Arayaga2 (1714) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque red with an inch of poofy tan head. Aroma is raisins, tart cherries, and a hint of cinnamon, with some cola notes. That mostly covers the taste as well, but the vanilla takes a prominent finishing note, and itís less tart than the aroma would suggest. Seema says "What the hell is that? It tastes like rancid pop!" She doesnít normally dislike sours, either. $7/22 (11th ann)
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draft @ Frisco Taphouse) Served in a heavy stem glass. Murky amber with a touch of beige head. Nose of bourbon, wood, coconut, caramel and a bit of spice. Mouthfeel fairly smooth, low carbonation. Tastes of sweet bourbon, oak, coconut, caramel, maybe a bit of rum and spice. Hot and sweet.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into goblet. 2011 vintage.
3.5 A: Dark brown color. A little over one finger of frothy tan head. Retention isnít very good, but a short ring of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Ass load of cocoa powder in this. I didnít read of this addition on the bottle, but Iím convinced that they had to have. Just super chocolaty. Vanilla is also pretty potent. The bourbon, however, is barely detectable, which is probably the right way to go with a dubbel. Light leather and earthiness from that and subtle oak. Fig and plum fruitiness. Banana under that. Surprisingly this isnít very spicy.
3.5 T: The barrel comes through a lot stronger in the taste. Some tannic astringency with oak and vanilla. Tangy caramel, earthy, and leather. Not as cocoa-y as the nose, but itís still there and is plentiful. Lots of banana, fig, and plum fruitiness. Brown sugar and molasses. Light clove, but not spicy overall. Not bad.
4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light spritziness to it. Also reasonably creamy. Good here.
3.5 D: A little strange, but itís not bad. Give it a try if you can.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-06-2012 03:08:13
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy brown with a reddish tint. Toasted malt aroma with a bit of fruit. Sweet fruity flavor, strawberry and cherry. Bitter finish with moderate hops. Light vanilla and bourbon, though not really noticeable.
baraciisch (1283) - USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of bourbon and oak.... Deep mahogany in color... Body is a little thin but flavor is sweet with notes of caramel and bourbon... Delicious
trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Kevin for the chance to try this one -- really interesting brew. The fruitiness of those currants and figs really comes through, and the vanilla is also readily apparent -- none of those flavors slips to the background. Some of the caramelly oak from the bourbon is definitely there, along with the traditional booze dilution, and while I think it could use a bit of refinement, the flavors play together well and make for a far more interesting brew than I anticipated.
arone12 (895) - Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bourbony! Brown in color. Some oak and vanilla! And some wood! Some malts. Good stuff
oRos (840) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from capitol beer. Aroma is wood , grape, . Has some slight sour taste. Has a bourbon aftertaste.
raphael (808) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My nose is thinking plum pudding some stouts been spilled on--plums, brown sugar, brandy, molasses. Opaque darkest brown with a deep knaki head. Balanced in the mouth. Flavor wise its much sweet balanced with some fruit sout, alcohol and valiant but outnumbered hops. Something Iíd like to be drinking back home in a snifter rather than in a olastic mug at the wonderful oregon brewerís fest. Iím guessing this will be one of the big hits,
killjoy966 (676) - Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Half pint @ Chuckís. When I say Iím looking for something different, this is what Iím talking about. Bourbon, slight tang, gorgeous red, vanilla(?). Good god this is delicious. Who the fuck is Black Diamond?