jhp40219 (299) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours black with a small light brown head that fades quickly leaving little lacing. Huge aroma with a lot going on, (maybe too much). Rye, oak, whiskey, roasted malts, coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Taste is strong rye up front with a very malty base. The whiskey barrel adds a huge character to this, bringing a smoky vanilla and caramel blend to the taste. You can definitely taste the oak and the whiskey, but neither overwhelms. This is a very complex brew! Finishes with a smoky coffee and chocolate taste, and the unmistakable slightly bitter whiskey burn. Thick and creamy palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. A fine sipping after dessert beer. Would go well with a good cigar.
Ratman197 (9454) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of roastiness, dark chocolate, rye, oak, carmel and light whiskey. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roastiness, oak, dark chocolate, rye, light carmel and light whiskey with a smooth lingering roasty chocolate finish.
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black color with no light, very little head noted. Aroma is a beautiful whiskey barrel with very mild rosted malts. Mild smokiness. You can really taste the whiskey in the barrel. One of the best barrel aged beers I have tasted thusfar. Mouthfeel is very heavy for a porter, a GREAT thing!
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black. Dense brown head that rapidly fades. Nose is bitter black chocolate, evident caramel malts, some nutty or toasted malt character as well. Flavor is where the whiskey barrel shines. Again roasted malts with some coffee, vanilla, wood, and liquor-like flavors come through. Butter finish. Medium body for the style and slightly oily mouthfeel. Good flavorful beer but to me this lacks a little but of complexity and richness. Enjoyed it either way.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has some major whiskey and chocolate scents. The taste is similar, but with a little hint of smoke. Body is super smooth and has a great mouth feel. One of the best beers I have had in quite a while.
JulienHuxley (2852) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 2009. Brown black pour with minimal head. Aroma of chocolate and lots of bourbon and toffee, a little soy oxydation. Taste of liquorich chocolate, bourbon and some ginger. Palate is a little too flat, probably due to aging. Decent.
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Thorpe429 for Matt’s baby shower tasting. Thanks!
The beer is dark brown, approaching black, with a thin, tan head. The aroma offers roast, bourbon, sweet malt, booze, brown sugar, and oak. The beer is sweet, with a healthy whiskey presence throughout. The body is thinner than expected, with moderately low carbonation. Overall, a decent brew. If the body was a bit thicker and the flavor less sweet, I would enjoy it more.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-11-2011
Patrickctenchi (3401) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nearly black with a brown cap.
Scent is chocolate, roasted, rye.
Taste is chocolate/coffee....creamy.
Good barrel tones.
Very nice porter...
Theydon_Bois (7924) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home - 08/06/12 thanks to Sam for an IP trade in Denver.
Pours a very dark brown approaching black but with reddish hues when held to light and with a dirty tan head.
Dark malts, chocolate, molasses on the nose and a whiff of whiskey.
Tastes of burnt caremalised sugars, malt, chocolate and licquorice.
A well balanced beer with a fullish body but very drinkable.
Doghair (255) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Dark brown, completely opaque. Nice light brown foam that dissolves to a ring and some film. Minimal lacing.
Smell is rich chocolate, roasted malt and bourbon.
Taste is up from roasted malt. Nice caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Very light alcohol towards the end. Kind of a chocolate finish.
Palate is thick and creamy. Light carbonation. Nice.
Overall outstanding beer. Wonderful flavors throughout.