God Damn Cascara Pigeon Porter, Spiteful Brewing

God Damn Cascara Pigeon Porter Label

Basic Beer Info:

  • Brewery: Spiteful Brewing
  • Beer: God Damn Cascara Pigeon Porter
  • Batch: #71
  • Beer type: Robust Porter
  • ABV: 8.2%
  • Imbibition date: 12-4-13
  • Temperature: 57°
  • Serving type: Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass
  • Price: $8.99/22 oz (Binny’s Beverage Depot)

Another one from Spiteful Brewing here in Chicago. I learned a few fun facts about these guys recently. First, they are self distributed, meaning that they deliver their beer to all the liquor stores in the area. This surprised me because I see their stuff all around (maybe I’ve only ever seen it at Binny’s) and as a consumer, I figured they were distributed just the same as all the other “big” Chicago micro-breweries. And then, second, they’ve only been around for a year or so and are getting some national attention for the quality of some of their beers. And finally, they’re located less than 2 miles from our front door. That makes three different, very good, young breweries within a 30 minute walk from our place (Half Acre and Metropolitan Brewing being the others). What a great time to be a beer fan and live in Chicago.

A big thanks to RC on this one for leaving this behind in our fridge after house sitting for us in November!

Appearance: 4.0/5

Lots a head on my pour. 1 1/2 to 2 fingers worth of a solid, light tan head of fairly large bubbles. The beer itself is a very dark brown with glints of muddy maroon highlights around the edges, especially when taking a sip. It’s largely opaque, but it’s hard to tell if that’s from sentiment or just due to the super dark color of the beer. My guess is the later.

Aroma: 3.0/5

Roasty, maybe a bit burnt smelling. Not much malt character in support and no hop aroma at all. I found the aroma a little underwhelming.

Taste: 3.5/5

I largely found this to taste like a standard porter. Lots of roasty grain in front, a bit of malty sweetness, and some burnt notes at the end. No outright hop flavor here. Perhaps a bit of bitterness of the back end from the tea (?), or perhaps it was just from the roasty, toasty, burnt, grain flavors on the front end.

Mouthfeel: 4.0/5

A good mouthfeel, true to form. A noticeable fine, carbonated tickle on the tongue. No sign of alcohol warmth.


Spiteful always has some good fun with their labels. I’m glad to see someone shares my feelings about the Chicago pigeons.

Overall: 3.5/5

I always like the idea of weird adjuncts (in this case, cascara tea, apparently) but they don’t always pan out. I had to really look for any sign of the tea here, I think that defeats the purpose of adding it. Obviously adjuncts shouldn’t overwhelm the beer, but I do believe that they should contribute to the overall character of the beer in some way. With that said, I think the tea was a whiff on this one. Perhaps I should taste it side by side with the regular God Damn Pigeon Porter.


Final Rating1: .48/5


To see a list of all my beer reviews and ratings, check out the Summary of Beers Reviewed page.

  1. My final rating is a weighted average of the 5 component ratings. See the Beer Review Methodology Page

  2. The aFR (adjusted Final Rating) is my attempt at standardizing beer ratings across the increasingly vast pricing and container volume differences. It ranges from near 0 to near 25, the higher the number is the better the beer is in terms of quality and value. See the Beer Review Methodology Page

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