toxichop (242) - South Gate, California, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
P: Black with redhilights and a khaki head. A: bourbon, wood, vanilla and brown sugar. T: Dark chocolate upfront, with bourbon following through, some figs and black licorce and smoke come afterwards. M: light mouthfeel and creamy. O: a good beer
Sledutah (3624) - Utah, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium sized beige head
Aroma of roasted malts, smokey, coffee and chocolate
Taste of roasted malts, grainy and roast coffee
Very nice, smooth.
XmnwildX12 (2072) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this at the 2012 Great American Beer Fest in Denver, Colorado. Nice bourbon and vanilla scents, taste is similar but a tad lighter and smooth.
mystiksc (59) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler fill via Stone Store Pasadena. Nose is mostly bourbon, hints of toffee, coffee, caramel. Pour is very dark, moderate carbonation, light lacing. Definitely a monster of a porter. Palate is bourbon, coffee, hops, and dark malts. Alcohol is definitely present in this one. Very interesting brew and would love to see how this would turn out in 6 months, and then a year.
If I could find it again..
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and a hint of smoke (could be power of suggestion). It’s a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate, black licorice, and a touch of caramel. The finish has mild vanilla and a touch oak and smoke. It’s medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation.
beersearcher (2162) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the L.A. Beer Week opening day at Stone-Pasadena. Pours a dark black. Lots of bourbon on the nose but the taste is more a balance. Not much smokiness here but very smooth with a bit of vanilla taste to me.
marcus (5608) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Bistro BA Festival. Pours reddish brown with a modest beige head and a bourbon and treacle aroma. There is a very bourbon flavor over a nice darkl malt base.
phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample at FOBAB 2013. Pours a cloudy, deep brown color with a huge, frothy beige head. Notes of dark fruits, roasted and toasted and faintly smoked malts, spice, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Medium-bodied, with moderate soft carbonation and a roasty mouthfeel. Solid beer.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler thanks to richiesd. Pours a clear, deep ruby to black. Little carbonation. Nose is strawberry, cheese, chocolate, blueberry. Taste is sweet strawberry, dark chocolate, mild cocoa butter slickness. Lemon tea finish- tart. Not as heavy as you would expect. Barrel character low.
Huhzubendah (2159) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.
The beer appears a cola brown color with virtually no head or lacing. Perhaps the growler format contributed to this? The aroma offers bourbon, roast, malt (slightly charred), smoke, oak. The aroma is superior to the flavor. A bit thin and even perhaps watery, with roast and smoke. Bourbon and barrel character is prominent throughout. Overall, this was decent.