george_sanchez (38) - - NOV 2, 2017
I really dont know how anyone could give this beer a bad rating. Aged in barrels for a year or two, this really knocked my socks off for a porter. Phenominal beer, perfect for the season. sulawang (1208) - - OCT 31, 2017
Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). Pours heart of darkness black with a small 1cm frothy head, 1mm retention, lots of fast tight clustered streams.
fiery1 (1807) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2017
Nose: brown sugar molasses malt, vanilla (lvl-6)-pungency
Attack: crisp-fizzy-airy, sweet impression
Mid-palate: tingly-bloated, sweet cocoa, cloying heavy (lvl-7-sweetness), light woody, sweet caramel-toffee malt, tangy alcohol
Finish: vanilla, cherry-dark fruit, mild bittersweet
Summary: Decent body, but too much persistent sweetness that becomes cloying and heavy on the palate. The whiskey barrel influence is certainly there, but it's lacking in creaminess and finesse to balance it out.
650ml bottle @ the office. Pours a mostly opaque brown with a thin beige head. Nose is a nice whiskey note with cocoa and dark malts. Flavour is quite impressive, caramel, . The low abv yet the whiskey character is well captured, a nice sweetness... however it is almost like drinking an unsweetened coke and whiskey cocktail. Ferris (17089) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2017
Bottle - Vintage 2016 - Whisky barrel notes, dark fruity sweet notes and sweet cocoa. Dark brown weigh a creamy light brown head. Light dark chocolate, cocoa and whisky notes. Oakes (19396) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2017
Medium brown. Not much head. There’s a somewhat bubblegummy whiskey aroma, and taste. There’s a soft chocolate, cocoa taste, light bubblegum, wood. It’s a decent beer.
luttonm (6957) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown, tan-gray head. Banana smoothie. Very fruity, lighter body, sharp alcohol for such low abv. Pear, cider, banana. Odd fruit. not a lot of barrel, just alcohol. Not great. beerplace (2302) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2016
Bottle 650ml. Bought in Bottle Jockey. Slightly sweet aroma and taste with caramel, dark fruits notes with a touch of alcohol (strange for the 6% porter). Some notes of roasted malt on the background of smell and taste, but no whiskey barrel at all. Notes of whiskey present only on background of aftertaste. Just not bad. At least in the bottle. Gerbeer (4149) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
650 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with light head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of green oak, scotch whiskey and coffee. Flavors same though better in balance with additional roasted malts, licorice, and vanilla. Light - I guess more like a barrel aged porter should be relative to a stout - but still quite nice! fiulijn (21507) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2017 mcberko (19826) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2016
2017-04-25, bottle, 7-4-7-3-15=36
Dark brown color, small and short lived head. Evident bourbon aroma, high carbonation, leand and dry mouthfeel, mild caramel and chocolate flavor, and strong bourbon flavor; not much malt strength and depth, too low bitterness, but it’s enjoyable.
2016-01-25, draught at the brewery, 7-4-7-4-16=38
Black color , dark brown, with small head. The bourbon aroma is evident, mellow, and bread. Good body strength, it plays well with the chocolate flavor, luckily there is a bit of residual sweetness; the bourbon notes delicately enhance the chocolate feeling; low bitterness, but fitting in the picture; it has a nice, light berry fruitiness. Traces of liquorice in the finish. Very nice.
The high presence of bourbon may result cloying in the long, though.
Balanced, clean and flawless.
On tap at Powell Street, pours a red-tinged deep dark brown / near-black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out notes of whiskey, some caramel and a little roast. Flavour is dominated by the whiskey barrels without being boozy at all, just bringing out the full flavour of the barrels. There’s a touch of roast underneath to provide body, which isn’t overly robust. Really well done barrel aging here. Excellent.