blackflag321 (689) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Bottle pour to shaker. I was intrigued by this offering with a lower ABV and price than associated with bourbon barrel aged beers. I bought a single bottle but will buy more next trip to the store. It does not have whiskey or oak tones but is still a nice, smooth porter that I enjoyed. JStax (6917) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Draft pour. Dark brown with a beige head. Taste is sweet and a little toasty with some notes of vanilla and coconut. Medium to full body and soft carbonation. edgallow (4218) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2014
12 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts. Taste is malts, coffee, chocolate and a little oak. chucklemation (1719) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Pours a dark mahogany, no head. Aroma is oak and smoke, with some caramel. Reminds me almost of a campfire. Flavor is harsher when cold, but as it warms up there is very little flavor. There’s a little bit of bourbon and lots of caramel, but very little of either the more you drink it. The body is thinner than you’d expect. Not very good. Underdogs88 (325) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Licorice, sweet, oak aroma. Appearance is a reddish, dark brown with a tan head with poor retention. Flavor is a sweet chocolate with low hops. The char of the barrel is present on the end. Roast flavor is smooth. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Overall, it's an ok beer. Lacks malt complexity though.
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katrinaez (2085) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Lacking in the bourbon flavor. A little too Light ConSidering the beer is slightly needing more flavor of its own. Would like to try it in the bottle ad we had on tap. AirForceHops (7334) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2014
12 oz. bottle thanks going to fishmich on this one. Pitch black, thin lasting tan head. Aroma is mostly chocolate with some light vanilla.superspak (5685) - Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2014
The flavor is a decent Porter base but not much in the way of bourbon or oak. Deep chocolate notes, light traces of earthy malts, prunes, various dark fruits light caramel. Thinner body, with a chocolate sweet finish.
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 10/2014. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon, toast, dark bread, licorice, smoke, light vanilla, herbal, and roast/oak earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, oak, bourbon, licorice, smoke, light vanilla, herbal, and roast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, oak, bourbon, licorice, smoke, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and solid complexity of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid barrel aged Baltic porter style. All around good robustness and solid complexity of dark/roasted malts, bourbon barrel, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2015 Bottle: Deep brown body, black in the glass with a fine-bubbled, tan foam that slowly sifts on top. Aroma with lots of red apple & cherry... Lots of fruit, almost tart. Some roast, underneath... But I mostly get red apple. Flavor has a strange bourbon flavor that isn’t integrated well... Just like taking a weak shot of watered down bourbon with notes of apple & astringent tannins on the side. A hint of chocolate malt in the finish is the only saving grace. This is likely an "off" bottle but there’s no doubt that this beer would suck anyway. All Atwater bottles are fucking "off" bottles. Thanks, Obama. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2014
One of the better atwaters I’ve had in a while. Poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was of barrel, and medium roast. Flavor was mainly barrel, some grape and caramel character too.