Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Urge Pub in RB is raising the bar. Sweet alcohol and sweet malt on the nose. Taste is also sweet alcohol with flat, burnt malt. Just when it feels too sweet, it completly loses any/all sweetness. Dry cocoa. Sharp, with gooey back. Seriously like a stout, not a porter. Lovely brew. DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 Growler. Nose is boozy, straight up whiskey, a smidgen of vanilla, and slightly vegital. Pour is dark brown, head is thin and whispy light tan. Mouthfeel is medium. the bourbon is the center point, flavorwise...but it’s not over the top...kind of melds well with the normal malt profile of black marlin...fairly peaty, earthy, boozy flavorwise but not palate-wise, rather than big, bold, sweet and vanilla-like, it instead picks up the strange earthiness of the bourbon and that becomes the main flavor profile, to me, replacing the chocolaty nature of the base porter. It really does pick up a hell of a lot of the flavors of the whiskey from the barrels...but maybe because of the relative low abv or something, its not hot or over the top, you just get a lot of whiskey characteristics intertwined into the flavors, and it ends up being an interesting beer. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
on tap at ballast point old grove a couple months back. short notes again, my apologies. pours an oily black with a thin, dark beige head and a light ring of lace. aroma is damn nice with smooth oak, sharp, spicy bourbon, roasted malts, and dark fruits with hints of grassy hops. flavor is delicious, very bourbon forward, with notes of chocolate, roast, and coffee on the finish. palate is medium bodied and a little thicker than the base beer with light carbonation and a woody finish. overall, a very tasty brew. vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Draft @ Rattle ’N’ Hum. Black pour with tan head, viscosity looks like a stout. Coffee, chocolate and light bourbon aroma. Flavor is only a slight bourbon note different than the original. Boungustatio (10) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Wow, Ballast has done something very interesting here.
Aroma: Bourbon, Maple Syrup, Honey, Coffee
Appearance: Dark brown, murky with Golden amber to ruby to brown tones as it is observed in the glass. Tan head with dotted lacing.
Taste: Subtle hints of bourbon mix into a coffee bean/dark chocolate aftertaste. I think this beer was aged with bourbon soaked wood chips - not actual barrels - there is a taste difference. I also taste a little lemon citrus, orange peel, and dark wheat.
Palate: Very thin for a porter - but I like that it’s drinkable for a wider audience. It’s not one of those "don’t drink if it’s hot outside" beers. This could be very refreshing after a day in the yard.
Overall: Love this one. Not filling or overly done. It’s not one of those porters that forces you to sit down and work through each gulp. It’s pleasant, could session or sip and savor. If you find this on tap - get a growler if you can - or at least have a pint! A true bourbon lovers beer.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
A decent offering, well worth the money and i’d possibly get it again. Just didn’t knock my socks off. The bourbon made it feel thinner than i thought. booze somewhat dominated, but the flavors played well together. Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 25, 2010
On tap at Rattle n HumTomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Aroma caskey with vanilla with some roast ending. Very evident cask treatment , not too subtle.6+
Appearance coca cola like , little top , little carbonation, stoic.3+
Flavor and Palate : tart , strong cask hints of oak barrel , hints of vanilla. Smooth follow up with sticky finish. Good barrel ale but last plenty of character of original plain one.
Tap at Ballast Point. Pours a deep brown with amber notes and a medium creamy tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, vanilla, nuts and light bourbon. Flavor of vanilla, milk chocolate, nuts, toffee, tobacco, oak and a touch of bourbon. Bourbon restrained and I like
that! brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
A: A nice looking black beer with almost no head and no retention.
S: The nose is roasty with a bit of vanilla and quite a bit of alcohol. There is a noticeable acidity to the beer (likely from the roasted malts), that almost presents as sourness.
T: The flavors never really come together and even if they did, I’m not sure this would be any better. A bit of a tartness, roasted malt, and bourbon. I don’t really get any chocolate or sweetness.
M: The body is quite thin and lifeless, and the carbonation is similarly lacking. Not what I look for in a barrel aged beer.
D: It would seem to be within conventional wisdom -bal aging a sub-6% stout is not such a good idea, and that is proven true here. Maverick34 (3389) - New York, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Draught. Poured dark w/minor head. Hoppy aroma, pretty standard. Not bad though.