pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2011 12oz bottle from either wholefoods or a pickup at vas.... pours a semi-deep stoutish pour with a minimal flimsy light beige head... bourbony forward barrel aged aroma with coconut and vanilla undertones. smooth and silky all around. nice barrel notes... flavors are much more barrel prominent lacking in subtleties, abrasive on the respite with big bourbon notes with a pretty harsh astringency mid-palate and lingering on through the backend. a fair bit of sour heat exists more towards the finish. not completely smooth but one of a better offering from arcadia of all sources. thinned out mouthfeel with an adequate carbonation level.
flatmatt (1112) - Northville, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2011 12 oz bottle. Pours black with a light tan head. Aroma has lots of bourbon and oak in it, over a chocolate and vanilla base. Flavor leads with strong chocolate, vanilla, and cherry notes, with bourbon also definitely making its presence felt. This is an impressively well-balanced use of barrel aging here, with the bourbon barrel and the base beer both singing clearly in the final product. Well done!
milewide (1511) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thin black color with medium body. Aroma and taste were almost all bourbon, with a touch of sweetness. Little roasted malt characteristics. Alcohol isnít noticeable.
drfabulous (3991) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce from HyVee. Thatís a lot of bourbon. The bourbon is very intense and prominent, which is not a bad thing at all. The porter really fades, though. I like the bourbon, but Iím questioning some complexity here. You get some vanilla, but the bourbon dominates. Still, itís tasty.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, what a change. Previous batches of this were 7% alcohol and certainly werenít aged for almost 2 years, let alone in 22 year old barrels. This probably wonít even resemble the previous beer.
The bottle let out a little hiss when I cracked its seal. The beer poured deep dark, nearly black, opaque, with a fairly full, dark mocha head. Maintains a thin fuzz of suds with moderate lacing. The nose is sweet, malty, bourbon heaven, not overpoweringly so but with little else going on. What I can say is that thereís almost no alcohol vapor on the nose, itís bourbony but not scorching. That bodes well.
Wow. Iím kind of floored by how easy this goes down. The body is on the medium side, lively carbonation but not too much so, sweet up front and with some mild resiny hop bittering and heat on the finish. The palate isnít as dominated by bourbon as the nose, and it offers up chocolate, coffee, some milkiness, a hint of dark sour fruit, plus delicious bourbon.
This is a whole new beer, which makes me wonder why they used the same name. Itís definitely a porter, albeit a potent one. Iíd love to know what the ABV on the base beer was before it spent 2 years in the barrels, but suffice to say the end result is fantastic.
Itís a bit pricey, and isnít quite apples to apples with a beer like Bourbon County Stout, but I think this one is worth it. Definitely looking forward to laying some down and drinking them in the coming years.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black-brown pour with a small, foamy, tan head. Earthy roast aroma with healthy chocolate, smoky bourbon, and well charred oak. The flavor is chalky with notes of semi-sweet chocolate, toasted bread, zesty noble hops, dry roastiness, and soft smoky bourbon and oak on the finish. Creamy, medium-full body with gentle carbonation.
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good. nice and bourbony and not cloying. Will get you crunk. Perfect for cold ass weather like we have been having.