DalzAle (2010) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to rayl101! Dark black pour, a little lasting carbonation and an aroma of vanilla and Makers Mark. Flavor is slight chocolate, smooth vanilla and light bourbon lingering all the way through to a thin dry aftertaste. Very soild and enjoyable beer (and way too drinkable for 12%!)
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A milk chocolate brown colored head tops a perfectly black body. The nose is rich vanilla and wood. There is also some cocoa and light hints of coffee. The body is unexpectedly highly carbonated. The taste is deep plum and dark chocolate. Then there is cocoa and coffee in the boozy finish. The bourbon comes through only in the aftertaste. This is a big one and a sipper. The big brew almost cancels out the barrel aging here. Better than many barrel aged beers.
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with w thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, wood, and roasty chocolate.
Rando7 (776) - Iowa, USA - APR 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma bourbon, vanilla, malts. Taste sweet bourbon with vanilla, chocolate, oak, roasted malts and slight hops. Initial taste is mainly bourbon and vanilla, secondary taste is the porter with roast and malt. Finish slight orast and hops. Creamy, slightly carbonated palate. Very nice, extremely well balanced with excellent taste.
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. First, Iím really glad this is a different beer... I didnít even notice it was 12% until I went to rate it! I was a little angry when I bought it thinking I had bought the same shipwreck porter I rated years ago. Love the wax dipped screw-off top... haha. This beer and the age on it and the whisky reminds me FoBAB... the best day of the year!!! Lovely coconut, dark & milk chocolate, smooth with a tiny bit of acidity, love the warming alcohol, just... yeah... very happy this isnít the original shipwreck. Flavor follows, well aged, whiskey is fairly balanced, amazing for 12%, the only negative might be the bit of fruity acidity that is coming off as tangy, grassy milk chocolate with dark chocolate and faint coffee notes, quite rich, especially in the finish combined with the booze, borders on hot but really pulls it off well. Not an absolutely exquisite beer but itís close and quite delicious for 12%. Medium body, thinned out, big fluffy carbonation, too much acidity conflicting with the whiskey, not sticky, easy drinking for sure. Just a faint vegetal note, that and the acidity are really the only standing faults.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - APR 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from nbondi, thanks for this awesome importer! wow, what a great brew. its so freakin smooth, this stuff goes down very easy for 12%. well balanced, excellent, medium light barrel profile, a well done brew. i need more!!! possibly a tad thin in the mouth, but considering it spent 22 months in a barrel i think its done very well. i feel this is an excellent example of a heavily barreled brew, still has the base brew, well balanced, a lot more than just the barrel going on.
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour dark brown with tan brown head nice lace. Aroma bourbon, vanilla, oak, malt sweetness, wood, mocha, chocolate, little hint of soy sauce. Taste quite nice wood, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and oak. MF full silky smooth body with mild carb. Excellent very well balanced beer one of the better barrel aged beers I have drank cheers!!!
marcus (7545) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours black with a decent tan head that faded away. The aroma is treacle and alcohol. There is a dark malt flavor which is overcome by vanilla, with an alcohol trail. Itís a nice blend of flavors that have melded well after 2 years in the barrel.
bhensonb (12440) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours black/cola with a decent beige head. Nice aromas of dark malt and bourbon. Full bodied. Flavor is dark malt, quickly followed by a huge hit of vanilla. Surprisingly excellent. Finishes wonderfully flavorful.
brokensail (13201) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The beer pours a very dark brown color with notes of red and a finger of off-white head.
S: Smells like vanilla with notes of bourbon and milk chocolate. A very mild roastiness, some notes of dark fruits. Really quite smooth with a pleasant nose.
T: A nice bourbon bite on the front end with plenty of smooth vanilla. A little bit of cocoa and dark chocolate. Light roasted flavors with just a hint of bitterness.
M: Medium in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.
O: Really heavy on the barrel, but nice flavor and mouthfeel.