Geokkjer (6016) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a big beige head. Aroma of coffee, wood, roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is sweet and malty with some vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, oak and soy sauce.Medium to full body, average carbonation.Nice beer.
Ratman197 (10220) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml green bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lasting rown head. Aromas of bourbon, prunes, dark chocolate, roasted malt, oak, vanilla and spice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, roasted malt, bitte chocolate, spice, oak and dark fruit with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.
phaleslu (6843) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Pours a deep, dark, opaque brown color with a finger of dark tan head that lasts and laces. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, plums, black cherries, vanilla, caramel, peat, and oak. Flavor of coffee, bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, charred oak, peat, bourbon, winter spices, and caramel. Medium-bodied, with a super rich, roasty mouthfeel with some bitterness and medium carbonation. Very roasty; bourbon leads the nose but takes a backseat to the malts in the flavor.
gEUS (1267) - Linden, BELGIUM - JAN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
37.5 cl bottle. Pours pitch black with thick hazelnut head. Aroma is warm notes of wood, chocolate, caramel comvined with a surprising freshness (the bourbon effect?) and even soemthing medicinal/eucalyptus. Flavours of roast and soy sauce in the finish. Quite fresh and crisp for a porter.
wyzzywyz22 (2037) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beer Ritz, Leeds. Thanks to Matt for fetching over. Black as santa’s belt with a thin lingering tan head. Aroma of choc, spices, roast, dark fruits, barrel and of course bourbon. Flavour was sweetish with notes of dark chocolate, charred malts, vanilla, booze and bourbon. Slight lick of sourness followed by some bitterness in the finish. Enjoyable stuff.
TheEpeeist (3401) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7 oz bottle. Dark brown with clingy tan frosting; lace spots remain. Nose is coffee, bourbon, molasses, cocoa and allspice. Medium body but feeling a bit thinned by the barrel. Carb adds a mild sting. Taste is earthy chocolate and coffee with the bourbon adding bitter and sour notes. Dull spicing, maybe some nutmeg, build on the bitterness, getting vinous. Interesting brew but quite muted.
Strykzone (5074) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Very dark with a nice tan head. Roasted notes but not really a lot of redeemable value. I had much better hopes.
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, liquorish and orange peal. Flavour is roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, liquorish and orange peal.
Travlr (13435) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Muddy brown color, beige head, solid lacing. Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, roasted coffee. Taste is boozy chocolate liqueur, but not overly boozy. Nice.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Black pour, massive creamy tan head. Nose is massive bourbon explosion, BOURBON, spiced vanilla, BOURBON, liquorice, BOURBON, chocolate, BOURBON, hints of coconut also, BOUR... you get the idea. Palate is slightly softer - still big on the bourbon, but creamy chocolate also. Surprisingly dry ashy finish. Love it.