superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/10/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, honey, herbal, floral, dark bread, light char/smoke, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate honey/floral spice notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, honey, herbal, floral, light char/smoke, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, dark bread, light char/smoke, honey, herbal, floral, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate honey/floral spicing; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Spicing is not overdone, but is enough to be very noticeable. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced imperial porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate honey/floral spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
1/VIII/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ Belgo-Swedish Crazy Summer Trade Tasting - BB: n/a (2014-866) Thanks to hackobock for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark brown to black beer, nice creamy beige head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: sweet, caramel, dried fruits, mocha, sweet, candy, some liquorish. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet, caramel, some chocolate, mocha, little bitter, honey, dried fruits. Aftertaste: little sour, sweet, caramel, bitter chocolate, mocha, little bitter, honey, dried fruits. Aftertaste: little sour, sweet, caramel, bitter chocolate, coffee, malty touch.
Dogbrick (8680) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Aces & Ales Tenaya. Nearly opaque dark brown color with some red around the edges. Medium foamy light beige head that recedes steadily to a sparse outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Floral notes in the nose along with roasted malt and chocolate. Medium to full body with flavors of charred malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits and herbs. The finish is floral honey and charred malt. Above average overall.
gyllenbock (5030) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Systembolaget.
Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Similar taste. Also cocoa and some toffee. On the sweet side with fairly bitter finish.
Koelschtrinker (11054) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - AUG 20, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Süffig malziger Antrunk mit leichten Schokoladennoten. Rund, unscheinbar, zum Ende auch kaum malzig. Ok. 9/11/7/8//7
weihenweizen (1874) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with medium beige head. Aroma is light roast, medium/light body, low carbonation, and good small bubble lacing. Taste is nice roasty, chocolate, and bitter finish.
whoisghost (79) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black with a slightly off white head. Looks thick, looks amazing. Getting a leathery aroma with a bit of rum and raisins as well - sweet but nothing special. Nutty and licorice taste with additional smooth whisky flavours. Coats mouth really well, typical carbonation for style and good density.
unclemattie (4262) - Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Black pour. Deep chocolate, roasted notes. Smells thick & sticky. Medical character. Loads of roast, char, dark chocolate. Thick texture, heavy bodied. (4135)
swoopjones (6214) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo NY. fuller bodied medium pour. Tootsie rolls. chocolate, hidden berry notes underneath. Nice strong porter
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JUL 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent Imperial Porter! Of course, there aren’t a ton of IPs. Dark malty back flavor, smoky yet tart front flavor. Could be a malt bomb, but the other ingredients prevent that.