illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Rustyham. Pours deep brown with a tan head. Aroma of oal, wet grains, and alcohol. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavor of chocolate and nutty malts, countered by a spicy bitterness. Not many sugars left to balance things out, and overattenuated for my tastes. Oaky and dry finish. Just ok
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample from a 2012 tasting. Pours dark brown in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, char, bourbon, wood, vanilla, earthy notes, hint of chocolate, flavors are decent, but the body is thin and at times seems a bit watery.
Imaena (1811) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This is a really nicely roasted porter with some serous dryness edging on bitterness going on. Dark chocolate, dark unripe stone fruit, and a faint hint of bourbon. Very interesting brew.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours like liquid obsidian under a tight crema head that fades into a thin blanket. Swirls with a few arcs of lace.
Lots of black root. Whole green peppercorns. Pumpernickel. Figs and prunes. Twigs and Autumn leaves. Slight tart lactic twang along the sides.
Fleshy meaty prunes and dates in the middle with vinous tannic notes along the edges. Oily tobacco and wood varnish notes in the middle. A bit leathery and papery underneath. Quick nip of lactic sourness in the very back swallow.
A unique beer that is a blend of whiskey barrel aged porter and un-barreled stout that ultimately reminded me of a Baltic Porter. I enjoyed the slight lactic tang but it doesn’t quite fit with the style which lands on Imperial/Strong Porter. Good but the recipe could use a few tweaks.
Headbanger (3246) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle 8/13/13 (Binny’s Naperville)-40° in Shaker-Pours black with ruby tints. Aroma of sweetness, vanilla, chocolate, oak, and slight coffee. Taste of malt, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, oak, and slight sweetness. This medium bodied brew is not too shabby. I feel a little light in the body and lacking more of the barrel aged characteristics.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Pours black with red highlights when held to the light. An active 1.5 fingers of cola head.
S - Roasted malts, vanilla, oak, coffee beans, dark chocolate, raisins, bourbon comes out more and more as it warms.
T - Follows the nose with roasted malts, roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, smoked oak is present as well as some bourbon booziness. There’s an unknown fruity character. Leafy hops provide bitterness and finishes very dry.
M - Moderate carbonation, light to medium body, somewhat creamy, warming.
Very interesting beer. The components work together and do not overpower each other. The bourbon compliments the coffee and chocolate.
Serving type: bottle
Boothead (26) - 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 (1262) - 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 runner’s speed. Shoom! B) Lack of bubbles on the ring, but there’s some La Brea stuff going on in the middle of the pond. Hot! Lookin’ good, Raven!
I’m not a huge barrel aged guy; they’re 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. There’s 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; it’s not a thick beer. Upper middle of the logging road in terms of thickness. I referenced a logger road because it’s woody. Quite easy to drink. Syrupy residuals and then gone. it’s still a lighter, as in less dense, porter. It’s a satisfying beer at 7.5%, but it’s not blowing me away with the flavor. I like the less sweet compared to other barrel aged beers, yes, and the oak’s nice. The beer they started with was around average, and even with all the smokey and woody bells and whistles, it’s still an above average beer.
Darkover (1512) - 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 (4836) - 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.