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Cricket Hill Brewmaster’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter

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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Reserve #2 is a very limited release of a Bourbon barrel aged Porter! This year we will be treated to the flavors drawn from barrels of Four Roses Bourbon, just in time to chase away the winter blues! This release is available in 22oz. bottles only and is being limited to 100 cases. It is THE beer to seek out, find and enjoy! Look for it in finer liquor stores in late March.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtdewa1 (350) - rome, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel and roasted malts. Bourbon comes through at end. Taste is strong for low abv. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1588) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 14, 2014
From a growler supplied by jcwattsrugger. Thanks John! Pours almost black with a hint of ruby. No head at all. Maybe a thin mocha colored ring. A second more aggressive pour netted a 1/2" of head. Strong bourbon aroma with hints of vanilla & coffee. More bourbon and oak on the flavor. A little bit of dark chocolate and anise. Full bodied. A slow sipper! Very nice.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2014
22oz bottle, sat on this too long, its oxidized flat and not very tasty, some mild hints of bourbon are coming through but its far from dominant.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
conway (1634) - - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle. Dark cola with no discernible head. Aroma is roast, chocolate and barrel. Taste is surprisingly tart with a marshmallow barrel profile. Ok.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
574deadzone (1090) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2014
I feel like I should be rating the "sour" version, since this was sour, but it was the regular version, so here it goes. Quite disappointing obviously. Thin-looking brownish appearance. Nose involved sour apple notes and licorice. Taste is just off, sour. Thin body, nothing exciting. A real bummer. This seems to be a concern with lower gravity barrel aging. Not enough alcohol to kill what’s growing in that barrel. No fun here.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crajun (995) - , Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bomber rec’d in trade from ?? Aroma is bourbon and dark fruits. Taste has some complexity but just too much bourbon to enjoy as a beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5895) - Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2013
22 oz bottle shared by Tmoney99 (late summer 2011). Pours dark brown in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, chocolate, some sweeter malts influenced by the bourbon barrel, light coffee notes, vanilla and a hint of alcohol. The flavor was decent, but the beer was a bit thin to carry off the barrel as well as it could have.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (2142) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2013
22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Pours a very dark but clear reddish-brown. Small head soon reduces to a bubbly ring. The aroma is sweet with a clear controibution from the bourbon barrel. The barrel aging is even more apperent in the flavor where it dominates the sweet malts. Medium body with a satisfying, but higher than ex[pected level of carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4157) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Backlog of ratings. Thanks to someone at one of bu11zeye’s tastings. The look is dark brown in color, no head, and dark. The smell is malts, alcohol, wood, bourbon, and dark fruits. The taste is fruits, wood, alcohol, malts, and some fusel alcohol.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlowOffTube (499) - Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle thanks to jesterdeal! Pours a very dark brown/black with a tan head. Aroma is slight Bourbon, coffee, and vanilla. Taste is a perfect balance of bourbon, vanilla, coffee bitter, and dates. This is so smooth its like a chocolate milk. The body is medium to heavy with light carbonation. Awesome porter!


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