TheAlum (6900) - Aurora, 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 (3315) - 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..
chibuck (3509) - 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 (7870) - 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.
daknole (10840) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My 100th cigar city beer! Deep dark brown pour, fairly small beige head. Nice fudge, bourbon, vanilla and some oak. Sweet bourbon goodness, fudge, vanilla, toffee...outstanding!
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, chocolate, and booze. Taste is pretty complex but very boozy. Very balanced mouthfeel. Overall a very good brew
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
POurs Black, small tan head. Nose is VERY boozey, loads of whiskey, molasses, sweet sugars and fruits, mild roast. Flavor is smooth whiskey melded with earthy malts and sweet sugars. Good amount of roast and fruit notes, coffee and cocoa.
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pitch black with a light tan head. Nose is intense chocolate, light roast, nice bourbon flavor. Very rich nose. Absolutely fantastic dense milk chocolate up front with light bitterness and tons of bourbon flavors at the end. Heavy rich mouthfeel. This one feels like its about 10.5% but none is listed. Smooth but definitely strong. Really awesome beer.
markwise (5145) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle from CCB. Pours a dark brown with a pretty dark tan head. Nose is whiskey, mallow, booze, some dark fruit, hints of vanilla, chocolate, vague oreo sugary sweetness, and just a pinch of earth. Flavor is massive chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, wood, some lactose, some vague bit of fruit, and more milk porter than the rum version. The wood does not hit until the finish and that is where I get char, whiskey, cookie, lactose, and a bit of booze that recedes like it wasnít invited. This is all manner of delicious and maintained the milk porter flavor much better than did the rum version, not to mention the smooth body on top of that. Outstanding.