hopdog (8444) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade with riversideAK (thanks!). Poured a dark black color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of roast (lots of), chocolate, woody, earthy, and grapes. Tastes of roast, chocolate, wood, vanilla, and dark fruits (or could also be some pinot?). Barrel aging definitely on the softer side. The label explains why; 59%-8% aged in oak bourbon barrels & 33% aged in oak wine barrels. I can see the wine (in the tastes), but really didn’t get the bourbon. I found this drinkable and liked it the more I got into the bottle.
cathcacr (627) - Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not up to the standard of its regular Porter, it’s still a solid outing. Musty and fumey throughout, from nose to throat and beyond. Much like an Imperial Stout but with a lighter, cleaner body.
bitbucket (2154) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. First, I gotta say that label just plain kicks ass. What other beer is going to give you a 3-D label with attached 3-D glasses? The label alone is almost worth the price of admission... almost. On to the main event. The beer pours opaque, nearly black with a lacy tan head. Aroma is roasty, vanilla, chocolate, with just a little citrus and pinot pushing through? Medium body and fine carbonation. There’s a little bourbon-y sweetness on the front end of the taste, the chocolate, woody and hoppy influences take over. Dry oaky, somewhat chalky finish. Looks like BridgePort finally found a good use for their stash of pinot noir barrels. This is a dandy beer with a lot going on, and all the flavors seem to be playing nice with each other. If you’re not so fond of hops you should probably cellar a bottle for a year or so...
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with bubbly tan head. Alcoholic aroma with roasted malt. Tastes of more roasted malt with bitter chocolate and a smooth but nice and hoppy finish. Very good mouthfeel with a chalky finish. Excellent beer, a little bit more like a stout than porter to my taste.
boFNjackson (4003) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2010 Cask @ Belmont Station... Poured black with a thin, bubbly, light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt-grains and was a little chocolaty. Very smooth in the mouth, almost like juice, with amaretto alcohol flavors and warming malt notes with some hearty, balancing hops.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black pour, tall tan head. Interesting nose of yeast and hops, sure there is a nice chocolate roastiness underneath, but the hops weren’t expected. Overall very hopped up imperial porter, maybe even a bit to much, covers up some of the malts that I’d like to try. I didn’t get much barrel flavor out of this, but still a delicious porter. On another note, I always enjoyed their porter, where did that go? Some dark fruity flavors build in the finish, sort of chocolate dipped cherry flavor. Overall nicely done, maybe my other bottles will have softer hops as they age.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to the kind folks at BridgePort for this wonderful brew--Poured a deep dark abysmal black body with a minimal wispy whitish head. Spicy roasted nose. Rich, chalky and carbonic. Hints of chocolate and spicy hops. Prickly mouthfeel jumping with NW hops. RObust malt character carried this beer. The oak was more less than subtle. Very mild barrel flavor. Perhaps a little vinous grip from the Pinot Noir. Overall, a wonderfully rich and complex porter.