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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Midnight Black, big,rich and semi-sweet, dark malts,yield coffee,carmel and toffee flavors. Barrel aging-adds vanilla,toasted oak and hazelnut. mmm,satisfying so ...Who’s your daddy now?


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
biermensch (64) - USA - APR 24, 2006
Chief Blackhawk meets George Dickel. This porter has a surprisingly mild aroma that barely hints at the flavors to come. Loads of caramel malt, then whisky and vanilla dominate. This is bold stuff. I thought that the barrel aging worked; close to , but not quite, over the top. Creative, tasty and fun to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2006
Ah Tyranena, how I love your special releases. This reminded me of Dark Knight in many ways, except this sells for a mere fraction of the price and, frankly, tastes a lot better. There’s no over the top bourbon notes on this as there is on Dark Knight. Instead, there’s a great balance of bourbon and porter. On the nose, lots of chocolate and vanilla leading into maple syrup, molasses, more vanilla, nutmeg, and mace. A finish that goes on and on. Well done!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2006
Pours black, with a brown head. Aromas are bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malt. Flavors are bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla. Body is creamy, but a little thinner than I would have preferred. Thanks to Ohio Dad for this bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2007 Pours a deep black hue with a decent lacing and head. Aroma of vanilla and chocolate. Intense body and mouthfeel where you definately know it was barrel aged. The wood also imparts a wonderful vanilla character with mellow creaminess that balances perfectly with the chocolate malt. Overall, an excellent example of what barrel-aging can do to a big beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 14, 2006
thx to ughsmash for this one. Beautiful vanilla aroma. Pours black w/ a big cocoa colored head Lots of chocolate & vanilla flavor w/ a hint of roastiness on a medium body. Niicely done

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alaskaiscold (7) - Tennessee, USA - APR 12, 2006 does not count
Wonderful brew. I was very excited to get some of this and I’m glad I have another bottle of it to drink later. Poured a very dark brown with a thin mocha head. Smell was hard to get but smelled of chocolates and vanillas. Good marriage of tastes though. Good solid bourbon taste up front with hazlenut and chocolate in the end. A little lacking in the roastiness a porter should have, but still damn good. Slick and a little oily, good mouthfeel. Drinkability is really good. At about 8%(according to the brewery) its not that bad on the alcohol. I could drink this every night if so inclined. Can’t wait to have more of this in the future.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
twindadplus2 (592) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2006
Deep black with a small, brown fizzy head. Aroma is oaky with a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Flavor is fantastically complex; big taste of coffee up front with a smooth vein of toffee, caramel and creamy vanilla. The bourbon is more pronounced as it warms but it’s definitely there. Finishes strong with hazelnut and dark chocolate. Rich, complex and incredibly satisfying.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2006
Pours mostly opaque with a thin tan ring of head. Has a rich, complex, bourbony dark chocolate malty aroma. Starts with lots of sugary vanilla sweetness, some toasty caramel malt and more bourbon oaky flavor toward the sweet, lightly warming finish. NIcely-balanced, but has a touch too much artificial-tasting vanilla flavor. I’m looking forward to their other barrel-aged releases.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - APR 10, 2006
Courtesy of The_Enemy <P> Aroma features sharp roasted malts, coffee and baker’s dark chocolate...aroma wise I didn’t smell any bourbon until after I had tasted it and trhe beer warmed a little. Deep black in color with a two finger thick head that is constant as the northern star. Rich coffe and chocolate in the fore followed by a LOT of vanilla and an almost Frangelico like liquor flavor. The bourbon is amazingly well integrated into the rest of the flavor palate. There are dark fruits some coconut notes as a result of the meshing of the vanilla, oak and toasty malts. Very lingering aftertaste of chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Very tasty and well realized barrel aged beer.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - APR 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2006 12oz bottle.
One of the best applications yet of the bourbon barrel-aging process. Not as subtle as their Rocky’s Revenge Bourbon-Barrel Brown (in which they only barrel-age a portion of the stock), but still very well-integrated flavors. (On this point I strenuously disagree with a number of reviewers who feel the bourbon-barrelization overshadowed all else.) Aroma is slightly vegetal -- the only knock I can think of for this beer -- but this subsides as it warms. Other aromatic characteristcs are the molasses, maple, hazelnut, toasted grain, vanilla; sniffing this beer is almost like walking into a gourmet coffee shop. Bourbon-barrel-aged characteristics are prominent, adding molasses, oak, vanilla and a mercifully judicious bit of bourbon. However, the porter base is not at all lost, contributing its own smokey, caramel, toffee, toasted grain, chocolate and nutty elements. Full-bodied, velvety-smooth creamy palate. As with their less bold but still intriguing Rocky’s Revenge, this is bourbon-barrelization done right. Seven bucks for a 4-pack of this?? You’ve gotta be kidding. Only in Wisconsin do they brew stuff this good for this cheap.


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