savnac (2391) - 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.
Syzzer (571) - Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good representative of a porter. Flavor of burnt malts without the syrup texture that plagues porters of this depth of flavor.
Fatehunter (1076) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a tulip glass. Black with a half finger of tan head.
Pleasant smell of wood, roasted malt, molasses and vanilla. Nicely balanced and subtle.
Sweet tasting, then charred wood and lots of it. The rest of the taste cannon escape the charred wood, neither can my mouth. The burnt malt tried to play was suppressed. The vanilla squeaks out at the very end but it isnít enough to overcome the charred wood.
Medium body, almost chewy. Moderate carbonation.
It smelled great. The taste was just wood and more wood; a bit much for me.
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a thick tan head. The nose is where the barrels are most evident, but the oak more so than the bourbon. The palate is a blast of roasted espresso beans. Chocolate on the finish- semi bitter. Good porter, but nowhere near the Schooner Exact Imperial.
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty much opaque with a cappuccino foam. The aroma is mellow, very mellow, creamy chocolate malts. In the mouth it really livens up with a cherry fruitiness a light heat and woody body. More than a handful of smoked malt. Itís ok I guess. A touch thin but reasonably robust I overall.
Smurf2055 (1293) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark with very little tan head. Smells robust, roasty coffee flavors. Faint chocolate. Taste is roasty, bitter, toasty. Very rich. Coffee and vanilla. Medium body, fairly drinkable. Good local beer.
rougeau13 (1863) - Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a small, yet somewhat resilient, light brown head. Mild aroma of wood, roast, chocolate, vanilla, and coconut. The taste is very roasty, with some licorice and chocolate, a nice bourbon barrel overtone, and a solid bitterness. Medium bodied, dry, and smooth.
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with lots of brown head and good lacing. A little thin on the palate with notes of exprsso bean. Flavorful overall without being too large.
Cybercat (2986) - Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong, smoky aroma has a decided overtone of whisky barrel and subtle coffee and chocolate notes. It pours a rich, deep, opaque sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head that leaves generous lacing. Flavor is - where to begin? Whisky and woody overtone; earthy, chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice and nutty notes - each sip seems different. Texture has about average body and a decent amount of fizz. Lip-smacking finish has woody and smoky notes and a hint of sweetness. This one will have you "raven"! :D
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2012
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2013 Vintage 2011: 50% aged in Whiskey barrels; 50% aged on oak
Pours a brown ale with some fleeting light tan foam leaving a solid sheet of the same. No lace. Smells of oak, cigarette smoke, ash, stale popcorn and some coffee grounds. Not impressive smell. Flavor is ashy and has some bitterness as well as some oak flavor mingling with banana esters. Medium bodied with low carb and a semi dry finish. This beer was a total miss for me. Not good at all. 3/1.5/1.5/2//1.5