Ibrew2or3 (7913) - 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.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of cherry, chocolate and slight vanilla. Pours deep brown with a good creamy head. Tastes of sweet chocolate, slight vanilla and roast cherry. Delicious and sweet.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(growler courtesy of Dak for the Black Friday tasting). Pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head. Aroma has milk, fruit, wood, light bourbon). Taste is sweet with a little sour twang and a touch of heat. Thin bodied and oily. Pretty good.
nickd717 (4000) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Stone Bistro. Very dark brown color with minimal head. The aroma is nice and barrely with bourbon, oak, anise, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Very nice flavor, a bit barrel heavy but still great. Roast, dark chocolate, vinous notes, vanilla, and oak. Surprisingly light in body with low carbonation. Not a great barrel aged beer, but MMM -BALS I LOVE ’EM!
drpimento (2863) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served a bit too cold and with a very small, tan head that soon subsided to barely a ring around the inside, tiny islands, and contrails. Color is a 99.9% clear, yet opaque, red brown. Aroma is malt, cocoa, coffee, wax, bourbon, hint of roast. Flavor’s about the same with sweet, tang, bitter, in that order in the fore, then the other stuff. Body gets a lot better as it gets warmer. Still, it’s very nice and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor, with a little alcohol warmth, and on the long side. Good brew! Not sure as a session tho.
daknole (10785) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nearly black in color with a light brown head. Roasty aroma mixed with bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is just enough barrel, but the base porter still shines. Very enjoyable.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ the brewery.
Near black pour with very little tan head. Lots of coffee aroma with some vanilla, bourbon, and roasted malt. A bit thin with more roast and vanilla. It would appear 6% may be a bit light for bourbon barrel aging.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a thin white ring around the perimeter of the glass.
Aroma: Fresh cut oak, medium roast, vanilla.
Taste: Wood, dark roast, slight burnt roast, vanilla, and herbal hoops.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, close to the thin side with low carbonation.
Overall: I’m not a brewer, just a drinker, with that said, I don’t think this beer had the body for the barrel aged treatment, or at least that’s what I gather from the final product. Fun to try.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent porter. The barrel doesn’t overwhelm leaving notes of bourbon, coffee and chocolate. Smooth but not viscous. I really like the aged beers with smaller alcohol footprints.
marcus (8597) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Monks Kettle. Pours pitch black with a massive tan head and a strong chocolate and toffee aroma. There is a complex chocolate and treacle flavor that quickly turns pleasantly sour with a bit of cherry and a warming alcohol trail. Quite flavorful for a relatively low ABV brew.