Cherry Bourbonic Plague | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This NW-style sour ale is a special treat from the blenders. We took a 20 month old Thai cinnamon version of the Bourbonic and aged it a further four months on Bing cherries. Dark cherries, Bourbon and spices greet you in the nose. Big, rich, dark cherries, dates, oak, leather and tobacco dance on the palate. Deep cherry notes, dark fruits and a warming Bourbon flavor finish this off as only the Bourbonic can.

Added by Mahlik on 12-14-2011

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Photo of cuddlesthecactus
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted this at Cascade Brewing in Portland where it was featured as a live barrel. Smelled uncannily like port (currants, raisins). Several layers of flavor: sour cherries, porter, bourbon notes. Overall, outstanding.

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Photo of harrymel
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04AUG12 - at barrel house. From the live cask.

This beer blew my mind. I would pay $25 for 12oz of this, and buy a case. Seriously.

Nice and dark brown with cherry hues. Flat appearing. (This beer will get inflated appearance score simply because I feel it deserves it based on the overall experience) The Nose is cherry - sweet, dark cherries. Sherry, oak, vanilla, tawny port, caramel, hints of sour cherries as well. I spent quite a bit of time in the glass of this beer. Then ordered more to share with the wife. I can't articulate the nose on this beer. Flavor was a blend of ruby and 10yr tawny ports, vanilla, cherry, slightly sour, leather, tobacco, tanning oils, slightly toasted sugars. Fuck, I don't know - the stuff you wanna taste - it was here. Full bodied with a viscous finish and velvety feel.

Please, make more.

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Photo of Mahlik
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Cascade Barrel House. Poured into snifter.

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a red tint. A HUGE thick creamy khaki head. I was really shocked by how thick and creamy it was. The head retention was outstanding. Thick lacing covered the sides of the glass.

S - A lactic sourness and tart cherries hit your nose as expected. Then the Thai cinnamon pushes its way through along with the bourbon notes. A subtle oakiness combine with dark fruits and spices to finish out the aroma. A faint hint of booze floated around in the background.

T - The lactic sourness hits first as expected but doesn't hang around too long. Oak, tobacco and dark fruits come out to help wrangle the sourness. The ever so slightest bit of vanilla could be detected. The Thai cinnamon really pops towards the end and leaves a spiciness on your tongue as it exits. The spiciness subsides quickly. The cherry tartness could be felt in the aftertaste.

M - As usual with Cascade beers, the alcohol is pretty well hidden. However, there is a slight warmth. Medium-full bodied with prickly carbonation. Rich and smooth with a normal dry finish.

O - Great beer by one of my favorite breweries. I love everything I've had at Cascade and this doesn't disappoint. I'm so glad I live a short 10 minute bus ride away. I needed that bus because after a couple of these, I was feeling the booze, even if I couldn't taste it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out looking like some ruddy thick, imperial brown ale, almost no head on it. Aroma was so much nicer and complex, leather, cherry, bourbon, chocolate, oak, lactic sourness.

Taste was even more complex than the base, the cherry is dark and enjoyable, not overly sweet, this one brings out the chocolate a little. The leather and tobacco leaf edge are nice. Maybe even a small little amount of brown sugar and cinnamon in the smallest way.

Those bottles of the base are pretty expensive, but I think I might be willing to drop $30 if they ever bottle this one.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark cherry. No head after pour.

S - Sweet as well as tart cherries.

T - Gueuze-like lactic tartness. Earthiness and bourbon. Cherry reappears to lend sour fruit character.

M - Quite thick, with medium carbonation.

O - Earthiness lends complexity and interest. Worthy trying.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft at the Cascade Barrel House

Poured into snifter - a dark garnet with massive khaki head with thick lacing. Tart cherries and lactic in the nose, along with dark fruit, bourbon and oak. The tartness dominates up front, but fades into oak and cherries with hints of tobacco and oak. This is a fantastic beer and I look forward to having it again.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured brown in color with pale yellowish brown highlights and a thin head that had absolutely no head and left nothing whatsoever sticking to the glass. Plenty og bourbon barrel character upfront in the aroma with signs of vanilla, subtle cherry fruit, mild booze presence, dark fruit notes and a little citrus zing hidding in the background. The vanilla was more dominent on the palate with nice tasty cherry flavor, good bourbon barrel wood accents, mild booze notes, a touch of plum dark fruit and underlying brown sugar. The brew was medium in body with low amount carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, mild boozy, bourbon barrel and tart finish. Very good variation of the base beer ans very glad I got to try it. Good lookin out beezler!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the LA Beer Week Kickoff Festival held at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with dark roasted malt, cherry, cherry juice, bourbon, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry, cherry juice, cocoa powder, bourbon, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic sour cherry, cocoa powder, and bourbon qualities all around.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of brystmar
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the barrel house.

Murky, dirty brown-red body pours minimal head. Dark cherries and signature Cascade sour yeast greet my nose. Hints of chocolate, bourbon, other sour fruits, and plenty of deliciousness in the taste. Slightly medicinal. Good stuff, wish they'd bottle it.

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Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from the live cask on Tuesday night.

The beer pours a dark blackish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite exotic in this beer, as I pick up light mint, dark cherry pit, a hint of chocolate and some noticeable sour. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but is dominated by the sour component (sour lovers will be pleased with this one I think). Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and as is typical with Cascade Wild Ales, this beer drinks like a beer with half the alcohol. Mouthfeel otherwise is soft and full, with a long cherry sour finish.

A nice enough beer, but I guess I was hoping for something more along the lines of a cherry version of the regular bourbonic plague. However, this beer is considerably more sour than the bourbonic plague I sampled at the barrel room last year. Also, I picked up very little bourbon in this beer, which I think is a shame as well.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

EBF sample. Pours a ruddy brown. Smell is all over the place. Sour cherry, lots of oak, spicy notes, caramel. Flavor is both sweet and impressively sour. Sour cherry, sweet cherry, brown malt, yeast spice and a bunch of bourbon. It's clearly more complex than a 2 ounce sample can ever evoke on my palate. I was stunned to find that this was 13% ABV. Booze is hidden very well. It's a beast of a beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Hunahpu Day. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance - Deep brown body with some reddish tones. Not much of a head.

Smell - Dark berry fruitiness, lots of bourbon and oak. Some acetic acidity. Chocolate?

Taste - Hefty fruitiness. Cherries and dark fruits. Cherry sourness with a touch of vinegar. Bourbon softens it. Surprising dark chocolate flavor, but now that I read the description, I guess that's from the porters.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, like regular Bourbonic. Strong sourness. Tasty, but a sipper.

Overall - I had this years ago at the Barrel House, but lost the review. Glad I got to try it again.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Barrle House.

A - Served a dark brown with reddish tint. Only a few tan large bubbles form on top and are gone very quickly.

S - Acidic and mostly cherry here. The sourness dominates the nose and it is hard to pick up much else.

T - Again the tart cherry dominates, but a nice bourbon finish takes over at the end.

D - Not overly sweet or sour. A pretty balanced beer.

O - I am glad to try this one. Nice balance, but a little heavy on the cherry. I wish more of the bourbon would come through.

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Cherry Bourbonic Plague from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.23 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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