Bourbonic Plague (2011 Project) – Cascade Brewing

From Portland Oregon’s Cascade Brewing comes their “Bourbonic Plague (2011 Project)” a North West Sour Ale (porter) consumed in late 2014.  The beer pours a cloudy deep brown with a very small tan head.  The aroma consists of sweet cherries, dates, vanilla and big tartness.  The flavour is of sweet cherries, dates. (very fruity), vanilla, spices, oak, earthy, some roasted malts, leather, tobacco and a sour tart finish.  The alcohol content comes in at a big 11.5%.  This beer is by far the most approachable of any Cascade Brewing beer that I have had.  It was sour to be sure but not as sour as any other beer Cascade Brewing has in their lineup.  This beer is worth every penny and I wish I had more of it!

Commercial Description:  This NW style sour ale is a blend of spiced double porters thta were aged up to 18 months in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels before aging on dates and spices for up to an additional 12 months.  Complex aromas of dark malts and spices combine with sweet vanillin and notes of Bourbon.  Rich Bourbon, vanillin and dark fruits with notes of dates, oak, leather and tobacco dance on the palate.  Tart dark fruits and a warming Bourbon flavour finish this off as only Bourbonic can.

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