KajII (755) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle. The pour was a murky dark brown almost black with an average (1-2 finger) medium brown creamy head that had great retention, eventually reducing to a thick puddled film and large collar, which in turn created some really awesome full sheets of lacing.
The aroma was of a roasted dark bread malt, mild resin hops and a bold leathery yeast along with notes of chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, a bit of oak cask and a decent hint of bourbon.
The taste was a roasty and malty with a nice chocolate sweetness from the beginning, slowly progressing with a slight coffee bitterness and a mild woody alcohol finish. The flavor lasted a decently long time following the swallow, with a nice roasty alcohol warming sensation lingering on.
Mouthfeel was quite a few steps beyond medium in body with a oily and slightly dry texture and a soft carbonation.
Overall this brew settled very nicely on the taste buds, allowing for a nice robust mocha coffee taste to take hold, which just left you wanting more while doing a great job of concealing the high ABV...
Plovmand (6036) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with a creamy beige head. The aroma is bourbon, chocolate, roast, licorice and coffee. The flavor contains notes of oak, vanilla, roast, alcohol, chocolate and light coffee. Great.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
PorterPounder (4955) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Albany, Ga - Warehouse Package Store - 22 oz bomber. Inky black pour with a creamy khaki-colored head that clings to the edge of the glass. Aroma is that of bourbon, creosote and soy sauce. Flavor is full bodied and bold with heavy doses of bourbon, some chocolate notes, a bit of molasses and dates and some back end soy sauce notes. Not quite cloying....but n the neighborhood near the bottom of the bomber. thick sticky mouthfeel. Not the hugest bourbon barrel aged fan - but this one drank pretty good.
dpjuart (1031) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the cellar. Pours black with big, tan head, dissipating to a rimming, creamy film. Nose is bourbon, coffee, cherries and raisin. A bit thin, lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak and fruit, alcohol at the end into the after with a mild roast character that seems muted by the bourbon. Hop bitterness and some astringency comes through as it opens up, Nice
shigadeyo (2925) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8/07/2010: Full Sail Brewmaster Reserve 2012 - Top Sail Bourbon Imperial Porter... Aroma: Silky vanilla and oak, semi-sweet chocolate. Appearance: Black pour, opaque; tan-colored crown. Flavor: Smooth, rich vanilla; calm bourbon; chocolate; alcohol. Palate: Medium-full body; smooth with lots of carbonation; not overly heavy. Overall: Very good.
1 pt 6 fluid ounce bottle (Alc. 9.85% by Vol.). Rating #381 for this beer.
1FastSTi (3233) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black body with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet chocolate chips and liquid chocolate syrup. Notes of vanilla and bourbon. The flavor is bourbon and cherry with chocolate. The palate is medium full bodied. Alcohol is well hidden. Not much complexity.
maxwelldeux (2720) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a near-black color with a moderate tan head. Nose is heavily bourbon influenced that dominates anything else. Taste is slightly sweet from the bourbon with the roasting coming through. Interesting...
ericdevin (471) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Corvallis Brew Supply, courtesy Phil. 2008 Reserve. Pours very dark with little head. Aroma is lots of booze, bourbon, vanilla, sweetness. Body is thin, finish roasty, chocolaty, warming, just a little bit of woodiness. This beer has aged superbly, and was really a treat.
burg326 (2770) - 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 (1781) - 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 (1329) - Kansas City, Missouri, 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.