BBB63 (5937) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my Stone IRS snifter: Very deep brown with reddish highlights topped by a big frothy tan head and left very good lace upon the glassware. The aroma is surprisingly weaker than expected with notes of chocolate, walnut, vanilla, rye, cookie dough, fig and coffee. The taste is a very well balanced sweet malt, light fleshy fruit, and rye bread. Some oak and whiskey appear but are more complementary than in-your-face. Nice Cafe Mocha flavor and star anise flavors on the finish. The mouth feel is medium-bodied and lush (for a porter even more so) with a slight dry aftertaste. Really enjoyed this as the barrel aging works well with the flavor profile IMO. Try some for yourself.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of Ughsmash (and Stine). Thanks, guys! Pours a very dark brown color; medium tan head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Solid amounts of rye, dark chocolate, and cocoa in the aroma; nothing overly complex; plenty of cocoa. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: cocoa, warming rye, and dark bitter chocolate upfront; not a huge barrel presence overall: lots of roasted malts, cocoa, and bitter chocolate, but not a lot of rye whiskey coming through; average carbonation; some warmth coming in mid-palate. Lengthy, rye whiskey and roasted malts and dark chocolate; a bit chalky and dry.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown body with a tiny tan head, fading. The nose is brown sugar, toffee, dark chocolate and dark fruits. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with toffee, brown sugar, molasses, figs,chocolate and rye. Medium/full body is soft with light carbonation.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - FEB 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours black with ruby highlights seen with back lighting. There is not much in the way of a head, unless I swirl the brew around my tulip - then it is a beautiful milk chocolate head that reduced to surface haze and ring around the edge. The aroma is whiskey, vanilla, molasses, and roast. The flavor has a lot going on. There is solid malt undertone that floats all the other flavors above in a smooth and solid progression of chocolate like sweetness, nuttiness, hints of light coffee, very reserved dried dark fruits, very mellow yeast impression, and some lingering roast. The palate is slick and rich - awesome. Yes, I think we have ourselves at least a 4.0 here. Pretty fine.
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2009 Thanks for a bottle, Mark. I have also tried this a few times. The body is black with hints of ruby and the edge. There is a light tan head on top. The aroma ha some nice dark chocolate and coffee notes. There is also a little bit of the rye whiskey. The taste has some rich notes of espresso along with subtle rye and Tootsie Rolls. The body is amazingly smooth and this has a slick mouthfeel. The finish is like good tobacco with some campfire. Very well made and I think more brewers need to take the hint of blending barrel aged beer with a straight version of the beer to keep it from being dominated by the barrel aging.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hell of a long name for a beer but a good beer it is. Dark brown with a foamy beige head. Aroma was dark choclate, caramel, vanilla, wood, whiskey, and roasted coffee. The flavor evidenced the rye whiskey but not so overwhelming that the other elements of chocolate and coffee and caramel weren’t tasted. Good beer. We Dirty Old Men have to stick together.
Stine (1462) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours chocolate brown with a lovely, creamy head of tan. Aroma of rye whisky is soft and inviting; hints of French toast, maple, chocolate frosting, and dark nuts. Barreling here is well integrated and never stands out as a dominant characteristic. Flavor is similarly reserved and balanced; body of cinnamon, hazelnut, quiet dark fruit suggestions of blackberry and cherry, and oaky vanilla, toasted caramel and rich tobacco. Hard to describe in terms of distinct impressions, because it is for the most part so much more balanced than a typical barrel aged offering that comes off as a fight between the flavors of the malts and the flavors of the wood and liquor. Warming, with good malt character. Palate is rich and polished; medium to full in body. A swell of cocoa precedes a finish that shows black licorice and anise, and some cola. A nice surprise.
twindadplus2 (585) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black in color with a small, light brown head. Very sweet aroma of molasses, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor of dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and rye. Long bittersweet chocolate finish with a smooth, creamy palate. Full bodied enough to serve by the slice. Another ’Brewers Gone Wild’ hit from Tyranena.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. longest beer name ever. pours dark brown with tan head. the aroma has lots of roast with rye and chocolate, nuts, and some butter and oak seemingly coming from the whiskey barrels. flavors of rye, chocolate, slightly whiskey and coffee finish. body is medium to heavy. the mouth feel was fizzy at first but many swirls and the carbonation seemed to smooth out nicely.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one reminds me alot of the "Who’s Your Daddy" in the malt backbone. Strong flavours of candied fruit and dates. A very prevalent dark rum and molasses character present. The hop bitterness coincides sharply with notes of bittersweet bakers chocolate and coffee. It’s all a bit too forward on the initial sip and could stand to mellow with some cellaring. Overall, still very malt-forward and the barrel-aging is decently done. As others have said, I appreciate the fact that the barrel does not dominate the experience, but I think this could stand a bit of aging to bring the flavours more subtly together. Nice slick and oily mouthfeel with a very creamy palate. Wow, lot’s of rye here. I’m mean a serious amount of rye. Rye in the nose, rye in the malt, rye in the whiskey portion, rye on the finish. Like doing a shot of rye whiskey and following that up with a loaf of pumpernickel rye bread with a bit of sea salt sprinkled on top. I can see if you’re not into rye beers that this one will send you running. However, I have no such aversion and this is right up my alley. Easily one of my favourites from this brewery.