hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours black with a small, creamy, beige head that never entirely diminishes. The aroma is a marriage of dark chocolate, spicy bourbon and vintage port with lesser notations of charcoal and tobacco. Full-bodied and fatty with moderate carbonation. The flavor isn’t all that chocolaty, but offers loads of spicy bourbon, dark sherry and both acrid and mildly acidic notes. Lengthy, burnt, bitter, bourbony finish. Thanks goes out to Glouglouburp for shipping this world class bottle of beer my way! Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2011
In short: A complex roasted stout with a moderate barrel characteryobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2011
How: Bottle 500ml, first batch (only batch so far). Consumed 5 months after the beer release.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head
In long: Complex nose with highly roasted malts, coffee-ish notes (espresso), some wood barrels, chocolate, and more... Taste is classy. Unlike too many BA beers, this one is not dominated by the barrels. Plenty of burnt malts, some of the base beer fantastic fresh green hopping still showing, cocoa powder and black chocolate, burnt wood, a bit of booze. Not as good as the base beer (which is one of my favorite porter ever) but this is still a great beer. Bottles of this first batch I’m rating came with a really thick beige wax-top, not sure if future batches will have the same, just thinking about the number of q-tips it took to gather all that wax.
This was a great treatment of an already great beer. The bourbon is pretty smooth, touches of vanilla and wood are added to the depth of roasted malts and bakers chocolate. Lovely being so low in abv. for a BA brew. Nice. jtclockwork (17284) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle thanks to gloublouburp. Pours black. Brown head. Nose/taste of roast coffee and chocolate malt, vanilla beans, creamy milk chocolate and light bourbon barrel. Sweetness from the barrel is mild and doesn’t overpower, but adds another level of complexity on an amazing porter. Medium body. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Bottle post EBF tasting. Pours a black body with a tan head. A bit sweet and malty up front from the barreling. Bourbon, whiskey, spirit, vanilla like sweetness. Dark chocolate, some lighter roastiness then the stock version of Everett. Mild warmth and a chewy coffee and dark chocolate oak to finish. Totally different from the original can’t say which i liked more since i didn’t have them side by side but i scored them the same.
Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
Bottle courtesy of rpstevens. Thanks, Ryan! Shared at the post-Christmas tasting and served in a Cantillon tulip.
Pour yields a very dark brown beer with a thin tan head that head some moderate staying power. Thin collar toward the end. The nose is pretty intense with a nice complexity. Good barrel character plus some vanilla, roast, chocolate, and coffee. Everything blends quite well and the barrel-aging has been good to this one. The flavor isn’t quite as powerful, though all the same elements are there; however, the barrel and roast elements really dominate. Good roasty and slightly-boozy feel. Drinks quite well and is another hit from Shaun.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-05-2011 kbutler1 (1382) - Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2012 Bottle. Apparently only 1 of 300 bottles made. Thanks to Mothman for sharing! Poued into a tulip glass a dark brown almost black color with a big mocha tan head that slowly settles down. Very roasty, coffee like aroma in the nose along with some dark chocolate and leather. The barrel comes across me as being rather mild and I never would have picked out the Utopias barrels being used. Some alcohol notes as well. Medium mouthfeel with carbonation, for me this is a downer and wished it had a more substantial feel. The flavor is roasted coffee and mild dark chocolate. The roast seems to be a tad heavy bordering on burnt coffee. Boozy. Dry oaky finish. Some dark fruit notes as well. Overall, a tad let down on this one. chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Thorpe AGAIN!!! Waxed sealed bottle into my Narke tulip...A very dark black for a porter, light tan head, great carbonation at first but then the head is gone right away, too light overall...The aroma is all coffee, but its old off coffee, not the best aroma, not sure what the barrel added to this if anything, no char, wood or vanilla...The taste is much better as the coffee is complimented by chocolate, and the emergence of the barrel; wood with with some sweet notes I attribute to the Utopias.
Overall, this is a good porter, but it somehow fell short of my expectations. I would have thought the Utopia aging would have added much more complexity of sweet maple and wood notes and it didn’t happen. Would love to see what would happen if this was aged much longer. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2011
500 ml bought at the brewery. Over an opaque blackness, a stupendous tan one-inch foam climbs inches and inches on the sides of the glass. Complex, rich aroma with integrated, never too corny bourbon, woody, soul-warming, smoky where delicious leafy tobacco/cigar overtones marry with the soft molasses and roasty, earthy coffee. Lots of things going on and they keep on in mouth where the beer is surprisingly warming, even hot for an 8% ABV ale, a trait I appreciate a little less. At the same time, a certain acidity grows up from the roast and is less integrated with the bourbon in mouth than in the aroma. Thick, almost chewy palate with an expanding foamy texture of smooth large bubbles that never bite. Spectacular mouthfeel, really. A sure hit, this one, purely professional craftmanship in a bottle. egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Opaque black color with a medium sized tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, burnt wood, vanilla bean, and dark chocolate. Taste of roasted malt, some smoke, vanilla, wood, chocolate malts, maple, and light, dry alcohol in the finish.