowly fades it leaves a decent amount of thin lacing.

Aromas begin quite fruity, with a large amount of Brett infection. As I further examine I get smells of vanilla and a mild roasted caramel. Hints of bourbon are also detectable as well as slight coffee. Definitely infected though.

The tastes begin with dark malts, toffee and butterscotch, with some sour dark cherries there as well. Finish has some light coffee and espresso notes alongside the butterscotch and tart berry and cherry fruitiness.

The mouthfeel is roasty and dry and tart. Light to medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Quite sour on the palate with hints of bourbon in the finish.

Overall, although this was infected and the version I sampled is nothing what the brewer intended it to be, I still enjoyed it. Judging it blind I would say it reminds me of a porter with Brett or maybe what I assume Tart of Darkness tastes like. Not amazing and probably not worth seeking out as this batch is clearly infected.

claspada, Dec 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

3Hops, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
2.1/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got this one in a trade with NewGeneric a while back. Love Alpine's IPAs, so I'm stoked to try another style I love from this brewery.

From a bomber into a snifter.
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour produces a one finger, medium-thin, light mocha colored head with decent retention. Black body and medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a wisp and foamy ring. Only a ring remains until the end and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bolder nose of toffee, dark malts and butterscotch. Some light coffee and burnt malt notes, but quite toffee and butterscotch forward, much like an English bitter on gear. Touches of oak, but not much bourbon at all. Smell alright actually, but nothing like a bourbon barrel aged porter.

TASTE: Dark malts, toffee and butterscotch, with some sour dark cherries there as well. Finish has some light coffee and espresso notes alongside the butterscotch and tart cherries. Medium but lingering aftertaste is sweet-sour with toffee and brett notes. Highly doubt the sourness in this one was intentional, but the infection is not too far along yet. As the brew sits in the glass, the sourness tones down a bit and a bit of bourbon barrel finally does make an appearance. Still off the mark, however.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down a little prickly and finishes quite sticky. Needs to be fuller, creamier and smoother.

OVERALL: Was looking forward to trying this one, but this bottle was showing the signs of early infection I think. The infection is not that far along yet, with just some sour cherries in there at the moment, so some people might really enjoy the bit of tartness in there. I’m not a huge sour fan myself, but this one was still drinkable, and I could tell there was a quality base beer under the all the problems. I’d pass on this release, but would gladly try it again if Alpine ever bottled another batch. Thanks again for the trade NewGeneric.

Jeffo, Dec 07, 2011
Token Bourbon Barrel Aged from Alpine Beer Company
75 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.