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Marley's VSOP (Very Special Old Porter) | Lafayette Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Lafayette Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged for three months on Jack Daniels barrel wood.

Added by FtownThrowDown on 04-28-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of awdturboiv
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of JamesS
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a snifter at LBC, I would call this an American porter, as it was aged in bourbon barrels for three months. Came to the table a wodnerfully black color with a bit of nice initial head and some good lacing. Very deep and strong aroma, with good roasted grains, a slight plum scent, and a nice bourbon aroma at the back. Deep and dark flavors, with excellent roasted grains, nice coffee flavors, and an excellent bourbon hit on the back of the tongue and on the way down. Very warming with the bourbon, but unlike most barrel aged brews, this one wasn't overpowered, but just had that extra flavor and heat.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap....

A- Pours a medium brown color. When I got this there was no head at all. Some light specks of lace on the side of the glass that falls back in to the glass.

S- The whiskey I picked up on first thing which lends itself all through the nose in a low lying way. Nice roasted malts with hints of vanilla blend together. Some oak notes from the barrel toward the end. Light anise notes linger here and there. Chocolate doesn't really shine in the nose but it is another underlying scent to add to the cmoplexity of the beer itself.

T- Roasted malts in the front end of this go hand in hand with oak notes right off the bat. Some light dark fruits toward the middle stay put while a vanilla undertone lingers throughout the beer itself. The whiskey makes itself apparent in the end of the beer but not in a harsh hot tone. This has a velvety kind of feel to it along with hints of the barrel itself with a light roasted flavor. Alcohol on this one is smooth and never gets too harsh or hot for that matter.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light for the style. Oak notes, roasted malts, hints of darker fruit are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly bourbon, vanilla and oak, and light roasted malts. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were blended well together and I think this sitting in wood help ten fold to this. No off flavors were present at all.

D- This beer turned out to be not the beer I was expecting from when I first got it. A nice drinkable beer in its own right which also makes it a little dangerous. The ABV while only sitting in at 7.5% will creep up on you. A fine beer for those who like the taste of aged bourbon barreled beers.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap on a recent visit to Lafayette brewing company on my way through town.
Served very generously in a huge snifter. Pours brown in color. There's just a hint of translucence around the edges. Smell is nice dark malts, licorice and just a hint of whiskey.
Taste is more of the dark malts, some oak and some whiskey. The whiskey is very refined and goes very well with the beer. The oak aging really rounds out the beer very well. This is very smooth and way too easy to drink. Even as big as the snifter serving is. Not over the top whiskey flavors from the barrel, but very subtle and perfectly offered with the rest of the beer. Very good offering from LBC.

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Marley's VSOP (Very Special Old Porter) from Lafayette Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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