Pailhead (5588) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, plums, vanilla, roasted malt, and faint bourbon. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head that fades relatively quickly. The flavor starts with light chocolate and a touch of caramel. The finish has notes of coffee, vanilla, oak, and faint bourbon. Medium bodied with mild carbonation that comes across a tad thin at times.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is very sweet. Thick, rich, and creamy bourbon and chocolate. A light burnt coffee, vanilla-oak, and some molasses. Mainly malty with lots of chocolate and the sweet bourbon isnít overly oaky and not boozey at all. Flavor is thinner than I anticipated, but thats only because the aroma smelled so thick. Lots of wood, chocolate, and vanilla up front with some sweet bourbon. The bourbon blends nicely with the rest of the flavors and doesnít stand out as much as the aroma. Some charred coffee grows slightly into the finish along with more bourbon and sweet malts. Finishes with a dry, woody, coffee, malty, bourbon sweetness and a hint of acidity. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and moderate, fizzy carbonation. Overall, a pretty nice barrel-aged stout. Fairly sweet with a nice charred flavor. Enjoyable.
flatmatt (1250) - Northville, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is big with creamy coffee, bourbon, and chocolate, oak, raisin. Flavor is unfortunately on the thinner side, with the oak being the primary flavor followed by roasted coffee with some bourbon and cocoa. I love the aroma, it could seriously be that of a top bourbon-aged imperial stout, but the flavor doesnít really follow through.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Heavy cream scent with accents of cocoa, woody bourbon and vanilla. Sweet with a big creamy push and a fine smoothness. Roasted nuts, fudge, burnt toast and wood. A half inch head sits atop a dark brown body leaving good lacing. Nice one here that doesnít showcase any bourbon, but rather lets it work itís magic in the background."
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It would take me a bit to go back and see who sent me this in a trade. Iím genuinely grateful, I just donít want to take the time at this moment to go back and find out. Iím a bit buzzed and the weather is beautiful. Pour is nice and black with tan accents. Nose is sweet and malt and oats. Taste is coffee and molasses, but lightly so. Doesnít over coat or over power. Rather light.
jgb9348 (5067) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice pitch black coloured body with a fast-dying light brown head. Aroma of super strong oak, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, licorice, nuts, caramel and a ton of alcohol - nice! Lightish-bodied, if that can be believed! Relatively thin mouthful with a lot of oak and bourbon at first with some mild malt, bitter nuts and a twang of vanilla at the end. Aftertaste is mild, some alcohol is noticeable, but mainly a light finish of bourbon and roasted malt - nice, since itís not so strong! Overall, a very well done beer that showcases the flavours and doesnít get drowned out by the alcohol! The smaller sized bottle is another plus - perfect for the style, and this isnít even strong, so thatís perfect. Iíd recommend this to others and will pick up the Porter the next time Iím in Chicago. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, Illinois on 15-December-2008, sampled at home in Washington on 17-May-2010.
deyholla (8028) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours black with a quickly dissipating coffee brown head. Aroma has strong notes of bourbon with underlying oats, coffee and a bit of bitter chocolate. Flavor is hot with bourbon as well and the notes listed above again take a back seat.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of heavily roasted malts, lightly bourbonized with undertones of coffee and peat. Notes of oak and vanilla creep through as it warms. Taste is a bit under whelming at first. Thin bodied and mild tasting I was expecting more after taking in the aroma.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours black with tan head. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, coffee, and chocolate. The aroma does not last long. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and has bittersweet chocolate, dark coffee roast, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Overall pretty nice. I wish the aroma had lasted a bit longer. And the mouthfeel could have been a bit more creamier for the style and bit more thick. Still a nice beer.
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle A dark pour brown head A big roasty malt and sweet subtile bourbon flavour