God Damn Cascara Pigeon Porter | Spiteful Brewing

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Spiteful Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pigeons...They fly around in circles, swarm on old dirty bread crumbs, walk around bobbing their stupid heads. Some may go as far as calling them flying rats. This previously released porter is now brewed with Cascara tea, which gives off a delightful cherry flavor. It's here to help keep your mind off one thing, those f-ing pigeons!

Added by emerge077 on 11-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 20
Photo of mfnmbvp
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

22 oz. bottle, with handwritten Batch #71 written on the label. Found a lone bottle of this sitting on the shelf at the local beer store. Expectations are good; I remember enjoying the original and the barrel-aged version of this beer.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice dark chocolate / cola color; opaque black in the glass with three big fluffy fingers of mocha head. Nice and bubbly, it leaves behind good thick lacing. Looks excellent. 4.5

S - The aroma is beautiful - lots of big roasty malts, chocolate, cream, notes of char. Smells very appealing, but nothing that I would describe as cherry or tea. 4

T - The taste follows the nose - tons of big bitter chocolate malt roast, notes of vanilla / cream, and smooth roasty coffee notes. Nothing that I would describe as cherry or tea-like flavors present themselves here though. 4

M - The feel is smooth, creamy, & roasty. Lots of bitter coffee bean roastiness lingering on the palate. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. 4

Overall, a nice take on the original base beer from Spiteful, but I think it would benefit from the use of actual cherries next time. This one is more along the lines of a straight up coffee porter, but it's very nice anyway. Recommended if it is still available to you.

Spiteful Brewing God Damn Cascara Pigeon Porter -----4/5.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice black color. Deep pitch. Thick Tan head. Lots of lacing. Pretty much an awesome porter.
Style is roasted & sweet. Lots of cherry, lots of roasted.
Nothing dominant, nothing subtle. This rocks the socks
Great smokey/sweet mix. All in all: awesome sauce

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Black an somewhat cola like with a creamy mocha head that left a swirl of oil slick tan foam on top.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, herbal notes which I am assuming is the tea, light dark berries but not distinguishable as any one type of fruit.

T - Very roasty with black coffee. Good amount of bitterness with some light herbal notes. I think I pick up some berries but they are very light. Definitely would not have picked out cherry. Nice herbal and astringent tea notes but not sure I would have guessed it was tea if I didn't read the label.

M - Smooth and creamy with a lingering bitter roast taste.

D - Very tasty. Haven't tried the original to compare but I like it.

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Photo of joe1510
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
Binny's Willowbrook

Cascara tea is made from dried berries (cherries) of the coffee plant.

There's not a whiff of light exiting through the black body of this porter. It did have some coffee brown highlights while pouring from the bottle though. Tiny carbonation streams rush to the surface to supplement the two fingers worth of milk chocolate head that formed on the pour. Craggy and dense is what the head becomes with an eggshell sheen leaving chunky lace.

Rich, non acidic dark roast coffee gets things started while a mishmash of dark berries play around in the background. Roasty grain takes the forefront as it warms and vanilla enters the fray. Each aroma has it's own distinct place. This porter is robust. The nose is as rich as a heavy hitting stout minus the booze.

Moderate roast and robust coffee notes wash over the palate straight off. The dark berries roll through in the middle and linger through the finish while, instead of vanilla, cream plays a minor role. There's a touch of earthy bitterness that I'm guessing is from the coffee berries. This beer drinks like a heavy hitter.

The body has a moderate weight and could use a touch more if you ask me. The carbonation is a little higher than need be but also moderate. This beer drinks like I bruiser, I feel it could benefit from a heftier body and softer carbonation. These gripes are insignificant though because it's close. Bitterness lingers after the swallow from, again, what I'm guessing are the coffee berries.

God Damn Cascara Pigeon Porter is a mouthful. I would have had no idea what cascara was until I portal of knowledged it. The coffee certainly comes through along with a ton of well defined depth. I'd pick this guy up again and recommend you do the same.

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Photo of emerge077
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brownish black color, creamy layer of tan foam that leaves behind a sticky halo of lace around the edges and a lasting veil across the surface that never really breaks apart. Spotty flecks of lace trail back into the glass after each sip.

Smoothly roasty in the aroma, though there's no discernible tea notes mentioned on the label. Granted it only mentions it as a flavor.

Taste is also roasty and smooth, nice creamy texture. Light lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with a substantial feel, more like a stout almost. At room temperature there's a very vague hint of dried cherry, but I wouldn't have really noticed if there wasn't a picture of cherries on the label. Not sure if this is replacing the standard GDP Porter, it has a completely different label.

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God Damn Cascara Pigeon Porter from Spiteful Brewing
4.09 out of 5 based on 20 ratings.
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