radio_nowhere (1031) - Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked bomber into tulip glass, dark dirty rust color with tan head. Aroma of port wine, brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruits (raisins, plums) and oak barrel. Taste balances the wine, heavy malt and barrel notes very well. Heavy body, moderate carbonation (almost champagne-like), sticky with sweet slighty-oaky finish. Delicious.
djd07 (5180) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Jeff. Pours a cloudy brown with a small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong port, brown sugar, and raisin. Thin mouthfeel with nice port character, candy sugar, raisin, with nice boozy sweet finish. Easy to drink, really enjoyed this one.
hopscotch (9963) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!Ö Hazy burnt-caramel pour with a miniature, creamy, off-white head. Rich, malty nose of caramel, coconut, vanilla and loads of oak barrel character. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and kicked-back carbonation. The flavor is a gorgeous swirl of caramel, vinous/fruity port, coconut and brown sugar. Finishes malty, sweet and warming with a hint of acidity. Muchos kudos to growler for picking up this world class rarity and shipping it my way! Where were these one-offs back when I lived only twenty miles from their Frederick, MD facility?
devman171 (1171) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2014 Bottle pours murky brown with low head. Aroma is big raisin and dark fruits, taste is big sweet raisin, dark fruits, and oak. Nice big beer and a bit sweet
pras (518) - Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this for my birthday along with Wegmans Chocolate Cake. Poured dark brown, aroma was dried fruit, malt, sweet, and booziness. Flavor was more of the same. Port came through with a nice sweetness at the end. Choclate cake brought the flavor out and visa versa. Wish I had another bottle!