polomagnifico (1163) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at brewery. Aroma of coffee, bourbon, wood, chocolate, some piny hops and caramel. Jet black hue with an average sized creamy khaki head that lasted and left good lace. Flavors of smoky, bourbon, ,caramel and espresso. Palate is smooth and flat. Just a fantastic porter. Very very good. I’d love to try it bottle conditioned or with some age. The nitro tap kind of sucked
nbutler11 (1262) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2008 This beer is like a combination of their Oatmeal Stout and Porter on steroids. Brimming with sweetness from being gaged in bourbon barrells, there is plenty of vanilla, coffee, maple syrup, and cocoa to keep anyone busy enjoying itís flavors. Well done.
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Founders. Nice aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and oak. Great dark appearance with a creamy, everlasting head. Great beer, something I come to expect from Founders!!
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Founders. The barrel aging did the trick as this had a wonderfully smooth palate of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and coffee. The more I sipped on this, the more I dug it. On of the best porters Iíve drunk. If only they would have let me buy a growler!
ogglethorp (916) - Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at MIBGSF 08. Pours black with a tiny tan colored head. Aroma is oak, bourbon, chocolate, caramel. Flavor is nice hint of oak, bourbon, and vanilla, on top of the chocolate, caramel, roast, coffee notes of the original beer. Palate is full bodied, mild carbonation, finished sweet and mildly warming. This is fantastic use of Woodford barrels, the bourbon just supurbly compliments an already fantastic beer! Hopefully this gets bottled one day as I know the porter is scheduled to be released for the first time in a long time this year. Terrific stuff!!
1FastSTi (3237) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
GTMW 2008. The beer pours to a pitch black body with a tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate and vanilla. Sweet. The flavor is roasted black patent, light licorice, sweet milk chocolate and dark chocolate chips. Vanilla and oak. Rich sweet palate with a full body and nice texture and great coating.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Name: Bourbon Porter
Source: Brewfest, Great Taste
Appearance: black, creamy tan head,
Aroma: sweet chocolate and bourbon aroma with extra vanilla sweetness to make a bourbon candy,
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, great bourbon character, touch of heat, light balancing bitterness,
Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown almost black with a brown tanish very thin head. Medium to full bodied. Nose is of an imperial stout. Bourbon, coffee, and lots of roastyness to it. Im not a fan of porters but wow is this a great beer. This is an awesome beer if your into imperial stouts even though its not. It tastes like one. This is what their imperial stout should be. Roast, roast, and more roast with some coffee and bourbon notes balancing with a sweet almost chocolate like flavor with a robust roasty long lingering finish.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Founders. This is their Vanilla Porter, aged in Jack Daniels bourbon barrels. Deep opaque brown body with reddish highlights, medium tan head. Nose of chocolate and coffee with a touch of molasses and alcohol, also subtle oak notes. Boozy, silky. Dry body with more prominent oak and bourbon, but still dominated by the base beer, with roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and light vanilla flavors. Rather thin-bodied but smooth and complex. Lingering bitter finish. Nothing too big or brash here, but itís worth spending some time sipping this beer to pick up everything it offers. A gem.
alexsdad06 (3864) - Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at the Summer MGBF ’08. Pours dark brown/ black with a decent sized beige head. The aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, and a touch of espresso. The flavor, which is bold has moderately sweet dark malts, vanilla, oak, slight bourbon, dark chocolate, and a touch of the espresso from the nose. The bitterness in the finish probably arises from the dark chocolate influence. This was way to easy to drink for a 9.5% porter. Mouthfeel was spot on. Definetly worthwhile.