ClarkVV (4436) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Magnum shared by Adam C on 7/25/15.
Deep, dark, porter-colored liquid (just coined that term) is of indeterminable clarity, though assumedly pretty clear, as Shawn’s non-IPAs usually drop bright. Tan head is good-sized and well-retained.
We had a pretty good discussion about barrel aging while we were all drinking this guy and my position was of this being right on the border of my tolerance (for bourbon apparency). On one hand, the bourbon notes are not harsh/boozey and the barrel itself isn’t heavily tannic, but it’s still quite dominant overall, pushing out a lot of potential beer character in the nose. Spicy bourbon, dry coconut and sweet vanilla are all prominent. Roast takes a backseat, but enough maltiness helps keep it balanced (balanced in the sweet vs. dry sense, not balanced in the bourbon vs. beer character sense). With warming, I did get a bit of fusel/glue-like heat.
Full, soft, luxurious body is definitely a strong point here. The milk chocolate-like flavors of Everett are here dried out by the barrel, producing a more reserved, dark chocolate-like character replete with vanilla from both barrel and malt. Spicy bourbon washes over the palate, as well, and char and coconut are felt, helping to balance the big malt profile. Pleasant enough bourbon flavor and again it’s not sharp or raw (though there’s a touch of heat here, for sure), but I just think it’s a bit too heavy-handed, overall, on the bourbon character. Would prefer significantly less, or better yet, none! Why change Everett, it’s nearly a perfect porter!
Chalumeaux (504) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from magnum thanks AdamChandler for the Ratebeer Farmhouse Magnum Tasting. Dark chocolate pour with a nice tan head. Aromas of chocolate caramel vanilla and bourbon. Taste is insane. Huge notes of bread burnt caramel vanilla and a nice balanced alcohol finish.
nimbleprop (6163) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle pours an oily, murky black with some spitty, off white head. Nose has a whole lot of barrel, char, smoke, some fusel alcohol, a little charcoal, some chocolate and some bready/dopple notes. Flavor has some chocolate sweetness, some burnt caramel, char, some mild vanilla, a little cola, some mild berry. Oily finish. A bit much for me and perhaps too much time in the barrel.
TheEpeeist (3582) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
16.9 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan haze. Nose is bourbon, smoke, chocolate, prune and oak. Creamy with bright carb then airy and warming. Taste is more about the whiskey than the base brew but softened by the chocolate and coffee.
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[ Bottle ][ 500mL ][ Trade ][ Trade ][ Riedel Vinum XL Pinot Noir ][ 2.17.15 ]
>> Pours clear sepia brown looking inky black in the glass. Oversized head with higher than expected carbonation. Head retention minimal, looks a bit foamy. Nose is outstanding vanilla, soft barrel, buttercream chocolate frosting, coconut, birthday cake. Taste begins with rich flavors on the front of the palate (chocolate shake, cake frosting), moving to a bland/dead mid-palate, and finishing with stinging tannic astringency and papery hints of oxidation. A bit disappointing. Maybe this one didn’t age too well in the bottle.
WillRunForBeer (1585) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. 500mL bottled 2/2014, shared with Amanda. Pours thick, dark brown with a big chocolate brown head. Looks amazing. Aroma is dark chocolate, fig, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, bourbon, oak and vanilla.
Westmeister (2111) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jan tasting with the crew. I love bourbon and they definitely made a hugh profile here. A lot of the super bold original was hidden. Not so bold, but lots of vanilla, with light roast, big nose of whiskey, smooth. And then I did write down "tight".
jrob21 (2968) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big whiskey and bourbon bite aroma. Lots of the same in the flavor. Afraid the porter gets a little drowned out by the barrell. Chalky gritty texture. Would probably do better with a little more age.
ametras (861) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Black with a frothy brown head. Flavors are coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, ketchup, dark fruits and alcohol with vinous and oaky notes. Medium body, moderate carbonation, oily texture.
Minderbinder (2693) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles 500ml (both 2014 batches)
Pours pitch black with low beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, wood, bourbon, coffee. Taste is of chocolate, lots of alcohol, coffee, bitterness, roasted malt. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: Lots of alcohol. Complex. A sipper for sure, but never cloying.