Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 13, 2012
On tap at Pinocchio’s. Dark as night pour, no head. Aroma of bourbon. Roasty and chocolatey with a moderate level of bourbonosity. Okay, not overwhelming. callmemickey (4543) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 A: Deep brown body. Medium sized khaki head. Spotty lacing. Lively carbonation.
S: Smooth, mellow bourbon notes... booze, vanilla, oak. Also a bit of chocolate and roasted notes.
T: A slight fall off from the nose. The bourbon is a bit hidden and roasted malts take over. Hints of chocolate and a pinch of coffee.
M: Moderate body, easy drinking with appropriate carbonation levels.
O: A nice porter. Ultimately, I am not sure how much the bourbon helps other than providing a bit of depth to the nose. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bomber, courtesy of daknole, at the Black Friday Tasting pours mahogany with thin tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate chip cookies, some chocolate brownie, vanilla, ribbons of dark roasted maltiness and then smooth bourbon booze. The taste is smooth with a mix of chocolate brownie, black strap molasses, dark roasted malts, vanilla and boozy bourbon. This is pretty darn smooth and attains a nice balance between the remaining beer notes and the barrel notes. Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Aroma of cherry, chocolate and slight vanilla. Pours deep brown with a good creamy head. Tastes of sweet chocolate, slight vanilla and roast cherry. Delicious and sweet. dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2011
(growler courtesy of Dak for the Black Friday tasting). Pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head. Aroma has milk, fruit, wood, light bourbon). Taste is sweet with a little sour twang and a touch of heat. Thin bodied and oily. Pretty good.
nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
On tap at Stone Bistro. Very dark brown color with minimal head. The aroma is nice and barrely with bourbon, oak, anise, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Very nice flavor, a bit barrel heavy but still great. Roast, dark chocolate, vinous notes, vanilla, and oak. Surprisingly light in body with low carbonation. Not a great barrel aged beer, but MMM -BALS I LOVE ’EM! drpimento (3641) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Served a bit too cold and with a very small, tan head that soon subsided to barely a ring around the inside, tiny islands, and contrails. Color is a 99.9% clear, yet opaque, red brown. Aroma is malt, cocoa, coffee, wax, bourbon, hint of roast. Flavor’s about the same with sweet, tang, bitter, in that order in the fore, then the other stuff. Body gets a lot better as it gets warmer. Still, it’s very nice and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor, with a little alcohol warmth, and on the long side. Good brew! Not sure as a session tho. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Nearly black in color with a light brown head. Roasty aroma mixed with bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is just enough barrel, but the base porter still shines. Very enjoyable. Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2011
On tap @ the brewery.
Near black pour with very little tan head. Lots of coffee aroma with some vanilla, bourbon, and roasted malt. A bit thin with more roast and vanilla. It would appear 6% may be a bit light for bourbon barrel aging. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a thin white ring around the perimeter of the glass.
Aroma: Fresh cut oak, medium roast, vanilla.
Taste: Wood, dark roast, slight burnt roast, vanilla, and herbal hoops.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, close to the thin side with low carbonation.
Overall: I’m not a brewer, just a drinker, with that said, I don’t think this beer had the body for the barrel aged treatment, or at least that’s what I gather from the final product. Fun to try.