Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle.
Appearance: Very deep brown with slight red highlights and a sizeable creamy, tan head. Great head retention.
Aroma: Oak, bourbon, and a chocolate notes dominate the nose. Earth and slight fruit notes help round things out. Great nose.
Flavor: Lots of oak, mineral, earth, a bit of coffee, vanilla, and bourbon notes. Big, bold flavors for a porter. This is a great beer!
Palate: Low carbonation with a rich mouthfeel and a long, roasty finish.
Overall: A big, creamy, roasty porter that seems like it is damn close to a stout. That’s quite alright with me though. This is the best brew I’ve had from this brewery and it is definitely worth trying.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
220z. Bottle (#1005 of 2009): Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, slight bourbon, light oak, Fluff, light toffee, and some smoke. Poured very dark brown/black in color with a small, dense, brown head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny, small, and medium-sized particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, light tar, bourbon, vanilla, sugar, light oak, toffee, and some hops. Full body. Viscous, lightly sticky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Roated malt, chocolate, bourbon, tar, and light hop finish is lightly sticky. 9%ABV is undetectable.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 ( 22oz bottles, multiple samples of the 2009 vintage ) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with a tall tan head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, toasted coconut, grapefruit, anise, marshmallow, caramel, and bourbon. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, some raisins, oak, and toffee.
decaturstevo (4664) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with tan head and lace. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, and a hinto brown sugar. Toasted malt, a hint of sweet, and bourbon warmth. Medium bodied with a hint of bitter. Very nice
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. – Dense brown, thick creamy tan head. Complex aromas of brown sugared whiskey and vanilla oak ride soft undercurrents of mild roasted coconut coffee from start to finish. Boozy vanilla and chocolate cherry wood notes are well balanced with swirls of dark currants and sweet roasted coffee flavors. A light backend bitterness is welcome as it provides a rounding bittersweet finish. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Not a huge fan of these guys, but this one certainly hits on all cylinders. Well done…
dchmela (2559) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to GOT for the pour. Thick black pour. Huge aroma of bouron, vanilla and chocolate. Taste is smooth roasted malt, bourbon and touches of vanilla. outstanding brew.
nearbeer (3427) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber 1279 of 2009. Opaque brown-black with a lasting quarter-inch of creamy foam. Aroma of Baby Ruth, dusty grain, vanilla and light whiskey. Flavor is more goodness of the same love with a light char and dry wood finish. Medium-heavy body is smooth and lightly sticky. Drippy-soapy lacing everywhere. Excellent brew.
jcwattsrugger (11002) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2010 @Richmond Gathering 9-22oz bottle courtesy dkachur & maniac-pours a thin light brown head and black color. Aroma is wood, dark malt-molasses/roasty. Taste is wood/bourbon, dark malt-molasses/roasty, earthy/acidic hops. 100830-22oz bottle-pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is bourbon/vanilla/boozy, dark malt. Taste is vanilla/bourbon/boozy, dark malt-rich/dark chocolate, secondary earthy hops. 3.6
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber #1666 of 2009, courtesy GoT. Pours a dark and clear chestnut brown color with a small, foamy, light brown head. Minimal, spotty lacing dots the glass. The aroma is smooth and inviting, sweet from the brown sugar and caramel malts, with a distinct nuttiness and traces of balancing cocoa and coffee. Oaky vanilla and soft, subtle bourbon overtones add luscious depth without overpowering. Flavors are basically the same, very smooth and sweet, caramelly, with just enough cocoa-coffee roast to keep things balanced. The barrel application is just right, enough to impart plenty of vanilla, without getting carried away with booze. Again, it is quite nutty, almost seeming more like an imperial nut brown than a porter. Silky on the tongue, it almost has a sort of whipped mouthfeel. Really good stuff.
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolatey, oaky, bourbon, with vanilla on the nose. Pours very dark brown, black at the center with no head. Lots of chocolate malts, dark roasted coffee, oak, vanilla, very complex and nice, very rich, the finish is very interesting, burnt sugar, homemare caramel flavor. Great beer! Thanks Godofthunder!