jdb288 (343) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade. Pours milky black with nice tall tan head. Coffee aroma is great, some nutmeg and vanilla as well. Taste is big punch of coffee, some vanilla notes. Quite sweet. The alcohol is well hidden here. Great porter.
bytemesis (2587) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with thanks to Reynolds314! Pours opaque black with a nice small creamy tan head that dissipates slowly and laces well. Aroma is not overpowering, notes of coffee, roasted malts, a bit of ashtray, some bourbon. Flavor is boozier than the nose - bourbon prominent, some oak, nice chocolate and roasty coffee notes as well. Light to medium sweetness, medium bitterness and some acidity from the coffee as well the time in wood. Full, creamy body. A bit hot due to ABV. Gets a bit bitter with time as you drink it.
johnnnniee (2042) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle at the EBF Saturday
Nice coffee and thick chocolate aged in wood.Nice beer
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fresh bottle, drunk 3/9/14
Small tan head diminishes fairly rapidly, leaving a dark brown body, with deep garnet highlights.
Thankfully far less bourbon in the nose than the Vanilla version showed. Still there, of course, but it’s not a mess of coconut and pineapple and actually allows the beer to break through. Raisins, black licorice and light chocolate with barrel notes providing vanilla, light buttercream and some sharper alcohol dryness. Probably the lightest thing in the nose is the coffee, which is limited to very light roast, dry, crunchy coffee grinds and more vanilla. No deep espresso or thick, juicy cold-pressed beans here.
Light bourbon and rather dry, tannic wood notes lead the sweet caramel-vanilla maltiness while a touch of raisins and prunes give way to light coffee but no where near the amount of barrel character and vanilla that that version showed. Still, it’s fairly sweet, a little low on carbonation and somewhat simplistic.
Slowly slogging my way through these massive Jacks Abby beers. This one is certainly better than the vanilla bottle I had and I fully expect the barrel-aged version to top that and the regular framinghammer to, in turn, top that. We shall see.
JBPortland (460) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle thanks to NHhophead! Pours dark almost opaque brown with 2 finger mocha head. Nose is rich earthy roasty coffee, cream, balanced fruity bourbon. Taste is creamy smooth coffee, cocoa, baker’s chocolate, balanced bourbon undertones, dark fruits. Finish is bitter dusty roast coffee and cocoa, mocha. Fantastic.
Steve_0 (2234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is deep brown with a frothy tan head and good lacing. Coffee, green pepper, roasty, light cocoa, caramel, pie crust, burnt toffee, and toast in the aroma. Taste is rich earthy coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, bread, somewhat grassy, vanilla, pie crust, and marshmallows with a smooth roasted finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Really tasty stuff.
arminjewell (5718) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, thanks Stephen! Dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roast, hints of vanilla, nice espresso, very nice. Taste is a nice mix of dark coffee, espresso, vanilla, roast, hints of nice molasses, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter.
NielsenRatings (8275) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Steve_0’s palace, courtesy of Stephen. Thanks! Pours a clear dark brown appearance with a thin brown head. A bit acidic, dark fruity, coffee, sort of boozy, a touch smoky aroma. Moderate bodied. Kind of chewy, chocolate / burnt malty, caramel, toffee flavor. Fine to drink but not mind blowing.
ROBC3366 (364) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, moderate beige head. Sticky caramel, coffee roast, milk chocolate, creme, light bourbon, traces of vanilla. Bittersweet rounded out with an unexpected wood flavor. A little more than medium-bodied but not by much. Finishes on a somewhat herbal note with a little booziness.
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SrSilligoose (3132) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Somewhat grainy flimsy body. Earthy milk dud roast. Muddled earthy grajny coffee. Light roasty bitterness. Touch bitter chocolate. Vanilla candy. Okay but far preferred unbarreled framjnghammer. Cleaner. Keep it simple.