RobertDale (6156) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 28, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber at a bottle share/cellar cleaning. Pours almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and bourbon. Taste is roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, and some faint smoke. Holding up OK.
blipp (8773) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at CGBD. Pours deep brown with a thin beige head. Medium whiskey sweetness, hints of vanilla, medium roasted malts, and faint smoke. Solid.
SudsMcDuff (8272) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle 582 of 2398 .. . i brought this to a rare beer tasting, to cut through the sours and bourbon aged monsters .. . pours a deep tan .. mild foam .. . light mouth .. . light whiskey, sugar, and light smoke .. . easy to drink, but i think i like the original better .. . . jesus, are these someone else’s pants?
riversideAK (6259) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of salty smoke oak roasted a little bourbon. Dark brown pour tan head. Flavors of salty smoke oak roasted malts leather light bourbon and salty smoke finish.
wedgie9 (2687) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on 3/28/12 from a waxed and capped 650mL bomber bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors, I believe that this is the 2010 bottling, 587/2398. Pours an opaque, dark cola brown with a thin tan head that leaves an average collar of lace. The nose is smoked dark malt, with coffee, dark chocolate, a hint of molasses, and just a touch of maple and vanilla from the very subdued oak treatment. The flavor is fairly subtle, with the smoke really coming through nicely, with some cola, dark chocolate, and then the very subdued oak once again. The body is just lighter than medium with average carbonation and a long cola, dark chocolate, and smoked finish.
alexsdad06 (9830) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a medium sized beige head. The aroma was moderately smoky, roasted malt with moderate whisky barrel notes. The flavor has well blended notes of smoke, whiskey, roasted malts, barrel. Fairly nice flavor and only comes in at 6%.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black pour from bottle. Minimal head. Body is light. Massive whiskey in the nose with added licorice and maple syrup. Mostly whiskey and wood. Flavor captures a more subtle version of the smell. More subdued in whiskey, but it is still very much in the finish. Very light and quite smokey. Little else comes through in this disappointing beer. Thin and watery.
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with frothy tan head. Aroma of smoke and firewood and oddly, bacon. I don’t get any bourbon barrel at all. Taste is mildly sweet and bitter, a bit medicinal. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and watery, good carbonation. Disappointing that I didn’t get any of the bourbon or vanilla character that I would expect.
johnnnniee (4056) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received in trade from jtrockchalk, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid dark brown and faint ruby highlights when held to light. Thinnish off white head lingers for a short while and leaves minimal lacing. Smell is bourbon up front and strong. Some smoky peat a bit of chocolate some wood as well. Taste is a bourbony oaky affair with some roast bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel is oily/watery. I think the underlying porter doesn’t have enough body to stand up to the thinning properties of the bourbon barrel. Carbonation is light. I actually enjoyed this one a lot, but would have loved it with a thicker body.
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle. Bottle number 2138 of 2398.
The beer pours a very dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the smoke and roasted malt. Surprisingly, I don’t get much, if any, whiskey in the aroma. Somewhat disappointing, but still a very nice smelling beer.
The flavor is much more complex and more enjoyable. I get a lot of maple and chocolate notes, as well as some smoke and ash. I also get some whiskey and roasted malt notes. The bourbon notes compliment the smoke and roasted malt character very well and the chocolate notes are a welcome surprise.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.