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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
The Baltic-style porter has a robust malt character and a slight herbal hop bitterness. Aged for 12 months in 10 year old Kentucky bourbon oak barrels, this alluring dark liquid features appealing undertones of vanilla, oak, cocoa and coffee. This aging occurs in abandoned mines in Michigan, at a constant temperature of 45F.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2011
(12oz bottle, red wax version) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, and caramel. Flavor of bourbon, vanilla, vinous, oak, and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2011
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. A lot of subtleties and sweetness here in this smooth, rich, and big porter. It looks like a standard, creamy headed, thick impy stout, but with slightly more reddish hues around the borders. The aroma is of rich bourbon and sweet toffees and caramels that are are everywhere. Also, chocolate chip cookies and earth. Rather simple in the nose, but the airy smoothness and rich booze make this one quite prominent and prominent (probably the best quality of this beer). The feel is mostly creamy smooth, but also with a strong bourbon alcohol that flows strongly down your throat. The flavor profile is also rather simple for the strength of this one. Lots of rich bourbon and caramel malts. Earth to balance. Overall, a tasty sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2011
pours a nice dark brown with a nice tan head. vanilla, oak, bourbon, malty caramel notes. a very good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1322) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2011
I do love my Imperial Porters. This 12 oz bottle is why I make trades. Nose is bourbon, chocolate. coffee and toffee with maple syrup. Taste is bitter then big caddy-whumpus big mouthfull of caramel toffee chocolate coffee bourbon and so-on. Dark fruit peeks out. Body is all Seeís candy toffee sucker. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (2007) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 3, 2011
12oz bottle picked up at Binnyís across from Goose Island: This one pours an inky, dark brown color. There was just a wisp of a tan head that went away immediately. The nose is quite good. Only traces of the bourbon. I also get caramel, chocolate, some vanilla, roastiness and some faint dark fruits. The taste is good. a good integration of the caramel and bourbon, with the latter only mildly showing up in the aftertaste. Hardly any sweetness at all, with some bitterness in the finish. Some roasted notes, chocolate. Nothing really overpowering or standing out. A bit of a subtle complexity to it. Iíd buy another!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1264) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2011
12oz bottle from Binnyís Lakeview in Chicago. Pours a dark brown with a light tan head and some lacing. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla. The body was unexpectedly a little thin, but then again, this is a porter and not a stout. Light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, with a slight alcohol finish. I have another bottle of this in the cellar, and I am vary interested to see how it ages. Hopefully, the alcohol mellows out with some time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (9337) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle from a generous BA. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has sweet notes of bourbon and vanilla with backing notes of roasted malts and alcohol. Flavor begins with roasted malts and becomes sweeter with the bourbon and a hint of vanilla. There was a bit of alcohol in the finish and the beer was smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2011
Bottle. 12 oz. Split with and courtesy of Vin. Pours a motor-oil dark with a spindly-laced, tightly-bubbled well-retained kahki head. The lacing is seriously unreal; like the top of a coral reef. Nose is heavy on the bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, musty basment funk, slight peaty notes and traces of caramel and honey. Flavor is full of chocolate, peppery-wood, honey, and slightly sour oaky hints. Body is medium to thin, but not watery by any means. The palate coats the tongue like thin, boozy velvet. Finishes with some sublte raspberries, oddly enough, and a bit of smoky sweetness. Insane porter. Thanks Annie Baby!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3722) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2011
First off I had a hilariously hard time trying to open this as my bottle opener kept slipping of the little bit of wax I couldnít get off. After all that effort, I find out itís a screw top. Oh well... This is a decent enough beer and worth the extra effort for fans of big bourbon flavors in their BA beers. Itís brown black w/ a little head of dark tan bubbles. Nose is a strong rum raisin booziness w/ lots of implied sweetness. Carbonation is a touch on the low side but the medium bodied texture just on this side of stickiness helps to make up for it. This definitely veers much more towards nutty, port-like barrel aged character and boozy vanilla bourbon overtones than porter as far as the overall profile but itís nicely done and tastes quite good for what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2011
Been awhile since I had this one so I canít really go into depth, but I do recall it being significantly better than the older bomber version. Not worth the $7 for a 12oz bottle, in my opinion.

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