BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown, almost black with a small brown head. Heavy on the carbonation. Aroma is of toasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, booze, and wood. Taste is of toasted almost wooden malt, with notes of chocolate, dark fruit, hops, vanilla, and caramel. Has a nice underlying sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel aided by the very heavy carbonation. Nice warming alcohol feel.
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Incredible beer. Must seek out more bottles. Lots of well combined flavors that really work well together. Brings in with it the coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla all wrapped up in a sweet but wonderfully drinkable beer. Nice work from my norther neighbors.
beerbill (3177) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a moderate tan head that lsted until mid-glass and left a partial coating of foam. Pleasant aroma of caramel, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. The flavor is complex and lovely with caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisins, and bourbon all present. This is an excellent dessert beer. Definitely sweet, but not excessive, at least for me. Nice silky mouthfeel, not cloying. A slow sipper for sure, to be enjoyed by a fire at the end of an evening. Very nice.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much sweeter then I was expecting. Vanilla sweet icing/cream flavor, smooth milk chocolate, and toffee. A touch on the sweet side, but still a nice flavor to it.
AKfaust (19) - , Alaska, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Loads of vanilla and bourbon overtones. Black/Red and mysterious in tone. Good goop.
BeerNeedy (124) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
More like dessert than beer. Not a good paring with a meal but like a meal itself. Has a nice appearance and aroma and is very smooth given the ABV. It will very occasionally be in the rotation.
robforbes (2001) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours an opaque with a thin tan head, and some lacing.
smell is of chocolate, malt, some coffee, touch of smoke, and a touch of licorice.
taste is of sweet malt, some hops, milk chocolate, a little bit of coconut in the back.
overall the alcohol is well hidden by the nice flavors.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle. Black with a viscous light brown head. Great aroma is charred wood, tobacco, with a bourbon vanilla smokiness and black malts. Rich, full bodied. Great taste mirrors the aroma with a charred wood smokiness and whiskey vanilla on a rich, black roasty malt base. This one really surprised me. A barrel aged gem, ////////////////// 2007 draft version @ Humpys. Black with a tan head. Big blackened malt and licorice aroma. Rich full body. Big ass roasty sweet flavors of brown sugar earthy dark raisons molasses with some drying blackened malts, which tempers some of the big sweet flavors here. Reminds me Dark Lord in a way, though the 2008 version is better.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber someone brought to the HotD dock sale. Pours reddish with a tan ring. Sweet malty nose. Taste is sweet and big and qutie malty. Decent baltic.
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ Humpy’s & McGinley’s - Another interesting take from Alaskan with their Rough Draft series. This had the potential to be so much better. This is just way too sweet, pushing the boundary of cloying. Really rich, this could almost be a desert beer with sweet rum and vanilla characteristics that add to the overwhelimng heat from the alcohol. Not at all what I think of when it comes to a baltic porter. Lots of rich caramel and toffee, and I mean lots, with a suprisingly different hop bite in the finish. I wish that Alaskan would get over their pride and learn to work with another yeast strain except for the same one for all their styles.