john44 (1417) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravity Cask Third of a Pint at GBBF 2014, Olympia, London Aug 2014 - Very Dark Brown/Black in colour. No head. Very Malty; roasty malts, dark chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, bourbon very evident. Fruity; dried fruits, raisins. Very smooth. Sweet roast malty and very chocolatey throughout. Enjoyed this a lot. Nice Baltic Porter! (2014-08-13)
charule (2202) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On twp in nuc. Poured black with tan head. Aroma sweet malty vanilla. Light carb med bod. Taste sweet malty chocvanilla.
mansquito (5728) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Sampler, Brooklyn tap: pours black with beige head. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, and molasses. Light bitterness. Kind of sweet, but not too sweet. Nice aftertaste. Wish I had more but I killed the keg.
mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - AUG 26, 2016
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured into a tulip..dark brown with a medium off-white head..aroma of
of funk,bourbon,nuts,bread..pass on this.
ACHops (1476) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Doc Ponds. Pours thick inky brownish black with thin mocha head. Aroma is big roasty dry dark chocolate malts, soy sauce. Rich, oaky, boozy mouthfeel, creamy smooth body, lovely barrel notes on the finish. Minimal bourbon or booze. Somewhat thin body as expected for a Baltic Porter. Rich flavor, but drinks much lighter than 10%.
ametras (1433) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle. Dark brown with a frothy tan head. Flavors are vanilla, bourbon, almonds, roasted cereals, alcohol and chocolate with fruity and spicy notes. Full body, soft to moderate carbonation carbonation, creamy texture.
SG111 (1483) - New York, USA - JUL 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the source. Pours pitch black, big beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, minimal bourbon. Very mild bourbon. Blindfolded I wouldn’t guess this is barrel aged. Chocolate, some vanilla. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, mild bourbon. At least that I can tell is there. Some vanilla, roasted malt, smoke. Crisp. Good for a Baltic Porter, just ok for barrel aged.
BuckeyeBoy (6545) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 30, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours out black topped with a small tan head. Nose is nice big bourbon barrel notes some vanilla marshmallow cream roast and a rich roast. Taste is more of the bourbon barrel goodness vanilla chocolate some pit fruit sweetness and plenty of roast.
ClarkVV (6090) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewery, 4/23/16.
For the record, my friend and I both had our own separate 6oz pours (the largest size) of every variant. We could have split a sampler rack of 2ozers, but that’s not how I role.
Light bourbon in the nose, very light. Nice. More wood and light bread and bitter chocolate. Liquorous, but not boozey, at least not at the start. Spicy whiskey notes are enjoyable and balanced, with a touch of coffee and more chocolate. Really nicely even and spread out amongst different aromas in the nose. It’s neither too malty, spicy nor roasty.
Light vanilla, some very dry bread and bitter chocolate form a vacuum, body-wise and it seems just a bit thin and over-attenuated at times. But nutty tannins as well as some caramel build, especially with warming. Spicey and quite whiskey/bourbon-like though without any dominance in that category. I like that it ends on the dry side with a slick-to-chewy texture and ample, engaging, low carbonation, to-boot. Good stuff and not overdone on the barrel, as with all of the recent variants. I’m willing to bet the coffee and vanilla versions are more balanced now, as well, though I haven’t tried them recently. Fun to try alongside the port, double and regular versions. But the candy and brandy-character of the port version was the winner for me (as is usually my preference). Good stuff.
Johnsense (1477) - - MAY 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2016 Black pour with a thumbs worth of head. Aroma is pretty much all bourbon whisky. Whisky dominates the taste up front, some vanilla, caramel, fairly sweet and boozy like a Jack and coke. some hop bitterness creeps up in the finish. Medium body.