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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Big, bold, black and barrel aged. A lengthy conditioning period in bourbon barrels creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. Additional flavors include bourbon, vanilla and oak. OG 23.5 Plato. March release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1524) - Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle as a ridiculous extra in trade. Big thanks! Pours dark brown from the bottle and settles essentially black and opaque in the glass with a small khaki brown head. Aroma is definite whiskey, caramel, vanilla, oak, some marshmallow. Flavor starts with dark fruits, chocolate covered raisins, whiskey, charred oak, long finish of char and vanilla. Pretty smooth but seemingly not a lot of rich flavor coming from the malts. Body is silky smooth, medium plus but perhaps not quite enough to handle the barrel, with low plus carbonation. Solid beer, but not sure I get all the hype I’ve heard about this and it’s variants. Certainly a good beer, but the bar is pretty high for BA stuff these days.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15310) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
Tasting at Matt’s
Black color with large beige head. A good beer, but compared to the un-barreled version this one is less characteristic, it loses the bread character that makes the base beer great, it adds some vanilla and liquorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Desverger (2386) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2014
Cask@GBBF 2014, London (13/08/2014) - black coloured pour with tiny tan head. Aroma and taste is roasted slightly burned malty, big chocolate, treacle, burnt brown sugar, some dark fruits, wooden notes, nice sweet and bitter balance, a big boozy warming bear hug at the end. Superb.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Had this at a little mini tasting. I don’t remember much about it which isn’t a good or bad thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1346) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Stunning Baltic. Barrel-aged infuses a nice flavor, without getting in the way too much with the base porter. Slightly boozy, would definitely benefit from aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2014
Gravity at GBBF 2014. Poured a very dark brown, with a thin tan head. Aroma of rich oak, leather, port and molasses. Big brown sugar in the flavour, with sherry and hay. Finish was rich, with cherry, burnt malt and warming booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2015) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle 500ml. Pours black (dark brown) with low to no beige head. Aroma is of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Taste is of bourbon, vanilla, oak, roasted malt, alcohol, bitterness. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: Pretty good. Heavy stuff. Very intense on bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Cask at GBBF
Dark brown with a medium sized tan head, some lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and molasses. Flavors of roasted malts and chocolate
Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niall73 (1869) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
Cask at GBBF 2014, 12/08/14. Pours very dark brown/black with a tan head. Boozy aroma with liquorice, grass and treacle. Medium to full body, light carbonation. Rich with chocolate, rum, dark fruits, light citrus... Lovely balance - booze is in just the right place. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7229) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2014
500mL bottle, pours a deep dark brown / black with a small beige head. Aroma brings out a good deal of vanilla, followed by bourbon and light roasted malt. Flavour brings out a lot of vanilla, followed by bourbon, light cocoa and a little roasted malt. More complex, with more vanilla notes and less roasted notes than the non-BA version. Great stuff.

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