Token Bourbon Barrel Aged | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BdubleEdubleRUN on 09-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
151
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
26.63%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
49
For Trade:
2
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Photo of maximum12
1.66/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks to rmaste6282 for this bottle. As an official, albeit misplaced geographically, Alpine fanboy, I really needed to try this one. They have a way with the hops: lesse about the malts & the barrel.

Pour moves along the path from dark to light black, little carbonation. Smell is...interesting. Raisins? Or is that a raisin hangover from last night's raisin bomb? Malts, barrel make an appearance.

Barrel Aged Token ain't quite right in the head, Jeb. Dominated by a smooth butterscotch, which I didn't expect & am not terribly appreciative of. What the butterscotch doesn't overwhelm, straight-up butter does. Malts? Drowning. Barrel? MIA. Porter? What's that, you say? Ending is tart with the beginning of fruits. Sucks.

Well, this beer has gone to the Never-Never land where brews-gone-bad go to die. Alpine, why have you done this to me? I could drink your hoppy stuff all day long, every day, but this...this is an undrinkable mess. Can't believe I'm saying this but...drain-pour. This makes me sad.

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1.75/5  rDev -48.2%

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1.98/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bomber courtesy of Sideswipe-- big thanks John!
Served in a darkness snifter.

Some sweet malt, vanilla, and oaky bourbon notes are prominent but a hair overpowered by some dark fruit notes holding a hint of tartness.
Feels a bit thin-- but it is a porter so I can deal with the thinness. A lot more carbonation than necessary too.

Overall-- a fun one to try, but not worth what people were trading to land. It might be infected, which will lead me say that I'll re-review it when I try a future release-- but til then, this review stands because it was released like this.

EDIT-- after letting it warm up, I think it must be infected... Dark fruits, tart cherries, and apple cider vinegar probably weren't intended flavors. Also, the body is MUCH too thin and overcarbonated.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.08/5  rDev -38.5%
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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2.09/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks for the tick, Nick. Dark chocolate brown topped by a thin tan head with minimal lacing. Smells like cocoa powder, butter and cake batter. Bourbon is very faint. The palate is odd; mildly sour and lactic, buttery, slick. Raisin covered chocolate, not much bouton flavor but faint oak. Medium-thin body. Finishes on a buttery note with a slick mouthfeel. I love Alpine, but this isn't particularly good.

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2.11/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got this one in a trade with NewGeneric a while back. Love Alpine's IPAs, so I'm stoked to try another style I love from this brewery.

From a bomber into a snifter.
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour produces a one finger, medium-thin, light mocha colored head with decent retention. Black body and medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a wisp and foamy ring. Only a ring remains until the end and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bolder nose of toffee, dark malts and butterscotch. Some light coffee and burnt malt notes, but quite toffee and butterscotch forward, much like an English bitter on gear. Touches of oak, but not much bourbon at all. Smell alright actually, but nothing like a bourbon barrel aged porter.

TASTE: Dark malts, toffee and butterscotch, with some sour dark cherries there as well. Finish has some light coffee and espresso notes alongside the butterscotch and tart cherries. Medium but lingering aftertaste is sweet-sour with toffee and brett notes. Highly doubt the sourness in this one was intentional, but the infection is not too far along yet. As the brew sits in the glass, the sourness tones down a bit and a bit of bourbon barrel finally does make an appearance. Still off the mark, however.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down a little prickly and finishes quite sticky. Needs to be fuller, creamier and smoother.

OVERALL: Was looking forward to trying this one, but this bottle was showing the signs of early infection I think. The infection is not that far along yet, with just some sour cherries in there at the moment, so some people might really enjoy the bit of tartness in there. I’m not a huge sour fan myself, but this one was still drinkable, and I could tell there was a quality base beer under the all the problems. I’d pass on this release, but would gladly try it again if Alpine ever bottled another batch. Thanks again for the trade NewGeneric.

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Token Bourbon Barrel Aged from Alpine Beer Company
3.38 out of 5 based on 151 ratings.
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