sherm1016 (1255) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Binny’s Lakeview in Chicago. Pours a dark brown with a light tan head and some lacing. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla. The body was unexpectedly a little thin, but then again, this is a porter and not a stout. Light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, with a slight alcohol finish. I have another bottle of this in the cellar, and I am vary interested to see how it ages. Hopefully, the alcohol mellows out with some time.
deyholla (8904) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a generous BA. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has sweet notes of bourbon and vanilla with backing notes of roasted malts and alcohol. Flavor begins with roasted malts and becomes sweeter with the bourbon and a hint of vanilla. There was a bit of alcohol in the finish and the beer was smooth.
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 12 oz. Split with and courtesy of Vin. Pours a motor-oil dark with a spindly-laced, tightly-bubbled well-retained kahki head. The lacing is seriously unreal; like the top of a coral reef. Nose is heavy on the bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, musty basment funk, slight peaty notes and traces of caramel and honey. Flavor is full of chocolate, peppery-wood, honey, and slightly sour oaky hints. Body is medium to thin, but not watery by any means. The palate coats the tongue like thin, boozy velvet. Finishes with some sublte raspberries, oddly enough, and a bit of smoky sweetness. Insane porter. Thanks Annie Baby!
Frank (3601) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First off I had a hilariously hard time trying to open this as my bottle opener kept slipping of the little bit of wax I couldn’t get off. After all that effort, I find out it’s a screw top. Oh well... This is a decent enough beer and worth the extra effort for fans of big bourbon flavors in their BA beers. It’s brown black w/ a little head of dark tan bubbles. Nose is a strong rum raisin booziness w/ lots of implied sweetness. Carbonation is a touch on the low side but the medium bodied texture just on this side of stickiness helps to make up for it. This definitely veers much more towards nutty, port-like barrel aged character and boozy vanilla bourbon overtones than porter as far as the overall profile but it’s nicely done and tastes quite good for what it is.
RoscoeJackson (377) - Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Been awhile since I had this one so I can’t really go into depth, but I do recall it being significantly better than the older bomber version. Not worth the $7 for a 12oz bottle, in my opinion.
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate, light hops. Flavor is all bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Good stuff.
blutt59 (6289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thanks to exiled, dark brown black color with an oaky vanilla aroma, flavor has more vanilla, chocolate, roast and good charred notes, nice balanced beer
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle......Pours a dark brown/black with small tan head. Aroma is very nice, dark roasted grain, chocolate, aged wood with subtle bourbon. Flavor is the same as aroma. Mouthfeel is medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, a very nice, well put together brew!
DalzAle (2012) - 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 (5210) - 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.