Black Oak Nutcracker (Bourbon Barreled)

Formerly brewed at Black Oak Brewing
Style: Porter
Etobicoke, Canada


on tap


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Black Oak Bourbon Barreled 2005 Nutcracker Porter

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Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2008
Cask at Volo Cask Days 2007: I made a beeline right for it as a fan of Black Oak’s Nutcracker in the past, and salivating over it on cask. Poured dark brown, no head at all. The oaky bourbon was definitely there in the aroma, as well as some chocolate, vanilla, and aromatic hops. The mouthfeel was far more watery than I’d have hoped for, delivering a good burst of bourbon, espresso, and cinnamon. Almost nothing like the "regular" Nutcracker; good stuff, but I would have appreciated some more body to it.

mabel (9787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2007
[767-20071020] Cask @ Volo Cask Days 2007 (Toronto, ON). Vanilla whiskey fruit aroma with dark malt and sweet maple hints. Red black body with quick tan bubbles. Light whiskey malt flavour has a roasted coffee cinnamon finish. Medium-full body is smooth. Smooth and Lovely.

mds (2256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2007
Cask. Black cola body with no head. The aroma is smooth and bourbony, oak chips, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavour is dominated by vanilla and bourbon, not intensely rich and full bodied. Actually somewhat thin for what you’d normally see in a bourbon barrel beer. It’s drinkable but I don’t care for it a whole lot. I’d take any of the other Nutcracker versions over this!
Sampled at the Nutcracker Suite tasting on November 23, 2007.

Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2007
Enjoyed at Volo as part of the nutcracker suite tasting. Same appearance as the regular nutcracker, but with less of a head. Yep...that’s definitely jim beam in the aroma - very different from the candy cane smell of the regular. The bourbon is well integrated into the flavour, and although t does not dominate it is always there. Other notes include chocolate and rasins. A bit thin on the palate, but it seems to match this beer well. Overall, I would not get a whole pint of this, but would be happy to sip away on a glass.

radiomgb (2838) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2007
Muddy brown in colour, thin beige coloured head ring, no lacing. The aroma is dominated by the bourbon, very sweet with some lingering chalky dark chocolate. The flavour is very thin, watery, the bourbon is non-existent. Thin mouthfeel, light body, mild carbonation. Finishes thin, quick and watery. The barrel aging didn’t do anything to this except for helping out the aroma. Very thin which was a bit of a surprise.

Cask at <a href= target=blank>Volo in Toronto, Ontario on October 20, 2007.

Radek Kliber (7483) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 29, 2007
On cask at Volo , Canada
Appearance :Black with dark brown hint , beige medium crown (rocky) 3+
Nose : Dark brown malts , grainy with medium strong influence of bourbon casking , hint of chocolate marked 7-
Flavour/Palate : Mellow , soft choco-mocha base with bourbon character painted trough. Slightly chewy in texture .Vanilla like finish. Good.

GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2007
Cask at Volo Cask Days 2007. Deep almost-but-not-quite black with a wisp of a head. Aroma has a helluva lot of bourbon and vanilla - very pleasant, but also worrying, as it suggested the flavour would be completely overpowered by the bourbon. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case - there was a good amount of it there, but it was nicely integrated with the beer, which held notes of chocolate, dark fruitcake and vanilla. I would’ve preferred a bit more body, but otherwise, I quite enjoyed it.

HogTownHarry (7065) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - OCT 24, 2007
Cask. At Volo Casks Days ’07. Where’s the love? This was terrific stuff, I went back for more. It poured thick-looking black, small head. The aroma - and I had one of the first pours from the cask and a later one too - was not-too-sweet bourbon overlaid on sweet, overroat malt, no alcohol character - other than the ghost of bourbon - but a little candied fruit, raisin and dry, earthy hops. The taste was very smooth, restrained and balanced - bourbon vanilla, heavy roast malt, very earthy and dry - and light, too, this is not a "big" beer. Slick, light mouthfeel, dry, just a whiff of tannic acidity, and a relatively quick finish - my God, the first session barrel-aged beer I’ve had!

blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2007
Cask at ’Volo Cask Days ’07’. Pours a very dark brown with a spare diminishing light-brown head. Aroma: Well it’s bourboney alright, too much so for my liking, along with vanilla and malt in the background. Flavour starts pretty watery followed by lightly roasted malt and bourbon. Alcohol’s fairly well hidden. Average bodied. Decent but I think this would fare better on draught, cask doesn’t really suit it. I’ll take the delicious regular Nutcracker over this any day!

Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2007
Volo cask days. Black, no head. Aroma dominated by vanilla and bourbon. None of the nutcracker cinnamon or spiciness. Taste follows - my sample was really dominated by bourbon - too much so. Tasting this blind, I am very certain I would have had no idea that this was nutcracker. Much like the nut brown from a few years back, I would have liked this more with a bit of balance instead of dominating bourbon. The one off is appreciated though Ken!!

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