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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a decent tan head that fades to a pin stripe around the edges.

Aroma: Dark chocolate, port wine, fig, bourbon.

Taste: Dark chocolate, peppery hops, grape. Finishes with a nice touch of bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, silky, modest carbonation.

Overall: One of the best Baltic Porters I’ve ever tried. The malts and barrel treatment worked perfect together, not too boozy or rich, but definitely decadent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6500) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2015
375, capped. Thanks, D! Very cool treat for sure. Pours an opaque black with a dense and creamy tan head that sticks around. Big forward, well-framed chocolatey note that’s very clear, blended nicely with some apricot and a bit of oak. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Great combinations of roasty sweet chocolate and barrel character on the mid palate. Mild sweet finish. Very nice and drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (33804) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2014
From cask. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is fruity, vanilla and wooden. Light caramelish. Bitter and roasted, dark malty, chocolate. Dark roasted and lingering dark malty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yankeefan21 (134) - New York, USA - DEC 22, 2014
This is a delicious smelling beer. Oak and bourbon dominate the bouquet but some doughy malts and vanilla sneak in there as well. It pours a cola brown with a small foamy light brown head that dissipated quickly. Flavor wise this is easily the best beer I’ve had from Jack’s. It is heavy on the oak and booze up front with some vanilla and brown sugar in the finish followed by more of that woody oak character in a dry finish. I think I would have enjoyed this beer even more if it had better mouth fell but this beer feels thin like any other lager and the juxtaposition between that thin mouth feel and those huge tasty flavors is a little unsettling and hard to comprehend. I would still say this is a very solid brew but don’t expect something BCS caliber.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3214) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle from a trade with WillRunForBeer. Pours dark brown color with light brown head. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt and oak. Big bourbon flavor up front with chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and oak. Medium to full body with minimal carbonation. Very nice. Thanks Brian.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deekyn (1325) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 27, 2014
A- an opaque cocoa black pour with cola edges. Virtually no head or lacing. S- a lightly decadent inhale with vanilla accents. Some rhubarb, raisins, minerals, and tootsie rolls. Chocolate is there but somewhat plastic. Earthy as it opens up. Cacao tang, leather, soggy coffee grounds, molasses and some charcoal. A light peat and herbal quality. M- a medium oily body with no carb. Goes down fairly smooth. T- tootsie rolls again hold court with some coconut in tow. However, cheap Easter chocolate, vanilla, coffee and a mild alcohol burn set the pace. There is some meaty nuttiness to give it weight. Zinc, bitter twigs, rhubarb, hearty sour oak are next. Lemons, grass and hops wrap it up without much fanfare.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3669) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Dark beer with only the faintest brown highlights when held against the light. Thin foamy brown head. Sweet molasses and alcohol wet wood in the nose. Big sweet flavor with tons of dark brown sugar and molasses with a nice whiskey bite. Vanilla, oak, some butterscotch, burnt caramel corn, dried rum soaked fruit, and a nice alcohol finish. It is a little bluntly sweet, but still a pretty complex barrel aged beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
John25 (935) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle. Dark cola brown with ruby hues. Boozy oak aroma. Taste follows with sweet brown sugar and light citrus. Creamy mouthfeel, low carb. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
conway (1894) - - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle. Dark cola color with almost no head. Aroma is roast, burnt caramel, vanilla and wood. Taste adds brown sugar, oak and substantial booze. Slightly thin mouthfeel and medium carb.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1644) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Dark sienna, almost black and mostly opaque pour. Earthy, leathery oak and booze barrel initial nose. Mineral notes and acrid green pepper skins. Chocolate and wooden sherry-like oxidized colors are consistently present, though in a way somewhat befitting the style in my opinion. Its earthy depth, in burnt caramel and bonfire and bark, and warmth of composition are also appropriate. Alcohol is a little overbearing; there is a surprising absence of dark fruit character, but for some Concord grape.

Super dense, Caribbean rum high grade cacao flavor. The bourbon flavor is never overwhelming here, presenting its vanilla, toasted coconut and butter toffee notes in slow parade. Dried and dark fruit flavors of black mission fig and black cherry, though quiet, are more informative here than in the aroma. Maple syrup and dry oak remain prevalent; still earth and leather and forest themed.

OIly mouthfeel with a tiny prickle of carbonation and that’s all. The rich malt layering and balance of tempered heat makes for a luxurious but highly drinkable texture. It is often easy to forget that this is even a barrel-aged beer, and its stylistic integrity independent of this fact is firm. Relatively clean finish with a lingering effect of oak, molasses, sherry. Never stunning, but thoroughly excellent.


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