Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very nice Black as a coal mine color.Small dark brown head that faded quickly and left little behind.First whif comes off as almost wine like,with a strong alcohol presence and plenty of fruit notes coming through very nicely.I canít get over how wine like this smells,very nice.Whoa!!! Now thats a Bourbon brew baby.Itís a very smooth brew at first but thats only for a brief second or two then the Bourbon jumps out at you.Then it quits and moves onto a nice wine like flavor with plenty of fruit maybe some raisin a little plum or prune possibly.The wood tones are a bit on the mild side at first but as the brew warms the become a little more noticeable.As the fruit flavors pass it quickly jumps back into a bourbonesque finish with a nice alcohol burn as it goes down.First impression off the first tug of this brew made me a little squeemish at first but after a little warming itís a fantastic brew with plenty of flavor and well worth the honor of being on top in itís style.Thanks go to Footbalm and his fine job of bottling and letting me try this fine brew.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to TAR for sharing a bottle and footbalm for initial supply: The beer is opaque and very oily, looks big and mean. The aroma is huge with noticeable phenols (doesnít try to hide the alcohol), plum and raisins, vanilla and mocha, oak and pipe tobacco, lactic acids, and aromatics all over the place. Heavy malts with burnt tones attack the palate but retreats to the more sublime characteristics of fruits and salt. Vanilla and oaky bourbon notes apply themselves during midsection followed by a closing act of spices and mild bitters. Starts oily and lush before the alcohol bite whips into gear on the palate, warming indeed. This beer can take to aging very well and should mellow out the edges nicely. Well done with room for even more growth.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
2.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Huge alcohol up front finishes with a slightly burnt flavor. Big mouthfeel. Definitely doesnít hide the alcohol too much. Donít like the serving vessel. This would be wonderful in a bif bordeaux glass or grand cru burgundy, but not this little tulip filled to full canít even smell anything out of this, why donít they just give me a shot glass. As it warms it starts to show oak. Really I donít know what the huge fuss is over; it is just a porter that the brewer kept pumping full of table sugar unitl the yeast pooped out.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 25, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bailies, wood, black malt, irish whisky in the noise with a touch of eathy hops that was dispelled after the first sip. Thick flavors of belgian chocolat, berrys, sweat(?), and electric blanket warm alcohol that adds to the expirience. Finishes warm with coco.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black as night with little or no head. Coffee, malt, plum, raisen, and bourbon notes on the nose. Heavey mouthfeel, w/light bitter dry finish. Coffee, chocolate, raisen, mocha, bourbon, vanilla, plum all show as flavors. The only drawback is the alcohol which resembles acetone to me, and distracts from a perfect finish!
ElGaucho (2117) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
They are still pouring from the first batch, and apparently the second will be considerably mellower. Bourbon barrel aroma with hints of dark chocolate and molasses. Excellent. Fully opaque body with a light brown head and great lace. Served in a tulip. Very strong alcohol mouthfeel. Tastes almost as overwhelmingly alcoholic as Dogfish Headís 120 minute IPA, despite being more than 10% less in ABV. A little over carbonated, but not enough to detract from the enjoyment of the brew. Delicious, warming. This would be great on a cold Winter night. Improved by mid glass.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2007 Wow, thanks herbjones for a sample of this one!. Very dark brown, opaque. Aroma of bourbon and German chocolate cake. There is a liquor flavor to it and where baltic comes from as a style I donít know not similar to any baltic porters Iíve had. Very sweet. If this was called an Imperial Stout Iíd like it, and I like it as a porter. Sweet chocolate finish.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
8/28/04. Poured out of 64 oz. growler, obtained in a trade with footbalm 8/25/04. Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Ring of rocky lacing. Inky with dark tan lacing, lightly patchy and pretty good. Very rich, dark chocolate and bourbon nose. Very woody. Heavy alcohol flavor that doesnít detract for me at all. Edge of sweetness, very velvety, and then dropping out to a huge dryness. Wonderful finish that sucks the moisture out of the mouth, dry and awesome. A bit numbing. Heavy whiskey flavor but wonderful thick aura-- you lift the glass to your mouth and inhale, and youíre already drinking the beer. Wonderful finish of burnt wood and heavy bourbon. A bit too singular with wood/bourbon on the nose, otherwise itíd be awesome. Damn near so, as it is.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks to footbalm for the oppurtunity to try this. Sweet molasses nose with a noticeable whiskey burn when inhaled deeply.Very, very light body almost watery when first poured. Thankfully as this sits it really comes into its own. Medium bodied. Nice roasted malt bitterness backed by a molasses like sweetness. All that is complimented by the barrel aging. The bourbon sits in the background adding to the beer rather then overpowering. I could really see enjoying snifters of this on a winter night.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks to footbalm for the growler & for herbjones for pulling together the trade.
This big brew pours opaque dark brown with little if any head, the initial aroma was of whiskey and cocoa.
What I found important is that this beer really changes personalities as it opens up. We poured it straight fm the fridge, and the flavor was mainly alcohol and it wasnít too impressive. However, letting it warm up allowed its complexities to impress you. The bourbon is a nice background flavor, itís there, but doesnít dominate. Notes of cocoa w/ hints of dark fruit dominate.