jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2007 Thanks again to my man Naven. Bottle. Excellent. Alcohol burn from start to finish. Coconut, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and chocolate. Creamy, full mouthfeel. One of my top 10 all time brews. boto (2261) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 1, 2007
375ml corked bottle: Thanks to Vac for sending me this gem. This one pours an almost syrupy dark brown color. No light seems to get through. There is about zero head on this one. There is definitely bourbon to the nose of this one. Some oak and vanilla notes also. Maybe even some cherries also. Very silky texture on the tongue. The taste has notes of coffee and chocolate up front, but a whole lot more is going on here. The bourbon is only slightly evident, and the alcohol is all but hidden. Some fruits and toffee also try and come through, but this one definitely has a complex and exquisite taste. This is superb!!! jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Pours brownish black from the bottle with thin tan head. Aroma of vanilla and bourbon. Taste has nice thick, creamy mouthfeel. Flavor has huge notes of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Excellent beer that is not overpowering with the bourbon flavor. At 12%, this beer is scary it is so drinkable. robinvboyer (4736) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2008
jet black pour, but not as thick as i was expecting, but still quite nice. Not much carbonation, and little to no head. Aroma is loaded with bourbon, and it adds such a wicked vanilla to the aroma. Lots of chocolate, espresso, molasses, raisins, and dark fruit. Flavour is very very smooth, and a tad boozey. Again, loads of bourbon vanilla notes along with more of the same from the aroma. Just an amazing sipper of a beer, i loved it. checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Bottle @ Monk’s: Poured a dark oil brown/black. The aroma was bourbon. The flavor was dark fruit, oak, bourbon, vanilla and dark chocolate. Overall, this is one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Very smooth, perfectly balanced and lots of flavor.
daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle from ygtbsm94. Man what a beer. Holy shit. black pour wtih a small brown head. Aroma is so luscious...bourbon, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, oak and heaven. Flavor is full and bad ass. bourbon notes hit but do not overpower. Chocoolate, molasses, vanilla and oak follow. Damn this is just a near perfect beer. tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2009
this beer has too much to talk about. this beer needs your time and your undivided attention.
coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, OAK, fig, whiskey, toasted grain, OAK
changes and grows and changes some more. We laughed and cried.
Only thing keeping it from a 5 was the slightly out of balance oak. beernbourbon (1600) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Tap, at The Publican. Pour is total blackness with a very thin/ non-existent brown head. Aroma is simply wonderful: roasted malt, dark fruits, plum, light spiciness, coconut, vanilla, wood, bourbon, and very light alcohol. it smells way too good! Flavor is vanilla, fruit, wood, light bourbon, very creamy chocolate, smooth coffee, and a lightly peppery/ alcohol finish. Just amazing. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 29, 2010
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talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Aroma: Just amazingly intense, yet smooth and alluring at the same time. This is how a beer can cross all kinds of barriers, and still be stellar. Huge notes of maple, oak, bourbon, chocolate malt balls, and roasted coffe. I could smell this for days.
Appearance: Ink black, thick consistency...looks like the gravity still clocks in at a hefty 1.150! Head was small but creamy, light brown in color, spotty bubbles, drippy lacing.
Taste: Oh man, I "hated" having to share this 5 ways but you know...it’s worth it. Bourbon-y goodness, molasses, dark chocolate, black licorice, oak, brown sugar, figs, Almond-Joy...all super-smooth and extremely supple. Nothing clonks you over the head but everything is assertive as all get-out. Might be the best thing to come out of Port Brewing that I’ve had.
This one pours nicer than the younger sibling with a coal black body and a full, tan, fluffy head which settles to dense, thick froth and leaves tight lacing. The nose is awesome, sweet and fruitier than the original; candied black currants, burnt caramels, toasted oak with a nice straight bourbon tinge, lots of molasses and maple syrup, fudge, burnt oats, and minimal mocha coffee. The flavor is much like the nose but just so intense and rich; scorched maple and molasses, Colombian coffee, leather, candied currants, rich fudge, some burnt caramels, hints of toasted oak, and burned oats. The palate is thick, very full, velvety, chewy, and still nearly lively. The finish takes an eternity with rich fudge taking over with light notes of leather, coffee, and candied currants. Not a bad thing to say about this one; similar to the "Old" but richer, fruitier, thicker, and more refined. Truly unique experience, especially for someone who believes the ’thicker the better’ or the ’richer the better.’ One of my fav’s ever, enough said.