Drake (8503) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle from Beer Run. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention, strong lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roast, nuts, herbal hops. The taste is chocolate, raisin, mild whiskey, stone fruits, hops. Medium bodied, low carbonation, moderate booze.
Theydon_Bois (8393) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bottle Barn, Santa Rosa, 24/06/14.
Light black with a big old bubbly tan head.
Nose is light roast, hint of plastic, earthy cocoa, mineral notes, dark fruits, toffee, soapy notes.
Taste improves somwhat, less plastic and soap, roasted malts, vanilla fudge, dark fruit rinds, caramelised sugars, hint of liqourice, light spice.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, cocoa rinse in the close.
Decent enough BP.
GT2 (8380) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Rustico Alexandria. Pours a clear, deep ruby cola. No head really. Nose is paper, tomato, black pepper, thick candy syrup, licorice. Taste is thin, sweet, some tea, seasoned tomato, mild dry cocoa powder. Not my thing.
jtclockwork (8263) - , 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.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (Bottled on 12/04/12). Pours with a black hued body with a large brown head. Good retention and lace. Aromas are of roasty, dark fruit esters (plum, dates), light licorice, deep chocolate, dusty wood, light oak, minimal bourbon, vanilla. More oak than bourbon. Flavors are oaky, licorice, under ripe plums, roasty tobacco, ashy roast, moderately bready malt. Barrel character is low for a bourbon barrel aged baltic porter. Very high carbonation, medium to full bodied, warming.
DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles from Capone’s. Craft Ale House, Frank Smith’s, and Blue Dog. Pours dark brown, fairly thick and turbid, with tan head that laces well. Nose is oaky bourbon, cacao,, black patent malt.. Tastes of patent malt, oaky bourbon, earthy brown sugary figgy fruit, cacao, vanilla. Finishes complex and velvety.
shrubber85 (7571) - 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.
crossovert (7337) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not too much barrel. For sure a solid beer. Again maybe not the style most suitable for barrel aging.
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle: pours a mostly opaque black with dark ruby mahogany edges and a large creamy beige froth of head that leaves fine lacing behind as it subsides. Has a sweet dark caramel and molasses nose with hints of smoke and chocolate. Starts with good fullness and fine carbonation with sweet dark caramel and chocolate malts, notes of plums and a subtle roastiness and mild noble hop bitterness before a drier smooth semi-sweet finish. Very true to style, complex and certainly drinkable.
Ibrew2or3 (6861) - 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!