AndyReynolds (1079) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to ewestern. Pours a thick black with little to no head. Aroma is strong with bourbon and roasted malts with notes of vanilla, milk chocolate, oak, and coffee. Palate is much lighter than the aroma and apperance let on. Flavor is a little bitter bringing out the bourbon even more and finishing dry.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2012 Bottle thanks to ewestern.
This is easily one of the most balanced barrel aged beers I’ve ever had. This is the way barrel aging is supposed to be.... it increases the depth of flavors without masking the base beer. You get the original porter along with marshmallows dipped in a vat of bourbon and vanilla. As it warms, it gets better and better. And at 12%, it’s extremely smooth! Thanks Eric!
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had at belgian with justin. Pour is a deep black with minor brown head. Aroma is full of bourbon and coffee. Flavor is a super smooth bourbon and coffee roasted malts. Awesome brew.
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2011
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
A diacetyl bomb with a bourbony chocolatey finish. Almost redeems itself in the finish, but not really. Extremely buttery. Of course I get the one terrible bottle in the bunch.
bu11zeye (12567) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a nice dark brown with a nice tan head. vanilla, oak, bourbon, malty caramel notes. a very good brew.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 See’s candy toffee sucker. Lovely.
boto (2041) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle picked up at Binny’s 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. I’d buy another!
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Binny’s 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.