shrubber85 (9261) - 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.
DrSilverworm (8857) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, shared. Black color, good thin light brown head, leaves great full lace. Some chocolate, toasted malts, maybe some tobacco in the nose. Lightly smokey, toasty flavor. Again with the herbal, and tobacco notes. A bit less heavy on the dark fruit than other baltic porters can be, and I personally prefer that. Good roasty malts, solid bitterness, light sweet. Nice roasty chocolate aftertaste, just a hint of dark fruit, good light bit of smoke. Bigger body, smooth lighter carbonation, dry finish. Influence from bourbon barrel is subtle - not immediately obvious, but vanilla and wood flavors are noticeable. though no boozy heat. A nice balance. I think this is well done.
jercraigs (8757) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2015-08-26. Back body with a small tan head. 3+ Aroma of dusty dry malt, light roast and herbal notes. Flavour is interesting, dark malt, light herbal licorice touch, moderate dusty dark malt. Average plus bodied palate, good carbonation. Solid but the base malt is not quite rich enough for my taste today. Bottle cellared several months from Ye Old Spirit Shop, Frederick, MD.
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arminjewell (8737) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, cork opened with a pop. Thick black pour with creamy tan, aroma brought notes of nice cocoa powder, vanilla, bourbon, and lots of oak come through, some coffee, roast, hints of slight caramel, toffee, and molasses, hints of dark fruits, and some slight smoke but pretty restrained. Taste is a mix of sweet caramel, toffee, lots of dark fruits and anise, hints of roast, slight bourbon, lots of dry oak, there is a slight smoke note in there that manifests as it opens up, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter. Interesting brew, one of the better in the series for sure.
DocLock (8667) - 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.
DuffMan (8152) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Public House in Vegas. Very dark brown with mahogany highlights. Meaty broth malty nose with seductive bourbon sweetness. The palate opens sweeter than expected, given the nose: vanilla, light smoke, sweet figs, molasses, bread crusts. Made me pay attention in a good way! Awesome!
BMan1113VR (7905) - 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.
phaleslu (7824) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Keystone - Clifton. Pours a deep coffee brown with a finger of tan head that leaves heavy spots of lace. Aroma of milk chocolate, dust, oak, vanilla, fudge, and toast. Some booze as it warms. Flavor of chocolate, leaves, vanilla, earth, oak, roast, and booze that’s not clearly defined as bourbon. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. Very subtle bourbon barrel influence.
marcus (7805) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours near black with a massive tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a dark molasses and bitter chocolate flavor with some anise and a dry finish.
kermis (7695) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at THT. Pours near black with a small beige head. Aroma of rich caramel, sweet malt, overripe dark fruits and raisins. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.