GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Lt. Dan for sharing this at DLD. Deep thick black pour with a dark brown head. The vanilla hits your senses first, followed by the roasted malt, and coffee. The sip sent an explosion of flavor reminiscint of the flavor you just took in. Creamy, chewy, the beer coated my mouth. So good.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A- Opaque nearly black body that pours with a nice 2-3 finger tan head. Head fades eventually to a thick collar but leaves plenty of lacing behind in the glass.
S- Nose is very sweet and vanilla is certainly the main character. Coffee beans are definitely present as well and make up the background of the nose.
T-The initial flavor is subtle and offers a subtle vanilla sweetness with a touch of dark malt backbone. The finish is full of vanilla sweetness with some coffee undertones-but then just as the sweetness almost becomes too much a moderate roasted malt bitterness comes through to balance all the flavors. The slightest alcohol heat can be detected as well.
P-Medium to high carbonation and medium weight-silky smooth body.
O- This is 10%???? Really??? I thought I was drinking atwater vanilla java porter until the finish. This is a well rounded balanced coffee porter with ABV nearly undetectable.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-06-2010 02:20:17
SrSilliGose (3319) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Consumed the sunday morning after DLD. Decent beer, but not what I’m looking for in a beer. Some nice booze, chocolate and coffee notes to this as well. The vanilla is definitely front and center. For some reason vanilla flavored beers never sit right with me. They tend to come across as overly sweet and artificial. While this beer may be well crafted, i just wasn’t feelin the vanilla.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown with a finger of tan head. Coffee, chocolate malt along with a bit of hops in the aroma. Lots of chocolate in the flavor. Rich and smooth, medium to full bodied. Some piney hops in the middle. Vanilla in the finish. Finish lingers fairly long. Also some drying from the hops in the finish. Solid beer, but the coffee stout/porter thing just doesn’t do it for me.
mataichi (63) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler fill at CBX. Pours dark black with a fluffy, dark tan head. Definite smell of coffee (but not overpowering), slight oak age/vanilla mixed in as well. First sip is overwhelmingly coffee flavored, but again, its not a strong/overpowering feeling. I think the vanilla and a bit of sweet chocolate flavor helps mellow the coffee. This helps mask the alcohol content as well. This is one of the most balanced coffee "related" offerings I have ever tasted. Not a huge aftertaste, but enough to remind you of your last sip.
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours almost black with a huge head which settled quickly. Good lacing remained throughout. The nose was milkshake - chocolate and vanilla, caramel, with a noticeable roasted malt and coffee. The mouthfeel was creamy and a perfect thickness for a porter. Taste was carmel, coffee, vanilla. The finish contained some bitterness, smoke and a mild and pleasant alcohol warming. i would not be able to sip at this all night but will definitely seek it out again - an excellent porter.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Poured jet black with a delicious looking tan foam head, like a cappucino. Nose has lots of vanilla, a hint of booze, and roasted malts. Very inviting. I’m wondering if it’s going to be too sweet. It might be too sweet. The vanilla really hits hard and almost has an artificial flavor. After a few sips and some warming the vanilla is less distracting. Very full bodied. A bunch of roasted malts. The coffee really shines in the finish which is long and bitter,and a tad sweet.
bierslaaf (105) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - APR 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Tap - 3rd in flight of 4. Very dark brown. Lots of coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Most amazing balance between malt and bitterness. Silky wonderful on the palate and only goodness in the finish. Please sir, can I have some more!
Leighton (13954) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Outstanding. Pours dark brown with a thick, dark beige head. Aroma of cocoa, lightly roasted malts, some vanilla. Flavor is phenomenal. Tons of chocolate - think chocolate milk with extra syrup. Hints of oats and vanilla. Modest roastiness in the tail. Finishes sweet and long with nice bitterness. Amazingly smooth and creamy with average carbonation. Mildly warming - really the only noticeable impact of the ABV. Probably the best Imperial Porter I have ever drank.
Damico (2892) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The potent aroma includes creamy vanilla and chocolatey malts. The dark chocolate black color has a fluffy, snaking, creamy, crimson cocoa head - it’s perfect. The flavor starts as roasted malts and then the vanilla comes in strong with notes of coffee. It finishes quite boozy though with a nice punch.