Wittales (762) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Appearance was clear opaque with diminishing rocky mocha 1 1/2 finger head, soft spotty lacing. Aromas are mocha chocolate, toffee, coffee with soft cherrywood-like bourbon vanilla nose. Taste are roasted vanilla chocolate upfront then soft Chewy coffee bourbon mid sip. The finish was deep fruit of cherry, plum, and soft raspberries. Palate was soft smooth CO2 with silky medium body, then off balanced fruity drying finish. Overall the brew is 5 yrs old, a little oxygenation and fruity for a porter. Maybe infected, would loved to crack open a newer bottle, say 2 yrs old to compare. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 1/27/13 from a waxed and capped 750mL bottle purchased online upon release, shared with Curtis and the Nashville crew. Pours dark cola brown with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is super earthy and dark with tons of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and some baking spices. The flavor is all about the bitter baking spice with the vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, and earth taking a back seat. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long roasted bitter and spiced finish. Travlr (25755) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber. Aroma of pine and caramel syrup. Taste is very, very sweet. djd07 (15340) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle thanks to Stavros! Pours a dark brown with beige head that lasts awhile. The aroma is a roasty nuttiness and faint vanilla bean. Light roast and chocolate with light dry finish. Wish I could have had this fresh. merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
A: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Mild Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Vanilla Beans, Mildly Boozy
T: Bitter Chocolate, Mild Vanilla Beans, Mildly Boozy
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Boozy
Overall, pretty disappointing actually, I don’t know if it didn’t age well but the beer was just boring
cbfobes (2885) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle shared at a local tasting, thanks Ryan! Pours black with a thin brown head and a little bit of sticky lacing, the aroma has a pretty thick amount of spices mixed in with a little bit of chocolate, the flavor has quite a bit of pine and juniper on the front end with a really sweet finish, pine needles pretty much dominate it, slick mouthfeel, kind of overwhelming for me. nuplastikk (6414) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2013
750ml split at tasting. Brown-black, foamy big beige head. Gingerbread, caramel, a pinch of pine, some soapy astringency. Sugary, sweet, a touch of bitter piny soap. A lot of Christmas fruitcake action, with some nice vanilla depth provided by the barrel. Pretty enjoyable, but like a lot of Bruery stuff, has a plastic soapy bitterness that detracts from their otherwise solid product. madvike (3286) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle shared by hu5om...thanks Ryan! - Pours deep dark brown with a huge tan head. Nose is roasty and sweet, but it smells soured. Doesn’t do it any favors. Taste is roasty, with notes of coffee and lots of sourness. Finishes really dark and roasty. The sourness is distracting and weird, and it just doesn’t do it any justice. I’m guessing this was better when it was released. Huhzubendah (3736) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!
The beer is a dark chestnut brown with a gargantuan tan head. Copious lacing caked on the side of the glass. The aroma offers vanilla, roast, booze, coffee. The flavor is ok. Dominant oak and ash flavors with alcoholic vanilla lingering in the aftertaste. Medium bodied. Not all the flavors are in total cooperation with one another.
Serving type: bottle
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750mL bottle. Poured deep brown with a short, dense, yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up an odd hit of warm, slightly-smoky bourbon and oak with accents of iodine and vanilla bean.. the word "tincture" came to mind and, though I wasn’t able to immediately define it and I don’t believe I’ve ever used the word, it appears on point.. digging deeper brought out a blend of cleansers.. not what I expected or wanted. The flavor found burnt dark chocolate and vanilla at the core, with sharp bourbon, oak, and more cleanser laced throughout.. tacky, sharp barrel, bitter roast, and iodine on the long, belly-warming finish. Medium-bodied with a poor feel and flow through the palate.. enough carbonation to keep it moving decently.. overall a poor (or infected?) effort.