maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Draught at the Saucer’s "Cellarbration" for Raleigh Beer Week. In addition to the barrel aging, I think this was vintage 2011. It poured a near-black color with effectively no head on it. This seemed to have soured, as the nose smacks you in the face with some sour cherry notes (and I hate cherries). The nose was more reminiscent of a sour brown at first. After that, I was able to get some roasting and just a hint of bourbon in there. The taste was exceedingly sour and filled with cherries. It was drinkable, but nowhere near as good as the non-aged normal baltic porter. drowland (8955) - Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Sampled during CBC 2013. Awesome stuff right here. Almost black pour with a nice tan head that sticks and laces well. Great BA aroma, vanilla, fudgy, some chocolate, a hint of dark fruits, and more. Can’t wait to taste. Yep, also awesome. Dark fruits, fudge, vanilla, coconut, butterscotch/toffee (in a good way), nuttiness even, and a good balance of barrel and base. Really glad this was on tap.. awesome! johnnnniee (4405) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 8, 2013
On tap at ACBF 6/1/2013
Solid black color. Aroma of chocolate covered cherries with a hint of coconut. Outstanding chocolate fruity flavor with hints of vanilla and sweet smooth bourbon. Thick body with a creamy silky mouthfeel. Incredible beer. Smooth complex and tasty. jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Location/Date:Draft on March 27th, 2013 at Churchkey.chinchill (5226) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Appearance: Pours motor oil black with light head.
Aroma: Aroma of a ton of bourbon.
Taste: Light bitterness, light bourbon, roasty. More containment of bourbon than in the nose.
Palate:Medium-thick body, slick.
Summary: The nose nearly scared me off of this one, but it’s really some nice stuff.
On tap in to a small nonic.
A: The beer is a deep dark mahogany color, clear, with excellent, well-proportioned tan head that fades slowly.
The aroma has a very pronounced dark chocolate note, and more dark fruit than I recall being in the standard version. To some extent, the dark roasted malts were masked by the barrel aging.
T: The barrel aging is obvious, a little too obvious, in tasting. Thankfully, the medium and dark roasted malts do show through, and there are some appreciated dark fruit notes. Excellent finish and aftertaste. Lightly sweet.
M: Full bodied and very smooth, with excellent medium carbonation.
O: Rich and improved version of the very good Duck-Rabbit Baltic porter. Very satisfying.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2012
sample at Brewvival on 2/25/12. black pour with a tan head. perfect level of bourbon across the nose - could smell this one all day! med body with vanilla, coffee, chocolate and tons of sweetness - too sweet. sweet finish with more chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. mixmasterob (1058) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Easily one of the best smelling beers I came across @ Brewvival this year. Incredibly rich bourbon, chocolate, roast and more bourbon. Wow this was good. Flavors were decadently smooth and full of roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon and wood. Finish was slightly bittersweet and overly satisfying. Mouthfeel was thick and coating. Awesome indeed. Drake (14059) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Draft at Brewvival 2012. Pours a very dark brown color with a thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of huge whisky notes, wood and raisin notes. The taste is whisky, raisin and mild hops. Medium bodied. Butters (4063) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2012 Sampled at the First Inaugural Raleigh Rare and Vintage Beer Festival. Listed as "bourbon barrel aged baltic porter" but no idea as to what type of barrel. Dark brown pour with not much head. nose of vanilla and anise. Flavors are big sweet licorice, toffee, bourbon, complex. Very silky smooth and oily on the palate. Great warming sensations.
Sampled again at at Brewvival 2012. Even better this time! Brewmaster said it was aged in Weller Bourbon barrels by Buffalo Trace. Awesome coffee and smooth bourbon. Easily one of the best examples of bourbon barrel aging I’ve ever come across. zizzybalubba (1880) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2009
From a bottle shared at the pre-release of Olde Rabbit’s Foot (thanks to Paul and Matt). Black pour with very little head. Rich aroma of bourbon and chocolate. Vanilla bourbon flavor that blends beautifully with this incredibly good Baltic Porter. It’s quite unfair that I’ve tried this and you have not. I would love to see this released to the public.