Doodler (318) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Red waxed bottle - shared with Theis, Pinball and Papsoe. Nice, easy drinking porter. Pours a deep brown with thin tan head. Aroma is loaded with bourbon, malts, chocolate and caramel. Taste was slightly sticky with vanilla, roasted malts and a woody bourbon overtones. Lightly carbed, with a sweeter finish, with an mildly alcoholic heat. Good stuff. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Tasted on 7/9/11 from a 12oz bottle purchased at Binny’s South Loop. Pours an opaque, nearly black, dark brown with an average tan head that slowly recedes to a thin, but even layer of lace and very light residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is very intense milk chocolate malt, molasses, very darkly roasted coffee, a good dose of vanilla, with some maple and cinnamon bourbon underlying. With some agitation, there is a very earthy aroma as well. The flavor is sweet molasses and milk chocolate up front, moving to more roasted bitter coffee notes, and finishing with the vanilla, cinnamon, and bourbon oak. The body is full with average carbonation and a very long bourbon, chocolate, and coffee finish. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Bottle done side-by-side with the regular version courtesy of rmalinowski4. Thanks as well to jale for gifting me a bottle to cellar. Served in a snifter.
Pours black with a very, very thin light tan head. A few spots of lacing on the way down, though they don’t stick. Half a cap as well. The nose carries a nice, smooth bourbon presence along with some chocolate and roast. Touch of coffee along with some light oak and vanilla. Uber-smooth. The barrel character really shines in the flavor, and carries a good amount of vanilla and light chocolate with it. Good moderate roast in the background, and a bit of oak and accompanying tannin on the backend and through the finish. Medium, chewy body with low carbonation and a really nice creaminess. Barrel-aging well done, Arcadia. Solid brew that I’d love to have ready access to.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-18-2011 Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks to Doodler. Cloudy red/brown - offwhite head Borubon, licoric, raisins, medium roasted malts, light barey notes, dried fruits, coconut, nice smooth body. Pinball (12157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2011
shared by doodler almost pitch black, small yellow head.
roasted mallts, barrel aged notes, super fine balance.
flavor is roasted stuff, wood, booze, well blended, good strong aftertaste,
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2011
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of Doodler. Pours a dark brown with a rough beige head. Sweet Bourbon and vanilla aroma, some licorice allsorts. Medium body only, discreet roast, some dark dried fruit and a subtle Bourbon edge. A slight tartness, a whiff of roast, but it’s hard to believe that this is 12%. Very sessionable. 030711 Ibrew2or3 (8614) - 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. 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 - It’s 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. 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. 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 I’m glad I only picked up one. I’d rate much higher based on aroma, but the harshness of the bourbon flavor hold it back..