tricyclist (470) - Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Sample pour of deep dark murky brown with a slight khaki head. Nose is boozy with bourbon and caramel. Slightly spiced. Flavor is boozy again, more caramel and some chocolate. Plenty of barrel notes even though it’s well over a year old. Really nice
alexsdad06 (3821) - Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
chinchill (1013) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
travita (3476) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BlowOffTube (251) - Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
Beerenberger (1108) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Vanilla, fruit, with hints of chocolate waft the nose. Pours a thick black with a brown ring and minimal lacing. The taste is boozy, with wood, fruit, biscuit flavors present. Bitter alcohol finish and aftertaste. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, while good the strong alcohol taste gets in the way.
Ed5388 (1235) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber. Pours a very dark brown color with a finger of foamy tan head. Aroma of light bourbon, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of oak. Taste has some bourbon and vanilla flavors, chocolate, oak, and a boozy finish.
Xenon (48) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is probably the first beer I’ve had where I really noticed the barrel aging aspects, and probably the best porter I’ve had yet. Pours opaque, very dark brown with a thin, tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma is noticeably woody, malty, and somewhat boozy. Taste is very boozy for the abv and the bourbon/tannins are very apparent especially in the middle. Malty sweet and a bit syrupy in the beginning. The slight burn and sour notes from the tannins cause this robust porter to fill your mouth. I am normally bored with porters, but I like this one a lot.
jkwalking05 (3050) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Dark brown with an average off-white head. Aroma is of oak, chocolate, roasted malts, prune, light nail polish. Taste is of chocolate, bourbon and oak.
Jamesthebrit (133) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A; Very boozy. Hints of smokiness and chocolate.
A: Looks pretty good. Brown thick head dissipate quickly.
T: Alright on the tastes. Way way way boozy. 6%ABV? No way. Hints of some roasty malt. Chocolate. goes down a little watery.
P: Very boozy. watery. Decently smooth on the palate.
Overall this beer is alright. Too boozy and it covers up the other flavors.
johnnnniee (1823) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from RSVP
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a huge frothy tan head that dissipates slowly. Smells of cheap bourbon or sour mash with a hint of chocolate sweetness and maybe some faint dark fruit notes. The flavor has a hint of chocolate and dark fruit, but like the aroma this one is a huge bourbon bomb with a hint of tart fruitiness. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick tart mouthfeel. No bottle dating on this and being a bit far from home I wonder how old this beer is. It feels like the start of a mild barrel infection here, but the base beer doesn’t seem thick enough to stand up to the thinning effects of the tannins in the barrel. Decent brew, but could be so much better.