brokensail (12362) - 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.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(12oz bottle courtesy of jcnd9803!!). Pours near balck with thin khaki head. Aroma has lots of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and some wood. Taste is semi-sweet-not as much as the nose-and it has some roasty bitterness. The flavors are complex with wood, vanilla, dark pit fruit and some coffee stealing the show. The bourbon is not as pronounced as I would have thought through the aroma. Medium bodied with a dry, woody finish. This is a really nice beer
jrallen34 (3488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Review # 1700!!! 12oz bottle poured into my De Struise glass... A dark brown body, looks pretty good. A light tan head, weak retention, but decent enough overall... The aroma is very nice, a great job of barrel aging to add an accent and not make it take over the whole beer. Wonderful notes of vanilla, super smooth bourbon, and light chocolate finish. Not sure if could be much better for a barrel aged porter... Wow, the taste is equally outstanding and mimics the subtle barrel aged qualities on the nose. More chocolate base here, the vanilla really becomes the perfect accent, light bourbon finish. As it warms some charred oak comes through, had to re-rate and bring it down a tick.. The mouthfeel is a tad light overall, but it has good carbonation with a light warm finish...CANNOT believe this is 12%, alcohol does not show off at all.
I had no, or low expectations for this and came away totally shocked. This is the best Arcadia beer out there and a must get. WOW.
wxman (1524) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an absolutely opaque dark brown with a thin small bead tan head. Aroma is licorice and whiskey. Taste is a complex, but well balanced mix of bitter dark chocolate, raisins and prunes, sweet burnt malt and dark molasses. Bourbon presence is apparent in the taste as well. This is a supurb example of the style. Right up there with Goose Islands Bourbon stout.
JaBier (5188) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Dark brown pour with a medium beige head. Boozy and oaky vanilla aroma with dark fruit and a good amount of chocolate. Vanilla and oak flavor with bourbon and dark chocolate, finishing with a bit of hop and lots of milk chocolate. Exquisite.
adnielsen (9910) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in KC. Deep black appearance with a small brown head. Quite potent bourbon in the nose with oak, vanilla, alcohol, and dark malts. Creamy dark malty flavor with a big and delicious bourbon taste with a good oak and vanilla. Big alcoholic finish with quite a burn down the throat. Excellent.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. wax dipped bottle. Served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head that quickly dissipates. Lots of whiskey in the aroma along with a little alcohol. Chocolate, vanilla in the flavor. Not as much Bourbon as the aroma would suggest. Long, lingering finish of chocolate and vanilla. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Body is a little thin. Definitely a sipper. Good beer, plenty of complexity, not just a bunch of bourbon
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours pitch black with no head. Heavy, heavy aroma of bourbon with a hint of chocolate. Flavor a little less strong on the bourbon.
jandd1983 (3001) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Dark pour with a foamy tan head. Good roast aroma with healthy smoky bourbon, and very-well charred oak. The flavor is very good with noble hops and smoky bourbon and oak on the finish. A very good barrel aged malt beverage.
BMan1113VR (7897) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle listed at 12% ABV (red wax) via a trade (btw, I can’t name any 22 year bourbons, 21 and 23, yes, but not 22). Pours with a very deep brown body and a small brown head. Decent legs and a noticeable sheen of alcohol on the side of the glass. Aromas of decadent bourbon, oak, vanilla, cola, fudge, nuts, dark fruits, wet wood, toffee, wood, earthy, dry, amazing! Flavors of cola, anise, fudge, nutty, really chewy, molasses, bourbon, rich somewhat bitter toffee. Coffee, HUGE DURATION! A decent amount of a fruity, maybe even slightly vinous note. Lots of oak and vanilla in the finish. An extremely good beer. Boozy, but in a very nice way. Creamy and substantial body. Good oak tannins and alcohol round things out in the finish. Right under BA Decadence 2007 (which I have had recently) and right around the level of Dark Night in the BA Imperial Porter category. Truly a great beer!