Token Bourbon Barrel Aged | Alpine Beer Company

Token Bourbon Barrel AgedToken Bourbon Barrel Aged
BA SCORE
35.1%
Liked This Beer
3.23 w/ 151 ratings
Token Bourbon Barrel AgedToken Bourbon Barrel Aged
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BdubleEdubleRUN on 09-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
151
Liked:
53
Avg:
3.23/5
pDev:
27.55%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
49
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of acurtis
1.75/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.96/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Growler shared while waiting in line for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour fruit up front with some subtle roasty malt aromas if you search for them. Taste is of roasty malt, sour fruit, wood, and a slight funky flavor. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a decent beer but there is an obvious infection issue going on.

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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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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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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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Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Unibroue tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours nearly black with a little light coming through at the edges. There is a finger of tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very sweet and a bit wine like. There is some roast, but dark fruit and alcohol dominates.

Taste: At least I can pick up some bourbon here. There is a sweet tart flavor that reminds me of red wine. A bit buttery. Some vanilla, but not much roast. Tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Not really what I was looking for here. Not necessarily bad, but a bit too sour.

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Photo of largadeer
2.09/5  rDev -35.3%
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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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of mothman
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very little head. Color is a caramel hued brown.

Aroma: Caramel and roast with a coffee flavor. I smell cherries. No barrel aged flavors.

Taste: Very odd. Vanilla and caramel sweetness. Chocolate and roast. Light oak. Cherries. Maybe a slight infection. Not very porter like.

Mouthfeel: Roasty and dry. Light to medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, not the best barrel aged porter n the world. I think this may have an infection issue or one coming on soon. I don't want a lot of this one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of mdfb79. Served in a snifter.

Pours near black with a short light tan head and some spotty lacing. The nose carries a bit of light bourbon plus a good dosing of vanilla and oak. Flavor has slight bourbon plus chocolate. Oak and vanilla dominate. The barrel character is heavy, but not too dominant on the bourbon. Body is medium-heavy with light oak. Good character throughout. Pretty tasty. Thanks again, Dan.

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -53.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -45.8%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 10/02/11 notes. Big thanks to Nugganooch for another Alpine beer. Poured into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with two inches of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of a ton of vanilla, roasted malts, butter, oak, chocolate, and light bourbon. Smell is very vanilla-y and very sweet. The wood is there too, but not a ton of bourbon which is disappointing. Still like it, but a step down from the taste.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, toffee, chocolate, coffee. Again, very sweet and a little buttery, but a little more bourbon the nose. A ton of vanilla again.

m - Full body and low carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a good BA porter, but considering most of the beers I have had from Alpine I was a little disappointed. It is very sweet and has tons of vanilla in the nose and taste. I also would have liked a little more bourbon, especially in the nose. Great mouthfeel...would like to get a nother bottle to hold onto for a bit and see if the sweetness subsides.

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2.69/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Strong Ale 2011

Pours dark brown in color with a finger of khaki head. Smells...off. Very buttery and almost a bit cheesy. Some oak and vanilla notes, maybe some roast and smoke, old chocolate, too. There is more butter on the flavor. A bit of cocoa powder, some roast, and a hint of smoke. A mild tartness as well as some astringency and metal. A bit thin in body with medium carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan!

The beer is dark brown, with a thin, beige cap that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of bourbon, oak, roast, vanilla, toffee, caramel. The flavor is decent, dominated by bourbon and oak. Vanilla, toffee, and caramel flavors play a supporting role. This beer is pretty sweet, so a small snifter sized sample is just right. The feel is smooth and buttery, with appropriate carbonation. Overall, a tasty beer. I would have it again.

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3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for hooking me up with this brew. Poured from a bomber into a snifter, this offering appears a dark color of brown that is about as close to black as you can get. A finger of frothy head swells up about a finger in strength that quickly dissolves to a lacing across the top that collects with a thicker strength around the edge of the glass. A light swirl revives the cap back to a half finger and places some spotting of lace on the glass. When held to the light, this brew displays an interesting deep ruby mahogany color that is transparent showcasing a polished clarity.

The first sniff of this brew brings forth immediate thoughts of creme brulee. It has a rich sweetness to the nose like caramel mixed with vanilla and a strong inclusion of butterscotch. Very rich smelling with a secondary focus a bit on coffee. As the brew warms up and breaths, a fruity sweetness like cherry is noted all across the back. This brew displays a very interesting nose, not exactly what I was expecting but it is enjoyable.

The taste of this brew is unexpectedly tart. The tartness flirts with almost being a type of lactic sourness that is somewhat lemon-like with a sour cherry quality as well. All the tartness hits hard upfront before the onset of a faint amount of the candied aspects that the aroma introduces. Light butterscotch, caramel and vanilla are all noted on the palate as well as a bit of raw oaked quality and some musty roasted grain meets coffee in the back that lingers into the aftertaste.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation that visually is lacking but is quick prickly inside the mouth. For 9.5% abv, the alcohol is fairly well hidden. This brew was a wild ride, it smelled almost sickeningly sweet with some nice touches of barrel aged quality yet tasted sharp and out of whack. The overall body was lacking a bit with too light of a feel for an imperialized porter. I don't like to be the one who screams infection but there is some tart character going on in this brew that I really don't think was intended. Based on the earlier reviews of this brew, I really wish I could have experienced that brew verse the one in my glass tonight.

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of MasterSki
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for seeking this one out. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - A finger of foam settles to a thin collar, splotchy lace and a few wisps on top. The body is a dark brown color.

S - This is not what I expected - reminds me a little of Lawson's Maple Barrel Fayston's. Buttery, with light maple, chocolate bark, graham cracker, Werther's candy, and a strange musky aroma. Some fruity notes - not much bourbon flavor here.

T - Taste is again very buttery, with milk chocolate, whoppers, lightly chalky soda water, and some oak character in the finish. Again - not much in the way of bourbon. There's a lightly tart note in the finish - I'm concerned this may be infected.

M - Medium body that seems a touch thin for 9.5%. A bit overcarbonated, and otherwise quite dry and tannic. Alcohol is well-masked.

D - Strange beer - took me a while to work through my pour. Either this is extremely fruity and buttery or there's a nascent infection developing. Not bad, but not something I'm anxious to revisit either - finished my pour and moved on.

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Token Bourbon Barrel Aged from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 35.1% out of 100 with 151 ratings
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