Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Almanac Beer Company Bourbon Sour Porter

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Almanac Beer Company Bourbon Sour Porter – Sour Ale Aged In Used Bourbon Barrels. I picked up this bottle at Royal Liquors in San Jose (here).  If you haven't already gone there to check out their selection you should.  Consider "liking" them on Facebook as they post when they receive new and rare offerings. (This is not a paid endorsement or advertisement)

From the Almanac Beer Company website: “The life of a Kentucky oak barrel is one of giving: first to bourbon, then to dark strong ales, and finally we inoculate it with our Dogpatch Sour culture and fill it with robust porter. This inky black ale blends flavors of coffee, chocolate, dried fruit and Kentucky Bourbon with a pleasant tartness and funk. Pair with hearty winter stews or freshly shucked oysters.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours black with a nice tan colored head and spotty lacing.
Aroma: Sour and funky with bitter chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak and roasted malts.
Taste: Sour and very tart upfront, dark fruit, roasted dark malts, chocolate and coffee, vanilla and just the slightest hint of oak and bourbon.
Overall: A nice balance between a barrel aged Porter and Sour, Almanac Beer Company Bourbon Sour Porter is delicious and drinkable.  I bought a second bottle of this 6% ABV offering to age as I am interested in seeing how it matures.  If you’re a fan of the style check this one out!


Mark Harvey

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