phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle via NC trade. Thanks, John! Pours a deep brown color with a finger of fizzy tan head. The aroma is a bit muddled and seems different every time I bring it up- roasted malts, bourbon, charred oak, chocolate, caramel, toasted nuts, earth, and dark fruit. The flavor is more straightforward - roasted malts, chocolate, charred wood, earth, and tobacco. Some vanilla and brown sugar sweetness, but not much. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry, roasty mouthfeel. Good barrel treatment. I wasn’t wild about the regular People’s Porter but this worked.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black, two finger light tan head.
Smell roasty porter, bit of coco, very little barrel.
Taste big roasty porter bit bitter, more oaky vanilla.
Mid body, lighter than expected
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. purchased while on vacation at Atlantic Beach, 2013. Bourbon forward scent with a coffee underbelly. Beauty I a pour, thick lacing and tan head over a dark black body. The feel is airy and yet a medium thickness to it. Very pleasing IMO. Bourbon forward taste but not overpowering with the roasty coffee porter after. Delicious and balanced.
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Ptw (15) - - NOV 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smelled like a porter should, looked like a porter should, tasted like a porter should, and finished like a porter should. Will drink again, often.
radio_nowhere (1407) - Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber into snifter glass, deep rich brown color with dark tan head. Aroma of strong bourbon barrel notes (wood, char, tannic), roasted malt, chocolate, coconut and some spices. Taste brings out notes of liquorice, dark cherries, caramel, peppers, vanilla, some coffee, light marshmellow and booze. Medium body, low-moderate carbonation, astringent with smokey bitter finish. It’s an oakey porter that’s for sure, heavy bourbon barrel influence yet surprisingly light. Curious which 20 YO bourbon barrels were used? Overall though pretty impressed, could use a tad less carbonation though.
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Thin dark brown pour. Pleasant aroma of bourbon barrel: wood spice, bourbon barrel. Flavor is almost all bourbon barrel. Oak, bourbon, slight alcohol warmth. There is very little beer flavor behind this. Slight watered down chocolate malt. Crisp mouthfeel and surprisingly thin body. This feels like cheating. The bourbon barrel this was in obviously once held some great stuff, but the beer aged in it can’t hold up to it. As a result, there’s a really nice bourbon start that then falls flat.
574deadzone (1379) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown to black, with ruby edges and a very thick, rocky mocha head that settles slowly, leaving gobs of lace. Nose involves cola, roasted malt, vanilla, subtle whiskey notes, dark chocolate, what I imagine treacle would be though I have no idea what that is, marshmallow, and oak notes. Pretty sweet flavor with a fair bitterness. Lighter bodied, airy with effervescence, oily and slick, with a lengthy toasted malt and woody whiskey finish. Enjoyable, nice to have a barrel aged beer that isn’t massive. Strangely (or not), it reminds me of a whiskey and coke.
HighlanderOne (1237) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at jack of the wood in Asheville. I smell cocoa, Cherry liquor, coffee, licorice. Solid black and hardly any head. Big cocoa and coffee in front with licorice, smoke, bourbon, hops, malt, earth. Great porter feel. Outstanding.
Experiment_Ale (1096) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2014 Bomber at Ryan’s. pours black with gray redish head. Aroma is awkward tart, tannic barrel, some roasty malt, red pepper. Taste is weird, roasty toasty, not good.
Update: at my place with a clean palet after working on Sunday. I really like this, no idea why I didn’t like it last time I had it. Nice barrel notes champion the flavor, with some roasted notes that have a medium bite. Finish is bouton chocolate and lightly roasted malt.
BrettTaylor (738) - Radford, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured as a small taster. Aroma is typical porter with chocolate notes on the nose, but there are also coconuts and toasted marshmallow. Tastes are typical porter as well, but somewhat subdued notes of caramel and toffee and oak.