BBB63 (6442) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 BBA Prelude (# 02266) and served in snifter: Mahagany hues with quickly fading head and not any lace. Hefty bourbon notes, caramel, bread, dark fruits, molasses and touch of butterscotch which is actually appropriate here. What is not however is the medicinal band-aid esters, slightly distracting. Starting to pickup the wet cardboardy oxidation that is due time could be a non issue if this English-Styled Strong ale ages gracefully. Overall not too shabby at all...very interested to see what this could become should Chris still has some in the cellar.
redtechnj (257) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2013 Limited Edition bottle# 00660
Appearance- pours a hazy, deep rich brown with a thick off white head..
Aroma-bourbon, dark fruits, boozy.
Flavor- dark cherry, raisin, bourbon, vanilla & caramel.
Ernesto987 (4625) - Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle in ba haba, strong bourbon flavors and beer, its a tough drinker due to the sweetness but the complexity is nice, shipyard’s barrel program is pretty good. keep up the good work!
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. 2013 Vintage, bottle # 00662. Poured a dark amber color with an off white head. Woody, some bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and some dark fruits. Overall alcohol well hidden.
PorterPounder (6200) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orlando, Fl. - Rossi’s Pizzeria - on tap. Dark brown pour, light but persistent off-white head. Aroma has some boozy accents, nice whiff of bourbon, some sweet cherry notes, a touch of molasses. Flavor has some raisins, molasses, a nice dollop of bourbon. Had the potential of being a hot mess, but did not end up so. Mouthfeel could have been thicker, but not a major detractor. Nice afternoon starter after putting on some work oriented training,
Ed5388 (2538) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Big Brew Beer Festival (Morristown). Pours a dark amber color with a big frothy tan head. Aroma is bourbon forward, with notes oak, roasted malt, and slight funk. Taste of strong boozy bourbon, barrel, caramel, and vanilla.
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - MAY 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy caramel-mahogany, that thins out to a golden maple. The yellow-corn head is very soapy, leaving a slowly diminishing curtain of lacing. Nose is heavy with sweet caramel, creme brulee, and a hint of butterscotch. Taste starts with lightly sour, red fruits, and faintly blooms into vanilla, birch beer, bourbon, and a slightly charred malt. Finish has a faint spice, but lingering dark fruit notes. Mouth is spritely, then dry. Medium-to-full body. Fairly smooth.
rocbyter (1953) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty oak aroma. Cloudy dark amber color with a medium tan head. Moderately sweet beginning that gets stronger to the end. Sour oak flavor in the finish.
thornecb (4822) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours hazy mahogany into a snifter. Tan head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Toffee and oak aromas. Sharp with sweet caramel turning quickly to sour leaves in the lasting pit fruit finish.