BrewDad (4508) - Olympia, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Craft Brewers Conference 2012
Big barrel and bourbon aroma with flavor. This was a super strong dark black porter good chocolate and awesome barrel flavors. Love this beer. It is a sipper.
AmEricanbrew (5205) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with tan foam. Bourbon, wood, semisweet chocolate, deep roast aromas. medium body. Dry wood, bourbon, semisweet chocolate, black coffee flavors--tasty
hopscotch (8395) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (#44 of 50)Ö This beer rocks!... Pours black and sits that way in my glass with a small, creamy, khaki head. Great retention. The bouquet is a lavish swirl of coconut, dark chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Full-bodied and velvety with soft carbonation. The flavor offers a ribbon of bourbon, macadamia nuts, mocha and bitter, woody tannins. Finishes burnt, bitter and mildly boozy. As soon as I received this bottle, I looked it up and saw all the oxidation and infection issues listed in previous reviews, so I threw it right into the fridge and didnít keep it long before opening it to share. Looks like that keg at Churchillís was a weak link or the line was dirty. Itís a shame so many folks had issues with this one, because itís a gem when untainted. Kudos to richiesd for snagging this world class brew for me!
50belair (1734) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Only hopscotch could wrangle up one of the 50 bottles released to the public. Thanks for sharing. Pleasant mellow bourbon nose. A nice body with chocolate, muted bourbon, toffee, and roasted malt flavors. A very impressive BA porter..
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery: I had Black Lightning Porter at OíBrienís a couple of years ago and it was awesome. This is not the same. Barrel aging did nothing to enhance this batch. It still has a nice porter flavor, but the lack of carbonation made it seem thin and watery and there was no hint of oak or whiskey.
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Churchills. Pours with a black body and a long lasting tan head. Aroma is a bit estery, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and roast. Flavors are rich. Decadent. Tobacco, brown sugar, pencil shavings, roast, estery, fusel, earthy, barrel and some bitterness. Alcoholic with a tannic finish.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a great beer at all, not terrible, I wouldnt buy it again. I was expecting substantially more. thin and boozy.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
1.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
A: At least this beer looks good, because thatís all it has going for it. A black pour with a nice fluffy mocha colored head on top.
S: Truly one of the worst smelling beers out there. Cheesy feet and bile come to mind right off the bat. No bourbon, no vanilla, no roast.
T: I think I can now say I know what sour old socks and cheese mixed with vomit tastes like. Again, the usual bourbon and porter flavors are nowhere to be found other than perhaps a bit of roast and alcohol.
M: Thin for what is normally a fairly robust beer, with a moderate carbonation. Add that on to the fact that you really donít want to keep this on your tongue.
D: Truly one of the worst tasting and smelling beers Iíve come across. I donít really know what happened here as the regular porter is a decent beer.
JohnnyJ (3911) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Churchills. Pours a dark brown, very small head. Dark roasted malts, sweetness, chocolate, light oak flavors, alcohol, and a bad sourness. This is not working for me.
Lagunitasfan (1309) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Churchillís. Nice rich dark brown to black puur, with tan head that disappeared immediately. Strange and pungent nose and taste. Had a funky chemicalness to it.