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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Editor’s Note: Rate under this entry if the bourbon barrel was not specified or if it was a blend. In 2009, the blend was Old Fitzgerald and Heaven Hill. From 2010 to early 2014, the blend has been an unspecified selection from the barrel room. If you had a single barrel brand that was clearly specified on tap, please rate under that entry.

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4.4
PhillyCraft (7597) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
On tap at Capones and Devils Den during beer week. Pours a frosted glass greyish black, with medium sized milky head. Tons of lacing. Aromas of sour whiskey, wood, cocoa, peat. Taste is a velvety smooth chocolate bourbon flavor with the addition of vanilla beans, and a whiskey barrel richness. Awesome beer that had a little kick but overall was very balanced. Wish the aroma was a bit more layered but I really cannot complain about trying one of my favorite porters barrel aged.

4.4
egajdzis (6673) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Opaque black with a creamy, nitro, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, roast, smoke, and cocoa. Taste of roast, smoked malts, and cocoa, with vanilla, wood, and bourbon in the finish.

3.7
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2011
On tap at Capones. Inky brown with a whipped beige head. Nose is mocha and hay. Thick and foamy, as expected with the nitro. Taste is chocolate, bourbon and vanilla pod; oddly vegetal to finish. Base brew overshadowed by the barrel and nitro.

3.8
hopdog (12821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2011
On tap at Capone’s...on nitro. Poured a deep brown (almost black) color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of lots of bourbon. Yep this one was about the bourbon. Vanilla and chocolate too, but lots of bourbon. Good thing I really like bourbon.

2.8
Goodgrief (2053) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 4, 2011
On tap at Capone’s. Served in a teeny weeny glass...because it would be impossible to consume larger quantities. When cold, I could smell some coffee in the nose and actually taste some too. But when warmed, forget it. Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, bourbon baked beans and bourbon (without the baked beans).

4
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Cask. Rating #21. Dark black pour. Great aroma, vanilla, bourbon and some dark fruitiness. Very smooth, more bourbon and just really outstanding. (1744)

4.3
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2011
On tap at Urge in RB/Poway on the Tap Takeover night. They had 25different brews from Ballast Point that day. Just absolutely lovely. A perfect mix of chocolate, coffee, malt creaminess, and smooth alcohol. I’d really like a keg of this to go, please.

4.3
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
First this beer was fantastic! But I’m not sure it is better than the regular release version. It pours black with a brown head. Smells mostly of oak, bourbon, and chocolate, with hints of vanilla and roasted coffee. Taste is massively bourbon and oak. The chocolate and vanilla are present but the coffee was almost completely subdued. If I didn’t know it was in there I’d say I couldn’t taste it. Still quite complex and a pleasure to drink.

4.2
JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
small draught sample at Bruery Provisions. Dark and black with thin tan head. Aroma was bourbon alcohol, oak, vanilla. Taste was very similar with much alcohol present and tons of vanilla, more so than the regular version. This stuff was very good but I still prefer regular VAS.

3.9
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
On tap at the Bruery Provisions. Pours with a near black body and a small tan head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, wood, tobacco, rich chocolate, molasses and maple. Flavors of rich cocoa, madagascar vanilla bean, cream soda, oak, light tobacco and cola. Medium bubbles with a sticky finish.


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