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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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Porter Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Oak Barrels - Vintage 2011. Aphotic


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17182) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2013
Draft @ Hamiltons, San Diego, CA. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma with woody hints. Roasted malty woody licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate and licorice finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11368) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Rating 10 seals the deal. Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours very dark brown/lack with a 3 finger dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate with a hint of anise. Near full bodied. Flavor is chocolate for start, then a dose of anise appears. It seems to have oak astringency, and maybe a little vanilla. With time anise seems to override the chocolate. Amazing stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11230) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Pours nearly black in color with a khaki head. Smells of roasted malt and dark fruit to begin with. Lots of licorice notes and perhaps some vanilla from the oak. A good chocolate and coffee aroma, too. The flavor is more impressive than the nose. Good roast, chocolate, and coffee with a more pronounced vanilla and oak flavor. A little bit of cocoa as well as some toffee sweetness. The body is a bit thin, unfortunately.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10074) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, milk chocolate, vanilla and carmel. Palte was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, oak, dark chocolate, dried fruit, carmel and a hint of bourbon with a smooth dry lingering roasty oak finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8011) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 11, 2012
Dirty yellow-beige head over black beer. Bourbon-barrels, vanilla oak obvious, sweet and lactic, but not sour - lactose? Sharpish alcohol flavour, bitter chocolate, bit smoked, vanilla and the rest of the oakflavours. Sharpish, alcoholburn, pretty viscous and smooth. Too little porter, too much barrel aging, IMO.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
On tap. Pours with a nearly black body with a lasting tan head and some great lace. Aromas are of sawdust, bourbon (like), oak, dark fruit, chocolate, alcohol, raisins, lots of barrel and brown sugar. Slight acetone note at first blows off quickly. Flavors are of raisin, sandalwood, dark fruit, currants, fudge, chocolate, brown sugar and barrel. Lots of lingering vanillin and coconut. Creamy carbonation, lightly syrupy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7180) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2012
Tap at Monk’s Kettle, SF. It pours opaque black, with a thick tan head. The nose is tangy, coconut, vanilla, smoke, over-ripe pineapple and some meat. The taste is roasted malt, tang, caramel, burnt malt, smoke, liquorice, coffee, charcoal, wood, vanilla, fruit (more dried pineapple) and earth, with a dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Well balanced and flavoursome.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7046) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2012
22oz bomber pours deep darkness with tall firm mocha like head of foam. The aroma offers up pretty rich bites of dark roasted malts, burnt malts, toffee and dark roasted coffee. The taste is very imperial stout like with rich dark roasted malts to burnt malts, chocolate brownie and dark roasted coffee. To midway a brief yet somewhat firm sweet dark fruity ester note is noticed in the form of faint blueberry notes that are quickly smashed by burnt malts and dark roasted maltiness and dark roasted coffee. I’m not sure how this is a Baltic Porter but it is a damn nice Imperial Stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a brown head. Vanilla and light bourbon aroma. Vanilla and toffee flavor with earth and light fruitiness. Medium-plus bodied. Vanilla and earth lingers with toffee and very light roastiness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6680) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle from Ledgers Liquors. Pours black with a nice tan head and atreacle aroma. There is a strong coffee, chocolate and dark molasses flavor. Little carbonation, but lots of oak. Complex and tasty.


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