b3shine (6148) - Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by DrSilverworm). Looks good; a translucent dark brown with light beige head that steadily that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells good too; dark malt, chocolate, oak, and bourbon. Tastes like it smells, but not as robust. Solid on the palate; a bit thinner than I’d prefer though. Good beer.
DrSilverworm (7772) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, from Dutch’s. Shared with a couple local raters. Very dark brown color, mostly clear, slight red hues on the edges. Thin off-white head, some ropes of lace. Holy moly, the nose on this! Did not expect it to be barrel aged, you get the bourbon barrel up front in the nose pretty quickly. Awesome cookie dough, brown sugar, good vanilla. Milk chocolate. Very nice barrel aroma. Medium-bigger body, smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Some decent chewiness to it. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet, dry finish. Hides alcohol reasonably well. Very nice complex aromatic finish, lots of good balanced barrel notes that play well with the light porter aromas... Awesome chewy vanilla bourbon toasty bitter dark chocolate aftertaste... Just a very mild hint of oxidization, maybe (some light dry papery cardboard in the finish I think), but it’s very mild. Super tasty, impressive stuff. No burn at all.
Cunningham (5150) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Transparent dark color with a tan head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Fruity, sour, roasted malt and mild coffee.
Palate: Medium body. Slightly sweet and a moderate bitterness. Average to soft carbonation.
Taste: Fruity, mild coffee, a bit roasted malt and faint chocolate. Also a bit sour and acidic. Some alcohol notes.
Overall impression: Not much of an anniversary ale.
Personal stats: Bottle from a trade with Nisse666.
Minderbinder (2195) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750ml. Thx Cparles.
Pours black with low beige head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, nuts. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malt. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Overall: Good. Nice chocolate/roast features.
czar (5013) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle shared by cparles, thanks chris! pours dark brown with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. burnt caramel, chocolate - cocoa powder and lactose-like and aspartame sweetness, raisins and other red fruitiness, coffee beans, slightly vegetal and mineral - almost salty and stale, few woodsy notes - vanilla and sweetish bourbony components. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, grassy-spicy-coffee finish. probably past its prime. still somewhat decent.
tom10101 (3352) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2014 Bottle (750 ml). Shared by cparles, thanks Chris! Dark brown with a medium beige head and some lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, light bourbon and some dark fruits. Taste is very similar to the aroma with a little more caramel and less bourbon. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. A bit straigtforward, but not bad. Balance is good. Decent. 7-3-7-3-14.
EDIT: Had this one again at Akkurat. Shared by a very nice local customer. Way better than last time I had it. More depth in both the aroma and taste. Bourbon was still quite present. It held up really well. Very good bourbon barrel-aged Porter. Nice balance.
gunnfryd (11734) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is whiskey, roasted malt, coffee. Flavour is whiskey, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol, dried fruits, licorice. Full body. Very nice beer.
Pyrmir (3740) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Dark brown with a mocca head. Aroma mainly of roasted malt and black chocolat, some bourbon, vanilla and ashy notes. Nice full body. Taste is similar to nose; dark chocolate, roasted notes, vanilla and bourbon. Long and full fininsh. Very nice beer.
Beer4000 (4818) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Almost black body with a big, creamy tan head. Aroma of dark malt, roast, oak and whisky. Flavor of sweet, dark, roasted malt, pleasant bitterness, dry fruit and warming alcohol. Fine body with a long and smooth aftertaste. Very pleasant.
ThirstyBird (1940) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - SEP 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Sebletitje! 75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBSG II Pours a dark brown color with orange highlights and a smallish tan head. The smell is coconut, licorice, caramel malt. The taste is vanilla, caramel malt, coconut and some dark fruit flavors - it ends dry with a bit of char. Medium body with nice carbonation and fine structure. Very nice stuff!