1FastSTi (3235) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled on the 03/10/2006. Pours to a deep brown head atop a very dark brown/blackish body. Nice lacing. The aroma is semi-sweet chocolate chips, cookie dough, vanilla, blondies (the blond-colored brownies). The flavor is a blondie, charred oak barrel, vanilla, and something that comes off as a light strawberry. Quite good. The palate is very rich and creamy, a touch hot. Leaves a lot of tingling on the tongue. Good mouthfeel, however. A damned good porter. I think itís about 10% ABV.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark dark brown body; thin frothy tan head that fades to a lovely tan ring.
Aroma is hard to find... roasty grain with some roasted vanilla bourbon (like burnt vanilla bean).
Bourbon gently graces dark licorice with vanilla... tart fruit... I think I can taste some charred oak barrel. Its hard to find the porter though. And... Imperial Porter? Not to nitpick on the style.... but basically, its a nice, well crafted BA beer. Perfectly aged.
To be continued...
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black with a tall bubbly tan head. For me a rather light aroma. Pale malt and a only a hint of something bigger. Not depth in the scent. Iím not doing a side by side, but I just finished the Founders Kentucky, so there are many similarities in flavor. Light vanilla bourbon in the front again. More pale malt flavors present and in some ways just as good. A mild bourbon presence through the finish and linger. Fairly full, and only lightly silky. Only a touch of black malt acidity. A brew that is more suited to having one or two after a rough day, rather than one to end the day with.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2006 Bottle. Black body under a short but creamy dark tan head - good soapy lacing. Sweet vanilla aroma along with some buttery brownie, light bourbon, and light black roast- fantastic! OMG the flavor - this came from Lake Mills??? I donít even stop there for gas. A bit of tart raspberry kicks off the flavor but itís quickly overpowered by vanilla blended with bourbon-soaked brownies. The finish has chocolate combined with dry oak and a toasted nuts. Lingering roast acidity. Thick, smooth mouthfeel. Great beer here - a sweet choclate and vanilla with a pleasant bourbon addition. Reminds me of the 1st batch of Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a thick,extremely dark color with a tiny tan head.This porter has a wonderful chocolate malt aroma,followed by hint of vannila.Then comes the distinct,but subtle bourbon overtone.Upon first sip,wow!silky smooth velvet-like chocolate/coffee/vanilla flavor that rolls off your tounge,followed by that bourbon overtone.Im not a huge bourbon aged fan,but this brew is wonderful! KUDOS to my favorite brewery!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fuller-bodied with a touch of bitterness that helps to engrain its porterly intensions. Just plain good in the limelight. The breweryís attempt to lower the carbonation of this bottled version should be lauded, applauded and mimicked. Black malts, flame licked oak, dark chocolate and Godiva liqueur leave a tasty finish. Iím so happily bemused and excited for Tyranena to get the recognition that they deserve.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2006 The first of Tyranenaís big series brews and this one is going to be hard to top. Rich full roasted coffee chocolate vanilla,and a smidget of the bourbonin the aroma. Apperance is scary,almost gothicly scary.As black and dark as can be,darker than a Guinness. The first taste is a stew of coffee chocolatecarmel a hint of anise,and the far away call of the bourbon barrel. The silky mouthfeel melts your senses with its velvety smoothness. you swallow,everything eases down your throat,and then bam,there it is the succulent sweet smooth taste of bourbon. that rich taste of bourbon just improves and becomes more tantalizing as this brew warms. This beer definitely has to be out of the fridge a good half hour beore opening. A first class effort. Imay go back and rate this even higher after my second or third bottle. Price is way to low,good for us.