valpoaj (613) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Special tap pouring - had heard a few good things around, so figured what better excuse for a 5 pm weekday pour. Pours deep brown encroaching upon black. - little head to speak of, but leaves spidery lacing. Aroma is enticing...milk chocolate, some dark fruit, bourbon - overall very pleasant and enjoyable. Taste is similar to the aroma and well done - the bourbon serves to add a dimension to the rye base - a very pleasant if not overwhelming baltic porter in its own right. Dark fruit, smooth (not aggressive) bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, nuts...this impressed to be completely honest. Palate is quite smooth - found the carbonation to be spot on, and this was a great, easy sipper. I’m not sure if the 7.2% is accurate - this had a notable bourbon flavor and throughout the two snifters I felt as if this was probably clocking in at around 10%. Overall, this is the best offering I’ve had from F8...wish this was a more regular tap!
BBB63 (5751) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap: Deep mahogany with reddish and purple highlights, topped by a small fizzy head which left minimal lace upon the glass, some oily tears however. The aroma has notes vanilla beans and milk chocolate, slight charred oak and bourbon vapours, anise pods, prune and mango esters, earthy but any note of rye appears gone with the barrel ageing. The taste starts with a noticeable bourbon barrel influence but that quietly goes to background allowing the Baltic fruitiness and chocolate covered nutty character to shine proudly. Some liquorice, tobacco, leathery and earthy tones are found here and there. Nice that the rye that was missing on the nose does make a brief cameo on the ashy woody finish, the rye snap really helps with the beer drinkability. YEAH! While the mouth feel is a tad hot and boozy, it really does not hinder my enjoyment, slick and oily but a tad under carbonated. While it was easy to detect the barrel it never went over the top and still allowed most of what I liked about the base beer to still come through with flying colours. Get ya some before it is gone, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.