JStax (3237) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a darker brown to black with a grayish head of foam. Decent retention. Aroma is a musky, coffee, earthy sweetness. A little ashy. Taste is more of the same. Paired nicely with a cigar that was a little past its prime.
Wordsworth (133) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured into snifter. Pours almost black with a foamy finger head that lingers, leaving spotty lacing down the glass. Beer is a tad too cold for proper smell test but I detect chocolate, malt, and faint vanilla. Flavor is vanilla and some chocolate up front, and rolls into a notable bourbon finish and some hoppy bitterness on the tail. A complex palate that is well balanced. Nice beer.
jar72404 (426) - USA - JUL 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is chocolate and bourbon. Flavor is chocolate, malt, oak, and slight bourbon. Very nice.
Cybercat (3500) - Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep, warm sable just a whisker above black with a fairly thick and somewhat persistent tan head. Aroma tempts with notes of licorice, vanilla and chocolate and a hint of bourbon. Flavor fills the mouth with vanilla, licorice, coffee, chocolate and bourbon tones. Firm texture is fairly fizzy, a little thicker than most porters I have tried. After a couple of these you’ll feel as if you’re at sea.
jtclockwork (8915) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with creamy brown head. Nose and taste of toasted chocolate malt, graham cracker, mocha pie, black licorice, burnt coffee, very light bourbon and cherry wood. Medium body.
superspak (2836) - Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/21/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, vanilla, oak, bourbon, light coffee, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roasted and dark malt notes with moderate barrel presence; and good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, toast, caramel, toffee, cocoa, roasted malt, oak, clove, vanilla, bourbon, light coffee, and roasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, caramel, toast, toffee, cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark and roasted malt flavors with barrel presence; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged Baltic porter. All around nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark and roasted malt flavors with moderate barrel presence; and very smooth to sip on for 8%. A very enjoyable offering.
ads135 (3078) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very dark beer. Black in appearance, lots of roasted character. Chocolate, some licorice and toasted bread.
Cory (350) - , California, USA - JUN 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma is smoke, champagne, and sweet tomato. Medium bodied, light across the palate. Brine and ash with dark malt taste. This is a good porter, and one that one could easily enjoy a pint and not walk away stumbling.
yespr (32032) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at City Tap House. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate malty and dry roasted. Roasted dry malty, chocolate and vague liqourice. Dark malty and mild vanilla into a dry and roasted finish.
PapaSkeetSkeet (861) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 from Market of Choice. Pours like dark root beer with a fine, warm-brown head with a nice shimmer at the edges (Marc W., composite specialist for hydro electrical applications, described it as "purply-red"). Aroma is sweet caramel, light earthy burnt toast, light vanilla. Body is medium with a light frothiness. Flavor is not as sweet as the aroma would suggest; vanilla notes are stronger than anticipated resulting in the perception of sweeter malt. In actuality, the malt is rather dry, considerable burnt notes with some coffee. Some distinct woody light smokiness is apparent from the barrels, less intense compared with some 100% bourbon-barrel-aged brews (check out the Labyrinth in this line). Tasty, could use a bit more malt sweetness for optimization.