argo0 (10338) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nitro, RBSG Fri evening. Medium tan head, brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, roast, light vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some Bourbon/vanilla. Creamy medium body.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On nitro-tap at Caponeís. Served in a mini snifter.
Pours near black with a really nice head that goes from light tan to nearly white at the top. Beautiful nitro head. Some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose immediately carries a ton of vanilla with some nice chocolate notes in the background. As it warms, a nice bourbon character and mild oak presence take hold.
The flavor isnít quite as complex or integrated as the nose -- and doesnít contain nearly as much vanilla -- but itís still quite nice. The bourbon takes on the dominant role with some chocolate and light vanilla backing. Mouthfeel is uber-creamy and nicely carbonated. Really solid effort, and Iím glad I finally got to try this one, which has been on my radar for quite some time.
Serving type: nitro-tap
Reviewed on: 06-12-2011
PhillyCraft (1959) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Capones and Devils Den during beer week. Pours a frosted glass greyish black, with medium sized milky head. Tons of lacing. Aromas of sour whiskey, wood, cocoa, peat. Taste is a velvety smooth chocolate bourbon flavor with the addition of vanilla beans, and a whiskey barrel richness. Awesome beer that had a little kick but overall was very balanced. Wish the aroma was a bit more layered but I really cannot complain about trying one of my favorite porters barrel aged.
egajdzis (4893) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black with a creamy, nitro, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, roast, smoke, and cocoa. Taste of roast, smoked malts, and cocoa, with vanilla, wood, and bourbon in the finish.
TheEpeeist (2817) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Capones. Inky brown with a whipped beige head. Nose is mocha and hay. Thick and foamy, as expected with the nitro. Taste is chocolate, bourbon and vanilla pod; oddly vegetal to finish. Base brew overshadowed by the barrel and nitro.
hopdog (7650) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Caponeís...on nitro. Poured a deep brown (almost black) color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of lots of bourbon. Yep this one was about the bourbon. Vanilla and chocolate too, but lots of bourbon. Good thing I really like bourbon.
Goodgrief (1720) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 4, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Caponeís. Served in a teeny weeny glass...because it would be impossible to consume larger quantities. When cold, I could smell some coffee in the nose and actually taste some too. But when warmed, forget it. Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, bourbon baked beans and bourbon (without the baked beans).
Hophead22 (2742) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask. Rating #21. Dark black pour. Great aroma, vanilla, bourbon and some dark fruitiness. Very smooth, more bourbon and just really outstanding. (1744)
Lagunitasfan (1308) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Urge in RB/Poway on the Tap Takeover night. They had 25different brews from Ballast Point that day. Just absolutely lovely. A perfect mix of chocolate, coffee, malt creaminess, and smooth alcohol. Iíd really like a keg of this to go, please.
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
First this beer was fantastic! But Iím not sure it is better than the regular release version. It pours black with a brown head. Smells mostly of oak, bourbon, and chocolate, with hints of vanilla and roasted coffee. Taste is massively bourbon and oak. The chocolate and vanilla are present but the coffee was almost completely subdued. If I didnít know it was in there Iíd say I couldnít taste it. Still quite complex and a pleasure to drink.