Nikiel (829) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with Andrew. Pours dark brown with mocha head. Smells of bourbon and chocolate. Tastes sweet and lightly bitter of cocoa, and cayenne with hints of bourbon and oak.
DalzAle (1842) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Inky black pour, ring of thick carbonation and lacing and an aroma of semi-sweet chocolate, bourbon and a hint of orange. Flavor is rich bitter chocolate which mellows into vanilla, woody bourbon, and again just a hint of orange. Still pretty hot on the aftertaste, but still great fresh and has great potential for aging.
douglas88 (5115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to Todd. Pours a totally black hue with a medium beige head. The aroma is sweet woody brown sugar and oranges, lots of cocoa, heat. The flavor has mellowed as I drink it and is now a quite nice mix of chocolates and oranges with some bitter chocolate in the finish and lots of heat. Light molasses. The bourbon is light but comes through with vanilla and warmth. Very nice. Needs to warm up, at first I thought it was a bit harsh.
BOLTZ7555 (2578) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not nearly as viscous and black as I remember...although still oak-filled, woody, and bourbon forward. Lots of vanilla, cocoa, barrel, caramel, and citrus in the nose. Flavor is lighter although not light...with chocolate, a little toffee, and orange peel (yeah, definitely present). A little slick, alcohol not really noticeable...pretty tasty but memories of past brews negatively impacted this one.
tool2scream (187) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is my kind of beer. I love when brewers do different things and succeed. The Orange peel and cocoa nibs are perfectly balanced with the malts. Awesome orange zest flavor so light as a spice which creates a balancing spice aspect to the bittersweet flavor from the cocoa and the sweet malts. Nice flavor of burnt sugar in there from the barrel as well. Awesome beer. If this had been 50-75% BB aged, this would have been magnificent.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle... dark brown, bordering black, light tan head leaves a finger of light tan head, good retention... awesome nose, tons of orange with a touch of chocolate, chocolate covered oranges... lots of chocolate but a touch light and devoid of taste, not bursting with the flavor I was hoping for... solid, but no xxi
daknole (8004) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate up front, light booze, an odd spice(could be the orange) and cane syrup. Flavor is very sweet. lactose sweetness, light bourbony oaky notes, raisins. Wow, this is a big one...a bit too sweet but quite flavorful.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from the San Jose Whole Foods. I was lucky enough to get to try last years version at the brewery, which was a big departure from the first two years, having the orange and chile added. It looks like they have changed some things up this year in order to avoid the problems they had with chocolate separation last year, but the result seems similar. Super thick dark brown-black color with a medium beige head. Chocolate orange and lightly spicy aroma. Smooth, creamy chocolate malt flavor with moderate bitterness, some sweet orange, and a very light touch of lingering heat. A lot smother an less boozy than I remember from last year. Not overbearing at all on the whole, considering itís size. The bourbon barrel aged portion doesnít contribute much on the whole, and the wide array of flavors here really do strike a reasonable balance. The fermentation character leaves a nice fruity roundness on the whole that brings it all together. Good stuff, but maybe not worth the cost to try more than occasionally.
Aml42000 (616) - Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black with a foamy tan head. Lacing up the glass. The cocoa and orange are manifested on the aromatics. Light carbonation. Dark, bitter chocolate and espresso. Full bodied and a bit bitter on the finish. Will age my other bottles. Delicious porter.
bnoel09 (399) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JUL 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into an English pint glass. Aroma is cocoa and alcohol. Color is jet black with a tan head. Flavor is coffee and cocoa with some alcohol. Palate is full bodied and a tad syrupy. Overall a nice strong porter.