rondphoto (1247) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque brown-black with good retention on a tan head, thick horizontal streaks of lace. Taste is rich chocolate milk malt that grows through the swallow, leaving behind a mouth-cleaning bittering in the prolonged finish. A great brew for late evening sipping, impressively warm for 6%abv. Excellent.
BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Iím nearly sure I have this as a backlog rating from GABF, but I guess a full bottle to ponder wonít hurt. Pours with a near black hue and a very, very large off-white head. Nuts lace. Tons of carbonation on the pour. Aromas are of maple, cashews, toasted coconut, chewy dates, chocolate. Fudge, soil. Flavors are of soil, brown sugar, dates, nutty, marzipan, maple, low roast. Lively carbonation (over carbonated), fuller bodied, low alcohol finish. Quite decent.
mikedR (726) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours stout black with a large but ephemeral yellow-tinged head. Beautifully strong bourbon aroma. Taste is very bourbon from first sips through the end. The porter base is solid and imparts a nice sweetness, but gets overshadowed by the bourbon at times. But that's a minor quibble -- this is a good brew, especially if you're partial to bourbon barrel-aged varieties.
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ReggieDunlap (2772) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown with a medium tan head. Aroma has dark fruit and vanilla...mild bourbon...good roastiness. Flavor has great bourbon and vanilla...not hot...good hoppiness!...some mild dark fruit...great bourbon. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is roasty/bitter and mild bourbon...oaky.
ineedbeer (420) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is surprisingly nice with balanced coffee, dark fruit, vanilla and oak. There is also some much chocolate notes from the malt and almond from the barrels. The beer smells nice, but I can't help but wonder if it is a bit infected - time to taste it.
This bad boy was very carbonated but didn't gush at all, just a huge pop. Pours dark brown but not quite black with a huge, thick light tab head. The head steadily recedes leaving quite a bit of "lacing".
Flavor is sweet with nice coffee and chocolate malt flavors. These malt flavors are complimented by dark fruit and barrel character. The barrel adds quite a bit of oak, vanilla and a hint of almonds but not much actual bourbon. There is a hint of dark fruit acidity which is likely coming from a low level infection but it compliments rather than distracts; that being said, I wouldn't age this for a lifetime. Medium low bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium to medium low bodied with a medium high carbonation. Astringency is low but present with a light alcohol warmth.
Overall this is a very nice beer even though I do think there is a hint of infection showing. The barrel character is very nice though as is the malt notes.
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adnielsen (7562) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Mattís house. Pours a deep brown appearance with a brown head. Chocolate, light caramel, a bit fruity, vinous, berry aroma. A bit thin body. Fruity, tangy, light whiskey, dark chocolate, wet woody, roasty malty flavor. Disappointing.
arminjewell (5144) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thick black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, roast, toffee, hints of bourbon in there, touch of coffee in there as well. Taste is slightly thin, but bourbon slight chocolate, toffee, roast, hints of dark fruits, hints of toffee, slight earth, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter.
BMMillsy (956) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black from the bomber with a one finger kahki head. Smells like a bottle of Jack Daniels, along with a hint of roast. Flavor is roasty malts with a nice backbone of kentucky bourbon. IOW, the base beer doesnít have enough umph to handle the bourbon. Lingering bittersweet chocolate. Low to medium carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Not too sweet or sticky. Not bad, but not impressed.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle that my brother brought back from Charlotte, thanks Jeff! Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is woody with a good amount of bourbon and vanilla. Some caramel, coconut, and chocolate provides a smooth malt backing. Flavor is similar. Smooth bourbon and wood up front with plenty of vanilla and a soft chocolate richness to balance. Caramel, coconut, and a light roast note before this finishes dry and woody with lots of vanilla and a smooth malty bourbon. Lengthy aftertaste following a creamy, medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really solid barrel aged porter. Lots of wood, bourbon, and vanilla, but a rich and smooth malt backing balances the big barrel character nicely. Great beer.
RABinVA (990) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours cola with a slight tan head that leave thin lacing. Aroma is all whiskey with a touch of roast. Taste is surprisingly subdued. Coa, vanilla, oak, a bit of sweet boozy burn. A nice big beer that is big on flavor with a reasonable ABV.