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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
An Imperial Porter brewed with a Haitian sugar called Rapadou. Rapadou is a traditionally processed cane sugar that lends a great toffee caramel flavor to our 8.5% ABV Porter. Watch for this one aged in oak barrels in the future. Limited edition of 2007 bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (11263) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2013
Bottle shared thanks to iphonephan. Pours near black with a small beige head. Aroma of big roast, malt, chocolate, caramel, toffee, light soy. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Full bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kidobutai (643) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
I added this beer because the "Rapadou Porter" currently in the database is designated as "Brewmaster’s Reserve", not "Brewer’s Choice", and the ABV of this beer is 8.5%, vice the 9.0% given for the "Reserve". Finally, the label is different. I had to look up the word "Rapadou", and found it in the Creole Dictionary online -- "Solid rolls of brown sugar and molasses". Which sounds about as rich and delicious as this beer turned out to be. The color is dark dark brown, and the head is short-lived. Aroma is about as rich as a porter can be, and the taste of caramel and molasses is strong; drinking it at room table from a snifter, it feels much more like a bourbon than a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle as part of a fantasy baseball winnings. Thanks. Pours black with a one finger creamy khaki brown head. Very nice aroma of sweet chocolate and sugar, molasses, caramel, anise, some dark fruit. Flavor is sweet molasses, roast, some chocolate and toffee, brown sugar, lightly bitter roast bite to finish. Medium to thick bodied with medium high carbonation and a dry finish. Wow. This is a really good porter and I suspect it would work nicely with some barrels, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (3427) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Vanilla aromas. Sweet, with loads of caramel malts and vanilla highlights. Good body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6029) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Bottle - 22 ounce. Bottled on the 20th of November 2007. Limited edition of 2007. This is bottle number 1851. Pours pitch black with some mahogany around the edges. Small fading light brown head. Very dense and creamy. Aroma is roasty malts, burnt caramel, toffee and hints of Bit O Honey. Taste is roasty malts, more burnt caramel notes, toffee and faint coffee. Body is creamy and smooth with a medium to medium-full palate and light bitterness lingering throughout the finish. Ends with more toffee and burnt caramel notes. Roasted malts, soft coffee and light cocoa round this out. Nice stuff! The 9% ABV isn’t even noticeable. It will be interesting to see how this responds to barrel aging once they do it. In speaking with the folks at Alewerks today, the barrel aging prospect isn’t set in stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2008
bottle thanks to immy....a very appealing almost black pour with a hefty tan head at first that quickly made an exit....aromas of charred and smoky roast and cocoa.....moving onto the flavors. more bittersweet chocolate, roast, and a nice added smokiness to it. medium body and pretty smooth overall. slight bitter roasted finish in the end.....this one was def. a pleasant surprise. thanks tim.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Thanks to Butters for this one! Pitch black, faint brown at edges, nice long lasting head fades to ring, very attractive. Aroma has components of slightly hot alcohol, dark fruits, and chocolate. Flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, and a bit of caramel. Roast note as well. Alcohol evident. This is significantly better now that it has warmed up, as it was just totally disjointed at first. Not bad. Could potentially respond well to oak aging, as long as it is done with restraint, vanilla could be a great complimentary component here. Bottle 555.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2008
22oz bottle 233/2007 from Immy. Spicy dessert on the nose. Brown sugar. Gingerbread cookie. Slightly ashy with hints of roasted malt and plastic (?). Pours a thick nearly pitch dark brown with an incredibly dense and creamy rich khaki head. Roasted malt, toasted vanilla bean, some ash, chocolate covered raspberries, caramel and toffee and chocolate. Mostly full bodied. Silky and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. A fantastic porter for sure! What a surprise. Thanks Tim!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Bottle 1710 of 2007. 22 oz bottle split between two glasses. Deep brown/black color and opaque. Slight ring of head that is a creamy tan color. Aroma of roasted grain, coffee, molasses, burnt sugar, and sweet cream. Very chocolatey taste. Almost like a chocolate milkshake. Very smooth. A slight coffee taste in the swallow. Also a slight sweet body. A bit of wood in the body as well. The alcohol is hidden nicely. Some raw bitterness qualities in the aftertaste. Dutch cocoa dryness as well. A very nice porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7275) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 Bottle (22oz) shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Bottle 0530 of 2007. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a small diminishing frothy light-brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee on ice, chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. Flavour of roasted malt, coffee & dark chocolate, molasses, green hops and an interesting burnt element to it. Thick syrupy body. A very enjoyable beer.

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