nimbleprop (6317) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle for $6.99 at D’Vine’s in AdMo. $7 bomber of bourbon barrel something. Good value if nothing else. Pours a watery but opaque black with some lacing, off white head. Nose is nice, not too much barrel, definite caramel and vanilla, most toast and bread crust than a standard barreled beer, some dark fruit, plums and prunes mostly. Flavor is so well balanced, vanilla, caramel, a hint of mocha, some toast, a little raisin, a little prune, some coconut. Not boozy or hot. A bit oily on the end, but very very smooth.
Lukaduke (2764) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep umber color with a finger of khaki foam. Lots of roasted chocolate, vanilla, bourbon heat and something strange is also happening, almost oily buttery coconut notes. Lots of bourbon... a touch thin.
solidfunk (5924) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Barrel is well integrated. Pours clear mahogany with good head and lacing. Some sweetness, comes together ok but not a huge body underneath. Tap at Churchkey.
ben4321 (5053) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: Draft at Mekong, 5/2/14
Aroma: The nose is full of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon/oak, and some vanilla
Appearance: It pours a dark brown-black color with a beige head and average lace
Flavor: The chocolate comes out in the flavor, lots of roast too, bourbon is in balanced
Palate: The body is medium-plus, it drinks pretty nicely, with a smooth, light dryness
Found this one to be a very tasty offering. I can’t speak for how it comes to the non-barrel aged version, but I can say that the barrel flavors play nicely with the chocolate and roasted malt flavors.
fluffy (2019) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
so much better barrel aged versus the standard version, but still not very exciting.
Prufrockstar (1640) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle, thanks to jtclockwork. Dark brown pour with no meaningful head. A fair bit of vanilla in the nose. Hugely astringent, almost sour; oaky, a bit tannic. Ash, chalk, almost undrinkably harsh. In fact ... yeah, ended up in the drain after choking through 4 ounces. Not crazy about this one.
GenDV138 (4093) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2014 22 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours a thin-like consistency with brownish black body and a finger of light tan head. Nice webby/spotty lacing. Aromas of sweet bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, light oak. Tasting notes of coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit including berries, bitter roast, some oak, hardly any bourbon. Some burnt notes on the backend and aftertaste. Medium-thin body with a dry and slightly warm finish. Creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. The bourbon didn’t seem to pull through on the taste. Turns into a mess as it warms plus a hotter finish.
jde123 (768) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow - this is a great tasting porter! Nice chocolate, but not that super-sweet chocolatey, aroma. Lovely flavor, nice feeling...at first. As I imbibe a few more mouthfuls, flavor turns a bit toward the overly sour side.
Crompt (122) - York, South Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very thin lookin as I expected from a >6% ABV porter. Palate is also thin but I’m impressed by the bourbon and vanilla flavors that come through here! Probably a my second favorite porter behind Alewerks bourbon porter (which is my fav porter by a large margin). This is a good, easy drinking beer with flavor but it leaves me longing for a real thick and loucious bourbon imp stout. Still yet to find a reason to ever go for porters but this does help the case a little.
Iphonephan (4982) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Trio in Kill Devil Hills NC. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of licorice and chocolate. Flavors of oak and vanilla. Medium bodied. Bitter roast finish.