Itzjerm (2866) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - NOV 18, 2015 ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, 2012 release, courtesy of the one and only motortoddhead. pours a rich, dense, brown that sits black in the glass topped by a thick, creamy, beige head that leaves smooth sheets of lace. aroma is wonderful with heavy notes of vanilla, hazelnut coffee, toffee, and burnt caramel backed by cocoa powder, toasted oak, subtle bourbon, and cinnamon rolls. flavor is delicious as well with notes of dark chocolate, toasted oak, spent coffee beans, pralines, and maple backed by subtle notes of bourbon, dark fruits, and coconut cake with vanilla icing. palate is rich and smooth with a creamy mouthfeel and a lingering finish of coffee, cocoa, and bourbon. overall, a world class barrel aged porter.
On tap this was beyond amazing. In bottle the appearance and palate are not as not worthy.
Still an amazing beer however. And really a true imperial porter. Several are selling high gravity beers as porters... cant say I agree or get this. I would say this is the best imperial porter out there.
Vanilla toffee, with an end of oak. Down right awesome flavor. Aroma has some alchol.and other flavors. GREAT BEER still!
AWISLguy (3109) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2015
Bottle from the source. Served at room temperature into my snifter.
Very dark brown pour with reddish tints. A beige head leaves a lot of
spotty lacing. Aroma has chocolate and espresso, with a solid vanilla presence. One part to one part to ... Very nice, beyond possibly being not as strong as one would prefer. Taste is of big bakers chocolate, green coffee beans and sweet bourbon. And, down in the glass, a touch of caramel with a lot more sweet bourbon. Medium-to-full bodied with some alcohol. Not sure if the presence is as much assumed from the flavor or actually kicking in. Finishes long and bourbony sweet, with some bitterness back from the choco/coffee. But vanilla-led. This has some rawness to it. Certainly a white whale, so quite excited. Will age some and retry in a while. Some have compared to KBS - not sure, may have to do a vertical. 16.2
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle thanks to motortoddhead. Black pour with a small creamy head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma has a ton of oak and vanilla, nice chocolate and burnt wood, and light coffee too. Tastes very balanced. Oak, vanilla, nuts, caramel, light char, coffee, and a hint of raisin. Very smooth, slightly creamy. Love this. djd07 (14472) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with medium tan head. The aroma is roast, bourbon, wood, cocoa. Slick mouthfeel with sweet roasted malt, light booze, toffee with a dark fruit finish. Very nice. bytemesis (8375) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Bottle - thanks to nimble prop! Pours dark black, small tan head, nice residual and lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, oak. Flavor is medium sweet, and light plus bitter, chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, molasses. Low acidity. Medium body. Solid.
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
[6613-20140815] Bottle. Roasted soya sauce aroma. Black brown cola body with a quick foamy off-white head. Soya saucy roasted grains flavour. Full body. Good but lots of soya. (7/3/8-/3/14) 3.5~
jercraigs (10365) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2014
(@ Campground Brewdown 2014, Millmont, PA)
2014-08-15. Black body with a small tan head. 3+ Aroma is richly sweet and bourbony, vanilla. 7++ Flavour is similar, rich bourbon vanilla, sweet dark malt core. 7++ Smooth medium bodied palate, low carbonation. 3+ Simple, but rich. Bottle, 2012 Vintage at Campground Brewdown
TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Pours pitch black with tan head. Cocoa, bourbon, oak, nuts, vanilla, and come coffee and caramel notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Very complex, big beer. Finishes with a nice bourbon note. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
(12oz bottle) rich clear deep brown,no head. Nose of coffee, umami, beefy, light smoke. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, faded coffee, bit watery, but more Medium on the linger. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 30, 2014
25-Jul-11 (12-oz bottle, Bottled 10-Mar-06: Obtained 01-May-06 in trade with hopdog, thanks Steve!)
Well, after aging a bottle with a screw-off cap for five years, it’s no surprise to me that the carbonation is very low; no sound is emitted when the cap is removed. As expected, the clear, dark-brown beer pours with no head. The nose offers chocolate, coffee, prune, wood and a light bourbon note. In the flavor, lots of sweet chocolate bar, cocoa, prunes, coffee, and molasses. The bourbon barrel aging is apparent, but not dominating, with flavors of wood, vanilla, coconut, and a touch of bourbon in the finish. On the palate, it’s medium in weight, somewhat dry in the finish, and low in carbonation. Overall, this is quite solid. Aging a beer for five years may be too long to some people, but this beer has held up wonderfully.