daknole (9466) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at our second BP stop of the day! Dark pour, tan head. All the aromas of the regular VaS are noticeable, but they take a bit of a back seat to the barrel notes. Nice fudgy, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee...rich and delicious.
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On nitro at Toronado. Black with a creamy tan head. Bourbon chocolate bourbon vanilla bourbon and coffee aroma and taste. Excellent.
peteinSD (1407) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Frothy expresso tan head on black beer. Aroma is heavy bourbon, coconut, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and roast. Taste is dominated by heavy, semi-harsh bourbon followed by roasted chocolate malt, bitter coffee, vanilla, coconut, and some noticeable alcohol heat through the finish. Smooth and almost creamy feel in the mouth. Bit heavy handed but very good.
kathouse (1106) - Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is nitro on tap at Aces and Ales. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Smell of vanilla, oak, and cherry. Delicious flavor of malt, vanilla, and fruit. Alcohol is very warming. Finishes thick and creamy too. Deliciously toasted. A top brew!
italianjohn (2375) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black pour ruby hue thin beige head .... aroma of vanilla, oak, bourbon ... medium bodied tastes like sweet and bitter cocoa, bourbon, vanilla and oaky ..... up front was mostly oak and bourbon but as it warmed the vanilla and cocoa came out more little caramel in there ... finish is dry oaky and cocoa ..... an awesome brew not as good as the regular but still excellent
argo0 (11653) - 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 (5011) - , 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 Capone’s. 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 isn’t quite as complex or integrated as the nose -- and doesn’t contain nearly as much vanilla -- but it’s 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 I’m 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 (3447) - 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 (5409) - 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 (3401) - Media, 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.