Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle done side-by-side with the regular version courtesy of rmalinowski4. Thanks as well to jale for gifting me a bottle to cellar. Served in a snifter.
Pours black with a very, very thin light tan head. A few spots of lacing on the way down, though they don’t stick. Half a cap as well. The nose carries a nice, smooth bourbon presence along with some chocolate and roast. Touch of coffee along with some light oak and vanilla. Uber-smooth. The barrel character really shines in the flavor, and carries a good amount of vanilla and light chocolate with it. Good moderate roast in the background, and a bit of oak and accompanying tannin on the backend and through the finish. Medium, chewy body with low carbonation and a really nice creaminess. Barrel-aging well done, Arcadia. Solid brew that I’d love to have ready access to.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-18-2011
Theis (12131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks to Doodler. Cloudy red/brown - offwhite head Borubon, licoric, raisins, medium roasted malts, light barey notes, dried fruits, coconut, nice smooth body.
Pinball (10135) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
shared by doodler almost pitch black, small yellow head.
roasted mallts, barrel aged notes, super fine balance.
flavor is roasted stuff, wood, booze, well blended, good strong aftertaste,
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of Doodler. Pours a dark brown with a rough beige head. Sweet Bourbon and vanilla aroma, some licorice allsorts. Medium body only, discreet roast, some dark dried fruit and a subtle Bourbon edge. A slight tartness, a whiff of roast, but it’s hard to believe that this is 12%. Very sessionable. 030711
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Waxed “twist off” (wtf) 12oz bottle pours dark mahogany with nice looking mocha head. The aroma is boozy to start and then small clouds of roasted malts, dark roasted malts, vanilla and nose searing booziness fill in to the end of the draw. The taste is sweet and pulls up sugar sweet malts, dark roasted malts, sweet vanilla and mild levels of molasses. It seems to end with an additional reinforcement of booziness. Did I mention this has a boozy aspect to it? Still pretty good though.
Hair6a11 (1228) - Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; Pour is a dark brown/amber with a modest beige head that retains on the average side, eventually ringing the glass. Very light lacing in this glass. Molasses, roasted coffee, and bourbon on the nose; this brew seems to lose something during the barrel process - It’s thin as a whole and a little muted in the center of the tasting. Dark fruits, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, molasses - and ultimately finishing a little bitter from the booze. I thought it was a nice experience, overall, but not quite there.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of rayl101. Pours dark brown with a thin tan ring. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, cognac, some tarteness, hints of earth, molasses, fruity. Tastes of dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, spicy, peppery, with a boozy finish.
wmubronco1992 (560) - 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 I’m glad I only picked up one. I’d 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 it’s 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. It’s 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, I’m 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 (5606) - 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!