travita (4754) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to bman113vr. The look is dark brown to black in color with a beige colored head. The smell is weak, malts, alcohol, sweet, and good. The taste is wood, alcohol, good, and malts.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of dkachur on 09/12/2009. Very dark brown body with a medium frothy dark tan head. Dark roasty and chocolate aroma.
Goodgrief (1965) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprisingly nice looking pour, dark with tannish head. Just about every bourbon beer I have had has been overly bourbonized. This one was very complementary. The base porter might not have been the best porter ever, but the bourbon was warming and just made for a good time. Smooth and delicious.
bvc (1230) - Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz from mreusch; thanks man! Roasty tobacco, carob, lots of vanilla, slight soy, some chocolate and a touch smokey with mild bourbon. Roasty chocolate bourbon cola, raisin, prune, slight leather and tobacco. Rich flavors yet very smooth without having the barrel over taking this. Nice BA porter...thanks Matt!
eaglefan538 (3012) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 13, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from SL. Pour was deep dark black colored, an off-white head, but it subsided quickly and provided weak lacing. The aroma was bourbon and some bourbon, and then some slight roasty chocolate notes. The flavor followed, some caramel also detected, but primarily a show of bourbon and faint vanilla. The roasty nature of the porter struggled to show through, and even though this was enjoyable, it wasn’t much more than an over-bourbonized brew. Mouthfeel was a tad light and acidic, actually.
WeeHeavySD (3365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle # 1472 thanks to bman1113vr. Pours blackish with a tan head. Nose is sweet and rich and malty. Taste is creamy, chocolaty and rich, quite rich.
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle #20 of 2009 from ksurkin, thanks Ken!) Pours black with a fast dissolving dark tan head. Aroma is quite complex, but that is not necessarily a good thing. Scents of vanilla, oak, chocolate, soy sauce, coconut, and roasted malt. Upon warming these scents go south with hints of hydrogen peroxide, Mounds bar, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and tar towards the end. Really variable aromatic wise. The taste is smooth chocolate, which quickly transitions to vanilla, dry charred oak, that finishes out with roasted malt, and some smoke, char, and ash qualities. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is a tad too high. I think the barrel-aging has significantly diminished what may have been a very good beer.
mar (5148) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle # 1472 thanks to bman1113vr. deep chocolate with a khaki head. vanilla, bourbon and leather on the nose. very nice on the palate with a great vanilla, bourbon flavor and a chocolate finish.
sloth (2765) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium statured brown head, good retention and fair lace. Almost black in color cept for some dark ruby edging. Nose of whisky, faint chocolate, lumber and char. Body is med/full, oily on the palate, good carbonation, slick and a tad chewy. Lotsa whisky flavor, wood, followed by chocolate, light vanilla and tobacco notes, faint licorice as well. Lightly sweet malty finish and over bearing whisky notes. Bottle # 0796 of 2009 procured @statelineliquors.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
POurs a deep brown. Nose is good amount of bourbon, wood, roasted malts, burnt caramel. Flavor is malty, roasty, warming booze, bourbon, dry wood, some mild spice.