nearbeer (3968) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml. Opaque chocolate color with a lasting quarter inch of cream. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, charred oak and a dab of whiskey. Flavor is vanilla and chocolate with whiskey, blackberry and raisin. Finish is a nice bittersweet blend of roasted peanut, toasted oak, vanilla and char. Medium-heavy body is to the sweet side, but the lightly astringent barrel and dark malt finish provides a nice balance. Mostly smooth; only complaint is just a wee bit much carbonation for my tastes.
argo0 (11868) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Medium beige head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, some milk chocolate, light roast, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, Bourbon, some roast, light caramel. Smooth medium body.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Opaque black
Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla
Taste: Bittersweet chocolate, vanilla
Palate: Medium body
Overall: Fairly straightforward, but overall very good.
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 (9461) - 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 (609) - 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 (1505) - 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 (2407) - 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 (1656) - 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.