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Lompoc Dark Side Porter - Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
The Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Side Porter was originally brewed July 7, 2009. Aged in bourbon barrels for eight months, then cellared for an additional two, it features a strong vanilla aroma with hints of oak and chocolate flavors, 7.5% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Bottle:   Black pour, moderate to large foamy light beige head, fairly nice lacing.   Big bourbon nose.   Faint sweet airy roastiness.   Similar on the tongue, mainly bourbon.   The toasted malt aspect is light.   Lingering coconut and some vanilla.   Really light on the Porter.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Sweet bourbon, coconut, and vanilla on the finish.   Very soft toasted malts.   I expected it to be lactic, sour, and airy, but thankfully it was not.   However, it could stand to be more Porterish... or perhaps an Imperial Porter if its going to be aged this strongly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsnicholas (524) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle (22oz $12): Very dark reddish brown. Tan head. Medium carbonation. Smell and taste bourbon and toasted malts. Not very complex, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Good but not great. Two problems here. First, amazingly boozy for the ABV. Second, the bourbon is just too overpowering for the base porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Sampled at the DC Local Tasting a 22oz bottle pours a watery opaque black with some spitty white eggshell head. Nose is sweet, brown sugar, vanilla, coconut, toast. Flavor is sweet, molasses, vanilla, coconut, malty, toast. Medium bodied, smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (5146) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with red tint and thin beige head; spare lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, bourbon, brown sugar, and toasted malt. Flavor matches the nose with heavy bourbon/alcohol notes. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21675) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle courtesy of beerandblues2, thanks! Barrel aged. Clear dark maroon, white edge head, barrel aged. Taste is subtle bourbon and sweet chocolate, barrel aged, of course. Taste is better because its barrel aged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Sweet chocolate and roasted nose with dark fruit and ash. Taste is sweet and ashy , sweet and chocolaty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque with a medium fizzy light tan head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is bourbon, oak, chocolate and roast malt with dark fruits. Flavor is dark malt, oak and bourbon, light hops and dark fruity esters with a sweet finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
22 oz. bottle; dense black pour; light creamy texture with stale malt and dry sugar; light bourbon and roast on the nose; some licorice, vanilla, oak, coffee and candy sugar; almost a baltic porter to me with the sugary, lager-like sweetness; texture is thin and still; quite nice overall

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