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Blue Mountain Isabel Bourbon Aged Robust Porter

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A sublime porter aged in bourbon barrels with cacao nibs from Ghana and Spanish orange peel. The deep chocolaty nose gives way to a surprisingly light porter. Pairs beautifully with grilled foods.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (3811) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Sampled with Joe, Phaedra, and Claudia. Dark clear brown pour with ample tan head. Tootsie rolls in the background of the nose. Sweet and slightly tart citrus character. LIke blood oranges. Cocoa and oranges. Definitely some signs of infection, with bubbly prickly carbonation, but it doesnít detract from the baseline too much. This blend goes together pretty well actually, but I certainly wouldnít need to have it again.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9375) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle... Dark brown pour with a large, rocky, lightly-tanned head. The bouquet is an odd mishmash of chocolate, dulce de leche, citrus rinds, lactic acid and an unfortunate, earthy-funk facet. Medium to full-bodied with airy, almost fizzy carbonation. Echoing the aroma, the flavor delivers rich notes of chocolate and dulce de leche, but is tainted by an odd and unpleasant tangy-bitter component. No residual sweetness. Crisp, charred, bitter/funky/tangy finish. Crazy infected. This beer could use a Z-Pak.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (12986) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Bottle. Hazy dark brown color, small beige head. Nice aroma, subtle sweet spice, vanilla, whiskey, coffee. Taste is boozy coffee and herbs. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1585) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 3, 2012
750 ml bottle, corked and caged, courtesy of RABinVA. Pours a typical dark brown with some ruby highlights. Gentle pour nets a 1 finger creamy beige head. Random bits of lace. Cocoa and orange on the nose. Kind of an odd aroma. Almost a tad sour. More of that sourness on the palate. To the thin side, but thats ok, itís interesting. Some more orange and chocolate malt in the flavor with some wood notes. Didnít pick up much in the way of bourbon. I liked it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ovechkinator (18) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Pours a murky brown wit a thin, tan head. The aroma is mostly roasty, a little bit of chocolate and orange. Taste is much the same, but you pick up the slightest hint of bourbon. Not sure why some people find the bourbon overpowering, for only 6% abv the subtlety is nice. Probably the easiest-drinking barrel-aged beer Iíve had.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (4066) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2012
Location: Draft at the Brewpub, 11/21/12

Aroma:†The nose is heavy bourbon/oak along with some dark malts
Appearance:†It pours a hazed medium brown color with some light lace
Flavor:†This one is dominated by the boozy flavor with some light underlying malts
Palate:†The body is medium-full, with a soft carbonation, and a fairly hot finish
Overall Impression:† Booze overpower a bit, and takes away from the enjoyment. Lacks the balance of a great barrel aged beer. Not bad, but not a favorite for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (1559) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Thank you motortoddhead. Deep brown-black pour with near-white head. Orange/citrus and spice with light roasted malt/cocoa, and faint dark fruit. Flavor is dark chocolate-covered fresh orange trailing out to light roasted malt. Barrel notes extremely low/came out in the nose a bit with warming. Palate about right for 6%. Unlike some of my other comrades, I enjoyed this one.

1.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Kinz (3347) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Pours a dark brown, but not into the black, fairly large but loose head. Aroma of cooked orange and light chocolate. Very light body strike you immediately. Unfortunately, the next thing you notice is that something isnít quite right here. Sour notes of an early infection come through, with faint orange and chocolate in the background. May 2013 cork. Just got this in the past week, not sure if this is from the old bad batch or the new "good" batch. Not happy with this at all. At least it didnít gush. Drainpour. Will give this a shot again in the future - after Blue Mountain has figured out their Barrel House issues.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3531) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2012
From a 22 oz bottle at a tasting. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Cherry, vanilla, and tobacco notes.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheChampion (114) - Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2012
First batch exploded like R Kelly trapped in a closet, lets see how this goes. Pours a clear brown with an offwhite head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, orange, vanilla, and oak. Tastes of roasted malt, orange, bourbon, tiny bit of the chocolate. I find it to be very decadent. Smooth, light body. Awesome brew, worth every penny.


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