Bourbon Sour Porter | Almanac Beer Co.

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Bourbon Sour PorterBourbon Sour Porter

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by pkao on 12-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Maxwell:
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4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a dark, caramelized brown, with a nice, rocky head of medium-sized, dark khaki bubbles that stick around and leave a fat, sheet-like lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer’s body is opaque, with just a hint of caramel light sneaking through at the edges. The beer appears clear and clean of particles as it poured into the glass. All in all, the beer looks like a nice porter, but it smells quite a bit different… On the nose, the beer smells fantastically funky. Cherry fruit leather blends with fruity vinegar, smooth vanilla, and even touches of milk chocolate. Chocolate cherry pie comes to mind when the smell is considered as a whole. Touches of acidic lemon, sweat, and prickly horse blanket can be sensed as the beer warms, along with soft oak. The bourbon on the nose blends beautifully with the beer, providing no alcoholic heat but a bunch of rich vanilla and caramel scents. I like the nose of this beer a lot! On the tongue, the beer tastes a little harsher than the smell. The beer begins with tart acidity, moving more into funky and fruity acidity. The beer develops more of a fruity sweetness soon after the sip which carries into the middle. Rich tannins strike into the mouth in the middle of the sip, putting up an interesting bitter structure on the palate and gliding into the finish where there is a touch of roasted malt bitterness and sugar. In flavor, the beer begins almost like a Flanders red, with tart vinegar and cherry fruit leather moving into an interesting middle of slight caramel malt and rich bourbon oak flavors that fold into bright citrus and bitter oak on the finish, and finally close with just the herbal and oaky bitters remaining on the back of the palate. The flavors are rich and complex and unfold on the tongue as the beer warms. The bourbon character is perfectly light and adds complexity; the oak, while a bit too bitter, adds yet another layer to the beer. In the mouth, the beer feels medium to full in body, with a smooth and silky mouthfeel that still provides a nice grip on the tongue. The mouth is left shockingly clean with just the acidity in the cheeks bringing out some saliva. Overall, this beer is delicious and complex. I like the nose a bit more than the beer; I think they need to ease off of the oak tannin on this beer, as it takes away from some of the other flavors in the beer. This is a delicious beer though, and makes me anxious to try more from Almanac. They seem to be doing things right over there on the West Coast. Cheers to my brother for the bottle!

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Nose: bourbon, roast coffee, chocolate, a touch wine, prune,
Pours deep dark brown under a 1/2" tan tinted foam cap. Lacy
Palate: very tart, coffee, cocoa, large pitted fruit
Medium to medium full body, above average carbonation, creamy.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great nose with faint but distinct fruit (cherry?). Lots of depth and complexity of taste. Very tart yet not too tart. Porter character is important but nothing too dark or sweet about it. Incredible beer! One of the best favorite dark sours that I've tasted.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Disclaimer - I think that the 'dark sour' style tangent is a dreadful mess

on-tap, noble fir

This, like the other farm2barrel offerings, comes with quite the hefty price tag. Fortunately I found it on tap and got a nice reduction in the $/oz ratio. After the farmers reserve 3 and 4, this was just such a disappointment. It was sour, sure, but the combination of roasty and funky just doesn't make sense to me. The barrel notes were subtle to me, outweighed by char and roast, and a tannin sour bite.

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