j12601 (13304) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Dany that I took to a tasting at James’s place. Pours a deep black with a thin to medium sized dense tan head. Soft bourbon and wood on the nose, toast and roast, cocoa and chocolate. Cocoa, warm bourbon, roast and wood. Lovely chocolate and warm brownies and bourbon. Very nice. Remarkably smooth. barncatmatt (2355) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2013 750ml bottle shared by jsprime with me and joel. bottle number 594/700. black with a tan head. huge bourbon barrell and big black beer nose. endlessly complex flavour. the mouthfeel is full and the finishgoes on forever. this is the best bourbon barrelled beer ive ever had. stunning. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2012
(750ml bottle) clear deep brown, fine tan bubbles. Nose is smoky, dark raisins, toasty, brown sugar, lightly mossy. Taste is very smoky, sweet Brown sugar, almost syrupy. Medium body, a bit worcestshire like. Reynolds314 (3472) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle shared at the harvest festival and another strange one but in a pretty good way. The barrel characteristics were very light with small bourbon and vanilla notes. The dry hopping made this weird i think. Citrus and dank grass fight a bit with the roasty chocolate notes. tom10101 (6297) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2013 Bottle (750 ml) shared at Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival - 2011. Dark brown with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma of Citra hops, bourbon, wood and hints of the complex aroma of the regular beer (chocolate, liquorice, raisins, roasted malt and list goes on). Taste is acidic and citrusy with light notes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, raisins, roasted malt and chocolate. Low carbonation. The regular version of the beer is heavier than this one. This beer is definitely complex but I’m not convinced about the balance. Bourbon isn’t that much present and the Citra dry-hop completely change the beer, maybe not for the best. I prefer the regular version of the beer but it’s still a very good one.
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2012
hill farmstead bottle share, the barrel aging here did a great job, tons of vanilla and bourbon flavors, the porter holds up well. VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2013 750 ml bottle (2011 edition) from Boîte à Bières (many thanks, P-A). Pours black with an orangeish tint. Very short-lasting beige head, leaves no lacing. Smell is bourbon whiskey, vanilla, wood. Taste is dark cherry, figs, strong chocolate, cocoa, roasted, port wine, wood, bourbon whiskey. Some fruity, lemon and grapefruit bitterness. Leaves a lingering roast, wood, smoked and hazelnut taste in mouth. Light bodied, velvety mouthfeel. Carbonation is almost imperceptible. Felt like having the best port wine of my life.
This is a top notch beer ; unfortunately, compared to the "regular" version, it seems to have lost a lot of its body, and the carbonation also seems to have suffered, as well as the head. Regardless, I would recommend it to anyone, and would be delighted to try the 2010 version.
June 3, 2013 update
750 ml bottle from czar (2010 edition - thus, aged almost one year since its purchase in July 2012) - thanks a million, mate. Pours pitch black with a nice beige head (surprisingly much longer-lasting than expected) that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is smoke, wood, dark chocolate, hazelnut, coffee. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted hazelnut, wood, smoke, black cherry, dates, figs, coconut. Finish is roast, hazelnut, dark chocolate, coffee. Lingering corn and bourbon flavors. Medium to strong body, sticky and oily mouthfeel. Weak carbonation. Very, very, extremely, unbelievably solid sh*t. If that beer were a woman, I would indulge in the most sinful of acts with it. I would probably sell my soul for an opportunity to bathe in it.
If heaven tastes as good as that lager, I am ready to go. If you got a bottle you want to get rid of...call me. GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
Aroma:bourbon whysky aroma,chocolate and rosted malt.....
Appearance:dark,light tan head..
Flavor:alcool,rosted malt,whisky and light sour flavor.... Lanchester (197) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2012
Bottle 543/700, with special thanks to Depanneur Peluso for digging it up from their special stock. Pours the typical jet black, just a thin ring of mocha bubbles clinging around the edges of the glass despite an aggressive pour...must have lost some carbonation during the aging. Deep, penetrating aromas of rich chocolaty malts, smoke, damp wood, black cherries, and the characteristic maple/bourbon notes; really complex. Flavor is a delicious marriage between smoky, dark malt and sweet, wooden bourbon profiles. There are a lot of flavors going on all at once so it’s hard to follow the taste through precisely. Finishes with a pleasant and lingering boozy note, with whiskey, maple, and a little coconut coming through. A bit too thin on the palate, not sure if this was the intention or not. I suspect the aging greatly diminished the Citra dry-hopping because it was not discernible amongst the other flavors. Overall, a great variation on one Quebec’s finest brews! Marheb (6336) - MontrÃ©al, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2012
Je pense qu’il faut avoir une approche différente devant cette Porter. La richesse du corps et la lourdeur des malt est bien présente mais une certaine légèreté habite fortement cette version vieillie. Le côté vanille et boisé est présent mais pas autant que j’aurais cru, j’aime bien que l’acidité et les notes fruités soient assez dominantes.