madbeerbaron (19) - madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Maybe the value beer buy of the year.. Silky smooth roasty bourbon flavor. Highly drinkable for 10%. $6 for .5 liter, yes please.
AdamChandler (3527) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks Chris for generously giving this to me a few months ago. Sadly, stored at fridge temp the whole time so I don’t know if it changed too much. split 2 ways at 38F in stemware. Pours pitch black, 1 finger coffee colored head that faded quickly. Not a lot of barrel presence in the aroma. coffee, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and brown sugar aroma with fudge. Whoa, the bitterness is insane...must be over 150 IBUs..seriously like this is insanely bitter and that totally masks the chocolate, coffee and whiskey presence. Not a terrible beer but simply not what I was expecting compared to last year’s adjunct variants.
NikkTwist (1971) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Bierstube during a Philly Beer Week event. Tulip. Opaque black pour with a tuft of khaki foam that left an impressive sheet of lace at the top (though someone next to me was drinking the same thing but there was no lace at all). Very lactic Baltic Porter. Big liquorice flavors. Dark roasted malts. Charred oak planks. Expected coffee/chocolate flavors are present but not defining. Burnt carob cake. Some Scotch Ale flavors - vegamite, artichokes, celery hearts and peat. Proved to be a clear dark brown color by the bottom of the glass. Thinking that this beer starts off great and could prove fantastic if it had some more interesting Stout notes (leather, vinyl, charcoal, cigarettes). It finishes too abruptly. Suspect that it us the lager base smoothing out too many extraordinary flavors. So, in this case, the lager underneath mutes/deadens the palate and restrains the possibilities.
UDBeernut (2152) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with the wife from one of my many sources. Pours the part with a thin tan head. Light oak, bourbon nose. Taste has light smoke, faint espresso, light barrel treatment. Pretty subdued. Medium body.
malrubius (2071) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Meditrina. Black with lasting tan head and lace. Woody chocolate bourbon vanilla apple and earthy aroma. Very sweet per style chocolate earthy some ash hints of raisin vanilla wood with woody mild bitterness. Cloying, sweet, creamy. If I liked Baltic porters I might like this. But I don’t.
Eklectik (6) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2015 does not count
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A little light on the nose, but very big on flavor. Roasty, a little sweet, a little chocolate, balanced with just the right amount of hops.
48FanInCali (808) - California, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Thinner black pour with nice off white head. Nose of roast, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is more chocolate than vanilla and the typical metallic taste with the style is not as pronounced. Good stuff.
WillRunForBeer (1328) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL bottle shared by Chalemeaux. Thanks TJ! Can’t believe I never rated this. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla oak. Flavor follows. Dark chocolate, coffee, mild bourbon, oak.
Chalumeaux (327) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle dark black with one finger tan head. Aromas of bourbon fig chocolate and mild oak. Taste is rich smoky chocolate caramel and and lingering bourbon finish. Very nice beer.
oRos (1342) - sacramento, California, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Bruce. Taste is chocolate, peanut butter and some roasted oak. The beer is great.
marcus (7472) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by my friend Bruce. Pours near black with an attractive tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a rich smoky dark molasses and anise flavor with a very bourbon finish. This beer is delicious.