jtclockwork (17654) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle thanks to hopscotch. Pours black with off white head. Vinous notes in nose and taste. Nose is also chocolate malt and vanilla beans. Taste is chocolate malt, sarsaparilla, vanilla beans, barrel and light lactose sweetness. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2011
Bomber from stevefinny on BA - thanks! Karl Strauss has been crushing the seasonals, and this one’s another fine brew from them. Thick, gleaming dark brown pour with moderate carbonation. Nose has plenty of the yummy Baltic quality one would expect, but also has plum jam, Italian roast, and the barrel. Mouthfeel is thick and silky, a trace of heat on the finish. Figs, currants, and cocoa come together with a very unassuming barrel that lends part vinous and part tannins to the beer. I actually found myself wanting more of the vinous barrel character, so kudos to the brewer for being understated! fonefan (52426) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 15, 2011
daleharshman (1083) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle 22fl.oz. @ UK-SCO Tasting in Ulfborg.
[ Trade by JohnC ]. Clear dark brown red color with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, toffee, light roasted and dark fruit. Flavor is light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
Bomber bought almost a year ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($7.49). Pours a dark brown with some red highlights and two fingers of tan head. Aroma is on the weak side but has notes of creamy chocolate, dark fruit, and toasted malts. Flavor of nice dark raisin-y port wine, cocoa, caramel, and light molasses. Nice level of sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel. Feels kind of light considering the 8.5%. Good effort from Karl. (58, 648) sebletitje (10500) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2010
Bouteille partagée avec Ibrew2or3.
couleur brune claire, mousse est fine et de ton beige.
Malt et caramel avec des notes de fruits noirs allant vers la figue et date. Garde une certaine douceur au palais et l’on peut y noter un peu l’usage du tonneau de Porto et donne à cette bière ce goût fruité.
jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
thanks to Ibrew2or3-Tampa Weekly Gathering @BT Wesley Chapel-22oz bottle-pours a dissipating light tan head and amber/copper color. Aroma is medium/dark malt-roasty. Taste is medium/dark malt-roasty, some earthy hops. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. My first beer from Karl Strauss.
The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a very nice mix of roasted malt and chocolate, as well as some oaked notes. The flavor is more of the same, with a few added additions. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes – as you expect in a porter – but I also get some oak and dark fruit notes. The fruit is very wine-like and really adds to the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great beer with a great name. Definitely a beer to try if you get the chance. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a deep brown body and a tall, creamy light brown head. Aromas of brown sugar, chocolate, raisins, dark fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, port, alcohol, candied pecans, molasses cookies and leather. Flavors of dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, tobacco, port, vinous, brownie, walnuts. Very chewy. Creamy bubbles. Light tannins. Cereal. A somewhat sweet finish. Tobacco and earth. Pretty decent. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a spongy beige head. Nose is coffee bean, cocoa, hay and black olive. Medium body with soft carb; oily and a bit sticky. Taste is chocolate, Mexican coffee, salty licorice and sweet port wine. Finishes dry with raw peanut. I was skeptical but this works well as a winter warmer. Barrel aging adds spice and depth. JohnnyJ (5571) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
22 oz bottle. Dark brown, slightly red pour, with thin off-white bubbly head. Chocolate, molasses, fruit, raisin, light red grape, sweet caramel, and earth. Actually pretty decent, especially for Karl Strauss, probably the best one from them that I have tried.