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RATINGS: 42   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1364) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
The aroma is not verey strong but smoke, slightly peaty, sweet malts and hints dark fruit are noted. An opaque dark brown pour with rocky mostly diminiahing tan head and fine lacing. The taste is smoky (peaty), sweet roasted malts, with slight hint of chocolate. There is a oaky/alcohol taste in the finish. Medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall, a nice smoked porter. Smoke flavor is not overpowering while the oak aging is subordinate to the overall flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3831) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle. The look is dark, brown to black in color, and has a light tan head. The smell is whiskey, wood, alcohol, malt, and nice. The taste is wood, alcohol, whiskey, malt, and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3619) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Black with a decent tan head. Aroma is of mesquite smoke, leather, wood. Taste is of pepper, mesquite, leather, smoke, bourbon, roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5527) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
The beer pours a black color with a beige head. The aroma is heavy on the smoke, with some chocolate and roasted malt thrown in. As the beer warms the oak notes begin to come through, but I never really get any whiskey notes in the beer. The smoke is very well done and is not overpowering. It allows some chocolate to come through, as well as a hint of caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer was showing no signs of infection.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4766) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Black pour with a khaki head. Vanilla, smoke, bbq, light meat, wood, and faint alcohol. And smoke. Very nice on the palate, heavy vanilla, alcohol, barrel, smoke, chocolate, smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhamp9 (1012) - Corinth, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Dark brown pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma is smoked meat, wood, bourbon, and a little bit of sour character. Taste is smoky, wood, booze, bitter chocolate, and a hint of tart fruit. Silky texture. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbeatty (1010) - New York, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle from D&Q, 12/22/2012. Bottle date of 11/27/2012. Pours dark brown, nearly black, dense head and impressive retention. Aroma of infected stout- tart dark fruits and roasted malts, smoky vanilla, sour whiskey, touch of salt. Taste is chocolate, smoked sour malts, caramel and boozy bourbon finish. Medium palate. We had two bottles, both were showing clear signs of infection. Not entirely unpleasant at this point and kind of a nice sour stout, but I don’t think this was intended. Hopefully not all of the batch goes this way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (3507) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2012
A lot going on here. Thin, dark brown beer with no lacing or head. Smoky, vanilla aroma. Smoky, malty taste with vanilla. A little sourness comes in. A smoky, malty porter with a sour character. This beer is much ado.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Draught. Whiskey and smoke aroma. Light chocolate and toffee/caramel notes. Black with no head. Light to medium body with big whiskey and mesquite character with background notes of dark malts. Very well balanced and impressively flavorful.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Pours a murky muddy brown color. The aroma has some roast, yeast but there is also a Band Aid like phenol smell. I almost start to think it’s the smoke but it is a little medicine like. The taste has more roast, more Band Aid. The yeast flavor really shows itself and can seem a little much for a smoked porter. I have to say, I am disappointed. I really don’t see how this can last 10 years while properly cellared and still be drinkable. Honestly I doubt this would be any good even in a year.

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