jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle... heard great things about the first batch, batch 2 did not live up to it at all... dark brown with a big tan head, a bit of a gusher as we popped it leading to speculation that this is an early stage infection... the aroma is dead mostly, I was expecting some nice roasted nuts but nada... tastes has a bit of caramel and vanilla but equally boring and overcarbonted... disappointed, would like to try a different batch in the future
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Darkest brown with a two finger lasting tan head. Pretty nice aroma with chocolate, pecan, and whiskey. Flavor is pretty impressive, somewhat sweet but not too much, with roast, chocolate, pecans, whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Just a tiny bit metallic but very good regardless. Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation. Tasty brewski.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
512 whiskey barrel double pecan porter. 750ml bottle courtesy of mar.
Been wanting to try this for awhile actually... Opens with a smallhiss
and yields a solid but not heavy black hued pour but is quickly
overwhelmed by an engulfing fluffy tan head that takes quite a while
to settle. Overcarbonated it seems and tconsistent with what has been
circulating with respect to the brew... Sour mash whiskey forwardness
with a mild nuttiness. Semi-sweet with a medium degree of chocolate.
Was a bit metallic at first but quickly settles down a bit... Flavors
are more of the same with a whiskey bent cocoa nature. Semi-sweet
profile with a fluffy mouthfeel but the level of carbonation is too
big for its own britches. Body way too pillowy and deserves more body.
Flavor is nice though despite the fact.
kidmartinek (3314) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Draught House 42nd anniversary celebration. Pours dark brownish black with a thin alcohol-like beige head. Aroma is milk chocolate. Flavors are rich and sweet barley malt and chocolate. Vanilla pre-finish. Dry woody finish. An after dinner beer for sure but pretty much delicious.
1FastSTi (3285) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Armin! Bottle #709/996. The beer pours to a pitch black body with a super dense light brown head. The aroma is heavy barley, whiskey, pecans, chocolate, and candied sweet things. There is a lot of chocolate mousse on top of an insane amount of pecan. Lots of residual sweetness on the palate. Medium full body. Lots of carbonation.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from Mora2000, thanks Bill! 2012 version with 1964 stamped in the wax. Pours a black body with an inch thick, dense, creamy and foamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma has a nice oak and whiskey up front before a good amount of nuttiness comes in along with dark chocolates, vanilla, roasts, and some toffee keeping this on the sweeter side. Flavor is similar with roasts, oak, and nuts up front before some whiskey, dark chocolate, vanilla, and a light toffee come in. Finishes dry from the roasts and oak with a nice whiskey spice, but fairly sweet from the chocolate and nuttiness. Light bitterness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium body with a higher carbonation. Overall, a nice strong porter. Bill warned me that the carbonation might be a little high and it was, but not so much that it completely distracted from the flavor. I think if this year’s bottle was less carbonated and drank more creamily, I would have enjoyed it a bit more. Despite that, I liked the oak and whiskey flavors playing off the nutty chocolates and vanilla. Hopefully I can try this again in the future.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle #933/996 consumed 7/3/2011
it pours out nearly black... at least as black as brown can be followed by a monstrous pale brown head. it resembles one of those ’black snake’ fireworks we used to set off as kids... the foam doesn’t want to stop rising up from the glass!
there is initially a lot of charcoal on the nose (which i assume is from the barrels) along with notes of ashy sourness, roasted grain, chocolate, grass and some smooth mellow whiskey. as it warms it begins to show a woodiness akin to walnut shells, some vanilla and a peppery spiciness from the alcohol.
the flavor reminds me of home made root beer... only without the sweetness.... lots of woodiness, grass, vanilla and cola. there is a definite briquette thing happening mixed with pecan shells and a mild sourness on the finish. the longer it warms the more sourness it seems to pick up. by the last sip it almost feels like licking a 9-volt battery.
the body is light since it lacks any noticeable residual sugar but the mouth feel is rather harsh. it is extremely overcarbonated... the bubbles are quite sharp and roll over the palate like an avalanche.
seems to be picking up some bugs... 7/4/6/1/13/3.1
burg326 (3245) - Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle pours a dark brown, almost black color, aromas of light pecans, roasted malt, booze, oak, light vanilla, and some light coco. flavors are the same, not much nuts in the flavor, kind of dominated by the booze taste, but all the aromas are there. Glad I finally got to try this one, a really nice beer overall that I would love to drink again.
TheEpeeist (3186) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a puffy tan head. Nose is whiskey, oak vanilla, mocha and toasted pecans. Sharp and foamy mouthfeel with lingering richness and roast. Taste features a pronounced nuttiness without the whiskey overpowering. Additional prune, mocha and caramel with a dry finish.
TimE (2978) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color. Sweet malty pecan pie nose. Really smooth and silky. Malty smooth mouth, fairly sweet but enjoyable. Nice. But boozy.