Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft, pours a dark brune body with a tanish head. Big malty body with bourbon and woody notes. It seemed quite above 6% i got a lot of warming, borubon, boozy, and milder underlying oakiness and a hint of wood. A light chocolate tone and again a finish that seemed above six percent. Decent.
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at RnH - nutty, sweet coffee and yeasty. Slightly vineous with woody liquor notes. Some maple sugar sweetness. A solid porter improved by bourbon aging.
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Stone Bistro. Obsidian pour with a frothy caramel head. Tons of chocolate, brown sugar, and coffee. Very light and subtle inclusion of both bourbon and barrel. Improves as it warms. Vanilla becomes more evident. A little thin for the style but still tasty.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Rattle N Hum for the Ballast Point Promo night with Joe and Zach. Pours a deep brownish woody amber with a thinning head. Aroma is very earthy woody, boozy, bourbon, some vanilla, ash and burnt notes with some sharp back dark chocolate. Flavor is earthy, boozy, a bit harsh, medicinal, bourbon, oak, old wood- slight ash and char- a bit harsh in the finish.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Poured a dark brown with a very thin white head. Nose is bourbon and roasted malts. First sip made think he bourbon was overpowering. But it didn’t take long to realize that there are enough roasted malts and other flavors that really hold their own. Thin bodied but big flavored with the bourbon running through fr nose to finish. Very nice beer.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2010 On draft at Neighborhood (San Diego, CA): Pours out an opaque dark brown and topped with a creamy tan head, nice lacing. What a great find! Nose of deep dark chocolate, roasted malts, black coffee, light dark toffee, and mild alcohol. Finally, a bb beer that doesn’t taste like a burning mouthload of pure bourbon. Flavor of deep chocolate, roasted malts, and soft alcohol that slowly lingers into the finish. Drinkability: Textured with subtleties. Pairing: Smoked blue cheese plate lightly coated with honey and dried cranberries, walnuts, and strawberries. Rebuy: Yes. #396 on 04152010, DG.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Obriens. Deep brown hue with scarlet highlights, no head sustains. Nose is bourbon, oak and vanilla tones that supercede the malty foundation. Flavor is an intersection between roasty dark malts, sugary sweet dark fruits, and oak barrel bourbon alcohol heat with vanilla undertones, finishes malty sweet. Medium-full body, light carbonation, velvety smooth texture. A nice variant on the standard porter, the barrel flavors and low carbonation work well here, try this !!
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Blue Palms. Clear deep ruby with an uncharacteristic nitro looking creamy one finger beige head, great retention. Huge dark chocolate nose with some roastiness and some raw hot bourbony notes, lighter oak and vanilla following. This very Muhammad seems like they’re using their own barrels at this point, because the booze isn’t very mellowed. Flavor is still pretty chocolatey with a tinge of salty soy and pine tar. A little roast follows through to the finish, bitterness low at a 3. Low carbonation, light to medium body. Pretty good, and glad it didn’t have the boozy burn that the nose had.
JoeTheYounger (1173) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft @ Ballast. Black pour with no head. Aroma and taste were similar with bourbon, coconut, roasted malts, vanilla and oak. Pallet was on the lower side. Overall pretty good, especially for 6%.
MeadMe (1513) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes sampled on tap during my trip to San Diego.
A: Pours a dark shade of brown almost black with a tall foamy tan head. Nice retention and some thick lace.
S: Aromas of Bold roasted malt, chocolate, light smoke, and barrel goodness.
T: Very similar flavors here. Wonderful roasted malt that gives off hints of chocolate and coffee. Mild char and smoke can be picked up along with the barrel. There is mild booze, light vanilla, and a big blast of oak. Lots of flavor packed into the low ABV of this one.
M: Fairly slick in the mouthfeel. Nice carbonation.
D: Well crafted and tasty as hell. A bourbon brew that you could session with.