Scopey (6865) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bruce’s. It pours near black with a tiny tan head. The nose is fresh piney, toast, citrus peel, pine needles, soap and cocoa. The taste is bitter-sweet, toasty, earth, coffee, citrus peel, soap, pine and varnish. Medium and fine carbonation. Solid enough,but not a game changer.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a tan head. Rich malt and light vanilla aroma with light toffee. Rich malt and light toffee flavor with cocoa. Medium-plus bodied. Rich malt and light toffee linger with cocoa, light vanilla, and light oak.
DuffMan (6752) - 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!
mcberko (6516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, pours black with a small beige head. Aroma brings out oak, lager yeast, and a bit of chocolate. Flavour reveals notes of oak, a little chocolate, and lots of lager yeast. Very lager-like, with loads of chocolate and oak. Medium complexity. Good stuff, just not really my thing.
marcus (6511) - 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.
phaleslu (6509) - 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.
Plovmand (6489) - Helsinge, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with a creamy dense beige head. The aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oranges, chocolate and hard roasted malt. The flavor is hard roasted, ripe fruit, licorice, bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. Nice one.
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DrSilverworm (6416) - 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.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Black, moderate to large foamy dark beige head, nice lacing.   Sweet soy on the nose.   On the tongue its a soft sweet roastiness, slightly dry and chalky, with a sweet soy like background.   Little
bitterness, but also not much dark pitted fruit like I normally associate with the style.   Body and mouthfeel are smooth albeit moderate.   Quick finish, slightly ashy, roasty, but not all that sweet any more.   This one is
not as thick, sweet, or fruity as others.   If I were to have this blind I would be confused as to what it was.   Tiz okay, but not as good as I was hoping.   Ashy finish, soft roasted malts, and very soft cocoa or bakers
chocolate.   Meh... says its aged on Bourbon, I get ZERO of that.   ZZZZZzzzzz.....
Ernest (6222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially large, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately malty (horse feed, wort, cereal, caramel, chocolate syrup), with a note of vanilla.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly unclean, slightly husky.
Medium to full body, creamy/syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Really hard to get past the terrible malt...very raw/worty/vegetal. There are some nice elements behind that struggling for your attention, but they can’t compete. Almost drinkable in the mouth, but again the aftertaste reminds you of the dirty/clunky malt. A nice idea, but poorly executed.