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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
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2/5  rDev -49.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
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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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours dark. Minimal light penetration. Tan head pops away to nearly nothing.

S-Complex aroma. Lightly sour. Bourbon notes are slight but noticeable. Decent mixture of cocoa and roast and a big Bretty component.

T-Flavor brings more of the beer's base. Porter flavors of roast and powdery chocolate. Then the Brett and tartness kick in. I enjoyed how the okay bourbon rounds out the flavors.

M-Fuller bodied. A bit boozy. Feel is creamy. Moderate carbonation.

O/D-A neat beer. Really experimental. Some tartness and bourbon blended into a Porter.

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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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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is a bit shorter as it is from memory.

Dark dark beer with a limited head, it almost has a purple tinge to it. Sour chocolate? This is what comes through in both the smell and the taste. Although the smell is very mellow it is very very unique. On the taste you get the sour up front and the chocolate porter on the back end. Although this is an excellent beer i would have liked the flavors to be more distinct. It seems that the balance almost works against this fascinating little fellow. I have never had anything like this before but will order one whenever I get the chance.

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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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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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  rDev +1.3%

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Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. This is the standard Colonel porter, not the cask one with treacle.

This beer poured a black body with a small off-white head.

The nose was a nice mix of dark malts and a strong oak/wood touch.

Taste was very nice. Medium bodied, rich and smooth. Dark roasted malts, coffee, even chocolate, yet not quite as in your face as a big stout. Still very porter like. The overpowering flavor of this baby though is the oak aging. Bourbon, touches of vanilla and wood. Not much in the way of smoke, although the roasted flavors gave mild hints. Milder bitterness that flows under the radar but sits just well enough in the mix to add balance.

Overall a really nice beer. Oak, oak, oak. Reminded me of like a session version of some of the big oaky imp stouts like great divides yeti or the magic hat one (whose name escapes me. Good beer.

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The Colonel - Barrel-Aged "Wild" Porter from Cambridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 54 ratings
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