Token Bourbon Barrel Aged | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BdubleEdubleRUN on 09-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Given the well-publicized infection issues, I was very concerned that i might have a Vesuvius on my hands but the cap popped with a loud pffft but then poured fudge brown and generated a two finger head; decent retention and lacing action

Smell: Well toasted brown bread, bruised apple and a splash of vinegar

Taste: Lactic tartness, from the outset, with sour fig, apple and prune tones building; oaky, with a touch of licorice and vanilla in the finish, but the sour element lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; slight pucker factor

Overall: I learned some time ago that all infections aren't bad but you need to give them time to see what develops; in this case, a very interesting beer has arrived and I am glad I held onto this bottle for a few years; if this one were released today, it would be trade bait

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of N17shelfside
4.02/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review comes long after I drank this beer and I drank my stock of them as soon as I knew they were infected. I have to say the infection actually did some interesting things with this beer. The fresh version had been blended with regular token which already made it a watered Down version, but the infection brought out some interesting favors to go with the bourbon. This has led to my interest in a rare style of Brett bourbon aged beers like some anchorage offerings that I think purposefully carry this style off really well, even if alpine didn't mean it.

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -53.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -53.6%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -45.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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2.08/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours dark brown/black with a big creamy beige head and lots of bubbles.

Some sweet malt, vanilla, oak and a touch of booze present on the nose. Dark fruits and a touch of sourness.

Flavor is overpowered by the infection. Tart cherries and apple cider vinegar prevail. The porter flavors are completely lost and there is no bourbon presence.

Infection has made this one too thin bodied and way overcarbed.

I'd love to try a non-infected bottle. Sometimes I dig some sour flavors in porters, but this is definitely the bad kind of infection.

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Token Bourbon Barrel Aged from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 151 ratings