douglas88 (9178) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2016
500 ml bottle thanks to Chris. Pours a jet black color with a medium brown head. A big sweet boozy bourbon nose. A really sexy label. Big sweet vanilla and toffee bourbon, a really lovely creamy palate. Dark fruit, ash, caramel. Very smooth. Loads of dark fruit, ash, even a bit milky. Damn good. So well made. bytemesis (8375) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 11, 2016
Bottle, December 2015 release. Pours inky opaque black, small creamy brown head, good lacing. Aroma is cocoa, molasses, anise, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is medium plus sweet, light plus bitter. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Bottle. Thanks Tim! Aroma is intense oaky bourbon with underlying chocolate and molasses. Tastes delicious. Oak, vanilla, chocolate syrup, coffee beans, light coconut and molasses. Insane mouthfeel. So silky smooth and slightly syrupy. Great beer. rouhlas (3616) - GREECE - MAR 6, 2016
500 ml v2016 (3 weeks old) bottle shared with friends at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki, from trade with Frank. Black color with brown head. Malty aroma, bourbon, coconut, vanilla, chocolate, fruity, wood. Sweet and light bitter taste, milk chocolate, brownie, fruity, coconut and vanilla, apple brandy?! Great!! Full silky creamy body with soft carbonation. GlasgowTAD (1778) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 25, 2016
Pours opaque black wit a large white head which soon recedes. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Taste is oak, vanilla, cocoa bitter, coffee bitter, caramel sweet, molasses. Full body.
Benzai (15597) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2016
Sampled from bottle @ "Het is allemaal de schuld van Koen" tasting. Opaque pitch black color, average sized brown head. Aroma is malts, bourbon, alcohol. Taste malts, bourbon, again quite heavy on the alcohol, quite boozy, roast, liquorice bitter, nice bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation. Nice, but a bit too boozy. markextrae (4424) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2016
bottle shared by a friend. poured a deep brown to almast black colour with a small but lasting tanned head on top. aroma is very strong sweet chocolate forward. with a very clear strong notice of sweet bourbon, raisins, vanilla, oak, and quite some hot alcohol booze. sticky caramel, and sweet toffee notes. taste is still quite hot, even after 2 years. can’t imagine how how this would be at the beginning, very bourbon forward, medium modied. DutchDrebus (5992) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle @ joes goes whale hunting. Black with a small beige head. Smells alcohol, boozy, roasty, sweet. Tastes roasty, chocolate, sligbtly alcohol, wood. Pretty nice. Full body, soft carbo. ctipping (2047) - Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2015
500 mL bottle. Bottled 02/2014. Originally reviewed 6/10/2014/
Black. Nice khaki head. Thick collar.
Smell is Bourbon. Lots of oak. Nutty malts and chocolate. A little bit metallic.
Taste has a strong bourbon flavor, but not a strong alcohol flavor from it. Rich chocolate. Woody. Vanilla. And then more wood. That metallic flavor has turned into astringent wood.
Very woody. Medium heavy. Medium carbonation. No heat from the barrel.
It’s overpowered by bourbon, but I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Magnum shared by Adam C on 7/25/15.
Deep, dark, porter-colored liquid (just coined that term) is of indeterminable clarity, though assumedly pretty clear, as Shawn’s non-IPAs usually drop bright. Tan head is good-sized and well-retained.
We had a pretty good discussion about barrel aging while we were all drinking this guy and my position was of this being right on the border of my tolerance (for bourbon apparency). On one hand, the bourbon notes are not harsh/boozey and the barrel itself isn’t heavily tannic, but it’s still quite dominant overall, pushing out a lot of potential beer character in the nose. Spicy bourbon, dry coconut and sweet vanilla are all prominent. Roast takes a backseat, but enough maltiness helps keep it balanced (balanced in the sweet vs. dry sense, not balanced in the bourbon vs. beer character sense). With warming, I did get a bit of fusel/glue-like heat.
Full, soft, luxurious body is definitely a strong point here. The milk chocolate-like flavors of Everett are here dried out by the barrel, producing a more reserved, dark chocolate-like character replete with vanilla from both barrel and malt. Spicy bourbon washes over the palate, as well, and char and coconut are felt, helping to balance the big malt profile. Pleasant enough bourbon flavor and again it’s not sharp or raw (though there’s a touch of heat here, for sure), but I just think it’s a bit too heavy-handed, overall, on the bourbon character. Would prefer significantly less, or better yet, none! Why change Everett, it’s nearly a perfect porter!