Fatehunter (754) - 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.
Boothead (24) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 1/20
Pours a thick black. Not much aroma to speak of, but what there is is slightly roasty. Although it is a 50/50 split between porter and stout, the porter seems to overwhelm. Very slight carbonation bite--mostly flat.
pdx77 (343) - Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 22 ounce bottle. Oakey, smokey aroma and flavor. Opened up nicely after being a little too strong. Overall pleasing beer.
Shiva109 (2) - USA - NOV 22, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I may need to come back to this one; the smell of fish sauce from dinner is overpowering everything else in the house. Sorry, aroma score. What I can gather: vanilla and whiskey barrels and a woody thing going on not unlike a campfire. That makes sense since this half of this beer was aged with oak.
Visually, Things I can tell: A) The color is raven dark, and the head runs away at a Jamaican runnerís speed. Shoom! B) Lack of bubbles on the ring, but thereís some La Brea stuff going on in the middle of the pond. Hot! Lookiní good, Raven!
Iím not a huge barrel aged guy; theyíre usually too sweet. This is not. There is a sweetness to it, but Bridgeport has done a rather fine job blending the barrel sweets with the oak wood (almost smokey). Taste reminds me of gathering wood on a wet, cloudy day with a reward glass of whiskey sitting on the rail of the deck that gets a sip after each pile accumulated. Thereís definitely a strong alcohol essence going on too. Earthy.
Palate. The whiskey likes to hang out in the center of the tongue and leave some barrel flavor behind. The liquid dissipates quickly; itís not a thick beer. Upper middle of the logging road in terms of thickness. I referenced a logger road because itís woody. Quite easy to drink. Syrupy residuals and then gone. itís still a lighter, as in less dense, porter. Itís a satisfying beer at 7.5%, but itís not blowing me away with the flavor. I like the less sweet compared to other barrel aged beers, yes, and the oakís nice. The beer they started with was around average, and even with all the smokey and woody bells and whistles, itís still an above average beer.
Darkover (1498) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2012
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2012 Very dark brown with a big brown head. Aroma of sweet roasted malts and whiskey. Taste is sour with lots sweet roasted malts. Roasty finish. Too sour I ended up pouring it out.
Strykzone (3816) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Hayduke. We enjoyed a bottle together via facebook chat. This was a handsome beer being black and sporting a nice tan head. A roasted nose more than anything. Roasted flavor, too. There was gobs of roasted notes and it was on the harsh side. Later I tasted vanilla and even later some whiskey came through. It did have a nice smooth rich feel. Temperatures brought positive changes. A nice beer.
dnstone (1986) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light whiskey, wood and roast aromas. Roasty, thin porter with a slight edge of almost-tartness due to the whiskey, which also imparts some vanilla notes. Brown-copper in color with a bit of tan head.
mttan02 (29) - Tolleson, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very glad I tried this beer! Beautifully dark. Super smooth mouthfeel. Delicious! Very highly recommended.
coolpop (1163) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Poured black with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma was whisky, roasted malt. Flavor was whisky, roasted malt, hints of vanilla, wood. A touch of sour fruit, which was not wholly unpleasant. Quite smooth overall.
SPDickerman (700) - Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a tiny, fizzy brown head. Smells a little like chocolate and a bit of vanilla but nothing is too pronounced. Taste has a bit of vanilla and something that is kinda like a sourness or a metallic character, almost like a lesser quality bourbon. Medium-bodied with a slick texture and soft mouth-carbonation, BridgePort Raven Mad Imperial Porter finishes with that same sort of sour character. I wanted to like this one, but I just couldnít.
Bricktop86 (398) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2013 Pours black with a few fingers of thick tan head. Aroma of coffee, wood and vanilla. Taste is coffee, strong vanilla and oak, and some background hops. Creamy on the palate