Old Sour Cherry Porter | Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House

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Old Sour Cherry PorterOld Sour Cherry Porter
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Old Sour Cherry PorterOld Sour Cherry Porter

Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
Ohio, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
From Rivertown’s Barrel Aged Series, brewed exclusively for Party Source. (Per the label) "We combined our Imperial Porter with fresh dark Michigan cherries, and then aged it for over three months in a bourbon barrel inoculated with wild yeast. This is a bottle conditioned ale, and can cellar for over five years. Enjoy!

Added by womencantsail on 08-13-2012

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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Dark brown color. One finger of fizzy light brown head. Retention is below average and minimal lacing is left.

3.5 S: Right off the bad you get a big punch of acetic acid. Cherry fruitiness with hints of lactic acid. Roastiness with a dry tostiness. The bourbon doesn't come through very strong, but the oak is a little more prominent.

3.5 T: Again there's a solid acetic component. Cherry fruits along with some berry notes. The bourbon is a lot easier to detect and there's also more vanilla. There's a bit of harsh astringency and bitterness in here which is probably due to equal parts bourbon, roastiness, and some tannins from the barrel. This lasts well into the aftertaste. Some farm notes with musty basement and dry rotten sweat socks.

3.75 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a pleasant creaminess to it. Quite nice here.

3.5 D: It's good enough all around. Worth a try, but it probably won't blow your mind.

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Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is full of cherry, acetic, and big lactic notes, with toasted, woody notes from the barrel adding depth. There's a definite sweet cocoa presence from the base beer.

Flavor is extremely lactic sour, with an acetic base that is mellowed a bit by the cherry undertones. The finish is lightly roasty and dry. The sourness lifts the flavor off the palate a little too soon. Would like to have had this younger, before the acid overtook the balance. Those chocolate notes round out the profile nicely, complementing the vinous character well.

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Photo of HeyYoMar
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of GOBLIN
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Probably a little bit better than the scores would indicate . . . Including mine, but it is what it is. This beer was my first sour beer and it did not disappoint.

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Photo of jdobe13
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zimm421
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MajorBuckeye
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of CruisaC
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of dvmin98
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Magery
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mini nonic glass, light tan foam, random spotty foam in the glass. Skim breaks after the first few sips. Beautiful scarlet highlight glints in the light, otherwise dark reddish brown in direct light. Webbed skim across the surface.

Light acidic fruit and dry barrel tannins, first impression is classically Flanders inspired.

Tart cherry, mellow toasty malt presence, soft feel with a smooth light carbonation level. Some nice depth, the three months in a barrel adds a nice layer of complexity. Flavors reinforce the Flanders impression... Vinous cherry, barrel tannin, light malt impression. Pretty unique and enjoyable, the abv limits consumption slightly, but its not distracting.

Thanks Chris for sharing this one!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like tart cherries, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and a bit of roasted malt. The taste pretty much follows the aroma, it tastes like tart cherries, bourbon, oak, chocolate, roasted malt, and some plums. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's syrupy and has moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, I thought it was a good wild/sour ale. I like what Rivertown is doing with their limited release beers, it's certainly worth trying if you've never had this one before.

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Photo of SeriousALEment
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to my friend Richard for bringing me this brew!

A: Dark Black in color, when held to the light it turns ruby red, mostly clear. Some tan head on top, but it quickly dissipates into the body of the beer.

S: Definitely some sour notes coming out. Slight Vinegar with tart cherries. Some light oak, and Vanilla scents. Hints of dark chocolate and bourbon.

T: The bourbon comes out right away, some corn and oak, followed by tartness, and a hint of cherry. Dark chocolate and roasted malts finish out the flavor. If anything the cherries are a little lost, but I am surprised how much the dark malts come through and really work with the sourness. The aftertaste is coffee.

M: Medium to medium light in body, carbonation is a little lack luster, and the feel is just a little on the thin side.

O: Overall very nice, creative and interesting, and being able to taste the dark malts, and bourbon over the sourness would certainly be a difficult task, but one I think they achieved. However good it is though, it doesn't quite quench the sour kick I wanted.

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Photo of screamking
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into snifter

Appearance-pours thick dark brown with a minimal khaki head. Small lacing around edge of glass. 3.75

Aroma-right off the bat you get a blast of cherry, it's not overwhelming but is potent. Once you dig into this a little you can get the barrel notes, oak and vanilla are two of the strongest. 3.75

Taste-Cherry is the main thing going on here and its a very tart cherry at that. As it warms the barrel notes come out to play and squares the taste up. I was a little worried the tart would be to much, but after a few sips my mouth seemed to get used to it. 4

Feel-light bodied, sour mouthfeel, ABV is barely noticeable, light on the carbonation. 3.75

Overall-I was really worried I wouldn't like this, this my first sour of any kind. I was very relived after the first taste. It turned it out to be a very balanced beer overall. I wouldn't drink this a lot, but it is worth a try from time to time. 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TexasATM3
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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Old Sour Cherry Porter from Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 153 ratings