Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, 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
1FastSTi (3220) - 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.
jkwalking05 (3050) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Black in color with a decent sized brown head. Aroma is of pecan, tons of oak, and rich dark shocolate. Taste is heavy in pecan and wood with chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of smoke.
TheEpeeist (3047) - 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.
kidmartinek (2968) - 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.
burg326 (2729) - 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.
djd07 (2534) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Petrol Station. Pours a very dark brown almost black with a medium light tan head that leaves good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is alcohol roasted malt and chocolate. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet roasted malt and chocolate and nice light bitter finish. Hides the alcohol very well making it easy to drink, a very impressive imperial porter from 512.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into snifter. Scored this in a recent trade and it arrived at my doorstep leaking. Perhaps it was the FL heat that caused this. Whatever the case I decided to still give it a shot. The carbonation was still in tact, as was the aroma, Flavor was perhaps a tad flat but nothing to serious to complain about. Nice chocolate pecan aroma with a touch of bourbon, Not a bad showing here but I guess I was expecting more.
Fratto (2443) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Freetail. Black pour with a brown head. Aroma is booze, wood, and a little coffee. Taste is alcohol, wood, coffee, a little nutty, and vanilla.