DeanF (1746) - Nunavut, - JAN 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a bad porter and has a good punch with a flavour of burnt barley and licorice, but it lacks the deep complexity one would expect of a brew like this. And itís expensive! The appearance is okay with a deep body and modest head, and an okay aroma of barley; but the flavour just isnít thick and heavy enough to warrant the price tag or the imperial porter name. Itís a lightweight in a heavyweight category; give it more oooomph to get it where itís supposed to go.
bb (7234) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a big tan head. Bourbon and caramel aroma with light vanilla. Bourbon and light chocolate flavor with light coffee. Medium bodied. Bourbon and caramel linger with light coffee and light toffee.
drjay44 (2857) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a very thick, gradually diminishing, beige head, with extensive lacing, over a brownish black (SRM 35) body......nose is light Bourbon Whiskey, light vanilla, wood, roasted malts with cocoa, chocolate, light dried fruits, minimal hops, balance to the malts....taste is moderately sweet, with cocoa, chocolate from the roasted malts, light fruit notes with plum, raisin characteristics, light Bourbon, wood, finishing with a light roasted malt hop bitterness, balance to the malts.....mouth feel, thick of medium body, sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation low. This is a rich, thick nourishing brew. The barrel was used with a light hand and adds complexity without dominating. The overall presentation is almost a Baltic Porter in style. BJCP 8/2/15/5/7
furthur (332) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - APR 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, opaque deep brown beer, huge almond colored head, great lacing. Aroma bourbon cherries, roasted barley, vanilla and oak. Initial taste is not that good...plastic and vanilla, second much better?! Flavors cherry cola, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, anise, burnt sugar. This is a bit sweet...whereís that 60IBUís? Thereís a slight astringency at the finish. Palate is good, smooth and rich, carbonation a bit above style, but not bad, and the head it builds is worth it. This would be good with ice cream.
andrewturba (1151) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy brown with some light coming through and a small spotty tan head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, faint booze, and vanilla oak notes. Flavour is booze, chocolate, cocoa, oak, bourbon, vanilla, moderate bitterness, roasted malts, mild dark fruits, and a moderately dry finish. The alcohol is a bit harsh on this barrel aged version.
Reimer96 (1446) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an opaque black with a frothy brown head that leaves lots of lacing up the glass. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, chocolate, roasted malts and cocoa. Taste is bourbon, alcohol(with a bit of an acrid bite), chocolate, vanilla, cocoa and bitter roasted malts. A nice imperial bourbon porter but the acrid bite really hurts this one.
zoucrew102 (756) - - MAR 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, 2014 vintage? Strong roasted malt aroma with chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Pours black with a huge light brown head, including a geyser on one pour with good retention and not much lacing. Starts with good roasted malt and chocolate flavors with slick, smooth mouthfeel. Finishes smooth with some vanilla and bourbon before strong roasted malt re asserts itself. Decent bourbon porter, but lacks the depth of flavor and rich vanilla and bourbon of most similar brews.
piscator34 (2040) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with oakbluff. Dark brown in colour with medium carbonation. Bourbon , pale malt, and dark chocolate on the nose. Roasted malt, vanilla, espresso, and more bourbon on the palate. Thinner than expected, but that feature enhanced its drinkability. Solid overall.
marcus (7172) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head and a treacle and bourbon aroma. There is a rich carbonated dark molasses and chocolate flavor with a heavy bourbon finish.
bhensonb (12012) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown with a large foamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate with notes of bourbon. Near full bodied. Flavor is very chocolate. So much so that it has to leave before the bourbon has a chance to stand out. Which it eventually does. Thereís also toasted/burnt malt and treacle. Itís also a little bitter, so thereís probably hop. But the chocolate and bourbon are what itís about.
after4ever (6493) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22. Pours an opaque near-black ebony with a dense and creamy tan head that surges volcanically. Took about 20 minutes to get a full pour--even with lots of sips over that span to break the head. Big sticky heavy chocolate and vanilla nose. Creamy medium body with soft carb, a little flabby. Chocolate, vanilla, some apricot on the mid palate, lots of heavy roast and some oak. Pretty heavy-handed. Long sweet finish.