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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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Photo of notchucknorris
4.07/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronados

A: Very dark brown in color with a 1/2 inch tan head and some pretty solid lacing.

S: Toffee, a bit of bourbon, coffee and some chocolate.

T: The bourbon leads the flavor, but it feels pretty restrained, allowing the lighter coffee, toffee and roasted malt flavors to shine. Mouthfeel is a bit too thin for me.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look: Almost black in color with a 1/8 inch head and little to no retention

Smell: Hints of bourbon and cocoa but unfortunately a little butter from a diacetyl infection. It is faint but it is still there

Taste: Is similar to the nose actually with the buttery infection being upfront. The infection hasn't totally killed the other flavors quite yet and there are still some bourbon notes that save the beer

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to low carbonation

Overall: I really want to try this one when it is not infected. Sadly I have two bottles left in the cellar that I am not sure what I want to do with them just yet.

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Photo of waltersrj
2.49/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (an extra from a great trader).

Pour: Cola brown with a slight off white head.

Nose: Tart...buttery...grape? The butter is so dominant here...unfortunate diacetyl infection.

Taste: Slight roasted malts but mainly tart vinous grape, red wine, tons of butter, even slight butterscotch. This thing is infected.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin for the style...

Overall: Just plain bad. This beer if it was ever good has gone down a long and sadly infected road. Drainpour.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer #3 of my trip

A- black body and little to no head

S-bourbon comes off and no butter what so ever. Very inviting and looking forward to it

T-starts off bourbony and melts into a Nice malt backbone

M-medium body and oh so smooth

O-talks of infection are not there wiwith this beer. Very solid

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Photo of stakem
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of Arbitrator
2.12/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, John.

A: Pours a dark brown body with a suprisingly effervescent tan head, rising to 2" in height and sticking around a while.

S: Chocolate, butter (diacetyl), oak, vanilla. Mild roast. There's a touch of lactic aroma, but remembering that from the base beer, I am not too concerned. Not much barrel character aside from the oak and vanilla.

T: Bittersweet cocoa, mild coffee. Fairly buttery, and it doesn't make the beer awful, but it certainly takes quite a bit away from its potential. Butterscotch could even work for this flavor profile in some balance. But it missed that mark by quite a bit. Mild lactic sweetness on the end, just as it had in the base beer. I have a hard time picking out any bourbon, but vanilla and oak are noticeable.

M: Light-medium bodied. Very carbonated. The bubbles, as well as the off flavors and the lactic finish, could hint at infection. But given how the base beer tastes, I'm reluctant to make that call this early in the game. It's definitely an 'off' beer, though.

O: I normally love Alpine, but their diacetyl problems are an issue, and the beer lacks any significant barrel character. I like the base better.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bdige for this beer. Brandon is an excellent trading partner.

I am keeping my fingers crossed here as I’ve heard stories of infected bottles. I am praying not to get a tart flavor with my first sip. We’ll see.

A creamy tan head is about two fingers thick and then settles to a finger of whipped cream that lies atop the dark brown beer. Ruby light shines at the edges. Sheets of lace stick to the glass.

Aroma is actually quite intriguing. Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Thick, chocolatey and sweet. Also a lot of butter here as well. Almost like butterscotch.

Well the good news is that I am not getting any tart/infected notes. However, this is a butter beer for sure. The diacetyl notes are front and center. Butterscotch is the word here. Same as the aroma. Dark roasted malt is rounded and covered like a box of popcorn in buttery flavor. I really don’t get much bourbon at all.

Smooth body that accentuated the buttery experience. Lays thick on your tongue.

First non IPA I’ve had from Alpine. Good thing they are awesome at making IPA’s ;-) This beer needs a little work. Thinking of reducing this and putting it on top of ice cream. Probably a better use.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to spycow for sharing this on a random Friday night.

A - Dark brown colored beer with a tan head that settled to a tight ring. A bit of lace left on the glass.

S - Cocoa, pankcake batter, butter, some sweet butter. Not what I was anticipating at all. There's a little bit of dark fruit but I think they might have actually forgotten to barrel age this.

T - Some chocolate, caramel malts, lot of butter. Also, not much barrel or bourbon on this. Slightly lactic/tart on the end. Infection?

M - Medium bodied, active carbonation.

O - Not particularly great. It's kind of an odd combination of flavors, particularly for a BA Porter. Not sure if this is what they were going for or it's infected already.

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Photo of dmsohyea
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle bought at Alpine Beer Co. I feel the need to re-review this in the bottle because it's really falling apart. My tap review didn't taste the same at all. This beer either has a diacetyl problem or is infected. (going to be a short review)

A - same as before dark brown with good head and retention.

S - like a stick of butter melting in the microwave and a bit of brown sugar. wow is this one buttery.

T - taste is not nearly as buttery, but the flavor is there. Imagine a nice buttered toast and a bit of bourbon character.

M - Good and slick with moderate carbonation. Pretty nice, still.

O - butter flavors have ruined the beer I enjoyed so much on tap. Bummer.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Jazz for the hookup on this one. Consumed while doing a little star gazing with the telescope. Jupiter looks amazing right now...

Poured from bomber into a RR snifter...

A - Pours black with a one finger light brown head that dissipates at fairly hasty pace. Lacing is minimal...

S - Not at all what I expected this one to smell like. First off, no Bourbon comes through. What I do get is sweet malt, a good amount of fruity tart notes, a little roast, and an odd buttery scent...

T - Very interesting taste here. First thing I get is the tartness I picked up in the scent. Cherries, sweet malt, a little roast, and the creamy butter presence. Don't pick up any chocolate or oak the bottle talks about, and the Bourbon is very muted. I do get a little Bourbon in the finish, but agian, it is very muted...

M - A little thin. Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Finishes dry...

O - Not sure what went wrong, but something is definitely off here. Alpine brews some world class IPAs, but their other offerings have really been hit or miss imo. Think I will stick to their IPAs. Glad I got a chance to try this, but definitely not something I would purchase again...


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Photo of GregSVT
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a tulip

A: Pours brown with a small brown head that fades to a ring and leaves the smallest bit of lacing.

S: The nose is very interesting. I can smell cocoa, vanilla, and slightly burnt sugar. It smells like a creme brulee in a glass. I can see where people would mistake that smell for butter but it's more of a vanilla cream smell to me.

T: The taste is pretty interesting as well. I get the cream and vanilla from the nose as well as coffee and a touch of whiskey in the far background. I could use more cocoa and barrel flavors but it's not terrible.

M: The feel is a bit thinner than I would expect but it is creamy. The finish does last on the palate for a while as well.

O: I think this falls a bit short of what they intended but it's not horrible. Never having had the base beer I can't tell if the barrel just didn't come through or the beer changed in the barrel. Reading the reviews it seems like the creme brulee thing going on is a result of the barrel. It will be interesting to see how this one ages although I could see it going south quick.

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Photo of maximum12
1.66/5  rDev -50.6%
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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Photo of largadeer
2.09/5  rDev -37.8%
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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Photo of thagr81us
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a dark red brown with a minimal light tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, wood, and butterscotch. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The barrel really manifested itself nicely in this brew. However the taste of butterscotch gives me some slight concern on this one... The aroma was quite nice for the style and one of the better ones I've come across. Just wish that the flavor would have followed suit... Still a definite must try for any beer fan out there.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to both SDDanC and BdubleEdubleRUN for this beer (one more in the cellar). Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a dark brown, almost black color. About a finger of mocha colored head.

Smell – Slight bourbon, vanilla, quite realistic toffee, chocolate, and some buttery aromas oddly.

Taste – As much as I love Alpine, I feel this beer is a bit off. Not nearly as much bourbon as I was hoping. Some nice chocolate and vanilla flavors mixed in with a decent amount of buttery flavor that detracts from the beer. I get no tartness that some were describing though (thankfully). A hint of roasted bittersweet malt come sin at the end.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, a hint thin, spot on carbonation.

Overall – A bit disappointing to be honest. A couple of the flavors were just off and I am struggling to finish this bomber.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
5/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared with a friend at Chuck E. Cheese.

A-Nice dark caramel color. Gorgeous tan creamy head.

S-Caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate.

T-A little like chocolate milk at first, dark malts, toffee in the middle then the barrel kicks in, bourbon, char, vanilla and some coffee on the finish.

M-Medium bodied and SMOOTH!

O-Damm good beer.

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Photo of Kshock
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark black in color, with a good tan head. Retention was good and left some lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of chocolate up front, some lite vanilla in there too. Little bit of roast underlining the entire beer.

T- Chocolate is very apparent, vanilla comes through at the end. Very nice balance of flavors. The bourbon qualities are there but more subtle than most Bourbon barrel beers. i know this a 25% blend and not a full barrel aged beer. I think that gives this beer a great balance.

M- Med body

O- Very nice beer

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Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Sean9689
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, spycow! Poured into tulip.

A - Pours dark brown, tan-colored head, thin ring, spotty lace.

S - Where's the bourbon? Very fruity, buttery, molasses. No real roast, oak, chocolate, and the typical notes you get from an American Porter. As previously stated, the bourbon is basically nonexistent and everything else is overpowered by this weird fruity sweetness.

T - Sweet malty notes, the fruit is there as well, tart. Not much oak, chocolate, or roast. Disappointing.

M - Medium body, high(er) carbonation, dry finish.

O - Not what I was hoping from this one. The bourbon barrel must have changed this one for the worse...not sure what happened here. Anyway, not my cup 'o tea in the least. Can't recommend...the first time I've ever said this about an Alpine offering.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Dan at a recent tasting, thank you Dan, this was a great surprise to see on the table when I arrived. For some odd reason this beer is not currently on the top American Porter list but it is on the "Top Beers - New" list at #61. Thanks again. I love a good Alpine beer, now who's going to send me some Bad Boy? Eh? Eh? Just tapped yesterday, anyone?

Beer is black with a thin lazy head with low retention, tan / off white, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, chocolate, fudge, vanilla. OK.

The bourbon doens't come through in this one as much as you'd expect drinking some many bourbon bombs these days but that is not necessarily a bad thing. What you have here is a solid little porter with heavy vanilla and chocolate notes that fill out this sweet little palate. I enjoyed it, even if I expected something boozier, this was a fine treat. Thanks again.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev +17%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +19%
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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Photo of srandycarter
4.17/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Almost pitch black, but really very dark brown when bright light shown on it. Small off white head, leave fast to ring. Some spotty cling lace.

S - Light choc chip cookiies, coffee and booze.

T - Amped up smell. More like fudgy brownies with a shot of Jack laced with vanilla. Coffee in background.

M - Medium to heavy. Oily, viscous, good carbonation. A little harsh on the vanilla and booze at finish.

D - Nice offering.

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Token Bourbon Barrel Aged from Alpine Beer Company
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