jgb9348 (6477) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Deep dark brown coloured body with a fast-dying tan head. Aroma of alcohol, pit fruits, roasted malt, coffee, oak, vanilla and some nice bourbon! Full-bodied; Deep strong pungent flavours of malt and oak are very noticeable with a good toffee and caramel sweetness that almost dominates the beer. Aftertaste shows some dry oak flavours, bourbon, alcohol and a very solid complexity. Overall, a very nice and special beer - showing all of the intricacies of the style with a good character and quite a bit of complexity. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, DC on 13-May-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 25-May-2010. Bottle #1047 from the 2010 batch. SoberCajun (111) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Pours dark and muddy, slight tan head, decent lacing and retention. Bourbon-dominated aroma and flavor; toffee and maple are also strong characters. Palate and aftertaste are a bit chalky and cloying, but not too bad. Pretty assertive alcohol, but this could be deceptive because the bourbon taste kept tricking me into the liquor mindset. Glad to experience this one, but I probably wouldn’t seek it out again. carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Draft wholefoods fairfax. Pours dark brown with thin head. Aroma is subtle with hints of caramel an toffee. Mouthful is dominated by vanila and bourbon flavors without the heat. Verynoce ba showing from aw... GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2010
Draft at ChurchKey. Pours a deep, clear brown with an excellent creamy, light brown head that has very good retention and excellent lace. Aroma is muted at first- as it warms and is swirled around you get massive bourbon, some diacetyl, maple candies. Taste is massive bourbon atop a very dry base beer that goes chalky on the palate fairly quickly. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2010
Draft. Lovely beige head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, some bittersweet chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, Bourbon, some caramel, bittersweet chocolate, light alcohol burn. Medium body, light acidity.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2010
UPDATED: APR 20, 2010 2009 22 oz. bottle via trade with ksurkin - Pours a dark brown color with a small light tan head. Very light lacing. Aroma is oak/bourbon, lightly roasted malt, and light chocolate. Lots of bourbon in the flavor. Maybe just a little to much for a nice balance. Smooth, but oaky finish. A good beer. Thanks Ken. Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2010
This poured a very dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma was nice light chocolate notes, roasted malts and vanilla bourbon notes. Flavor was a very nice blend and bourbon and chocolate, enoubgh to know its there, but not overbearing. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2010
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan froth. Nose is bourbon, chocolate, wood and spicy dark roast. Tingly medium body with an airy alcohol finish. Taste is bourbon and bittersweet chocolate with hints of dates and licorice. Lingering coffee and bitter hops. Great brew from AleWerks. RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Quite pronounced bourbon aroma with a good dose of brown sugar, rum, vanilla beans and a hint of licorice root. Flavor has a round, mellow vanilla flavor layered over the dark roasted malts of the porter that makes for a very pleasant harmony on the palate. wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
thanks to ksurkin for this rarie! pours a transparent brown with a pourous light brown head. aroma has a lot of lager-y yeast, touches of oak and vanilla, raw cacoa powder, and a punch of raw bourbon. the taste has a good bit of bourbon, and it is hotter than the mere 9%. notes of choclate are subdued by the slightly astringent bourbon qualities. the body is medium full and pretty creamy, but a bit more fullness could go a long way. i think i should have waited a year on this one, will probably be a bit nicer then.