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RATINGS: 303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Baltic-style porter has a robust malt character and a slight herbal hop bitterness. Aged for 12 months in 10 year old Kentucky bourbon oak barrels, this alluring dark liquid features appealing undertones of vanilla, oak, cocoa and coffee. This aging occurs in abandoned mines in Michigan, at a constant temperature of 45F.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8358) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Waxed twist off (wtf) 12oz bottle pours dark mahogany with nice looking mocha head. The aroma is boozy to start and then small clouds of roasted malts, dark roasted malts, vanilla and nose searing booziness fill in to the end of the draw. The taste is sweet and pulls up sugar sweet malts, dark roasted malts, sweet vanilla and mild levels of molasses. It seems to end with an additional reinforcement of booziness. Did I mention this has a boozy aspect to it? Still pretty good though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2015 Bottle; Pour is a dark brown/amber with a modest beige head that retains on the average side, eventually ringing the glass. Very light lacing in this glass. Molasses, roasted coffee, and bourbon on the nose; this brew seems to lose something during the barrel process - Its thin as a whole and a little muted in the center of the tasting. Dark fruits, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, molasses - and ultimately finishing a little bitter from the booze. I thought it was a nice experience, overall, but not quite there. And then my palate had 4 years of experience and realized what the base beer is here. This is a nice shelf barrel purchase no doubt.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Bottle courtesy of rayl101. Pours dark brown with a thin tan ring. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, cognac, some tarteness, hints of earth, molasses, fruity. Tastes of dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, spicy, peppery, with a boozy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Bottle. Pours an almost (but not quite) black. Medium sized tan head. Huge and fantastic bourbon aroma. I sipped on this beer for nearly an hour simply because of the aroma. One of the best I ever gotten from a botte. Unfortunately the taste at celler temp was pretty harsh. Maybe too much bourbon in the flavor. As the beer warmed to room temp the bourbon mellowed and it was more enjoyable. Still a sipper. Overall this was a very nice beer, but at $6 a bottle Im glad I only picked up one. Id rate much higher based on aroma, but the harshness of the bourbon flavor hold it back..

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2011
12oz red wax capped bottle. Pour is just short of black, dark chocolate brown with a creamy beige head that its for a while on top leaving decent lacing. Hello bourbon! Nose is all about the barrel character, with vanilla and booze, but the underlying impy porter aromas are still there with some bakers chocolate and overripe dark fruits. Nice aroma. Taste is also really heavy on the bourbon. In fact, I get less of the underlying porter in the taste. Just lots of bourbon heat, oak and vanilla with only faint chocolate and roasted malts in the background. Mouthfeel is very smooth with good carbonation and goes down really easy for a 12% beer. Its got a boozy character but it still comes across as drinkable if that makes sense. This is a really nice BA porter, though you really need to like bourbon to enjoy it. Luckily, Im a bourbon fan so this one worked for me in general. Not in the league of the best Baltic porters but still a great effort from Arcadia.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Bottle:   Fairly black, moderate foamy tannish head, fairly nice lacing.   Strong Bourbon on the nose.   Notes of graham cracker, vanilla, and wood.   Underlying beer is... TBD.   Strong graham cracker and Bourbon up front.   Not a real heavy beer.   Its warming, at 12%, but not alcoholic.   Faint roasted malts show up in the back.   Yeah, this is a Bourbon drink moreso than a beer.   While not bad, the Porter needs to be a bit more... Imperial maybe?   Decent malt base, seems pretty darn smooth.   There is a little bit of dark fruitiness on the finish, which is nice.   Good beer, the strong Bourbon overshadows a lot, but whats there is enjoyable. &bnsp Just wished it were a little thicker and more complex.   Still very tasty!   Thanks Kevin for the brew!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (5028) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
From a trade via Strykzone. Another great ,beer. Pours black with a nice sized tan head. Nice rich nose of dark malts, ripe fruit, and and lots of bourbon. Solid rich body and lively mouthfeel. The flavor is dark roasted malt, ripe fruit, vanilla, and whisky. Finishes very favorable. Alcohol reasonably hidden..

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5305) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, booze, bourbon, and a bit of burn. Flavor is similar with bits of burn all over. Boozy, but nice vanilla, bourbon, and wood interlaced with some of the chocolate from the porter. Enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8178) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Had in Bottle @ The Beer Kitchen in KC .. . Pours a dark rummy brown, light foam .. . oak, bourbon, wood, vanilla, burnt wood, and a touch more bourbon .. . A great brew! .. . that movie was mentally challenged...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2011
12 oz bottle
I am not exactly certain where this came from but I can make an educated guess that the reason it wound up in the cellar was the combination of barrel aging and being an imperial porter. Unless it is brewery with a reputation for bad beer Ill try anything in that vein once. This was solid and worth the cost. However I would not go out of my way to get more as there are so many other similar barrel aged offerings these days.

Aroma / Appearance - The fluid pour was lighter than expected. Bordering between deep brown and black it has an inky aspect. Chocolate, vanilla, mild mannered bourbon, and the rest of the flavors remind me a bit of cooking smores on an open fire.

Flavor / Palate - More carbonated than I thought it hits the senses hard. Clinging to the throat are black coffee, dark bakers chocolate, burnt toast, and dry roasted almonds. The finish reminds me of flat cola which has been sitting out long enough to lose that acidic edge. I find myself wanting more but there are no major flaws here. Once again the state of Michigan comes through.


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