alexsdad06 (5410) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on draft fresh and in the bottle various times. The rating takes all into consideration. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is sweet caramel, vanilla, big barrel notes, and fruity. The flavor is more sweet caramel malts, brandy, wood, vanilla, apricots and other fruits. The problem is the sweetness and the flavors don’t all work together. Fresh this was much better and it seemed to come apart in the bottle.
Huhzubendah (2525) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.
The beer appears amber to orange in color, with a thin, wispy head that leaves only sparse lacing on the snifter.
The aroma offers oak, wine, tannins, grapes.
The flavor is odd and not at all what I expected. Like tannic grape juice, with overabundant barrel character. Really out of kilter, and unrecognizable as a porter.
The beer is very smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.
Overall, fun to try, but not a repeat.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-04-2012
hamilton23 (608) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 22 oz. poured murky brown with just a bit of beige head. Aroma is fairly nonexistent with hints of dried fruit. Taste follows the nose unfortunately. Not much here. A little fig and caramel.
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bomber during RBWG) cloudy amber with a few bubbles Nose of caramel, raspberry, vanilla, and manure. Taste of berry, caramel, vanilla, alcohol, medium body, nice beer.
MotherBrother (693) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour murky deep orange, with a small white head.
Aroma is a bit perfumed and it smells a bit like fart. Also some caramel, wood, dark fruits and brandy comes through. The taste is rather sweet, with some bitter notes as well. Medium bodied, with a semi-flat carbonation.
phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JUN 28, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bomber. Hazy caramel color, small white head. Aroma is very perfumy and soapy, smells a bit like toilet cleaner, some strong brandy notes, gooseberries. Not exactly unpleasant, but nuttier than a snickers. Taste is lightly sour, some brandy taste, alcohol notes, dry mouthfeel. Very weird sourness, dry wood tannins. Funny stuff, couldn't drink more than one glass.
burg326 (3670) - Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle poured a cloudy amber color, aromas of toffee, brandy, bread, light musk, and some caramel. Flavors are the same less the musk, and some oak and vanilla are in the flavors.
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks again, Blake! 2011 vintage, bottle 310/341. Pours a cloudy, darkish orange with a small beige head that quickly settles into a ring. Lots of vanilla in both aroma and flavor, both from the base beer (which gives it a creaminess) and from the barrel (which gives it more of a sticky sugary quality). Good amount of brandy, as well, with caramel, dried apricots, and sweet bread. Medium-bodied, with a malty, chewy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Sweet and messy.
mar (4843) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle shared @ rbwg ’12. amber with a cream head. sticky wood, malts, and brandy. smooth on the palate, thick malts, sherry, very tasty.
notalush (4853) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to Aaron for sharing - hazy orange - no head - aroma of brandy, orange marmalade, light oak, mild acidity - flavor is highly oaky, a weird cheesy funk, some orange and other citrus notes - odd grapefruit bitterness - very strange brew.