ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - AUG 31, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a sample of this at Aofoxxy's little gathering last night. Pours a stoutlike black with no highlights. The average beige creamy head is mostly lasting with fair lacing. The nose is pure butterscotch and coffee, if you can resist snarfing this fine beverage long enough to let it breathe a little a wonderful burnt smoke aroma creaps into play. The flavor displays nice burnt overtones typical of the style along with mention of dried fruit. The balance is exceptional. The full, soft and chewy body somehow retains a creamy quality, the finish feels just a touch alcoholic. A very nice porter, thanks TAR.
BBB63 (6042) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque balck with big tan head. Aroma of chocolate baklava with woody tones. Burnt Malts. Smooth and very creamy chocolate, yet not oversweet. Nice twangy overtones. Dry coffee and wood finish. Wonderful mouthfeel, chewy. Highly recommended. Thanks TAR!
jsquire (3465) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black beer with a brown head. Nose of chocolate butter toffee (mostly butter). Very smooth mouthfeel. Hints of bitter chocolate everywhere in this beer. Subtle bourbon notes with oak, butter, toffee and coffee grounds bitterness in the finish. Very chewy porter. Great beer.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I can't do the aroma justice with words. More pronounced coffee and chocolate than I've had in any beer, including stouts. Simply a 10. Smells better than the coffee I made this morning. Good head that dissapates, good dark brown cloudy color. Mouthfeel could be heavier, but not bad. Taste is coffee and toffee. Serious vanilla action as well. Great balance with the hints of the bourbon barel, certainly not overdone. Flavor fades with a roasty and licorice taste in the finish. This beer is miles ahead of the original, proving that when Mac's wants to brew something really good, they can.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This sucker is black. Very intersesting. I was thinking it would be sweeter, but I guess the oak aging makes it a bit dry. Has a chocolaty nose. Taste is burnt chocolate, vanilla, and wood. Very well balanced. It takes a few sips to get used to. Medium body with a lot of complexity. I like it a lot.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
If you gave me a glass of this and ask me what style it is I would guess a stout of some sort based on the color which is black, with a moderate brown head. Aroma of malt and bourbon. The defining characteristics of this beer to me is the balance of sweetness from the malt and the bourbon flavor from the aging and creamy mouthfeel. I've had the opportunity now to have a few different brews with similiar aging, this is the best IMO. I don't catch much of the acidity that Jeff mentions, but the musty wood, vanilla, and burnt flavors are all there. I'm glad I can get a few more of these. Definitely one I plan to hold on to. Thanks herbjones for this gem!
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 Dark raisin hue. Caked off-white cream with superb stickiness. Staggering aroma of butter, caramel, coffee, cedar, and fine bourbon. Hints of black malts and burnt popcorn. Extremely creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Long finish of bourbon, musty wood, vague acidity, vanilla, and coffee. Maybe a touch too acidic, but, thankfully, the bourbon flavors were not overly done as are so many of its kind today. Nicely done.
cAPSLOCK (155) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I suppose what makes this beer interesting is the oak and bourbon taste imparted by the cask. It is very nice. Still the body of the beer leaves something to be wanted... I think the recipe could be imprioved to make this good idea a little better.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 bomber,Bourbon cask aged: Very dark ruby.Creamy head. Burnt,bourbon,cream,hoppy,aromas. Medium body,creamy mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Black malt,toffee,lightly roasty flavors. Bourbon,oak before the finish,which is malty and extremely smooth and creamy. Lingering burnt flavors. Like the John Harvards Whiskey Imperial,the barrel aging flavors are blended perfectly.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I sampled a bomber of the 2003 bourbon barrel aged Black Watch.
Appearance: This brew pours black w/ orangish-red bricking. The head was tan & tightly bubbled. It quickly disappeared
Aroma: You can definitely smell the bourbon barrel and some vanilla.
Flavor: I tasted creamy vanilla with some roasted notes.
The body of this brew is pretty light for a porter. However, it is extremely drinkable and has a lot of nice complexity to it.