Prufrockstar (628) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2014 Draft at Bigwood, 12/6/2012. [10 of 11]. From notes.
Pours jet black, thin tan ring of head, leaves irregular lacing. Aroma/taste/overall impression is dominated by bourbon. Thereís a lot of barrel here. Sweet, roasty, smooth, full-bodied. When compared side-by-side in a line-up with other great barrel-aged beers, it doesnít leave a big impression (which is probably unfair -- I expect Iíll rate this again some time on its own terms).
2006 bottle. Big thanks to OldMrCrow for digging this one out of his cellar. Itís fitting that Iíd forgotten Iíd rated this one before based on my previous description. Anyway, pours near black with a small ring of bubbles. Aroma of dark fruit, oxidation / old beer. Held up surprisingly well, in that it still feels like it has some soul, even if accompanied by a bit of cardboard. Reasonably dry, still has some bourbon to it, chocolate, slick texture with a nice alcohol burn. Interestingly, my notes indicate I rated this 7.5/4/8/4/14, so basically the same as the original rating (which Iím going to let stand). Perhaps Iím fair and consistent, or I havenít grown at all in the last year, or perhaps itís just a coincidence.
Nuffield (3626) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Side by side with the Top Sail Imperial Porter (Bourbon). This is the better of the two--the bourbon is softer and the alcohol finishes it nicely. It is hotter than maybe it should be, but it propels this beer in a good way, too. Bottle.
Davhgbrew (847) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at wob. Initial sip is smooth, milk chocolate, and heavy roasted malt. Vanilla is big in middle and it blends into caramel in the finish. Very well masked abv, but def has a warming effect. Not overpowering with bourbon barrel.
fattybladdy (424) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with minimal head. Big bourbon and chocolate scent on the nose, pretty great. Taste is bourbon, dark malt, on the thin side and the bourbon dominates. Taste doesnít stack up to the aroma but pretty decent nonetheless.
bwa5879 (501) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Midnight black pour with thin brown head. Strong corn-y bourbon scent, tootsie roll chocolate and carmel too. Low carbonation, watery mouthfeel and clean finish. Sweet chocolate and more bourbon in the flavor, smokey bitter taste on finish. Flavors are good but disconnected and the bourbon-ness is on the harsh side.
maekchu (1700) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at The Bier Stein. Boozy chocolate, fumes, thick dark fruit. Pitch black, good lace. Bourbon notes right away / light prunes and smooth cocoa.
Medium-heavy body. Very tasty, but too young. Body is a bit thin for the style.
ICEatALAMO (851) - Troy, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2013 vintage bottle. The pour is black. The aroma is sweet sweet bourbon, vanilla as well. The taste is disappointing compared to the aroma. Not bad, a little thin. The bourbon is not as present as I would like. More roastiness and oak in the flavor.
Frahmo (205) - Idaho, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bomber, room temp. Poured black with dark brown head. Taste is on the bitter, almost woody side. Hints of chocolate and stone fruit. A thin body with a dry finish. I was a bit disappointed with this one, previous years have been better. Barely anything from the bourbon aging except the wood.....
fcjack1 (94) - Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from world beers. Pours opaque black, thin tan head. Scent of chocolate, bourbon and some booze. Taste is very bourbony. Strong alcohol as well. Probably shouldíve given this one another 3 or 4 months. Still tasty though.
PotjeBier (1396) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle @ home, 2013 issue. Black color. Beige head, with short retention. Aromaís are beautiful, bourbon, vanilla, oak, some malty sweetness and hints of chocolate. The flavor falls behind, a bit bourbon, only ever so slightly sweet, hints of woody & alcoholic sourness - these flavors linger, but thereís no new flavors in the finish. Body is rather thin. Perhaps a year in bourbon barrels is a bit too long.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled Feb 2011
A: black with little head production. There was a substantial amount of rust around cap (probably from the tin wrapper on the top). No lace. Near mirror surface.
S: Bourbon, vanilla, sweet and dark malts with some cream tones I relate to a cuvee that has sat on lees for a long time.
T: Follows the nose and adds some nice depth with hints of dark stone fruits and some bakers cocoa. Really nice.
M: Viscous and low carb, semi dry finish.
O: Really showing well right now. Wouldnít hesitate to grab a few more of these. Full Sail is not my favorite brewery, but when they are on, they are spot on.
Serving type: bottle