brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
A: The pour is deep and dark, nearly black with a minimal mocha head on top.
S: One of those rare beers that you have a hard time getting to the drinking because it just smells so good. Full of chocolate, vanilla, a hint of bourbon, and an almost oatmeal cookie-like aroma.
T: The sweet vanilla is very intense and works wonders with the chocolate, mild roast, and smooth bourbon flavors.
M: A medium bodied beer with a really smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation. I don’t know if that was by design or from the growler, but I like it.
D: Another in a long line of awesome beers from Founders. I need to make it out to Michigan one of these days. Tmoney99 (14479) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Draft sample at MBGF Summer08. Poured a black color with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted, coffee, nutty and woody bourbon aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet tingly finish of moderate duration. Solid standout brew. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2008
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of strong vanilla extract, bourbon, toffee, nuts, and caramel. Flavor of bourbon, toffee, vanilla, and chocolate with subtle bitterness in the finish. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Name: Bourbon Porteralexsdad06 (10400) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Source: Brewfest, Great Taste
Appearance: black, creamy tan head,
Aroma: sweet chocolate and bourbon aroma with extra vanilla sweetness to make a bourbon candy,
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, great bourbon character, touch of heat, light balancing bitterness,
Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Sample at the Summer MGBF ’08. Pours dark brown/ black with a decent sized beige head. The aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, and a touch of espresso. The flavor, which is bold has moderately sweet dark malts, vanilla, oak, slight bourbon, dark chocolate, and a touch of the espresso from the nose. The bitterness in the finish probably arises from the dark chocolate influence. This was way to easy to drink for a 9.5% porter. Mouthfeel was spot on. Definetly worthwhile.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
On tap at GTMW. Poured black with a creamy, deep brown head.. nice. The aroma picked up rich dark chocolate and vanilla upfront.. toasty oak and sweet bourbon joined the chocolate on the back-end. The flavor had dark chocolate all over with a very good bourbon/barrel impression (sweet vanilla and tasty bourbon were quite well integrated and let the malts do their thing).. drier finish picked up some coffee bitterness. Medium-bodied and well-balanced on the palate with spicy oak on the memorable finish. Excellent brew! CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2009
On tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest (8/9/08): Pours an oily opaque with a dark beige and thin-lacing head. Smooth dark chocolate nose has a great balance of bourbon and mild roastiness. Body starts with good fullness and sweet dark caramel and bourbon flavor toward a smooth finish. Nicely aged and balanced. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2008
2008 MiBGF: Very dark with a solid head and good lace. The aroma has notes of chocolate, vanilla, walnut, char, oaky and a hint of booze. The taste is very balance with a twangy cherry and lacto note above a layer of dark sweet malts and a bourbon barrel finish. Slightly syrupy and heavy oily mouth feel, surprising for the genre for sure. A very YUMMY brew! drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2008
on tap at GTMW ’08. pours black with tan head. oaky and bourbon, chocolate aroma. much of the same in the flavor, rough around the edges. i prefer the non-barrel aged one cuz the hop character in that is lost here. shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2010
2/28/2010: Founders Bourbon Barrel-Aged Porter... Aroma: Hershey’s chocolate syrup, subtle bourbon; sweet anise; barrel char. Appearance: Mostly dark brown to near black in color with ruby highlights; a crown of fine brown foam gathers and then quickly disperses; opaque complexion. Flavor: Like a liquid high cacao dark chocolate bar blended with bourbon-soaked char shaved from the inside of the barrel and heavily creamed coffee; a wonderful blend of semi-sweet chocolate and unsweetened chocolate/cocoa in the lovely finish. Palate: Deeply rich and intense dark chocolate; Full-bodied; sticky on the lips, but extremely smooth going down; creamy and mellow texture; bourbon is subdued and does not overpower the beer, but does complement it nicely. A lot like the Founders Black Biscuit, only not quite as instense or alcoholic... Overall: The "regular" Founders Porter is damn good and is even better; it is "dark, rich, and sexy" and plenty roasty (not as much so as the regular porter) with increased complexity and character from the barrel-aging; AWESOME!
Draught (growler fill) from Party Town in Florence, Kentucky. Rating #36 for this beer.