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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Small Batch Series No. 4 is our most exciting small batch release to date, and one that utilizes both aspects of our unique “brewstillery”. This beer takes our Mesquite Smoked Porter brewed to 10% ABV and ages it for 10 months in our own Texas bourbon barrels! Small Batch Series No. 4 carries a sumptuous nose of sweet oak, mesquite smoke, dark chocolate, toasted marshmallow and vanilla, along with flavors of dark bittersweet cocoa laced with sea salt, smoke, vanilla, and caramel. While this warming winter release is heavenly to sip now, it will age and mellow nicely for up to 10 years if stored carefully.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2014
"bottled late 2012. has some unexpected wildnes to it, apart from the smoke. tasted more wine barreled than bourbon. A weird but enjoyable brew. Didn’t taste the 10% AT ALL...but also couldn’t tell this was once an imperial porter. Malty, but more smoked wild ale than anything else. The barrels did some weird stuff here..."

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwood04 (4125) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 4, 2014
375ml bottle in a tulip. Pours dark brown with a big, beige head. Over carbonated for sure. Aroma of light smokiness, some roasted malts, light oak and whiskey, off - notes like tin or something, and pale malts. Flavor a weird blend of everything. Too carbonated. Not the best.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fratto (2649) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle from my back yard fridge. Dark pour with a light tan head. Aroma is peat moss, chocolate, and smoke. Taste is sour cherries, campfire that had plastic melted in it, an raw beef.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cwsample (162) - Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle from Fratto. Smells of heavy smoke and alcohol. Strong taste of smoke and brown sugar.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (3176) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle thanks to errl. Poured into a snifter. Pours a darker, translucent brown to black with a khaki colored head of foam. The bottle gushed a little bit. The aroma has notes of cherry, vanilla, oak, flowers, roast. Smells like it’s a little infected, but it isn’t apparent in the taste. I get notes of toffee and caramel and vanilla beans in the taste. Pretty highly carbonated and a little out of character for the style. Heavy bodied. Decent enough Imperial Porter, but it is just off. Something just isn’t quite right here.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
llcooldave (1113) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Smoky aroma like jerky. Pours black in the glass. Very carbonated. Dry with a slight smoky meaty bbq flavor to it. Overall, its drinkable but not too exciting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8782) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle thanks to Tim. Pours black with tan head. Fluffy head. Nose and taste of mesquite BBQ smoke, vanilla, chocolate, oak, toasted marshmallow and milk sugar. Medium body,

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (17224) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a longlasting tan head. Has a roasted malty weak sour caramel aroma. Roasted malty fruity caramel and chocolate flavor with weak sour hints. Has a roasted malty caramel finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle to one of my Texas compatriots. Bottled 11.27.12. Pours with a massive foam, not a gusher, but not what was intended. Huge tan head near black body. Aromas are of dark fruit, smoke, ash, licorice. Mild funk, iodine, barrel. Damp leaves, wet wood, cocoa. Flavors are smokey, mesquite and ashy. Very roasty. Mild acidity, probably in the 3.65-3.80 range. Seems to definitely be the start of an infection. Funky, fudge, earthy, like an unrestrained and funky French Second Growth. Peppery, earthy, mild tart and strong tannin. Very high (2.8-3.0 vol CO2) carbonation, medium bodied, tart finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Deep brown, moderate frothy beige head, spotty lacing.   Moderate roast on the nose, a touch of alcohol, seems a little tart, perhaps some oak.   Some smoked aspects up front, immediate band-aid but it quickly goes away (thankfully).   Mid-way through it gets a little tart, lactic, and woody.   Roast picks up on the backside a bit, some tart apple, along with mineral water.   Hides the 10% ABV well, but doesn’t seem like an Imperial Porter given its abundance of carbonation and lack of rich roasted malts.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, and airy.   Sweet backside, some aspects of roasted malts, but also a bit fruity, woody, and general barnishness.   I keep reading that these will store up to 10 years, but I somehow doubt that.   The cap on #3 was already rusting in less than a year, under the wax even!   This is an interesting take for sure, sweeter than most, airy and woody at times, with a mineral water background.   Not bad, some flaws, but unique enough to keep me entertained.   Thanks Bill!



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