wmubronco1992 (695) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an almost (but not quite) black. Medium sized tan head. Huge and fantastic bourbon aroma. I sipped on this beer for nearly an hour simply because of the aroma. One of the best I ever gotten from a botte. Unfortunately the taste at celler temp was pretty harsh. Maybe too much bourbon in the flavor. As the beer warmed to room temp the bourbon mellowed and it was more enjoyable. Still a sipper. Overall this was a very nice beer, but at $6 a bottle Iím glad I only picked up one. Iíd rate much higher based on aroma, but the harshness of the bourbon flavor hold it back..
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz red wax capped bottle.
Pour is just short of black, dark chocolate brown with a creamy beige head that itís for a while on top leaving decent lacing.
Hello bourbon! Nose is all about the barrel character, with vanilla and booze, but the underlying impy porter aromas are still there with some bakers chocolate and overripe dark fruits. Nice aroma.
Taste is also really heavy on the bourbon. In fact, I get less of the underlying porter in the taste. Just lots of bourbon heat, oak and vanilla with only faint chocolate and roasted malts in the background.
Mouthfeel is very smooth with good carbonation and goes down really easy for a 12% beer. Itís got a boozy character but it still comes across as drinkable if that makes sense.
This is a really nice BA porter, though you really need to like bourbon to enjoy it. Luckily, Iím a bourbon fan so this one worked for me in general. Not in the league of the best Baltic porters but still a great effort from Arcadia.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Fairly black, moderate foamy tannish head, fairly nice lacing.   Strong Bourbon on the nose.   Notes of graham cracker, vanilla, and wood.   Underlying beer is... TBD.   Strong graham cracker and Bourbon up front.   Not a real heavy beer.   Its warming, at 12%, but not alcoholic.   Faint roasted malts show up in the back.   Yeah, this is a Bourbon drink moreso than a beer.   While not bad, the Porter needs to be a bit more... Imperial maybe?   Decent malt base, seems pretty darn smooth.   There is a little bit of dark fruitiness on the finish, which is nice.   Good beer, the strong Bourbon overshadows a lot, but whats there is enjoyable. &bnsp Just wished it were a little thicker and more complex.   Still very tasty!   Thanks Kevin for the brew!
hayduke (4749) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a trade via Strykzone. Another great ,beer. Pours black with a nice sized tan head. Nice rich nose of dark malts, ripe fruit, and and lots of bourbon. Solid rich body and lively mouthfeel. The flavor is dark roasted malt, ripe fruit, vanilla, and whisky. Finishes very favorable. Alcohol reasonably hidden..
markwise (5168) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, booze, bourbon, and a bit of burn. Flavor is similar with bits of burn all over. Boozy, but nice vanilla, bourbon, and wood interlaced with some of the chocolate from the porter. Enjoyable.
SudsMcDuff (7971) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had in Bottle @ The Beer Kitchen in KC .. . Pours a dark rummy brown, light foam .. . oak, bourbon, wood, vanilla, burnt wood, and a touch more bourbon .. . A great brew! .. . that movie was mentally challenged...
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle
I am not exactly certain where this came from but I can make an educated guess that the reason it wound up in the cellar was the combination of barrel aging and being an imperial porter. Unless it is brewery with a reputation for bad beer Iíll try anything in that vein once. This was solid and worth the cost. However I would not go out of my way to get more as there are so many other similar barrel aged offerings these days.
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid pour was lighter than expected. Bordering between deep brown and black it has an inky aspect. Chocolate, vanilla, mild mannered bourbon, and the rest of the flavors remind me a bit of cooking smores on an open fire.
Flavor / Palate - More carbonated than I thought it hits the senses hard. Clinging to the throat are black coffee, dark bakerís chocolate, burnt toast, and dry roasted almonds. The finish reminds me of flat cola which has been sitting out long enough to lose that acidic edge. I find myself wanting more but there are no major flaws here. Once again the state of Michigan comes through.
vyvvy (5610) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark with a moderate sized tan head. The aroma has a huge amount of vanilla, cream, bourbon, chocolate, roast and milk duds. Medium body that much thinner than expected with some sharp carbonation. The taste doesnít match the aroma at all. The taste is much sharper than the aroma lead you to think. There are the elements of the aroma, but there is some green apple and alcohol that werenít there before and the creaminess and vanilla/chocolate aspects are downplayed. The finish has an alcoholic bourbon taste to it. This was okay, but not up to what I expected.
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, thanks kmweaver(?). Minimal beige head, dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon/vinous, some vanilla, light cocoa. Taste is moderately sweet, Bourbon, some vanilla, light cocoa. Medium-full body, some stickiness, low carbonation.
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to ewestern. Pours a thick black with little to no head. Aroma is strong with bourbon and roasted malts with notes of vanilla, milk chocolate, oak, and coffee. Palate is much lighter than the aroma and apperance let on. Flavor is a little bitter bringing out the bourbon even more and finishing dry.