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RATINGS: 124   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1642) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (18351) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2014
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2014. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate and bourbon aroma. Roasted malty woody bourbon and chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty woody bourbon chocolate and caramel finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjohnny (405) - - OCT 11, 2014
Roasty,cocoa, dark fruit aroma. Pours black with a thin tan head that leaves a thin coating on the glass. Very smooth. Velvety mouthfeel. Boozy warmth. Cocoa, malty, prunes, raisins. Lots of warming in the throat. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (2437) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2014
bottle. nose if chocolate and booze. a light bit of licorice. pour is dark brown with a garnet highlight. taste is a lot of thick, dark chocolate and booze. I wouldn’t call this a Baltic porter, but more of an imperial porter. a tad fruity with a bit of alcohol warming/hotness in the finish. pretty good boost juice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1628) - 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 (15750) - 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 (2793) - 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 (1453) - 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.

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