MikeJslc (628) - USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of baker’s chocolate, dried cherries, toasty notes, a little coconut, light bourbon. Flavor: bready malt, toffee, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, birch syrup is hard to detect, toasted coconut is subtle, flavors are a little muddled.
ineedbeer (418) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is fairly sweet with a lot of chocolate notes along with some burnt sugar and caramel. Medium light coconut and bourbon character with light oak notes. I find the aroma fairly enjoyable though not as roasty as I would expect for a porter. Dark fruit notes of plum, cherry and fig become rather apparent as it warms.
Pours an almost black with a fairly thick, dark mocha head with above average retention. Light lacing and mid sized legs.
Flavor has a moderately high upfront sweetness but its balanced with a moderate roast character that the aroma did not have. Light bitter chocolate notes with some medium molasses notes and light bourbon character. There is a bit of a vegetal anise flavor present that is off putting. Medium bitterness with a touch of oak. Anise, roast and molasses linger in the finish. Some moderately strong dark fruit character as well - cherry, plum and prune.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low but present astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall I wish the flavor matched the aroma because this would have been a much better beer if it did. Th flavor has none of the coconut or chocolate which really helped shape the aroma.
swoopjones (4885) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from Lets Pour. chocolate brown pour, chocolate bourbon aromas & flavor. Vanilla flavors, didnt gather too much coconut. Big mouthfeel. Pretty solid beer
bhensonb (9811) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours very dark brown/black with a fizzy/creamy dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate and bourbon. Full bodied. Flavor is treacle, a little bourbon, followed by mild heat, followed by burnt malt and chocolate, followed by something sweet that could be coconut. Overall it finishes bourbon, mildly malty, chocolate, and something hoppy/bitter. Pretty good stuff. It took quite awhile, but finally toasted coconut came forth. Hardly ever get that!
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber courtesy of SHIG pours with a mahogany colored body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up some dark roasted malts, molasses and nuttiness. The taste has some nice smooth malt sweetened dark roasted malts, molasses and dark roasted malt enhanced coconut sweetness. These notes slide toward the finish with the help of smooth sweet bourbon booze. Nice mix of flavors here.
JPDurden24 (1379) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour, khaki head. Chocolate and roast flavors, but a little burnt flavor as well. Not that good, but ok.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Poured deep, dark brown with a light brown forming head. This sounded very interesting but failed to deliver. Toasted grains and coconut on the nose. Bitter-sweet molasses with a hint of coconut and lots of ash-like grains. Birch syrup really only seemed to add an astringency. Some oak and barrel tones but they came off muted. I was really craving more coconut in this one.
daknole (8004) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark brien color with a tan head. Flavor is quite ashy, dry, copper/penny flavor. Not great.
dcschiller (2153) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ibrew2or3. Pours dark brown with espresso head. Aroma is chocolate. Aroma follows suit. Semi sweet and dry. Ok.
BuckeyeBoy (2314) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle pours out pick black topped with a small tan head. Aroma of nuts, roast malts, and sweetness. Taste of sweetness, fruit, and some rich malts. Very thick and rich. A little infection or something funky going on.