JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - SEP 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2012 On tap at stone Pasadena pre opening. Brown pour with tan head. Aroma is slight smoke and bourbon. Taste is initially boozy but finishes with a touch of smoke on the back of the pallet. Medium carbonation. Overall, pretty damn tasty.
onceblind (3189) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy dark nutty brown, nearly black, with a thin foamy light tan head. The nose is immediately a bit chocolaty but transitions to a slightly spicy tortilla dough tone and some bourbon. The flavor is like a winter spice ale, totally out of nowhere for where the aroma was. Nice dark sweet malts with a bit of Christmas spices like clove and cinnamon, a bit of raisin, and doughiness with some bourbon twinged caramel on the back end. Very balanced, oddly enough, with a small touch of bitterness throughout, without much hoppy flavor, leaving way for dark Christmas like maltiness and a smooth undercurrent of light bourbon. And is that a light touch of coffee in the finish?! Very, very good.
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.
crossovert (5627) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kind of a meher for me, smokiness isn’t huge, bourbon adds a nice bit of caramel.
zizzybalubba (1253) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the barrel-aged tasting at World Of Beer-Cherry Creek in Denver, CO during GABF week. Dark brown, almost black, pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma of vanilla, coconut, chocolate, and oak. Beautifully balanced flavor of German chocolate cake, coffee, oak, and faint floral hops. A perfect blended beer and very, very well done.
bytemesis (2131) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. pours opaque black, large brown head, nice lacing. Aroma is bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is medium sweet, light roasty bitterness, light astringence. Medium body, creamy, high carbonation.
Dr_MedievAle (105) - USA - OCT 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: bourbon, caramel, some smoky oak. Appearance: dark brown with khaki colored head. Taste: bourbon, cherry, cocoa, bitter hops finish it upm palate: thin but creamy.
cchotz (9) - California, USA - JUL 7, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very sweet and delicious porter. Drink with caution. High sugar level will come with a complimentary hangover.
kathouse (721) - Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This has got to be one of my all time favorites. Great color and aroma from the chocolate malts, bourbon, and oak. Flavor is perfectly balanced and smooth. Chocolate and bourbon make an excellent pairing and the finish is delicate and refreshing.
jdavidh (92) - Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep ebony with a thick creamy tan head. Head dissipated quickly to leave a bit of lacing. Nose was more subtle than expected, but definite chocolate, wood, charcoal. Very creamy in the mouth with nice balance of carbonation. Taste is a bit dominated by the wood notes, with some hop bitterness. I was halfway through the glass before I got a sudden taste of bourbon flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Travlr (9808) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brewvival. Hazy brown color, tan head. Aroma of vanilla, smoke, coffee. Taste is burnt cocoa, vanilla, smokey edge. Very nice.