ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2012
22 ounce bottle - $6.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
smith4498 (3641) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Appearance: Pours out a black, inky-looking body with an inch of tan-hued foam.
Smell: Dark chocolate enveloped roasted malt joining a vigorous, vinous fruit aroma atop subtle tannic hints of oak barrel.
Taste: Starts off with a sweet, smooth roastiness introducing dark chocolate and a lively blend of fruits: raisins, plums, and sourish dark cherry. There’s a gentle charred oak character, though never much in the way of a bourbon flavor. Earthy, vaguely spicy hops with a balancing medium-low bitterness. Semi-dry, fruity, faintly roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: I actually found it to be rather likable and quaffable.
Bottle from a trade with Rustyham. Pours dark brown/black color with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and oak. Roasted malt flavor with some bourbon and vinous notes. Chocolaty and slightly ashy. Medium body with average carbonation. Thanks Nick. MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Pour is dark brown with a decent light tan foam. Nose is of fresh coffee and oak. Not overly roasty or toasty though that’s there too. A bit of tart fruit. Pomegranate maybe. This is a porter though through and through. Dry. Not much residual sugar here at all. Nice drink. savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 7, 2012
22 oz bottle for around $4. Dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, pit fruit, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Flavor is dry tanic oak, bitter-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee and mild alcohol. Medium body with average carbonation and a thin, oily mouth feel. This one has a lot of oak barrel and booze character, really great beer for the price, just seems a bit thin. Syzzer (647) - Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Good representative of a porter. Flavor of burnt malts without the syrup texture that plagues porters of this depth of flavor.
Fatehunter (2561) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Poured into a tulip glass. Black with a half finger of tan head.
Pleasant smell of wood, roasted malt, molasses and vanilla. Nicely balanced and subtle.
Sweet tasting, then charred wood and lots of it. The rest of the taste cannon escape the charred wood, neither can my mouth. The burnt malt tried to play was suppressed. The vanilla squeaks out at the very end but it isn’t enough to overcome the charred wood.
Medium body, almost chewy. Moderate carbonation.
It smelled great. The taste was just wood and more wood; a bit much for me. Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Dark brown with a thick tan head. The nose is where the barrels are most evident, but the oak more so than the bourbon. The palate is a blast of roasted espresso beans. Chocolate on the finish- semi bitter. Good porter, but nowhere near the Schooner Exact Imperial. Alphadelic (2235) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Pretty much opaque with a cappuccino foam. The aroma is mellow, very mellow, creamy chocolate malts. In the mouth it really livens up with a cherry fruitiness a light heat and woody body. More than a handful of smoked malt. It’s ok I guess. A touch thin but reasonably robust I overall. Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Pours dark with very little tan head. Smells robust, roasty coffee flavors. Faint chocolate. Taste is roasty, bitter, toasty. Very rich. Coffee and vanilla. Medium body, fairly drinkable. Good local beer. rougeau13 (2958) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Black with a small, yet somewhat resilient, light brown head. Mild aroma of wood, roast, chocolate, vanilla, and coconut. The taste is very roasty, with some licorice and chocolate, a nice bourbon barrel overtone, and a solid bitterness. Medium bodied, dry, and smooth.