jsquire (3551) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at OCBA Holiday Craft Beer Extravaganza. Dark beer with a sticky thin beige head. Big buttery bourbon barrel nose. The bourbon barrel is very present on the first sip. Lots of oak, vanilla, dried fruit, chocolate, and caramel flavors mixed with the dominant barrel. Good use of a barrel to add to an already good beer.
mabel (6421) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[5675-20130817] Bottle. Roasted soya grains aroma. Clear, dark mahogany body with a quick foamy tan head. Sweet roasted soya malt flavour. Full body. Delicious. (7/3/8/4/16) 3.8
(@ Campground Brewdown 2013, Millmont, PA)
DialSquare (2906) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Pies and Pints in Worthington. Black pour, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, booze, dark fruit. Tastes are chocolate, bourbon, roasty. Sweet, but even. - 7.0
cpetrone84 (1531) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is black with brown edges and a light tan head. Nose is chalky malt, chocolate, faint barrel, caramel, toffee. Taste has more barrel, milk duds strong, some roast and bitterness in the finish. Medium to full body with gentle carb and a smooth feel.
phaleslu (6790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at MadTree Birthday Bash. Pours a deep coffee brown with a small creamy beige head. Aroma of vanilla, milk chocolate, toffee, dark and dried fruits (dates, figs, raisins), and some coffee roast. The flavor follows the same lines, also leaning more toward the sweet notes than the malty. The booze is really subtle here. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, sweet, malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Nice barrel treatment.
alexsdad06 (5865) - Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample at Big Beers and Barley wines Dayton. Pours a clear dark brown with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor had moderate roast, dark fruits, nice barrel treatment with wood and the spirit, hints of chocolate and coffee and a touch of caramel. Creamy mouthfeel with medium body. The barrel smoothed this out. Not as big and bold as some of my favorites, but a solid beer nonetheless.
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF pour. Dark brown color, brown head. Rich and full bodied porter with tons of dark fruits and some awesome whiskey barrel notes. Really good stuff.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at GABF 2013, smokey meat and roasted malt aroma and taste, little bit of a burn in the finish.
Dogbrick (8650) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Daily Growler. Brownish-black pour with a medium tan head that recedes gradually to a film. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, sweet malt and coffee. Medium-bodied with a sweet boozy character and flavors of caramel malt, chocolate and coffee. The finish is sweet with a chocolate malt and bourbon aftertaste. Good beer all around.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5078) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a black color with ruby highlights and a medium sized foamy brown head that left minimal lacing. The aroma was bourbon, coconut, vanilla, toasty malts, chocolate, wood and malted milk. The flavor was bourbon, vanilla, coconut, a hint of port wine, malted milk and chocolate. Long finish of vanilla, coconut, malted milk, chocolate and a bit of booziness coming through. Thick and creamy body. Very nice.