BVery (7891) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Winterfest 2014. Dark pour with a creamy head. Mild whiskey aroma. Thinner palate. Bland taste with whiskey coming through - not really working for me. Not bad, but I was hoping for a lot more out of this.
Nsanders (708) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler. Deep red brown with a tall tan head. Raw oak sawdust, dry bourbon, bittersweet chocolate and malts. The flavor has a woody dryness. Body is has a lighter watery feel. If the wood flavor had been smokier, it might have been an improvement over the regular porter.
portableparty (2025) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Pours brown and clear (for the most part) with a little off white soapy head that fades to a small wispy film. Aroma is chocolate maple syrup and some wood. Taste is bitter with subtle whiskey notes and vanilla and maple syrup with roasted malt all around. Palate is medium and slick with a chalky dry finish. Fun and interesting take on the standard!
JK (4918) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Winterfest ’11. Not as complex as I hoped for, but good anyway. Mild oak with a very light alcohol essence. Clearly a porter, mild, roasted grain and smooth.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Winterfest. From notes. Very nice. The barrel aging is not overdone at all, leading to a beer that in essence is a more complex version of the base beer. Almost has a nutty quality to it, which I enjoy.
Atom (1755) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
From growler thanx to mattyb83 pours cola like color with tan head. Aroma is sour wood and whiskey apparent. Taste has notes of coffee followed by wood and whiskey very watery thin on the palate. Taste is too light and watery to be a porter, even the color doesn’t match up to a porter.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a growler. Pour is dark brown with a small off white head that quickly fades. Aroma is sweet and somewhat cola like with roasted coffee and a hint of whiskey. Flavor is light roasted coffee, a hint of vanilla, and some wood. I had high expectations for this but was let down.
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown/black with off white head, aroma is nice and roasted with a touch of oak. Taste up front is a bit of bitter coffee and chocolate leading into a nice interplay between the oak and the roasted finish. Nice sessionable porter that balances the oak well, and very smooth.
after4ever (6635) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler, courtesy of bitbucket and dalzale--thanks! pours a deep opaque black with dense, creamy, lasting dark tan head. big sweet milk chocolate nose. creamy thickish body with soft carb. oak chunks fall out,cbut theyre very balanced within the structure of the beer...deep chocolate and roast in the thick waves of the mid palate, then tiny hints of bourbon and vanilla. very little impact to the carb and the body from the oak. really delicious and drinkable.
DalzAle (2009) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler picked up today. Dark black pour, very little carbonation and an aroma of roasted malt and a tiny bit of very boozy whiskey. Flavor is also a little roasted malts, little smoke, velvety vanilla and finished very light and left a dry aftertaste like that of a weak whiskey/coke. Very unique and enjoyable, I’m glad the booze wasn’t overpowering like many other whiskey/bourbon aged beers. Will probably head back later this week to grab another growler of this.