Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
22oz bottle. Rating #138. Opened up with quite a pop and it poured with a lot of foam, unfortunately it was infected and not terribly good.There was once a very good beer there, but it wasn’t happening today. (2798)
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown with an off white head. Some bourbon, woody, vanilla, caramel, and some chocolate,
DesertDevil (564) - Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle (thanks, daknole). Pours a lovely dark brown with a filmy head and light lacing. Awesome sweet chocolate nose with a boozy note. Light dark malt, licorice and bourbon taste with a sweet candy background. Lighter body than I expected, but not too light.
tmongoose (1425) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bomber poured dark brown with mocha colored head...a small bit of a gusher but saved it all. good strong aroma of bourbon first off and get some chocolate and roasted malts. the flavor on the other hand is quite strong with bourbon medium bodied and strong alcohol burn on the end..most of everything is masked under the bourbon unless you know what you are looking for...do get some chocolate and malt and coffee as well...but mostly masked by bourbon.. did i say bourbon..i believe i said bourbon.
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Decided to open after increasing talk that the first batch was infected. Happy to report a clean bill of health on my bottle. Lively carbonation, thin body. Tons of vanilla and bourbon. Strong oak and earth. Finish is a little weak. Overall, recommended if you’re a bourbon fan more than a porter fan. I’m happy to have a glass of it next to me on what has turned into a rainy and windy weekend.
Jow (2324) - New York, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at AZ crew tasting. pours dark brown, nose is mostly bourbon. tastes of bourbon, rootbeer, earth, toffee, and maybe some bubblegum. kinda overpowering on bourbon and a touch light. nice enough but just misses
arkurzynski (1615) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from JCB - thanks! Deep brown pour with rocky, deep tan head. Monster lacing. Nice bourbon nose with coconut, oak, and some mild cocoa powder. Porter flavor is pretty overwhelmed with mostly bourbon/coconut and some bakers chocolate and tart, acidic dark fruit. Pretty thin and somewhat watery. Acidity is slightly detracting. Some beers just shouldn’t be barrel-aged.
jbrana (512) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - APR 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Has a decent presence from the barrel with flavors of vanilla, caramel, and burnt sugar. However, with a thin body with a slight tart / sour flavor. Not bad, but certainly not the best barrel aged beer I’ve ever had.
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big whiskey nose. Thin brown pour with a thick creamy beige head. Taste is boozy and dominated by whiskey. No malt backbone. No balanced flavor. Needs more meat on the palate to hold up to the 20yr old whiskey barrel they aged it in.
obguthr (4180) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bourbon and elderberry nose. Hazy brown, thick tan head. Bourbon and berry flavor. Thin body. Verry berry-like for a porter, barrel aging notwithstanding.