Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle pours dark brown/black with thin tan head that recedes rapidly. Aroma dark fruits with a little coffee/cocoa and faint bourbon. As others have said there’s a touch of oxidation at this point, but still a nice full porter taste with roast malts, cocoa, slight coffee, touch of bourbon. Almost seems like a little oatmeal. Full palate. Finish mainly a continuation of the flavor. Pretty solid BA porter. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Pour is dark brown with a tight tan head. A hint of bourbon but extremely faint, light note of milk chocolate, a touch oxidized, and a good bit of malt berry sweetness. Taste pretty much follows the nose. Faint note of bourbon and some slightly rich malt, oxidation mid palate and a good bit of malty sweetness but not really sugary. Silky smooth body, moderate carbonation. Fairly bright flavors, slightly oxidized, not bad now, probably a bit past it’s prime and could have been a really nice beer before. Tmoney99 (14376) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2014
Bottle 750 ml Dr Silverworm. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted dark chocolate woody bourbon aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex dark sweet bourbon flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish that was long lasting with a small alcohol bite. Standout well balanced barrel brew. b3shine (8804) - Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2014
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by DrSilverworm). Looks good; a translucent dark brown with light beige head that steadily that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells good too; dark malt, chocolate, oak, and bourbon. Tastes like it smells, but not as robust. Solid on the palate; a bit thinner than I’d prefer though. Good beer. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2014
750ml bottle, from Dutch’s. Shared with a couple local raters. Very dark brown color, mostly clear, slight red hues on the edges. Thin off-white head, some ropes of lace. Holy moly, the nose on this! Did not expect it to be barrel aged, you get the bourbon barrel up front in the nose pretty quickly. Awesome cookie dough, brown sugar, good vanilla. Milk chocolate. Very nice barrel aroma. Medium-bigger body, smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Some decent chewiness to it. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet, dry finish. Hides alcohol reasonably well. Very nice complex aromatic finish, lots of good balanced barrel notes that play well with the light porter aromas... Awesome chewy vanilla bourbon toasty bitter dark chocolate aftertaste... Just a very mild hint of oxidization, maybe (some light dry papery cardboard in the finish I think), but it’s very mild. Super tasty, impressive stuff. No burn at all.
Cunningham (7861) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
Appearance: Transparent dark color with a tan head. Ok lacing.Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
Aroma: Fruity, sour, roasted malt and mild coffee.
Palate: Medium body. Slightly sweet and a moderate bitterness. Average to soft carbonation.
Taste: Fruity, mild coffee, a bit roasted malt and faint chocolate. Also a bit sour and acidic. Some alcohol notes.
Overall impression: Not much of an anniversary ale.
Personal stats: Bottle from a trade with Nisse666.
Bottle 750ml. Thx Cparles.
Pours black with low beige head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, nuts. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malt. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Overall: Good. Nice chocolate/roast features. czar (9004) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2014
bottle shared by cparles, thanks chris! pours dark brown with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. burnt caramel, chocolate - cocoa powder and lactose-like and aspartame sweetness, raisins and other red fruitiness, coffee beans, slightly vegetal and mineral - almost salty and stale, few woodsy notes - vanilla and sweetish bourbony components. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, grassy-spicy-coffee finish. probably past its prime. still somewhat decent. tom10101 (6038) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2014 Bottle (750 ml). Shared by cparles, thanks Chris! Dark brown with a medium beige head and some lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, light bourbon and some dark fruits. Taste is very similar to the aroma with a little more caramel and less bourbon. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. A bit straigtforward, but not bad. Balance is good. Decent. 7-3-7-3-14.
EDIT: Had this one again at Akkurat. Shared by a very nice local customer. Way better than last time I had it. More depth in both the aroma and taste. Bourbon was still quite present. It held up really well. Very good bourbon barrel-aged Porter. Nice balance. gunnfryd (14828) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is whiskey, roasted malt, coffee. Flavour is whiskey, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol, dried fruits, licorice. Full body. Very nice beer.