leeburg (223) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
The usual dark with light tan thin head. Aromas are rather faint for me, but what comes through is a bit of unripe fruitiness and black patent. Like really burnt malt that imparts a sourness, similar to a foreign extra stout but with a little extra extra. Flavor? Yep. A definite sourness pervades. Then I got to wondering if it isnít the grain bill but the pinot noir aging. Assuming thatís contributing the fruity astringency, Iíd be more interested in just the bourbon aged stuff.
JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from evilinagoodway. Black pour with tan head. This was roasty with a nice oaked finish. Had some vanilla taste but not much barrel aged going on to me.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a brown head. Chocolate and malt aroma with light vanilla. Dark malt and light whiskey flavor with light vanilla. Medium bodied. Dark malt and light whiskey notes linger with light earthiness and light oak.
djd07 (2537) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown and ruby hue with small tan head. The aroma is roast and oak. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet malt chocolate and bitter finish. Easy to drink a good Imperial porter from Bridgeport.†
cstuartj (861) - Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark black pour, tan thin head. Nose is sweat, dark fruit and sugar. Taste is a bit then, very sweet with a nice slow finish. Pretty good.
PorterPounder (4959) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Savannah, Ga - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 22 oz bomber. Pours a very dark brownish black with a sticky khaki colored head, nice sticky lacing. Aroma is kind of distant, some vanilla, a brief hint of smoldering wood. Flavor is pleasant, but not overpowering. Pick up some creosote notes, a bit of strong black coffee, some oaky notes. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Decent - but expected just a tad more.
ChainGangGuy (4233) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle - $6.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a black, inky-looking body with an inch of tan-hued foam.
Smell: Dark chocolate enveloped roasted malt joining a vigorous, vinous fruit aroma atop subtle tannic hints of oak barrel.
Taste: Starts off with a sweet, smooth roastiness introducing dark chocolate and a lively blend of fruits: raisins, plums, and sourish dark cherry. Thereís a gentle charred oak character, though never much in the way of a bourbon flavor. Earthy, vaguely spicy hops with a balancing medium-low bitterness. Semi-dry, fruity, faintly roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: I actually found it to be rather likable and quaffable.
smith4498 (2794) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a trade with Rustyham. Pours dark brown/black color with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and oak. Roasted malt flavor with some bourbon and vinous notes. Chocolaty and slightly ashy. Medium body with average carbonation. Thanks Nick.
MmmcKay (1040) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is dark brown with a decent light tan foam. Nose is of fresh coffee and oak. Not overly roasty or toasty though thatís there too. A bit of tart fruit. Pomegranate maybe. This is a porter though through and through. Dry. Not much residual sugar here at all. Nice drink.
savnac (2364) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle for around $4. Dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, pit fruit, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Flavor is dry tanic oak, bitter-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee and mild alcohol. Medium body with average carbonation and a thin, oily mouth feel. This one has a lot of oak barrel and booze character, really great beer for the price, just seems a bit thin.