Bourbonic Plague
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #176
Ranked #1,856
4.26 | pDev: 10.09%
Nov 20, 2023
Jul 03, 2009
An outbreak of “the Plague” is upon us with this release! Bourbonic Plague features sour imperial porters aged in Bourbon and wine barrels for up to two years with additions of dates, vanilla beans, orange peel and cinnamon. This contagiously complex and incurably enigmatic blend continues to represent the pinnacle of our craft at Cascade Brewing
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Draft at the Handlebar. A bit of a different take from their usual output. Dark brown with a ring of fine beige head. Aroma leadscwith thevtart, flavor fills in with some roast and bourbon. Pretty nice.
Nov 20, 2023
Rated: 4.53 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Oct 06, 2023
Rated: 4.31 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Jan 16, 2023
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On tap at Cardinal Pub, Stavanger. Very dark colour, nearly black. Intense aroma of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Relatively light bodied for its strength, low carbonation. Medium sour flavour, notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla and sour berries. Very moderate hops.
Aug 19, 2022
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2011 vintage. Once the cork was popped on this one (no easy feat), it poured a very dark brown with a 1" of brief tan head, no lacing. Nose begins bourbon forward with a bit of oxidation, but as it warms up, the sour notes really shine through. Lots of leather, char, and vanilla, but lactic and vinous qualities as well. Taste is super complex and does feel at times like 2 or 3 beer in one. A bit boozy to start like a low-shelf bourbon, but mid-palate, the sourness and vinous quality comes through. Not at all bracingly tart, but enough to override the woodsy notes. The finish is the most complex part, as when the sourness fades, there are long lingering notes of leather, orange dark chocolate, licorice, red wine, vanilla, and cinnamon. Mouthfeel is full but doesn't overwhelm - just thick enough to provide texture without becoming a gut bomb. There are just a ton of different directions to look in here, and while not all of them make the most sense, it's a fun experience.
Oct 17, 2021
Rated: 4.59 by chossboss from Oregon

Apr 11, 2021
Rated: 4.37 by morrowd3 from Vermont

Jan 02, 2021
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A very dark brown color. Small tan head that increases in size due to the carbonation. A pretty sight.
Aroma of funk, bourbon, dark fruit, cinnamon.
Bourbon and funk to start the taste. Raisin. Cinnamon. A little orange. Tart finish.
Medium-bodied. Alcohol not at all noticeable.
Would try this again.
Aug 02, 2020
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Reviewed by Dope from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Mahogany pour with a rapidly fading head. No retention or lacing.

S: Super interesting aroma. Combination of wine and bourbon. Pleasant dark fruits and berries.

T: Really hard to describe due to the complexity. Bourbon up front but instantly turns vinous and sour. Notable spice from the cinnamon. Touch of cocoa which mixes with the sourness in a very interesting way, reminds me of dark horse's sour stout a lot. Dark fruits abound. Not even going to try to expand my thoughts on this one, every sip is different.

M: Fairly heavy for a sour. Vinous as hell.

O: Incredibly complex with varied flavors as I drink it. It's got pretty much everything in it, it kinda tastes like three beers at once. Super interesting, I'm glad I got to try it.
Jul 28, 2020
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Reviewed by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours a dark purple/black color with almost no head

S: A bit of tart funk, bourbon, vinous wine notes, orange peel, cinnamon, vanilla, oak, and some lighter general dark fruit

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a wave of funk and vinous wine notes and then slowly picks up the bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, oak, orange peel, dark fruit, and a touch of roasted malt. Finishes with lingering tartness and oak

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation

O: A super complex and interesting sour that melds the base with the bugs very well. Makes for a great sipper due to the tartness and the 11.1%, which is hardly given a thought as it is barely noticeable. Definitely worth checking out if you’re into dark sours
May 15, 2020
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Remarkable combo of an imperial porter with wild ale characteristics. Deep brown pour, subtle bourbon and oak, a simply wondrous blend of sour date flavors offset by sweet lactose sugar. Sweet & sour in perfect harmony. A sipping beer, sourness almost took over at one warming point, but two sips later the balance was back. Intricate, complex heaven.
Feb 25, 2020
Rated: 3.98 by Beerbom from California

Jan 17, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by BltByKrmn from New York

Nov 15, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by mwvman from Indiana

Nov 05, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Aug 15, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by dmk82 from California

Apr 24, 2019
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Reviewed by BerryKumquat from California

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
L: Golden darkness but not a true black.
S: Lots of fruit notes.
T: A wild ride of dark notes much akin to a stout but with a mix of Cascade's usual fruits.
F: Sharp, citrus and a bit of heaviness.
O: Wacky mix of fruits and darks.
Mar 24, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by denver10 from New Mexico

Feb 23, 2019
Rated: 4.26 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jan 13, 2019
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Have had a few vintages of this, still have a bottle in the cellar. Most recent bottle was at 2015 March Madness, vintage 2011.

Pours a ruddy brown. Some dark red to the edge, the barest smattering of a head 1/20" and no lacing. Appearance is its weakest link. Aroma was complex, leather, bourbon, cherry, tart and sour, brown malt, wet oak. Some roasted malt and cinnamon beyond that.

Taste allowed for all those complexities and blends to come together nicely, pushed along in the mouth feel with a mild vanilla presence that helps with cohesion. The cherry meets roasted malt and leather aspect brought a flanders component to it, but this beer is much bigger than most anything with the name flanders in it. Brett notes throughout, the sour aspect is similar to an old world porter, it really only clocks in about a 3 on the 10pt scale. If that. So much going on here, tough to write up everything that was going on, but it also made me sit back and realize that a lot of what Cascade does doesn't get the props it should, like this beer.

On the one hand is an expensive beer, but I would be hard pressed to not have one around just for the sake of breaking one out when I wanna show off.
Dec 26, 2018
Bourbonic Plague from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 634 ratings