AirForceHops (2711) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn nice aroma, dark chocolate, vanilla, and sweet bourbon.
Flavor is chocolate pudding, vanilla oak, hints of anise and a nice subtle bourbon heat after the sip. Coffee with sugar. Texture is creamy with the body leaning on the lighter side of medium. The bourbon balances the rich malt very nicely. Quite easy to drink for such a big beer.
Really nicely crafted.
AdamJackson (2099) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black and oily. no head. Smells amazing! Loads of vanilla, toffee, caramel and bourbon. Wow. sweet. loads of raisin and grapes. very very sweet. vanilla out the butt. It’s gonna be hard to finish a bomber though. best shared with a few people.
Crompt (99) - York, South Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh wow a full flavor porter with a decent palate that I actually am impressed with! Finally a porter worth drinking. Lots if bourbon and roasty flavors that makes his porter almost drink like a stout. Which brings me to the question I always ask myself when I convince myself to give porters another chance. Why not a stout?
StoutDr (41) - Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Moderate Sweet vanilla aroma. Slight head fades quickly. Light on the mouthful. Slight smokiness, hints of bourbon, fairly strong vanilla. Sweet and bitter chocolate hints on the after taste.
solidfunk (2999) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well done, and well barreled. Bourbon is clearly present in initial aroma but doesn’t take over the beer or dominate. A touch less and it would be perfect. Pours black with good head and lacing. Finishes bitter and a little sweet - maybe that’s the Hatian rapadou. Some booze present as well, and roast malt, dark chocolate. Tap at Rustico.
JOHNCONOR (23) - USA - MAR 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I swear its everyday now. I come into work, place my rotting left index finger on the scanner to punch in, hoping the damn machine still recognizes my print after weeks of abuse and then only if I don’t flunk it and get locked out I look around despondently at all of the highly sought after brew left in the office. On this particular day it happened to be Alewerks Brewmasters Reserve Bourbon Barrel Porter. I picked up a bottle for two reasons. 1. The price wasn’t obscene. 2. I have tried porters before, wasn’t a huge fan but thought I owed it another attempt. Pours “oblivion” black. No head, thin lacing in weak halo along the perimeter. Instant dark burnt chocolate on the nose. Delicious first sip of rich coffee, caramel, chocolate and raison. All of the rich flavors do a great job at downplaying the ABV. Alewerks is quickly becoming one of the elite craft breweries out there.
Plovmand (6176) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Thanks a bunch, Mike! Pours black with a small beige head. The aroma is vanilla, oak, sweet chocolate, light roast and a bunch of dried fruit. The flavor has notes of dried fruit, roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon (also the alcohol notes) and wood. The alcohol is a bit too harsh in the finish but it's very tasty indeed!
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Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at esbls. Dark brown with red. Minimal head. Big bourbon aroma and flavor. Some earth tastes. So drinkable and sweet. Nicely done.
beerbill (3267) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared at Dave’s tasting. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Pleasant aroma of vanilla and bourbon; not a whole lot of the base beer comes through. Perhaps a bit of roasted malt in the nose. The flavor is a bit more balanced with vanilla and bourbon along with roasted malt. A bit of alcohol heat at the finish. Fairly full bodied.
Beergeek23322 (2024) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
7/30/2010. 750 ml. bottle. Pours mahogany with a tan head. Chocolate, oak, roasted malt aromas. Sweet flavors from the oak and vanilla that turns bitter. Good balance and complexity. Awesome brew.