Travlr (22885) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2012
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft at the source. This might need to be a different entry, since itís billed as the bourbon barrel chocolate porter, and the regular chocolate porter is a separate entry from the porter. Anyway, until that burning controversy is settled, this beer is very dark maroon in color, thick brown head that settles to an edge. Aroma of whiskey that overwhelms all else. The taste is also completely dominated by the booze. Oh well.
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery as bourbon barrel chocolate porter. Dark near black pour with faint ring on brown head. Very nice cocoa, vanilla, roasty aroma. Flavor has a great tart cherry flavor, chocolate truffle, hints of bourbon, but on VERY faintly. There were some woody tannens, but that was about it. Drying on the palate despite being so sweet. This was an enjoyable beer, but it really didnít come across much on the bourbon, and I actually appreciated that.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Sample Date: 1/26/2009 Source:Capital Ale House - Downtown) Slight roast aroma. Very dark with a tiny off-white head. Medium body and mouthfeel. Roasty and oak aging is quite evident. Finish is dry with touch of residual bitterness.
jcwattsrugger (12313) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap-pours a tan ring for a head and black color. Aroma is oak, coconut, dark malt. Taste is rich oak/bourbon, coconut, vanilla.
Drake (13171) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on draft as part of the Black Moonday event at Capital Alehouse in Richmond, VA. Pours a reddish brown color with a medium head. Big oak aroma with vanilla and mocha notes. Taste is oak, vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. Spritzy mouthfeel. Full bodied.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2009 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 01/26/2009. Dark black body with ruby highlights and a small creamy light brown head. Sweet roast and chocolate aroma with slight oak hints. Sweet oak and chocolate flavor with some yeast hints. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. 7/5/8/3/15 - 3.8
Sometime before 03/14/2008: On tap at the brewpub. Black body with a medium brown head. Sweet vanilla and caramel aroma with some light chocolate and molassas hints. Sweet vanilla flavor, light caramel, molassas and some chocolate in the background. Full mouthfeel with moderately low carbonation. 8/5/8/3/17 - 4.1
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at brewpub, unfortunately at this time I couldnít ascertain any additional information about this brew beyond the name. Deep black appearance, brown at edges, slight head fades completely away. Aroma is faint, mostly chocolate and a hint of vanilla. The brew is surprisingly medium to light body. Perhaps my palate for bourbon barrel aging has been wrecked by all these imperials, but this came off as almost being thin. Chocolate malt moves very quickly into a vanilla and slight wood finish that is dominated by the bourbon notes. Not that I think that the bourbon notes were overdone per se. It just struck me that the original beer (Iím guessing it is there everyday Porter, could be totally wrong here) simply didnít have enough oomph behind it to handle the addtion of bourbon character. It actually seemed to be a bit lighter in body than their normal Porter. Interesting, and Iím glad to see them messing around with barrel aging. But in the end just an OK beer, and I would rather just have the regular Porter over this.