dutch23mp (294) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2009 22 oz bottle another fine product from new Holland. chocolate flavor is pronounced and this beer is probably best on the warmer side then colder. Great balance of flavor and the 9% ABV is very well hidden.
fordest (2030) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle shared with neighbors. Black pour with decent head. Nice aromas of chocolate and burnt malts. Burnt malts in the flavor too. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Very tasty
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black pour with ruby edges,one finger tan head.Aroma of vanilla,chocolate,burbon,oak,and dark roasted barly very nice. Flavor is complex and changes as it warms,sweet boozy vanilla creamy oaky honey burbon goodness. Full creamy mouthfeel,chewy and sticky.This came highly reccomended, I noe agree.... Good stuff !
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark, very smooth. The bourbon flavor is not overly evident, just a slight undertone. Went down very easy. Too easy. I could get into troble with this beer.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a brown body with ruby hues and a tan head. Lightly oaky with alcohol latent fruit. Strong viscous body with vanilla berry and caramel. good.
hayduke (3767) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22 oz bottle this poured very dark being almost black, with a small off-white head and light lacing. Nose of oak, chocolate and ripe fruit. Rich creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is complex with coffee, chocolate, rope plums, vanilla, and roasted malts. Long and slightly bitter finish. A very tasty and easy drinking dark beer.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
the first bottle i had of this was terribly infected and very sour. this, on the other hand is incredible. it reminds me of an imperial porter... but not.
pours a very dark burgundy brown. the head is tan but minimal and manages to leave some spotty lace on the glass in it*s short time on this planet. vaya con dios, my friend!
aromas of vanilla cream, coffee, roasty grains, chocolate and brown sugar fill my nose. as it hits nearly room temperature, the bourbon-y/spicy/woody characters really start to come in to play.
the flavor is much like the aroma... lots of roast/malt powdery goodness, coffee, milky chocolate, caramel, vanilla and faint barrel/earthy notes with a spicy kick on the finish. coffee really hangs on in the aftertaste as the belly gets nice and warm from the booze. extremely "well" bodied but seemingly light for how much flavor it packs in. it*s not sticky as it has a pleasant acidity and spiciness to cut through the richness...
i must have been drinking a lot of craptacular beer lately because i actually had to stop what i was doing to enjoy this...
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2012 This pours very dark, almost black but not quite with a nice initial head that dies quickly. The aroma here is pleasant with oak, bourbon notes, plums, vanilla, and raisins. The beer tastes very good at first, showing oak, cherries, roasted dark chocolate, bourbon, dark fruit, then levels off to a somewhat dull finish. It gets better as it warms closer to room temperature though. Good beer. Iím going to call it an Imperial Porter, though.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Getting notebook online. Bottle. Pours a black-brown, almost flat. Oak and chocolate on the nose. Flavors are strong oak. Vanilla also predominate. Good little chocolate hints too. Fairly creamy mouth. Pretty good beer.
alobar (3098) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruby black with no head. Aroma of wood, malts, and alochol. Malts, vanilla, and wood make up the flavor. A very nice beer!