ellolovey (441) - Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Thick tan head. Aroma of bourbon. Taste of straight Wild Turkey. Hard to get past the bourbon taste. Hints of vanilla and a bit of smoke. Totally overloaded with bourbon. Not really an enjoyable alcohol burn. Not anything Porter like.
conway (1310) - - JUL 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark cola with no discernible head. Aroma is roast, chocolate and barrel. Taste is surprisingly tart with a marshmallow barrel profile. Ok.
574deadzone (984) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2014
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
crajun (934) - , Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
alexsdad06 (5263) - 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 (1617) - 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 (3845) - 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 (435) - 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 (1371) - 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 (1972) - 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 (80) - 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.