ACHops (1566) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2016
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 (1574) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2016
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 (1747) - New York, USA - JUL 24, 2016
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 (7510) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 30, 2016
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 (6642) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2016
Draught at the brewery, 4/23/16.
Johnsense (1624) - - MAY 3, 2016
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.
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. Iphonephan (6946) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2016
From a bottle at the DC gathering May 1, 2016. Pours a clear cola brown with an ecru head. Flavors of caramel and bourbon. Roast finish. GenDV138 (7201) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2016
2 oz pour on draft at Jack’s Abby. Consumed on 4/21/2016. Bourbon barrel aged. 2016 release at 10.6% ABV. Dark brownish black with tan head. Aromas of oak, dark chocolate, dark fruit. Tastes of dark chocolate, oak, whiskey, dark fruit. Medium body with a dry finish. Pretty good. MaBeer1972 (2035) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 23, 2016
Bottle from Julio’s. Labelled as "Bourbon Barrel-Aged". Poured into a snifter. A very dark opaque brown color with a frothy tan head that settles to a thin lace. Sweet bourbon and sugar aromas. Vanilla, coffee and chocolate notes. Silky texture. Boozy in the middle. Long sweet finish with decent bitterness. trapped (3083) - New York, TURKEY - APR 18, 2016
Draught @ As Is NYC. Dark brown with slight reddish tint, small foamy beige head, strong coffee aroma with alcohol, low carbonation, slightly sweet mocha taste with a bit of fruity-woodsy flavor, long mocha finish with alcohol aftertaste. Very chocolatey and impressive.