HeadyDE (502) - 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..
davey101 (692) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
March, 2013 vintage. 500ml bottle into a tulip glass.
A - Pours a dark brown body thats bordering on black. Lets a little bit of light through but very little. Three fingers of super dense and creamy mocha foam upon pouring. Settles into thick edging. Sticky lacing with some solid retention.
S - Loads of sweet and rich milk chocolate up front give way to some light anise and roasted malts. Finishes with subtle but smooth vanilla and bourbon. A bit of alcohol heat.
T - Follows the nose with a predominately chocolaty flavor with light anise and roasted malts. Bourbon is again pretty modest here with some light vanilla, oak, and butterscotch. Alcohol is pretty noticeable but very pleasant.
M - Probably the best part of this beer. Not sure what kind of voodoo magic these guys pull, but the beer is rich and creamy...but at the same time its light and highly drinkable. Really fantastic.
O - This is a very delicious beer. I know Baltic porters tend to warp the line between ales and lagers, but I adore anything that Jack’s Abby does and this is no exception. The fact that they are experimenting with barrels now is just too awesome. Plus the $6 price tag is super reasonable.
Lukaduke (2185) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep umber black color with a two finger of mocha foam head that sticks nicely. On the nose its rich sweet chocolate, coconut cream and nice vanilla and roasted malts. The palate is dialed into perfection when it comes to bourbon flavor... Perfect mouthfeel, smooth, creamy rich yet highly drinkable too. This beer is really speaking to me. Sweet, smooth boozy... Damn I can’t stop crushing these !
crajun (960) - , Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2014 re-rate 06/14.....................bumped up from 4.2 Not sure how you get much better. my favorite style. aroma as below - wonderful. sweetness of oats and sugars with roast and alcohol - a little better cold vs. warm. wowwowo!!! Whoa!! Bottle from phatdog1?? Dated 03/13. Subdued aromas of bourbon wood roast and vanilla. Creamy smooth mouthfeel taste is DAMMMM good like aroma heat comes and goes better colder than room temp must find again. That is why I love this style
rlgk (10514) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at GBBF 2014. Opaque black beer with a small brownish head. Vinous aroma, licorice, caramel, figs, raisins, chocolate, caramel, banana notes, plums, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon notes. Vanilla flavor, figs, raisins, dades, plums, licorice, chocolate, some cocoa and bourbon. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Full bodied and just amazing!!!
MacBoost (1274) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - APR 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours really, really dark for a lager... Even when held directly up to a light bulb only yields a little brown around the edges, not the usual red. Intense aromas of bourbon and oak. Rally meaty. Very round taste... Oaky and flavorful, while retaining a slight sweetness and a little boozy punch. It’s quite good. Finishes with a lingering bourbon aftertaste that sticks in your mouth for ages. Nice.
Another world class beer from what is quickly becoming my favorite brewery.
JStax (2980) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to lukaduke. Pours a near black with a beige head of foam. Decent retention. Aroma is thick on the oak, vanilla, bourbon, then moves to a pleasant roasty, birch beer and marshmallow presence. Tastes sweet and boozy. Delicious stuff.
Benzai (8224) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled @ GBBF. Opaque pitch black color, small light brown head. Aroma and taste are malts, heavy roast, heavy bourbon, lots of chocolate, warming alcohol, bitterness. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Wow, heavy!
thornecb (4396) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black into a tulip. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Sweet chocolate, vanilla and oak aromas. Thick with chocolate and bourbon upfront turning hot in the vanilla, espresso and oak finish. Nice.
radarsock (907) - Vermont, USA - APR 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
NO WAY! 500 mL bottle purchased from Leary’s that I snatched for an excusable $5.50. To snifter it pours a deep rusted dark brown (black when up held to the light) with a trim, light yellow mustard head. Aromas of roasted pecans, raisins, booze, whiskey oak, lemongrass, sorghum molasses, cotton, black liquorice, American hops, Dutched chocolate, caraway seeds, and carob. Tastes simply astonishing: starts off with notes finely-ground espresso, dark chocolate/cocoa powder, and vanilla beans. From there, I’m getting a lot of liquorice, carob, leather, and birch bark. Cocoa nibs, lager yeast, elderberry by swallow. Has an undercurrent of whiskey and booze. Unbelievably enjoyable.