thedm (4850) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 12, 2006
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2012 Served in a snifter draft at the brewery for $3.75. This draft brew poured a small thick foamy dark brown colored head of finely sized bubbles that were long lasting. The body was pitch black with no visible carbonation. The mouth feel was initially tingly with a hop coffee rush and a lingering mild tingly coffee finish and a strong bourbon vinous note in a thick roasted malt body. Excellent brew! Excellent flavor in an enticingly nice looking body with an excellent thick clinging lacing. The aroma contained mild coffee dark roasted malt notes. Its only short coming is its less than intense aroma. Still, an excellent brew! Well done Todd Grantham!
Vintage 2008 version: 7-4-7-4-16
Once again made available 2 week before Christmas 2012. This bottled Bourbon barrel aged brew from the brewery poured a small sized head of frothy large sized brown colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque black colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was mildly vinous with dark malt and bourbon notes. There was also an aroma note that was unidentifiable. The mouth feel had an initial in-rush of bourbon and roasted malt with a vinous aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of roasted malt and dark malt. The bourbon is still a little strong for my liking. It is still delicious and one I would certainly buy again. Yet, its age is starting to show.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very, very nice brew. Pours a deep, dark black with a tan frothy head. Aroma is great, vanilla, wood, and a hint of roasted chocolate. Flavor is richer than most porters, with a strong dose of piney hops, lots of vanilla, and a touch of wood. Nice bourbon notes throughout, adding to the complexity but not pverpowering. Mouthfeel is oily and slightly sticky. Exceptional brew, I wish they’d bottle it.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft sample at the Brewers of Indiana Guild Winterfest. Pours black with a bround head. Wonderful vanilla nose. Really nice bourbon vanilla and oak flavors. Silky, oily body. Very nice. One of the high points of the day.
bdigital (652) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft...pours a pitch black with a large, two finger, rocky tan head....beautiful. Nose is simply amazing with notes of bourbon, vanilla bean, dark brown sugar and some fine dark chocolate. Medium full body...very silky. Sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak and dark cherries all make their way through in the flavor and meld perfectly. Honestly, this is a world class brew from the locals.
patrick767 (3232) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2009 draft - Thin, long lasting head, some lacing. Aroma of roast malt and bourbon. Pours opaque, pretty much black. Tastes lightly carbonated with a nice, full body. The malt and hops are well balanced. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors as is typical for the style, but the barrel aging makes a huge difference as the bourbon flavor really comes through. Very smooth, nice and warming, and leaves a pleasant malty finish. The bartender tells me the alcohol content is over 10%. If that’s accurate, wow, it doesn’t taste like it. Well done.
The dec. 08 version was every bit as good with smooth, wonderfully balanced bourbon. World class is right.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rated at MABC and served in a snifter. Small tan creamy and smooth head that mostly diminished with beautiful lacing, no visible carbonation, opaque, and a dark brown hue. Nose was malty, chocolate, coffee, roasty, and bourbon. Flavor was absolutely delicious - malty, coffee, chocolate, roasty, some hops, thick, bourbon, and vinuous. Nicely done! Smooth mouthfeel. Nose was somewhat lacking and thus would have rated the nose higher had it been more aromatic for this style. Other than that downfall, an absolutely delicious porter from my hometown brewery!! Good job!