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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Limited to 2009 bottles. A porter, to which rapadou (Carribean unrefined cane sugar from Haiti) was added (but not caramelized rapadou as in the Rapadou Porter) and aged for two months in Virginia Gentleman bourbon barrels. It is a complex porter, to which the flavors of vanilla and a little bourbon have been added as a result of the aging process.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1352) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle. 181/2009. Pours a Dark brown color with a slight light tan head. Molasses, roast, and dark chocolate in the nose. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. More roast in the flavor than I thought there would be. Vanilla, roast, molasses, and coffee flavors abound. Robust even with age on it. Smooth. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (3322) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle at BW. Pours deep black with medium creamy head and dct lacing. Notes of chocolate, smoked malt, bourbon, vanilla, and licorice. Big whiskey finish on this medium to fuller bodied sticky porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nocturne (843) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2013
650ml bottle from 2012. Near black with ruby poking through. Light brown head that quickly recedes to a thin ring. Great bourbon presence in the aroma. Chocolate, fruit and coffee hiding underneath it. Coming to this from several bourbon barrel stouts I think I prefer the lack of roast on show here. Bourbon and chocolate come to the fore with barrel integrated well. Very balanced and drinkable. Slight hint of burn occasionally as it finishes. Impressive overall and I’m glad I got the chance to try this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3318) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Tap. Pours opaque black with a tiny tan head that dissipates with some lacing. Aroma is bourbon, dark roasted malts, coffee. Flavor is the same with a strong bourbon presence, some woody astringence, and medium sweetness. Medium body, light warming finish. Smooth and very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (1038) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, and caramel. Black with minimal, tan head. Dry, hot, and a little smoky. Full bodied with low carbonation, and finishes with strong, whiskey flavors lingering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmac (4087) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2013
22oz bomber via trrade. Poured a decent looking medium density pitch black with an average sized foamy darker beige head. Aroma is very nice, notes of bourbon and vanilla dominate along with sweet dark chocolate, pudding, burnt toast and dark fruits. Syrupy full body with average carbonation and a lingering aftertaste that builds nicely along with a touch of heat. Flavor is very good but not as great as the aroma. Notes of sweet chocolate, pudding, vanilla extract, bourbon, barrel, molasses. This is a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2356) - Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle. Clear molasses pour. Bourbon nose. Caramel, bourbon, roasted malts, and pecans. Good body and balance. Very nice..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1279) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2013
UPDATED: APR 12, 2014 Updated 4/12/2014: nearly black pour, swirls of manila-colored lace stand guard up top. Bourbon + hearty caramel malts start to finish. Caramelized sweetness all the way through; silky malts, roasty, almond concentrate, finishes sweet. Unrecognizable as a porter, but it’s still quite good.

Original rating: Boozy, mediocre bourbon; not enough body or roasty malts. A bit sweet in the middle. Overall: meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrsLuver (28) - Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Dark as night with a tan head. smells of oak, bourbon and malt. very palatable. tastes as it smells. bourbon taste definitely comes through but not outrageously slow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bricks (606) - Delaware, USA - JAN 30, 2013
2009 - lifeless jet black with some tan head and a bit of fizzy carbonation. Very complex aroma for a porter.. a bit harsh but smells of bourbon, alcohol, licorice, coffee. Fairly abrasive taste, strong notes of coffee, bourbon, vanilla and alcohol. Alcohol is quite present, even after the aging. Mouthfeel is weird, thin, yet creamy and harsh at the same time. Interesting beer.

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