EvanFriend (414) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasty, chocolate porter with a boozy end/aftertaste that must be aquavit (which I’ve never had). Pretty good stuff. And this was bottled as Barrel Aged Porter, the label was beautiful as well.
AWISLguy (1712) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle from Sonoma Cellars. Pours inky black with a foamy root beer ice head. Nice spots of lace. Aroma has molasses, chocolate, caramel, and coffee, with hints of grape. Taste is of bakers chocolate, heavy roast, sweet caramelly malts, and molasse, with a hint of lactose. Full bodied. Finishes to the sweet side of bittersweet, but with depth. Interesting flavor blend and a very solid brew.
AlainG (1491) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ce porter est plutôt foncé, plus que certains, ayant une mousse crémeuse qui la recouvre. On a l’impression de se retrouver dans le voisinage d’une brûlerie à café. Il y a des arômes de grains grillés, de café au lait, ou encore de café-crème où l’on aurait rajouté un peu de Tia Maria ou de Bailey’s. Le café espagnol n’est pas trop loin en bouche, avec ses saveurs d’alcool qui réchauffe au passage tout en réconfortant. La bouche est remplie de chocolat noir. Une belle amertume nous imprègne le palais. C’est velouté, crémeux et empreint d’une bonne corpulence. Batch 602 Embouteillée le10-05-13 MA 10-05-16 (1032-100314)
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with a nice thick brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt with light dry roasted malt with some liquor notes. Taste is also a nice mix between some barrel-aged liquor notes with some black chocolate and some dry roasted malt notes. The barrel-aging is well balanced and cut some of the rough edges. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable beer and really enjoyed the spirit notes that came through this one.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Dark chocolate and prunes are anchored in roasted cereals, while portly residual sugars are licked by alcohol warmth in this very satisfying Barrel-Aged Porter.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam protects the pure darkness.
-The finish could be tighter. It’s heavily sweet and perhaps underhopped for its girth.
-The fruitiness helps drinkability.
-The body is rich and smooth. This is a fireside brew.
Cory (372) - , California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
SFBW Sour Sunday 2014. Very dark with a tan head. Lots of smoke in the aroma from the clearly very well raosted malts. As the layers come forward there the dark chocolate and dried cherries show up. Taste is mostly sweet with some bitter notes. Great beer!
Iphonephan (4305) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 50 cl bottle shared in Park City UT. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of boozy cherries. Flavors of oak, dark fruits and a hint of licorice. Smooth boozy finish.
Sammy (9450) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
World class porter. Light smoke, chocolate. Thick mouthfeel. Very drinkable, sweet dominated.Black as night with little head.
exeter (451) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours dark and the head lasts to the bottom with lacing all the way down
Taste: licorice, mocha and vanilla, dark fruits
Lot’s of complexity and smooth with a bit warmth. I’d have it again.
TheJester (2131) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL bottle. As "Barrel Aged Porter" with a different lablel than the one pictured. Nice looking beer; stout-dark, but with a weird reddish tint to it. Medium brown head. Smells like a roasty, chocolatey porter that has been aged in a barrel. And that’s what it tastes like, as well. Just enough barrel to make its presence felt, without overwhelming the other flavours. Nice, creamy mouthfeel. A well-constructed beer.