SSSteve (3551) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. oily black pour with a very large, fluffy, whipped brown head. aroma hints at oaky vanilla note with milk chocolate roasted malts. a bit more carbonated than i prefer, with a medium body. flavor has notes of milk chocolate, oak barrel, hints of vanilla, caramel, and toast. there is a light distracting funkiness probably from the barrel. solid, but not my favorite in the awesome crooked line series.
HeadyDE (363) - Delaware, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft offering...interesting Baltic porter that was quite drinkable..not really getting heavy bourbon as expected..this was enjoyable yet it was a bit thinner than anticipated..not as much of the typical porter features of the style..
Jesterdeal (1467) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of strong oak, vanilla, cocoa and espresso. Pours black with an out of control head. Taste is waaaaay too oaky. The vanilla and coffee are there but I feel like Iím sucking it out of wood chips.
queenholly (2411) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Cincy Beerfest. Smoky chocolate aroma. Black brown with a small tan head. Earthy coffee, chocolate, and ash flavor. Medium body, moderate carbonation.
shrubber85 (6507) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Light chocolate malt aroma. Brown-black with small head. Very sweet chocolate syrup and malt flavor. Okay but a bit cloying.
Darwenus (444) - Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thin, dark body, average head. The aroma is sweet and smokey. The bourbon quality is present as a rich vanilla, and the smokey malt qualities had a nutty, bready character that just worked perfectly with the oak. Iíd suggest this as a great starter for anyone whoís interested in bourbon barrel aged beers, itís very smooth and very sweet, but not at all subtle. Of the beers I tried that were _new_ to me, this is the one Iíll most certainly add to my own regular rotation if I can find it.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours with a deep mahogany body that supports a mocha looking head of foam. The aroma offers up dark roasted malts, burnt malts, some earthy maltiness and faint dark fruity esters off in the background. The taste is rich inviting goodness coming from the likes of dark roasted malts to burnt malts and then moving into chocolate and earthy malt goodness. This is just rich and deep and fudge brownie yum. I get faint sweet dark fruity esters echoing away far off in the distance. Yummers!
dbarnold (1106) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very very good beer. Pours dark, slight head, mild carbonation. It has a really good roasty, smooth body with an easy finish. Not much hop at all, and itís not needed. I would also note that the barrel aging hasnít overwhelmed the beer. A very good sipper.
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, corked and baled. Starting to think this whole series will be consistently great to amazing. Pours black with a sudsy dark tan head and plenty of webby lace. Big sweet chocolate and vanilla nose. Creamy medium body with very soft carb, goes a little watery in spots actually. Chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon, very soft woody notes in the background. Really a nice BP.
obguthr (3311) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Charred oak, coffee, and prune nose, with an emphasis on the latter. Black, thin tan head. Prune and charred oak flavor, maybe some fudge. Medium bodied, smooth, and drinkable.Alcohol only noticeable on the back end and not excessive. No bourbon detected, which is a plus for me. Fairly simple, but solid.