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Cascade Bourbonic Plague | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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4.25/5
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588 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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."

Added by Floydster on 07-03-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#931
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
588
pDev:
10.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
611
Gots:
144
Trade:
14
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Ratings: 588 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of rand
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Toronado, Beer Week 2015

Complex and layered, with seemingly disparate flavor profiles. Vanilla, oak and cherry bounce off notes of yogurt and wine and a touch of funk. The nose is boozy and juicy, not quite forecasting the flavor profile to come. Weighty and creamy on the palate, the brew closes with a long finish, leaving distinct sweet and sour residuals.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud

Light fizzy darker head fades fairly quickly though nice at first, little lacing, nice legs, super dark chocolate brown with no real light.

Nose brings typical sour dark, tart sour malts, little cherry like, tart lacto sour lactic acid, dark caramel malts, hint cocoa, some dark caramel, hint of bourbon, wine vinegar,-dark candied sweet fruit like date, brown sugar too, sweet raisin bread.

Taste brings more lacto sour funk, little flemmy slimy sour, lactic acid, wine vinegar, etc. Big sweetness, brown sugar, caramel dates and candy, sweet candied raisin date bread, little oaky barrel and bourbon but very little. Dark malts, little cocoa, dark caramel, fudgey cocoa, molasses, hint of booze. Finish more booze warmth little tingle, sticky flemmy sour and acidic, more candy molasses date raisin bread.

Mouth flemmy acidic lactic, booze warmth comes through later, decent carb.

Overall eh, def not my cup of tea. Solid beer if that's you're style.

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Photo of rudzud
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 project. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown hue with a fat one finger head that fades to leave light wisps and halo.

S - Aromas of sour chocolate cherry, lacto, light bourbon, vinegar red wine. Light date sweetness too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Decent chocolate fudge, sticky sugars and date, raisins, caramel, the bourbon is somewhat restrained, the wine is rather vinegar.

M -Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, a bit syrupy and flemmy on the finish.

O - Overall this beer hit all the notes, however, the sour chocolates cherry just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.16/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of maximum12
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
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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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AleHunter805
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanGeo
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MickeyHops
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of suckaj
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bjornberg
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yergermeister
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fievel
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of notchucknorris
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of liamt07
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SMITHAND
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ttp86
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cascade Bourbonic Plague from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 588 ratings
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