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The Colonel - Barrel-Aged "Wild" Porter | Cambridge Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This wild, slightly sour porter has been aged forover two years in American oak bourbon barrels.
These barrels are home to various strains of Brettanomyces from previous batches - wild yeasts often found in aged beer. The “brett” contributes notes of fruitiness (dried cherries, cranberries), farmhouse-y funk, and acidity. This aged-and-blended strong porter pays homage to Colonel Albert Blanton, founder of the Buffalo Trace distillery, and is our modern interpretation of the ‘entire’ original porter-style
beers of the nineteenth century. While the contribution of bourbon flavors is slight, the wood itself has contributed smoothness with notes of vanilla and charred oak rounding out the beer’s complex flavors of berry, roast, and caramel. Its well-attenuated body and acidity remind you that this beer makes no attempt to fit in with modern times.

Added by GratefulBeerGuy on 04-18-2009

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by jaasen64:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This version of the colonel has been aged in Buffalo Trace barrels with BRETT!!! Brett is in the Porter! yikes!. Poured into a flute glass.

Jet-black, one-finger, mocha-froth head, is it dissipating? I'm not sure, it sure is slow!! very healthy looking.

The nose has a big-time wild, yeastie Brett aroma, no mistaken this smell!! There is also vanilla beans and roastie, smokey malt. Brett mostly though.

The malt is smokey and very hearty, dark fruits quickly pop out, zesty medium bodied feel with a nice balance of Brett and roastie malts. This is my first beer with Brett that is not a Pale style beer. The Brett is unique and tangy in the big maltiness. Brett has the abiltiy to completely dominate a beer's flavor, this one is in good balance with the rest, very wild with only slight medicinal qualities. The Brett can become bitter and harsh and this is not the case here!

a very adventurous brew.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black..no head. Nose indicates a strong malt presence..Taste does not disappoint..cask oak taste. malts...dissolve into a great hop finish. Mouthfeel is dry, yet smooth, a quality I like in the style. Very smooth on the dri9nkability scale...a nice offering from the brewers.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Dark, nearly opaque with some reddish hues. Creamy tan head.
S) Mellow coffee and cocoa aroma. There are slight earthy sour notes.
T) Sour but not overwhelming. Chocolate notes, roasted barley and a hint of smokiness.
M) Tingle on the tongue. Chewy. Full bodied. Some pucker factor.
D) Decent. Intriguing. The sour works with this porter.

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Phone notes from last night:

A- Black in a flute like glass. Small off white tan head forms to a thin layer without much retention. Small foamy ring leaves a few lace pieces but not much.

S- Tart Brett cherries off the top. Some nice vanilla and smoothed out oak hints open up. Roast grains round it out.

T- Complex and interesting here. A lot going on but for the most part it is complimentary and makes each sip bring a new feel. The slight funk and tart fruits open it up and are followed by some whiskey and the porter malts. Pepper, smooth oak, raisin, grape as well. Tart fruit flavors build with time as the whiskey fades. Some acetic toward the end.

MF- Dried out lighter end body with silky moderate carbonation. A good creamy feel for a wild. Tart feel builds with time but never reaches a puckering level.

The Brett cherry tarts build with each sip but the vanilla oak and roast malts keep it in check. Seems like CBC really has their act together with sours. Very interesting beer. Whiskey comes and goes, seems like a new beer each swig.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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2.61/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Pour yields a very, very dark brew with a thin tan head and a bit of lacing as it moves down the glass. The nose is really quite off. There is the bit of earth and lightly-puckering sourness, but behind that there is some cardboard oxidation and a bit of a spruce character. Very strange. This comes through even more in the flavor and puts the Brett and porter notes in the background. Feel is oxidized with a bit of sourness and moderate carbonation. This seems like it could have been good, but something was off in what I had.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at CBC

Dark black pour, with a wispy off-white head that completely disappeared after a minute or two. Strange aroma, roasty and yeasty, and actually reminded me of the monster flesh from my Mad Scientist Monster Lab I had when I was a kid (one of my favorite toys). But nostalgia aside... In the taste, a good mix of Brett tartness and dark malt roast, cocoa, notes of pine and booze, though nothing really resembling bourbon. Body was about medium. Overall a tasty and interesting brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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The Colonel - Barrel-Aged "Wild" Porter from Cambridge Brewing Company
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