hopdog (9580) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a dark, deep brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of whiskey, wood/oak, vanilla, and chocolate. Tastes of vanilla, whiskey, chocolate, some, and caramel. Nice...went back the next day for more!
Sammy (9281) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed immensely on tap at the brewpub. Dark body with some white head, ruby wine highlights. Lace down the sides. Wonderful rye whisky aroma. Above average mouthfeel, carbonation right there. Chocolately, woody, coconut.
egajdzis (5510) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, light smoke, and some alcohol. Taste of roasted malts, smoke, vanilla, whiskey, chocolate, and faint alcohol in the finish.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Founders Brewhouse in July 2009. Served in a snifter.
Pours a very dark brown with a nice creamy brown head and excellent lacing as it goes down. The smell had roasted malts, bourbon, wood, chocolate, coffee, and a mild residual sweetness. A little bit of rye comes in as well, really setting this one apart. The taste brought a little more of the rye forward, creating a nice complexity. The mouthfeel was quite smooth, and a little bit dry. Quite drinkable.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-05-2009
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of rye, malt, chocolate, slight oak, and a hint of whiskey. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, loose, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Not sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet with just a hint of bitterness. Tastes of whiskey, malt, chocolate, roasting, vanilla, light oak, and a hint of rye. Medium body. Thin, slightly dry texture. Soft carbonation. Whiskey, chocolate, and roasted malt finish is slightly dry. Whiskey is quite present. Body is disappointing.
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Capones. Pours a deep deep black with a smaller creamy deep tan head that laced. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, whiskey, chocolate and tobacco along with oak. Flavor of vanilla, chocolate ice cream, tobacco, oak, whiskey, nuts and dark chocolate.
alobar (2999) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown/black color with no head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, whiskey, wood, and vanilla. Flavor of caramel, roasted malts, vanilla, whiskey and wood. Phenomenal!
adrian910ss (2410) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Capones. Pours a pitch black with a medium sized light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, barley, caramel and whiskey. Taste of roasted malts, barley, chocolate and light notes of whiskey.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
awesome beer...this place has perfected the porter renditions...pours black with tan head..aroma of sweet oak, chocolate, roasted malt, and bitter coffee..powerful flavor profile, dominated by dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and light whiskey...hints of caramel and vanilla here as well..great stuff
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on tap tonight at Capone’s.
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest bit of lighter colored edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy chocolate beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring that coats the glass with some small thin sheets of lacing.
Sweet alcohol aroma with lots of strong whiskey character without much of a tannis presence. There is some very faint vanilla from the barrel aging but this is overpowered by the whiskey and roasted/smokey malt notes lying underneath. Hints of bittersweet dark chocolate, burnt toast, roasted coffee/espresso bean, caramel and toffee. These latter hints are evident but the nose is overdominated by the strong whiskey character.
Fuller bodied than I expected which is a nice change of pace for barrel aged beers lately with a lot of rich roasted chocolate maltiness laying underneath the very strong whiskey flavor from the barrel. As in the aroma there is hardly any oaky tannis but their is a nice bit of vanilla trying to mellow out the strong whiskey flavor. Some silky chocolate accompanies the bittersweet dark chocolate and there is some subtle roasted coffee flavor. Hints of burnt toast, licorice, sweet alcohol, caramel and toffee. There’s also a very subtle hop bitterness in the finish which compliments the bittersweet dark chocolate. Pretty complex but the whiskey profile is a bit too strong for my liking. Decent but not one of my favorite examples of the styles. Nevertheless I’m glad that I got a chance to try it.