chrisv10 (18707) - DENMARK - APR 30, 2011
Bottle. Black with medium brown head. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, vinous, bitter, coffee, vanilla and bourbon. TBone (18552) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2010
Bottled vintage 2009jtclockwork (17632) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Opaque black, no head. Aroma has raisins and portwine, like in the aged BW, but this is only one year old. Also some licorice and Bourbon. Full-bodied. Lots of vanilla, whiskey, licorice and raisins in the flavor. Of course also some alcohol. Smooth palate. Interesting, sweetish-salty beer.
Bottle thanks to DaSilky. Pours tar black with tan head. Little lacing. Nose and taste of oak, bourbon, chocolate, smoke, deeply roasted malts, dark nuts and some coffee. FatPhil (17334) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 20, 2011
375ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki, American Weeks 2011)yngwie (17284) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2012
6- A tough battle between the vanilla aroma, and the heavy sticky sugariness that emanates from the top of the surface. I think I know how this is going to taste.
4- Well, you can’t fault that nice dark copper hue, but it was as flat as a pancake, and so glassy you can call that a pancake with syrup on.
6 Vanilla/bourbon-dominated flavours make this a uni-directional sipper. If you don’t like the vanilla or you don’t like raw sugar, you’re not going to like this. I can put up with it when it’s clearly a sipper.
4- With all the sugars, it’s soft and smooth, but yes, clearly slick and sticky too. Clearly very strong, but the sugar/alcohol combination prevents it from actually burning, it’s actually not a bad liqueur. Finish does have some coffee notes, so definitely would work well as an after-dinner liqueur.
12 Of course, this is basically instant diabetes in a glass, but in the right context, it’s quite drinkable. Which probably makes it unique as the only even vaguely drinkable thing from Port/Lost Abbey, who are the most over-rated bunch of slop-merchants on either side of the atlantic.
Bottle, 12.7 fl oz, at Cardinal. It’s a rather flat one, without head, just some dark beige bubbles around the rim, black in color. Licorice, booze, roasted malts, dried fruits like prunes and figs, soy sauce and some umami in the aroma. The flavor is quite sweetish, with some soy sauce, licorice, booze and dried fruits. It’s full-bodied, warming and soft on the palate, with nice carbonation. Lasting finish with sweetness and lots of flavor. Some warmth. Wonderfully heavy bottle, sort of sexy... Anyway, it’s a wonderful beer. 121022
Ferris (17075) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle - Lots of bourbon and barrel Woody notes. Jet brown with a nice brown head. Lots of sweet Woody barrel notes. Not as hot as expected but, but lots wood. Benzai (16918) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2012 375cl 2009 Vintage bottle @ Euston Tap, London, shared with MesandSim. Pitch black, opaque color, small beige head. Smell rum, roastyness, coffee, lightly burned, slightly smokey notes and some dark chocolate. Taste wood, alcohol, dark chocolate, roastyness and slightly coffee. Very round taste, perfect balance. Oily texture, alcohol soft but present. Medium carbonation, medium to full body; suits the beer perfectly. Absolutely love this! brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
A: The bottle opened with a slight pop and the pour was lowly carbonated, but did feature some bubbles. The beer itself is viscous and black with a minimal tan colored head.
S: The nose is very nice with notes of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Perhaps a little bit of alcohol heat, but nothing overwhelming.
T: The great nose did not quite translate to the flavor. The flavor is very heavy on the bourbon, with the chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors coming through more as the beer warms up. Unfortunately, so does the alcohol.
M: The body is full, and the carbonation is sufficient for the style, but could use some more bubbles.
D: This beer can be one of my absolute favorites, but this iteration of it is a bit disappointing. The alcohol comes through just a bit too much, unfortunately, but I would still recommend this beer and drink it any time. Dedollewaitor (16543) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2009
Bottle @ HJ Hansen, Odense. Pours black with small bubbles on top. Nose is sweet of bourbon and roast. Lots of vanilla and oak. Low carbonation. A bit warm and slick. Taste is bourbon, coffee, vanilla and caramel. A barrel version that really works. Enjoying every sip of this complex masterpiece. Thank you God! djd07 (16289) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear copper with small off white head. The aroma is oak and roasted malt. Thin mouthfeel with vanilla and oak flavor. Alcohol present but not overpowering making it easy to drink. A very good American strong ale from Port Brewing.