boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle... Poured near, but not quite black - with a thin, light brown/more tannish head. This was quite the treat. Big time whiskey, bourbon, vanilla, wood, oak, roast and charred wood flavors. Malty, dark fruits, dessert like cake batter, and molasses. Everything you’d expect with a beer like this. burg326 (5488) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Final bottle at Markwise’s Bday bash, and its one hell of a bottle to end on, thanks Mark for the share. Poured a dark black color, aromas of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, wood, and roasted malt. Flavors are the same, amazing beer overall, this might have been the highlight of the night. bobbypaulson (217) - Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2012
373/817. Big thanks to zathrus13 for this gem. Pours from a bottle into a snifter a murky black color with a light brown head that leaves a ring and a small layer. Smell is bourbon and woody with a sweet Carmel and chocolate flavor. This beer tastes amazing!!!! It’s very mild flavor. It is a porter and a very great one at that!!!! Taste is on a thiner side, but it’s a porter. This was has held up GREAT!!!!! Thanks a ton Jeff. adrian910ss (2581) - Doylestown, PA, USA - NOV 27, 2011
# 2100. Bottle # 476/817. Pours a pitch black with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of warm bourbon, chocolate, prunes, dark malts, coconut notes and hints of vanilla. Taste of bourbon, chocolate, prunes, malts, coconut and vanilla. Very nice. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2011
750ml, gold-foiled bottle, #527/817 courtesy of myself. stunned i’m finally able to rate this beauty. pours a deep, dark, mocha brown with a thick, rich, creamy, beige head that has wonderful retention and leaves thick, sticky sheets of lace on my snifter. aroma is absolutely fantastic with huge notes of bitter, dark chocolate, vanilla cake, coconut-creme icing, and charred oak up front backed by rich, toffee nougat, spiced bourbon, and molasses with subtle notes of leather, woody earth, and espresso as it warms. flavor is simply stunning as well with rich, dark, chocolate cake, toffee, and burnt espresso up front that smoothly transitions to notes of charred oak, vanilla, pralines, and sweet coconut backed by subtle notes of fondue’d pineapple, cherries, and spicy bourbon. palate is wickedly rich, smooth, and a touch denser than the base version with a long, lingering, semi-sweet barrel forward finish. overall, an absolutely outstanding barrel aged imperial porter that deserves it’s lofty status.
kappldav123 (6110) - GERMANY - SEP 27, 2011
Bottle nr. 540/817 - looks really, really good. Beer in the glass deep black, small head. Complex-malty aroma, a bit woody. Starts strong, malty-woody, dry with some sweet notes. Also hints of coffee. Finish shows a bit more balanced malty notes, but still complex, hints of liquorice and vanilla. Warming aftertaste. A great beer! pastradul (43) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
When I bought this beer I imagined what it would taste like and it turned out to be exactly what I wanted. Just a testament to how good Alesmith is. Pours with a slightly viscous body and khaki head that has good retention. Smells of dark and milk chocolates, roasted malts, chocolate milk, molasses, black licorice and coffee liquor. The taste follows these lines with the alcohol playing a bigger role than I expected. Not exactly hot but tempered. The roasted malts, chocolates and coffee notes blend very nicely with a little molasses/malt sweetness.
The back brings out burnt caramel/malt notes with a decent piney hop prescence. The finish is not the most inviting flavors to bring about another sip but there is so much going on in taste that I’m constantly sipping.
arminjewell (9688) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Wow, huge thanks to Jason for opening this big want! #474/817. Pours thick black, very slight brown edges, with nice lasting almost tan head. Aroma has notes of bourbon, vanilla, roast, slight booze, chocolate, burnt coffee, slight sweet dark fruit, and a touch of molasses. Taste is extremely unexpected, with notes of toffee, chocolate up front with some of the bourbon and vanilla, but a big tropical fruit middle with pineapple and almost some mango, going into some more bourbon, some roast and coffee, finishing chocolatey, dry, delicious. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2011
750mL bottle, #474/817. Poured very deep brown with a couple fingers’ worth of sticky tan head.. set up great in the glass! There was definitely bourbon in there from the aroma.. digging deeper revealed blackened malts and vanilla.. it was too skewed toward the barrel, but I enjoyed the bourbon. The flavor found something I totally didn’t expect to see.. sweet, tasty bourbon was joined by a bouquet of tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, and passion fruit come to mind).. drier chocolates and molasses joined toward the back.. more tangy bourbon and oak on the finish. Heavier-bodied with enough carbonation to keep it moving through the palate.. chewy and most excellent all around! Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Thanks to a generous BA for bringing this bottle to DLD and to AgentZero for grabbing a tickable pour for me. Served in a SAVOR snifter.
Pour yields a nearly-black brew with a light mocha head that lasts for a bit before falling into a thin collar. The nose is pretty nice with some notes of vanilla, oak, bourbon, mildly-roasted malt, and chocolate. Pretty good complexity, but nothing out of this world. The flavor is on par with that--perhaps a bit stronger overall, though brought down by an increased alcohol presence. Good barrel character with bourbon, oak, and vanilla, though it’s surprising there’s still this much heat. Medium body and pretty smooth, other than the alcohol. Pretty good. Glad to finally have tried this one.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-10-2011