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.
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. tkingsbury2 (31) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 25, 2012
On tap at the Ballast Point Tasting Room. This was a pleasant surprise as I am not a typical fan of this brewer. The barrel aging has done this wonders as the mellow bourbon flavor and the oak flavor made this really enjoyable, especially compared to the bottled version. The real question now is will this ever be bottled for distribution? fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
From the Growler and shared with Padrefan and toncatcher. Nice wooden oak aromas with some metallic dustiness. Flavors were vanilla sweetness with hints of bourbon and more wood. Decent dusty porter flavor as well. Pretty tasty stuff.Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Earlier Rating: 1/17/2008 Total Score: 4
Draft at O’Brien’s. Darkest pour with decent head. Lots of wood and chocolate and coffee aromas. Flavors were more wood, a bit of tart, and some more roasted maltiness. Coffee and chocolate still came through. I really liked this one.
Tap at the brewery. Jet black pour, dark brown head. Very nice sweet aroma, slight bourbon notes, vanilla,coffee. Vanilla and slight bourbon flavor, very smooth going down. Primo stuff.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2008
Pours like the standard Marlin from the tap at the brewery but with no discernable head. Brimming with bourbon vanilla and sweet molasses with faint smoke. A hint flat but easily the finest beer of theirs Ive had on tap so far. Well done. 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. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Got a growler fill from the brewery. Black with a fizzy tan head. Wonderful bourbon vanilla and oak aroma. Good strong bourbon taste, robust coffee flavors, mild vanilla, and a good roasty, oaky dry finish. Excellent. Oscbert (1313) - Lincoln, California, USA - JUN 17, 2008
~Pours black with creamy off white head.
~Nice strong oaky bourbon/whisky scent
~Taste like coffee with oak, malts and bourbon.
~Medium feel, creamy with bitter finish.
~ This is delicious! I love whisky and I love beer. Great combo! Yum! DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2010
UPDATED: APR 15, 2010 On draft at Neighborhood (San Diego, CA): Pours out an opaque dark brown and topped with a creamy tan head, nice lacing. What a great find! Nose of deep dark chocolate, roasted malts, black coffee, light dark toffee, and mild alcohol. Finally, a bb beer that doesn’t taste like a burning mouthload of pure bourbon. Flavor of deep chocolate, roasted malts, and soft alcohol that slowly lingers into the finish. Drinkability: Textured with subtleties. Pairing: Smoked blue cheese plate lightly coated with honey and dried cranberries, walnuts, and strawberries. Rebuy: Yes. #396 on 04152010, DG.