DiarmaidBHK (3368) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Four Seasons. Pours coca-cola brown with a thin khaki head. Smells like malt and suntan lotion. Has a bit of oak on the tongue along with the molasses. Finish lingers a bit though it does hide its booze well. Solid but not something I’d drink again.
auerbrau (3152) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 8, 2014
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
500mL Bottle. I realize that my rating of this beer may come across as blasphemy, but I think there’s some real homer, crowdthink going on with Jack’s Abby beers lately, as I’ve noticed some detectable brewing flaws that should have been commented on by other raters. I for one, don’t think this is a very good beer. Noses heavy in booze, booze, booze, hot and raw bourbon. On the tongue, there’s a complete lack of baltic porter base, instead bourbon alcohols ride over a sweet base and are joined by a distinct isovaleric, cheesy hop dominance, paired with a little tar and maple syrup. Out of balance from the barrel and marred by a distinct mid-palate cheesy hop note, this is not good barrel work and does nothing to improve the base beer.
DrSilverworm (6002) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Thanks to b3shine for sharing. Mostly clear brown color. Thin ring of light bubbly khaki head. Slight red hue to the body. Great coffee, vanilla nose to this. Brown sugar. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter, light spiciness in the end, just a very light bit of alcohol warmth. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Light chewiness. Lightly dry finish. Pretty fantastic barrel aged porter.
b3shine (5184) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter (shared with the group). Looks good; a translucent dark brown with beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; dark malt and oak. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant mouthfeel. Good, not great.
hopscotch (8841) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours black with a small, creamy, taupe head. Good retention. The aroma is a luxuriant whirl of nuttiness, milk chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. Deeply roasted, bitter, boozy flavor. Finishes charred with heavy bourbon. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!
Clownoisseur (199) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy black with a thin mocha colored head. Nice aromas of deep roasted malt, chocolate and a light bourbon. Taste is pretty rich. Medium-to-heavy mouthfeel for style that allows the flavors to resonate for a while. Nice back-end sweetness goes along with a slight warming alcohol sensation. Very nice porter.
RussianDragon (321) - - APR 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque dark brown. Aroma is oak and vanilla. Flavor is same with chocolate and wet tobacco. Finish is balanced, outstanding porter. Thanks for sharing, Shane!
Experiment_Ale (912) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At Jacob’s with group. Pour is dark dark brown with most no head. Taste is smooth Baltic roasted malt, light chocolate and oak. Interesting Baltic porter, but not really mind blowing at all.
HeadyDE (477) - Delaware, USA - APR 25, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
black color bottle to snifter..slight tan head..nose is wonderful with waves of real vanilla, coconut, bourbon..wow..mouthfeel is phenomenal with subtle coconut..tobacco..sweetness is easily kept in check with the malt and just a perfect amount of warmth and goodness from the bourbon barrel..lingers on the palate with that wonderful barrel character..complex to say the least..easily one of the best bourbon barrel aged offerings I have ever had and somewhat reminiscent of that bourbon cherry taste of the GI cherry rye..well deserving of recent awards..wonderful barrel aged offering..snatch up any that you see this exceeds the hype..
TheHOFF43 (1730) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by Skyview! pours dark with lots of roasted malts. Some wood and bourbon, preferred the vanilla version.