VT (1298) - 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 (2915) - 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 (183) - 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 (1997) - 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 (6007) - 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 (5414) - 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 (9865) - 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.
Radek Kliber (6386) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Days 2011
Aroma strong cask character up front, hints of vanilla, slight roast, alcohol warmth with fruity sourness behind.
Appearance dark brownish black. Rocky tanned top. 3+
Flavor and Palate : medium full bodied. Strong influence of cask (Bourbon?0. fruity feel noted in mid palate. Sweet hints followed. Chocolate with dark malts sitting behind. Gentle alcoholic warmth slowly creeps in with slight dryness to it.
neuromatt (1130) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Cask Days 2011 at Hart House, served in an English pint glass. Pours black with a small rocky tan head. The head mostly remains and leaves a small amount of lace. On the nose, there is a huge oak presence, along with roasty notes of chocolate and coffee, earth and just a touch of hops. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout, with a touch of bitterness entering towards the end. Much of the nose comes through in the body. The finish is long and malty with herbal hops. On the palate, it is full in body with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice barrel aged version of a very fine Baltic porter. There was a bit too much oak for my taste, but it was still very tasty. 2011-10-30
robinvboyer (3064) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask days 2011.
Typical pour, big bourbon woody aroma. Loads of burnt malt, soy, and coffee, with that typical trois mousquetaire sweetness to the malt profile. Light fruit, and quite a bit more roasted malts. The finish is quite sweet, and woody with a little vanilla. The more is warms the boozier it gets and whoa does the bourbon really come through and overpower. Nice stuff but a little rough around the edges.