hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
BottleÖ This beer rocks!Ö Pours dark brown with a mid-sized, frothy, khaki head. Decent retention. The aroma is a mťlange of coconut, caramel, milk chocolate, toasted nuts and big-time Stranahanís whiskey. Medium to full-bodied with a mildly creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor mirrors the bouquet in that it is a luscious marriage of caramel, coconut and milk chocolate with a splash of whiskey. Warming, chocolaty, nutty, Stranahanís finish. World class treatment of a solid milk porter!
jredmond (4872) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2012 Bottle split with pat and vin. Pours a deep brown body with nice lacing. Other notes to be added...Whiskey. Light wood.
mixmasterob (877) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thank to burg. Dark brown, just about black pour with a decent brown head, faded in quick fashion to a collar around the glass. Aroma was big sweet bourbon up front, melted candy bar, vanilla and a light roast. Reminded me a bit of Older Viscosity in the nose. Flavors were big big big. Bourbon, lots of milk sugar, cocoa powder, hint of roast, sweet finish. Mouthfeel was a bit creamy, carbonation light. Almost like a more drinkable Older Viscosity. Not nearly as sweet and viscous. Quite boozy and hot in the finish. Damn good but definitely a bottle to be shared.
cbfobes (2095) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle shared by drowland at pre-GTMW 2011 tasting, pours a very dark brown with a thin tannish head, aroma has hints of chocolate, toffee, coffee and a hint of booze, the flavor is sweet with a decent amount of wood and chocolate in the finish, thanks for sharing Danny!
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle shared at a tasting - thanks to whoever brought this one. Very dark brown, near black, in color with a small light tan head. The aroma has big Stranahanís whiskey, caramel, roast, sugar, and chocolate. The flavor has a great caramel and toffee malt base with minimal flashiness, just some ash and a great balanced whiskey presence. Some oak barrel. Medium-full bodied with medium-low carbonation and not too much booziness. Solid -bal aged porter, very well done.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared at Pre-GTMW Tasting (Madison, WI). Pours a near pitchblack pour, almost opaque, with some touches of light on the edges and bottom, but near nothing. A small to decent frothy offwhite head dies to small ring, faint to small lacing. Aromas are whiskey and lactose, touches of roast, sweet milk chocolate, toffee, vanilla. Some light coffee, but sweeter oatmeal, chocolate. Initial is sweeter, medium bodied with sweet lactose, milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, wet whiskey, vanilla tannins, oak, toffee. Into thje back it lightens up, the barrel isnít strong, but provides a healthy kiss. Finish is sweet, lingering roast, whiskey, decent barrel presence, toffee, vanilla. Mmmmm. Pretty good. Perhaps a touch thin, the flavors are quite nice though.
50belair (1822) - Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown/black pour with an off white head. Whiskey & chocolate aromas. Dark roasted malts, sweet lactose, chocolate, and mellow whiskey notes. Well balanced..
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Dark brown, light tan head... Creamy fudge with, a touch of smoke, lactose too much... Taste is a touch boring, light flavor and feel, lactose with a smooth whiskey finish, creamy, solid, a bit boring
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/12/11. 750mL bottle. Subtle barrel aroma with oak and vanilla if you search for it, on top of sweet stout and a bit of roast. Sweet milk stout taste with a touch of barrel - pretty subtle again... awesome silky mouthfeel. Pretty good.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle courtesy of biggsbowler. thanks, randall! pours exactly like an imperial porter should with a dark, cola-brown color topped by a smooth, creamy, light khaki head that leaves light lacing and sticky rings of lace. aroma is simply wonderful with big notes of fresh baked fudge, graham crackers, and toasted marshmallow (símores anyone?!) backed by roasted malts, fresh espresso, and rich vanilla with more subtle notes of whiskey, oak, and brown sugar as it warms. flavor is outstanding as well with a more pronounced presence of roasted malts, espresso, and dark chocolate backed by cookie dough, graham cracker, pralines, and sweet lactose with the bold notes of whiskey, charred oak, and vanilla emerging on the back end. palate is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a lingering finish of fresh baked cookies and rich whiskey. overall, another wonderful barrel aged beer from CCB.