Bourbon Sour Porter
Almanac Beer Co.

Bourbon Sour PorterBourbon Sour Porter
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Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
Wild Ale
4.02 | pDev: 10.7%
May 27, 2020
Dec 04, 2013
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
This one kinda kicked around in the garage fridge until it was time to make it go bye. I basically only have one beer to compare this to (New Glarus Old English Porter) and I haven't written that review either.

Pours pretty close to black. The head is almost close to off white, we'll call it light beige at the 1/3" mark. Aroma had that wet wood aspect way more than bourbon. I think this uses a bourbon barrel like Tart of Darkness does, for souring with virtually zero bourbon notes.

Taste right away seems like its 100% sour porter as opposed to the old school (like 19th century old school) mixture of fresh with older (sour) porter. Plenty of those lactic sour Almanac notes that are pretty similar for better and worse throughout most of their sour beers. Its clean beyond a little bit of acetic acid. Somewhere between a porter and oud bruin. Surprised how carbonated this is. Gotta say I liked the New Glarus one more.
May 27, 2020
Rated: 4 by Hopheadhiker from New York

Oct 10, 2017
Rated: 3.02 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts

Feb 04, 2017
Rated: 3.97 by kristinc from Canada (BC)

May 09, 2016
Rated: 3 by Winston3737 from Michigan

Apr 18, 2016
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Reviewed by corby112 from Pennsylvania

2.42/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger frothy beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Good retention, lingering for the duration of the pour with streaks of soapy lacing clinging to the glass on the way down.

Sweet yet funky aroma with strong acidity and charred oak. Porter notes are overpowered by the wild yeast and barrel character. Subtle bourbon with a touch of spicy spirit and dry oak stave. Porter notes are unfortunately overshadowed by funk and acidity. Only faint roasted and sweet malts but they are hard to pick up. Slight acetic balsamic character as it warms. Was expecting more complexity but just smells sour and funky. All wild bugs, acidity and barrel.

Light body with funky yeast, tart acidity, acetic vinegar and charred wood. Again, the porter characteristics are blown away by the funk and sour acidity. Citric acid and acetic vinaigrette dominate the palate. Strong wood/toothpick flavor but not much in the way of bourbon. Disappointing one dimensional. Generically sour with not much else going on. Bleh!
Dec 16, 2015
Rated: 4.03 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico

Oct 28, 2015
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for sharing this one!

Dark brownish black, frothy tan foam, flecks of spotty lace around the edges.
Aromas of wet wood, raisin, light acid. Taste is similar, woody barrel meshes with an acidic tartness, and low level roastiness. Light bodied and a little thin. Overall it comes across like an Oud Bruin, and I enjoyed it. The name is a little misleading as there's not much bourbon character.
Oct 22, 2015
Rated: 4.18 by CBrodbeck from Florida

Sep 19, 2015
Rated: 3.77 by Kelp from New Hampshire

Aug 22, 2015
Rated: 4 by joeroma5 from Massachusetts

Aug 21, 2015
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Rated by ccnorthwest from Washington

4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer barely reminds me of a porter. Good amount of tartness. Coffee nose with a sour blan finish.
Aug 21, 2015
Rated: 4.14 by Fordknox from Tennessee

Jul 25, 2015
Rated: 3.55 by cj8311 from Maryland

Jul 17, 2015
Rated: 4.37 by Ilpalazzo from California

Jun 14, 2015
Rated: 3.68 by BDeibs from Colorado

Jun 12, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by TheGent from New Jersey

Jun 04, 2015
Rated: 4.74 by Dka67 from California

Jun 04, 2015
Rated: 4.41 by JRosenstock from Oregon

May 26, 2015
Rated: 3.68 by outoffocus from Pennsylvania

May 21, 2015
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