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Cascade Bourbonic PlagueCascade Bourbonic Plague

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"This blend of strong dark porters was aged in oak, wine and Bourbon barrels, then blended with a dark porter that had been brewed with vanilla beans and cinnamon. The blend was then aged an additional 14 months on dates."

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Photo of Elendinn
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Barrel House -- served in a snifter.

A - deep, deep, deep red; vinous, like a pinot noir, save for the carbonation. No head to speak of and very thin, tan lacing around the edges.

S - bourbon dominates the nose, followed by vinous grapes (reminiscent of pinot noir), a port-like sweetness, figs, dates, wood, and hints of vanilla and spice.

T - potent, tannic red wine -- pinot noir or cabernet sauvingon. Bourbon makes its presence known, though never overwhelmingly so, followed by a hint of vanilla; the cinnamon is faintly present in the backend, along with other spices. The vanilla and cinnamon become more perceptible as the beer warms, transforming it from a dry red to a port.

M - fair amount of carbonation, which is good, as it would've been syrupy otherwise. Full-bodied.

D - considering its similarities to wine, it's incredibly drinkable. Quite possibly the most complex, most exquisite, best beer I've ever had. Perfection.

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Photo of richtersf
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best beer in the world. Sour bourbony vanilla dark ale. More complex than a lot are capable of. People saying this beer isn't good is like a 4 year old saying Chopin isn't good. You won't be disappointed if you appreciate the brewing, blending and souring process.

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Photo of rye726
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my kind of beer. Big, dark malt bill complimented by wild yeast, figs and bourbon barrels. Pours a dark mahogany with a silky tan head. Nose is sour and funky with dates, vanilla, bourbon, oak, wine, ripe pitted fruits, rich malts and spices. Taste is super complex yet perfectly balanced. Full, refreshing body. Near perfect, reminds me of finer vintages of Cuvee de Tomme

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Photo of Floydster
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the brewery with Ron and Curtis, thanks again for the awesome hospitality guys and pulling this stuff straight out of the barrel, excited to try a sour porter and it did not disappoint in the slightest, reviewed from notes, color is a dark brown with some dark red edges, no head or lacing here, aroma consists of a large amount of bourbon, roasted malts, cherries, lacto, oak, cocoa,, and sour accents, flavor starts off with a nice warming bourbon welcome, immediately falls into a complex mix of sour flavors with cherries leading the way, interesting how the tart and roasty accents from the tart mix, finish has is a bit creamy with vanilla and chocolate rounding out the bourbon flavor which again melds with sour berry flavors and adds some crazy complexity, warm, tart, roasted, and slightly sweet, very interesting mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, could drink a good amount of this stuff considering what it was, do not know the ABV but it seems pretty high although you cannot really taste any of it, smooth all the way to the finish, would like to drink again and look forward to seeing what others think about this one, like nothing I have had before, this one is sure to turn some heads, recommended

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Photo of PlinyBeMiney
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 Project. Wow, this beer is something else! It pours with an intense rush of bubbles that allude to a seemingly high carbonation. As dark as night with ruby undertones. The nose is sour fruit, bourbon, very pleasant. I would say "decadent". This beer is balanced! In no way does any nuance overpower another. The porter is smooth and creamy(this is not over carbonated like I suspected). The sour is subtle and sophisticated. The bourbon smooths everything out and completes the circle of flavor. I hesitated at the $30 mark for this beer, but after this I am sold. Cascade has now twice blown me away with this and Sang Noir.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.86/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Insanely complex beer. Not the prettiest, but the taste and smell are pure heaven. So much going on with every whiff and sip.. It smells tart, with sweet dark fruits and a good amount of vanilla from the bourbon barrels.. Maybe a hint of the vanilla beans. Taste is so deep, with a ton of different flavors popping all at once. Overall, one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of elliot23
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured into a snifter at the Barrel House. Great color for a sour. Super dark, almost like a cup of coffee. Redish hue to it as well. Looks great.

N. What a nose. I can't keep my face out of this one. Lots of dark fruit. Some cinnamin and vanilla in there. A small touch of alcohol, but pretty mild considering the abv. Some bourbon and oak can also be pulled from this as it warms.

T. Amazing on all fronts. Very aggressive beer. Really unique. Never thought I'd have a barrel aged sour porter. Lots of oak and vanilla in the taste. I can also pull out some strong dates in there as well. A little dark cherry and some alcohol finish round this one out. Amazing how the 12% abv is hidden though.

M. Pretty full for a sour. Good carbonation as well. Pretty warming on the mouth. Good stuff.

After one glass I can feel it. To be expected though. Goes down dangerously easy though. Can't wait for bottles of this one!

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Photo of emmasdad
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ratman for sharing a bottle of this one (so happy I have one in the cellar), if only to confirm how great this beer is. Poured a murky dark brown color with a little tan head. Aromas of tartness, oak, funk, bourbon, booze, and cherries. On the palate, medium bodied, balanced, tart and drinkable (dangerously so), with flavors of bourbon, alcohol, wood, oak, dark cherries and funk. Simply amazing.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cascade Tasting (12-11-2009):

***This bottle was from a batch bottled for entry into the 2009 Great American Beer Fest, the batch that won Gold that year, with notable differences being the strong tobacco and leather notes. Overall it was quite a different beer than the large bottling in 2010***

Description: The Bourbonic Plague is based on 24 P Porter that is spiced and fermented with a Belgian yeast. A part is aged in Bourbon barrels and at times, with more spice and a portion that is aged in wine barrels and fed a lush diet of Dates.

Bourbonic Plague, the highlight of our Cascade tasting on 12/11/2009, was brought by jshufelt. I'd been desperately wanting to revisit this since it won gold at GABF 2009 in the Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category. Thanks Jonathan! This was a slow gusher, and foam began creeping out of the top when we popped the cork. Luckily, we had glassware at the ready so we didn't lose a drop. The beer pours obscured dark brown with a two finger light brown head.

The nose opens up toasted and lightly roasted, with notes of tobacco and leather. Chocolate is subtle, and dark cherries and dates are evident. Other notes are of oak, light tannins, and a well integrated bourbon character. The nose is also reminiscent of ripe red grapes with a touch of spice. In addition to these complexities, there is an overarching moderate lactic sourness. When allowed to adequately warm, Bourbonic Plague entranced me. I finished half my glass and set it aside to sip throughout the night. You'd think my forbearance would yield extended stress free enjoyment of this elixir, but jshufelt sought to despoil me at every turn! I was eventually forced to hide my glass from him.

The flavor is light milk chocolate with lactic dark cherries, dates, smoke, tobacco, and lightly roasted malt. The mouthfeel is somewhat dry, and oak is evident. There's a dash of spice midpalate. The finish shows an increased sourness with dark cherry flesh and skin, and lingering notes of smoke and chocolate. I see that I've written "Interesting...interesting...interesting" here in my notes. That's not at all inaccurate. Bourbon is at a moderate level and alcohol is nearly undetectable.

Cascade is well deserving of their Gold medal. This is high quality stuff, and unlike anything else I've come across. Seek this out.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: its a gusher! Pours out dark brown with a big bubbly head. After a while it dwindles down to just a thin ring but with big globe of lacing

S: its wreaks of sour goodness. At the same time it smells malty sweet with a bourbon oak vanilla and cinnamon background. Mouth is watering

T: huge amounts of flavor. Its a real nice sweet sour combo. The sides of ny tongue pick up big spice cake flavor. Dark sweet fruits with lots of cinnamon really just imagine spice cake. Then sourness explodes with a refreshing tart. Bourbon style heat comes through in my breathe which just adds to the complexity and flavor.

M: has a nice tingle of carbonation but doesn't blow up like when opened. My mouth gets the dry tart pucker but isn't over the top.

D: I could sip on this for quite a while. The alcohol heat is just right for me being a bourbon fan and the spice cake flavor is making my tongue do backflips with twists and turns. Perfect with a fall meal

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Photo of maximum12
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Moses_Malone; I have been lusting after a bottle of this since I had a few ounces at a tasting last winter. 2011 Vintage, 750ML C&C Weapon of Choice (with apologies to BRMC) split with my wife.

The pour is a dark brown - not to be confused with the more opaque light black - with a 73 year-old man ring of bubbles around the edges. The nose brings some of the advertised qualities to the fore: a fruitiness that’s likely the wine barrels, funky sweet dates, mild bourbon. I like where this is headed.

Bourbonic Plague: like an old girlfriend, can this live up to my fading, idealized memory? The answer is Jessica Ely (translaction: yes…well, I don’t know that for sure, but trust me). True to its name, the barrels are all over this beer: massive bourbon notes with a strong, dry fruitiness that denotes a good Pinot Noir. Underneath the pile of barrel is a whole pantry: mingled spice cabinet, vanilla, maybe a hint of malt of something beerily sweet, rich caramel, with a shot of tart cherry right at the end. Alcohol is felt, but not tasted. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, unusual in a ‘wild’, but likely attributable to the underlying porter. I could drink a metric yard of this. Tonight.

Whatever the base beer, it’s been masterfully remixed into a beast Saruman would be proud of. Huge, aggressive, double-barreled, & just sublime. An extraordinary brew.

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Photo of Shmeal
4.76/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Cascade Barrelhouse at 6PM.

Appearance - dark as night with a creamy white head. Head was roughly 3 fingers but dissipated after a few minutes.

Smell - heavenly with some fig, vanilla, and malts

Taste - absolutely incredible. All the qualities of a good big stout with a nice sour punch in the middle. vanilla comes through on the finish as you exhale

Mouthfeel - very smooth and creamy. Much lighter than I was anticipating

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable, this could have would have gotten dangerous if it wasn't for the fact that I had to drive afterwards

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass

2009 vintage

A- Pours a dark dark murky muddy brown with a huge 2 finger khaki head that sizzles away slowly. Seems like there's a good amount of carbonation in this one.

S- Really sweet dark fruits notes, brett and funk, slight chocolate or cocoa, cinnamon, oak and vanilla. Slight bourbon notes but not as much as I was expecting.

T- Wow. Up front your tongue is blessed by caramel, sweet dark fruits, raisins, dates, as well as some dark burnt sugars or molasses. On top of that there's a nice cinnamon spice as well as some sweet vanilla and oak notes in the finish. The sour funk is there but nothing to over the top, just enough to create a solid mouthfeel for the style. Just when you thought you figured it out the bourbon notes come through and create a really unique tasting beer that is just exceptional.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a nice slightly tart funky finish.

Overall this is everything I love in a beer. Tart, dark fruits, and that slight hint of bourbon. Excellent beer.


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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously provided by milwaukeeclassic. This will forever be remembered as the bottle that trotched my draperies.

Opens likes a climactic moneyshot with porn-like exuberance. After struggling for a moment with the cork, there's an ejaculatory burst that splatters the curtains and walls and leaves a little who's your father on the carpet. Holy hell.

Pours dark brown with a nice white thin cover. Lace is clumpy.

Smells like cardamon and Huggy Bear.

Tastes pretty damn boss hog. Upon warming, it is, indeed, raw dogs. A cacophony of cinnamon, sour, and tangy bourbon. Opens up, like Duane's mom, significantly after warming. Really, really a nice beer. So much going on here. Opens up tremendously upon reaching room temperature. Cold I wanted to dump this; warmed I wanted to make love to this.

Thanks buddy. I'll miss you and your cellar.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have gford217 to thank for this one.

This is a perfect example of cutting edge creativity. Using barrel aging, wild fermentation, spicing, blending and aging in all new and interesting ways. Luckily these risks worked out, and as such, this beer knocked it out of the park.

A- This beer is quite heady. It sports a loose khaki head comprised of loosely packed, coarse bubbles. Lacing is heavy, droopy and sporadic. The beer is a deep fig color. Like a porter with hints of purple and umber.

S- A bizarre, but wonderful blend of wine elements from wine barrels and dates, smooth elements from bourbon barrels, oak, porter and vanilla and spice from cinnamon and some booze. Its all tied together with a lactic sourness. Some funk and minor acidity is picked up as well.

After reading the description I just wrote I think many people wont believe me that it needs to be scored a 4.5, but yes. Some how all of these opposites meld rather than clash.

T- Wow, I was a bit skeptical on this one. I figured lots of the scores were swayed by rarity and hype. Not so. Let this one warm gently in a tulip and it backs up all of the talk. A wonderfully smooth creaminess. Vanilla, oak, bourbon with a tiny smidgen of roast. Nice wine-like elements of cherry, dates/figs and red wine acidity. Sourness isnt massive but this is totally a sour beer. Its a very manageable, lactic/cheesey type of sour. The cinnamon is much more perceivable than I had though, and in this case it works very, very well. It provides another layer of complexity in the form of a sweet spice element. Being that a portion of this beer was aged in bourbon barrels and wine barrels alcohol is big as compared to other sours. Its nothing obtrusive, but it hides in back and turns this beer up to 11.

M- Mouthfeel, the 4th category of scoring on BA and the 4th category that this beer breaks free of. This is a full bodied beer, especially in the world of sours. It really helps to accentuate that creamy smoothness that makes the vanilla flavors so great. It helps build a long, incredibly smooth finish. Carbonation, while creating a billowy head, is light and fluffy. Sourness induces a moderate level of pucker and alcohol provides a bit of heat that is paired nicely with the inherent heat of cinnamon. Despite this the alcohol is quite well hidden, and many beers with bourbon aging have much stronger levels of booze. My bottle says that its 12.1%, if one were to hazard a guess it would be damn shy of that mark.

D- While this beer may hide its ABV quite well and drink very smoothly and offer a myriad of interesting new juxtapositions, it is best savored. As I mentioned, take your time on this one, give it time to open up and warm slightly. If your experience is like mine you will find this beer's "eureka sip", and it will all click. Besides, it should take you a while to nail down all of this beer's complexities.

This beer is fantastic. I havent had a beer take my expectations and body slam them the way this beer did. After sipping on this for a while with my girlfriend, we both made the assessment that this might not be a beer for everyone. It is certainly not a beer for beginners at all.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BrandonEast for sharing this amazing bottle with me.

Review from notes...

Poured a cola brown with a finger of fizzy cinnamon colored head. No retention.

The aroma I got was full of great spices, cinnamon mainly, lactic tartness, cherries and some very nice bourbon characteristics.

Taste was slightly lactic sourness upfront, cinnamon spice, chocolate and it was mother fuckin awesome!

Light to medium body with ample amounts of carbonation. Tart drying aftertaste.

This beer was simply amazing and will definitely stay on my "wants" list. Great complexity... somehow all of the flavors are individually recognizable but blended together amazingly. Simply amazing...

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Photo of Soonami
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cascade bourbonic plague is such an interesting beer. It is for sure the most complex sour beer I've had to date (hehe). This is a dark brown beer with a sand colored head. The beautiful aroma just bursts out of this beer--it's a lot like a loaf of baking fruit cake with spicy cinnamon, clove and vanilla, sweet dried fruit and slightly sour like overripe bananas. The beer tasted like it smelled with a lot more pronounced vanilla and oaky bourbon flavors. There is a nice molassesy sweetness from the dates and a warming spiciness. The alcohol is very well hidden in this very complex beer with just a slight warming feel on the back of the throat. Very complex and although the ingredients don't seem like they should work together they really come together grounded by the very good base porter

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Photo of dgilks
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with writerLJberg. Thanks Luke.

Very dark brown colour verging on black with a smooth, creamy, tan head. Fair head retention, in fact it's very good for a sour.

Very complex aroma with plenty of spiciness, bourbon oak, tart lactic sourness, some chocolate and even some caramelised malt notes. Neat.

Immediately tart but balanced out with a smooth malt sweetness, caramel and chocolate. The fruitiness from the dates adds a lovely complexity as does the restrained barrel character. Incredible.

Medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. Very nice and it accents the complexities in this beer.

A stunning combination of chocolatey porter, spice, lactic tartness, bourbon oak and fruit. A truly unique beer and one that is justifiably well liked.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%

Outstanding, complex, and unusual brew from a very talented brewer. Advanced my understanding of beer, which does not happen with every beer you buy. Hard to get but worth it. Not at all like most American Wild Ales I have tried (and much better). In fact, I am not sure that this is the best style to house this beer in. Yes, it has many of the hallmarks of a wild ale, but this is so unlike the rest I have tried. Perhaps it is time to re-evaluate the terminology and definitions of the wild ale style?

At any rate, this beer has a dark, purple-black color; you can see the yeast floating around. Decent head, that slowly evaporates. One of the richest, most decadent flavor profiles of any beer I have tried. Fig, vanilla, dates. Really solid beer.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first review (which I feel is definitely long-overdue). Here it goes...

On tap at the Cascade Barrel House, during the bottle release of Bourbonic/Vlad; from notes (10/16/10).

Pour: Served in a small chalice; deep brown in color, with just a little bit of light penetrating through it; a tiny off-white head tops this brew off..

Nose: The aroma is of medium strength, and consisting of sweet cinnamon, oak, dark sugars, dark fruit, and vinous notes; mildly lactic; smells pretty good..

Taste: A delicious blend of sweet and tart dark fruit, overlapping lightly roasted malts, and smoothed out by vanilla and oak; bourbon, vinous flavors, and cinnamon really come out in the warming finish; awesome..

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied, with medium carbonation; a perfect match to the flavor profile (I think a fuller body would be overkill)..

Drinkability: Drinks well, considering the high ABV; however, I'd be lying if I said the alcohol didn't detract from this aspect a bit..

Overall, a solid brew that very much stood out to me (which is the reason I wanted to make it my first review). I look forward to having this again...

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Photo of jdense
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

PIB, one of the 'mystery beers', went on tap at opening Friday and was gone in an hour!

One finger light tan head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Dark brown opaque body, some visible carbonation, some reddish highlights. Pronounced and deep barrel presence, very complex nose, dark stone fruit, cherries, plum-like esters, little if any hops. Taste mirrors the nose, very complex yet in perfect balance, picked up some chocolatey notes, a bit of tobacco, some horse blanket, one very funky beer. Mouthfeel is medium, not sticky despite fruity characteristics, minimal effervescence leading to a fairly dry finish. My understanding is that the base beer for this blend was a sour porter, interesting. Very drinkable, especially for the style and ABV, alcohol well hidden. Another world class sour from the mad ( :) ) scientist, Ron Gansberg, truly deserving of all the awards and accolades this beer has received. Can't wait for the bottle release next month. Absolutely superb, for fans of Wild Ales and Sours, an essential, and sublime, drinking experience.

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Photo of TheBeerTruck
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've wanted this beer for more than two years. Much to my grateful surprise, the most generous craft beer sage I know offered up and sent me one a month ago. He cautioned me with much warning that it was spectacular when he first tasted it when it was released and had it again recently and it's not what it once was. Still great, but not as great. I'm OK with that. I'd love to drive a Ferrari for the first time and have it be brand new, but I'd be fine with my first time being in a used one. Same thing, right? :)

A: I hate this category. It either looks right or it doesn't. Outside of that, a beer is going to look how ever the hell it wants. If a beer looks like shit and taste great, the beer looks damn fine to me.

S: I'm not sure where to start. It's as if I'm in the Olympics and I have the exact same best time in all the lanes and now I have to chose which lane I like best. Nough said!

T: Read the details of the beer. The only thing that seems to be missing is the cinnamon. For me, I'd love to taste it fresh to get it all, but that's the one flavor I'd sacrifice.

M: I feel almost the same about this one as I do "smell". If any detail should be addressed, my opinion is it's related to "heat". This beer is 12.1 abv. IMO, if you feel this and you think it's too hot, you need to stop drinking it immediately and call a real craft beer connoisseur so they can bitch slap you right after taking the beer from your hand. If the slap hurts, put on some lipstick to make it feel better.

O: Overall? Yes, please! If the above mediocre compiled thoughts don't give you an idea about how I feel about this beer, read it again. If at second you don't succeed...send me your cellar list so I can choose which beers you need to send me so they'll pour over much more snobby taste buds. :)

If any part of this review offends, aggravates, frustrates, in any way, please take a moment and think and consider this: it's my opinion, I'm always right...or wrong, and I consider myself a shitty writer. I'd rather take pictures of the beer; however, this one deserved more.


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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest. One of the top highlights of the Fest. Pours dark amber brown with a fine tan head. Smell is complex with wild, sour, woody, stone fruit pits, cherry, and slightly sweet notes. Taste is even more intricate with a mild sourness, oak tannins, leather, slight tobacco smoke, sweet and dry. Tart in the back on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, full, and a little boozy with some tangy zip. Overall, just loved it. Should have gotten more, but too late, all gone.

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Photo of John_M
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the barrel room today. Beers like this just leave you shaking your head in wonderment.

BP pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The beer looks pretty nice, but it wasn't until I dipped my beak into the glass that I started to understand the mystique surrounding this beer. The nose is incredibly complex in this beer, showcasing dark fruit, light sour, dark chocolate, mocha and a hint of bourbon. This beer smells great, no doubt, but then I took my first sip. Mama mia is this yummy! On the palate, the bourbon is much more prevalent, and it marries well with the dark chocolate, wine flavor, dark fruits, vanilla and light sour. The combination of flavor in this delicious beer is amazing. Also, while there's some sweetness to this beer, it's balanced incredibly well by the dark fruits, wine flavor and light sour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a very long, very smooth finish. As I've come to expect with most Cascade beers, the alcohol is very well disguised, and always seems much less than it actually is. Based on what I experienced on the palate, I would have thought for all the world that this was a 7% or 8% beer, instead of the 12% listed on the menu. This gives one the foolish impression that they can drink a fair amount of this great beer, which really would not be a very good idea.

In any event, this is just delicious stuff, and is clearly a very special, well crafted beer. Yummm!!!!

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4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured intoa tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Vintage: 2009
ABV: 12.1%

A - A hard to remove cork preempts a loud pop followed by a slowly rising head inside the bottle. A nice pour reveals a dark mahogany brown with some amber and caramel edges. There is a nice 0.5 inch head that is light cream colored with some nice dense bubbles.

S - Aroma of tart cherries followed by some nice slight vinegar notes. Slight vanilla and sweet bourbon notes are present mixed in with some nice dry woody oak notes. There are some midl chocolate notes as well as some nice bready grain notes and some caramel.

T & M - Starts off with a nice mix of sour and sweet. Cherrie tartness and sweetness mixed in with some nice sweet caramel and some good slightly vinegar notes. The Bourbon sweetness is delicious and goes very well with the sourness. Some nice grape notes almost Cabernet like. There is also some nice dark fruit sweetness that is mixed in with the delicious lactic sourness as well some nice pieces. There is some slight funk to the beer but tis note as present as other sour ales (no Brett maybe). Not too intense but very present. Wow this is delicious. There is some delicious wood notes to this beer as well that are extremely complex. The finish is nice and dry with a very wood forward aroma and flavor. Mouthfeel is medium with some delicious carbonation and great flavors.

O - Wow this beer was great. I was a bit hesitant but the age seems to have done it some good. Much more complex and not boozy at all. The Bourbon mixes in very well with the sour notes and so do the wine notes.

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Cascade Bourbonic Plague from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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