burg326 (4931) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle poured a black color with aromas of roast, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, and some light cocoa. Flavors are roast, coffee, sweet malt, light vanilla and some booze. A very nice beer that I am glad that I have a reserve so I can crack open at a later time.
blklab2007 (2108) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a very dark brown color with a thin coat of brown head. Aroma has rich earthy malts, sweet bourbon, molasses, oak, vanilla, and a good snap of heat. Nice and juicy. Mouth feel is medium and there is a nice steady carbonation. Flavor has hefty malt but with little bitterness, sweet bourbon, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and some heat. It is not a huge crusher but it certainly brings plenty of flavor.
jcnielsen (2771) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2013 Bottle. Thanks to adnielsen for sending! Pours a black color with tan head. Bourbon, roasty, vanilla aromas.
Travlr (17708) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Black color, brown head. Aroma of whishey, too much. Taste is boozy bitter burnt coffee.
changeup45 (1727) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I got this bottle from my Secret Santa this year. The pour is very dark with a thick fluffy head on top that leaves quite a bit of lacing. The aroma here is rather nice. Dark fruit and mocha scents are noted first. Bourbon and wood open up as it breathes a few seconds, with some underlying tobacco. The carbonation is lively and seems too high. The flavor uncovers what might be a slight infection. However, that seems more noticeable cold. As this warms, a silky mocha note blends nicely with wood, bourbon, tobacco, and a touch of soy. But there’s no doubt a slightly funky sour note but it doesn’t prevent me from enjoying this. I wouldn’t mind getting ahold of the regular version to compare.
thorongil2 (1968) - , Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) clear very dark brown, small brown head; aromas of vanilla, coconut; thick oily palate; rich flavour, bit on a dry side
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle. Smells of dark berries and a bit of booze. Comes off as much like wine as it does beer. Flavor is also vinous, with deep raspberry and plum. Bourbon comes out more as it warms. Probably could use some time.
Niko100 (2390) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium to heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, vanilla, & bourbon; Flavor of roasted malt, oak, dark bittersweet chocolate, soy, coffee, and some bourbon; Warm finish with some sour notes; Overall, nice bourbon qualities - but just decent for me.
bth122 (1366) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big Bottle. Poured a black color with full head. Immediate aromas of oak and bourbon, wet or old wood, some cocoa. Taste is slightly off. Starts off as sweeter stouut then oak bourbon flavors quickly kick in, followed by a slightly sour taste. This has potential but is not doing it for me. Not sure if the bourbon barrel aging hurt this one, or is the bourbon barrel againg trying to mask a not well done porter. A bit dissappointed, since I am a big fan of barrel aged beers. Good aroma, but taste could be better.
sonnycheeba (4512) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2012 Vintage. Pours opaque black with average, fizzy tan head; short retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is roast and caramel malts, plums, black cherries, bourbon, oak, earthy hops, vanilla, and light leather. Flavor is a balance of dark fruit esters and smooth, dark malts with bourbon and vanilla throughout; finish is dry and ashy with a hint of bittering hops. Medium/full body and low carbonation.