Reynolds314 (1879) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the harvest festival and another strange one but in a pretty good way. The barrel characteristics were very light with small bourbon and vanilla notes. The dry hopping made this weird i think. Citrus and dank grass fight a bit with the roasty chocolate notes.
tom10101 (1822) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2013 Bottle (750 ml) shared at Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival - 2011. Dark brown with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma of Citra hops, bourbon, wood and hints of the complex aroma of the regular beer (chocolate, liquorice, raisins, roasted malt and list goes on). Taste is acidic and citrusy with light notes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, raisins, roasted malt and chocolate. Low carbonation. The regular version of the beer is heavier than this one. This beer is definitely complex but I’m not convinced about the balance. Bourbon isn’t that much present and the Citra dry-hop completely change the beer, maybe not for the best. I prefer the regular version of the beer but it’s still a very good one.
Ernesto987 (3021) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
hill farmstead bottle share, the barrel aging here did a great job, tons of vanilla and bourbon flavors, the porter holds up well.
VT (1181) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2013 750 ml bottle (2011 edition) from Boîte à Bières (many thanks, P-A). Pours black with an orangeish tint. Very short-lasting beige head, leaves no lacing. Smell is bourbon whiskey, vanilla, wood. Taste is dark cherry, figs, strong chocolate, cocoa, roasted, port wine, wood, bourbon whiskey. Some fruity, lemon and grapefruit bitterness. Leaves a lingering roast, wood, smoked and hazelnut taste in mouth. Light bodied, velvety mouthfeel. Carbonation is almost imperceptible. Felt like having the best port wine of my life.
This is a top notch beer ; unfortunately, compared to the "regular" version, it seems to have lost a lot of its body, and the carbonation also seems to have suffered, as well as the head. Regardless, I would recommend it to anyone, and would be delighted to try the 2010 version.
June 3, 2013 update
750 ml bottle from czar (2010 edition - thus, aged almost one year since its purchase in July 2012) - thanks a million, mate. Pours pitch black with a nice beige head (surprisingly much longer-lasting than expected) that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is smoke, wood, dark chocolate, hazelnut, coffee. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted hazelnut, wood, smoke, black cherry, dates, figs, coconut. Finish is roast, hazelnut, dark chocolate, coffee. Lingering corn and bourbon flavors. Medium to strong body, sticky and oily mouthfeel. Weak carbonation. Very, very, extremely, unbelievably solid sh*t. If that beer were a woman, I would indulge in the most sinful of acts with it. I would probably sell my soul for an opportunity to bathe in it.
If heaven tastes as good as that lager, I am ready to go. If you got a bottle you want to get rid of...call me.
GonZoBeeR (2752) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:bourbon whysky aroma,chocolate and rosted malt.....
Appearance:dark,light tan head..
Flavor:alcool,rosted malt,whisky and light sour flavor....
Lanchester (178) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 543/700, with special thanks to Depanneur Peluso for digging it up from their special stock. Pours the typical jet black, just a thin ring of mocha bubbles clinging around the edges of the glass despite an aggressive pour...must have lost some carbonation during the aging. Deep, penetrating aromas of rich chocolaty malts, smoke, damp wood, black cherries, and the characteristic maple/bourbon notes; really complex. Flavor is a delicious marriage between smoky, dark malt and sweet, wooden bourbon profiles. There are a lot of flavors going on all at once so it’s hard to follow the taste through precisely. Finishes with a pleasant and lingering boozy note, with whiskey, maple, and a little coconut coming through. A bit too thin on the palate, not sure if this was the intention or not. I suspect the aging greatly diminished the Citra dry-hopping because it was not discernible amongst the other flavors. Overall, a great variation on one Quebec’s finest brews!
Marheb (1524) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Je pense qu’il faut avoir une approche différente devant cette Porter. La richesse du corps et la lourdeur des malt est bien présente mais une certaine légèreté habite fortement cette version vieillie. Le côté vanille et boisé est présent mais pas autant que j’aurais cru, j’aime bien que l’acidité et les notes fruités soient assez dominantes.
blankboy (5603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Cask Days 2011. Beer #3 of festival. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a small long-lasting bubbly tan head. Aroma: It’s definitely barrel-aged, with lots of wood, vanilla and sweetness followed by roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate. The flavour follows the aroma but the barrel-aging is more subtle and balanced, hence why I prefer it. Medium to full bodied. Very good stuff.
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[4054-20111030] Cask. Roast malty horseradish aroma. Black brown body with a quick bubbly head. Roasted barrel malt flavour is rich and heavy. Full body. Delicious. (7/3/9/4/17) 4.0
(Cask Days 2011 @ Hart House; Toronto, ON; Called "Barrel Aged Baltic Porter")
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark porter with a thin big bubbled dark brown head. In aroma, a sharp astringent woody chocolate, brine, not bad. In mouth, a smooth chocolate with peaty notes, woody and smooth, nice and woody. Cask Days, Oct. 30 2011.