gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster at brewery. Pours nice brown-black, little foam. Aroma is thick of toasty dark malt and bourbony sweet barrel. Taste matches and makes me smile. Only quibble would be that the flavor and body are all front loaded. Back end is very light and almost thin. Still, a very nice beer.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
via dakine 11/25/11.
typical porter color with a tannish off white head.
big sour whiskey aroma... along with choco, wood, roast and lactose.
the flavor is the same... mixed with ashiness, fruit and borderline sourness (not derived from the bourbon).
thin, tart....meh. 6/3/6/3/13
tkingsbury2 (31) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Ballast Point Tasting Room. This was a pleasant surprise as I am not a typical fan of this brewer. The barrel aging has done this wonders as the mellow bourbon flavor and the oak flavor made this really enjoyable, especially compared to the bottled version. The real question now is will this ever be bottled for distribution?
MattH (654) - California, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Nice bourbon and sherry aroma along with some roasted malts. A lot of bourbon and oak in the flavor.
Peacehammer (622) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
same black pour, but a real distinct bourbon aroma. The barrel has really mellowed the beer nicely, and is a nice compliment to the normal roastyness of the beer.
reggiedunlop (3223) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma has soft vanilla and bourbon. Flavor follows suit and adds a nice roastiness and slight hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a soft roasty bourbon finish.
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ the Linda Vista Home Brew Mart: Poured in a small 4oz glass with a thick head which took a minute or so to retreat before I could take my first sip. But, in that time, it allowed me to inhale a magnificent dark roasted down malt scent along with the gentle bourbon barrel addition. The color was a dark brown with blank tinting too it and looked a bit denser then the bottle version appears. The flavor was rich and sweet with a deep roasted down malt with hints of chocolate and wood barrel accent. I wonder when any of their barrel aged beers will ever see bottle distribution?
Goodgrief (1812) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Pinocchio’s. Dark as night pour, no head. Aroma of bourbon. Roasty and chocolatey with a moderate level of bourbonosity. Okay, not overwhelming.
callmemickey (3030) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 A: Deep brown body. Medium sized khaki head. Spotty lacing. Lively carbonation.
S: Smooth, mellow bourbon notes... booze, vanilla, oak. Also a bit of chocolate and roasted notes.
T: A slight fall off from the nose. The bourbon is a bit hidden and roasted malts take over. Hints of chocolate and a pinch of coffee.
M: Moderate body, easy drinking with appropriate carbonation levels.
O: A nice porter. Ultimately, I am not sure how much the bourbon helps other than providing a bit of depth to the nose.
Ibrew2or3 (7101) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, courtesy of daknole, at the Black Friday Tasting pours mahogany with thin tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate chip cookies, some chocolate brownie, vanilla, ribbons of dark roasted maltiness and then smooth bourbon booze. The taste is smooth with a mix of chocolate brownie, black strap molasses, dark roasted malts, vanilla and boozy bourbon. This is pretty darn smooth and attains a nice balance between the remaining beer notes and the barrel notes.