skrip (230) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2017
375ml bottle poured in a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.
A~ beautiful dark red towards the edges and dark as night in the center. Not much of a head and no lacing.
S~ sweet red wine followed by dark bitter chocolate, and burnt coffee. Caramel and vanilla from the bourbon. No boozyness at all!
T~ yup officially blown away! Sweet chocolate followed by amazing burnt coffee that Shaun seems to pull off so well. follows the nose with sweet red wine barrel funk and some nice oak qualities. So complex and balanced. Vanilla and caramel from the bourbon are just the icing on the cake. Wow!
M~ not super carbonated but right in the range where I like a stout to be. Smooth and crazy drinkable! And I can’t stress this enough, NO BOOZYNESS!
O~ just crazy all around. A seriously amazing blend! The Port barrel dominates slightly here but in a good way. I believe it takes over the boozyness from the bourbon a bit leaving all the amazing vanilla, caramel, oaky aspects. Let’s just say I wish I has a case! Yeah I know... But I can dream! Haha TaktikMTL (7967) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2017
Bouteille de 500 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur de porto avec une pointe de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat noir et de raisins avec une pointe de mélasse et de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement soyeuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de bourbon en arrière goût. (Rating #7323) thepatrickman (1502) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2017
On site at the brewery. Poured out of the bottle with close to zero carbonation and no head. This smells ludicrously pungent, like a chocolate cake that has been doused in after dinner drinks by your drunk uncle. The initial flavor is very sweet, with the port dominating -- think of a raisin and molasses sweetness from the beer that’s accentuated by port aromas. After a few seconds, though, that sweetness fades, leaving the bourbon to come through, making your head spin like you’ve just taken a second shot of booze. Bourbon and oak flavors, with just a hint of oxidation at the end. This is one intensely flavorful beer. Sudz4Dayz (160) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2017
375ml bottle purchased on site. Pours oily, viscous black with NO head whatsoever. Spending 4 years in barrels has done quite a number on this one. The lack of head is replaced with an interesting Marangoni effect much like that of a strong, full bodied red wine. Unique in that sense. Smells outstanding. Extremely boozy, sweet bourbon heat and port sweetness. Dark chocolate, and roast as well. Smell is overall dominated by the booze and and sweet barrels in a great way. Tastes incredible. Sweet, sweet bourbon, hot, winey port taste with a lasting taste in your cheeks similar to that of red wine. Nice roast and dark chocolate finish and aftertaste. The sweet booziness is just wonderful. Superb flavor. Very strong, labeled at 14+% and it definitely feels like it. Not a traditional full mouthfeel in the imperial stout sense but a great all around surrounded flavor. Not much carbonation but it’s truly not need in this beer. TOP NOTCH ctipping (2233) - Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2015
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Originally reviewed 12/16/2013.
Viscous black. No head. A little glass staining.
Port dominates the aroma. Sweet smelling. Vanilla and oak reminiscent of bourbon. Chocolate.
Bourbon blends really well with the port flavor. Vanilla, oak, and red wine. Coffee. Sweet. The slighest sharp wine flavor in the finish.
Low carbonation/ It’s nearly flat. Medium heavy body.
This is really tasty. Port barrels do magical things, but the bourbon really adds to it.
Leighton (22297) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle shared in London - picked up in a trade. Pours rich black brown with a dense, lasting foamy tan head. The nose is incredibly dynamic, with notes of burnt wood, toffee, cocoa and rich, ripe berries. Medium to heavy sweet flavor, with notes of burnt wood, dark chocolate, charred ham, alcohol, figs, chocolate, all balanced out with a bit of earthy bitterness. Full bodied, lightly chewy, with fine carbonation and silky texture. Warming finish with decadent cocoa notes, cherry, further burnt wood, creamy chocolate, dates, berries. Great balance with just moderate suggestions of alcohol kick. Wonderful confluence of toffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Superlative beer. Theydon_Bois (20600) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2015
Bottle split at Jack The Sipper leaves for the FBI again tasting, massive thanks to the juan and only Leighton, 14/07/15.
Light black topped with a moderate tan swirl.
Nose is rich roast, dark fruits, spice, port notes, chocolate melting pot, dark malt.
Taste comprises mellow fruit rinds, light peppery spice, chocolate, dark red berry linger, port tones.
Full bodied, light oily feel, smooth, semi drying close.
Xolid impy, great balance, wasn’t getting much if any bourbon ... all port strokes for this Bois. madmitch76 (25519) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2015
14th July 2015Scopey (15652) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2015
Farewell Jack bottleshare at Craft Clerkenwell. Huge thanks to Leighton and his Herculean efforts to obtain this whale. Opaque dark brown beer, a few pale tan bubbles. Palate is light and mildly dry. Modest fine carbonation. Smooth but rich dark malts. Wonderfully well integrated mellow fruity bourbon. Port Wine berry fruits bring up the rear accompanied by mild dark chocolate. A little spice in the light finish. For me, one of the best from Hill Farmstead.
Huge thanks to Leighton for this .rar ity. It pours near black with a small beige head. The nose is rather soft, sweet roast, juicy, jammy fruits, blackberry, plum, candy, fruit cake and some vanilla. The taste is slick, sweet, juicy, plum, prune, jammy berry, cocoa, fruit cake, chocolate, earthy roast, coffee and warming alcohol with a sweet, fruity finish. Medium - full body and moderate carbonation. Quite sweet and sticky, but still good fun. I still think I prefer regular Damon over this though. The_Osprey (9102) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2015
Bottle share at CBC Clerkenwell. Big thanks to Leighton. Black, no head at all. Aroma is sweet and boozey with plum, molasses and black forest gateaux. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is sweet and rich, smooth chocolatey malts, sugary syrups. It has a nice ashiness offsetting the sweetness, but still a touch too much for me. Quite barley wine-ish. Great one to try.