keanex (1739) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2012
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured into a snifter from a 22 ounce bottle un-dated.
A: Beautiful pitch black body with a dense tan head that compliments this perfectly. This beer simply looks amazing.
S: This smells absolutely wonderful, thereís a perfect balance of vanilla and fresh roasted coffee here, reminds me a lot of vanilla cake actually with coffee. This is wonderful, my only complaint is wishing it were a tad stronger.
T: Absolutely wonderful, thereís bready vanilla flavor into a silky rich cocoa coffee flavor. Itís as if Iím sipping on a mocha cappuccino with some vanilla flavoring. This is complex, intense, and very easy to drink.
M: Thick and syrupy with light carbonation, this is filling and feels great.
O: This is hands down the best porter Iíve ever had, I have no complaint with this and will be buying one every time I find one.
mcmisko (356) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very dark brown, just under black. Dark tan two finger head. Looks yummy! Smells like coffee, roasted malts come through, and a tiny bit of vanilla. Taste like coffee with a splash of irish cream, and bright hops help make it interesting. I am so happy that the vanilla is not overly done, it is there, but not distracting you from the other flavors. You might even over look the vanilla if casually tasting it. But this is such a deliciously good beer, Iíd hate to know some one if just mindlessly drinking it away. Very enjoyable!
dwyerpg (5433) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, thereís quite a bit of chocolate in this beer I get. Very smooth, doesnít taste as strong as it is. Very tasty.
robertjm (842) - Albany, California, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle - Dark tan 2.5 finger head which has good staying power. Really dark, nearly black body. No light shines through. Aroma of a milky coffee latte drink. First flavors of that of strong black coffee rounded off with hints of vanilla. Coffee bitterness lingers on the palate. Perhaps lingers a little too long for my taste. Think the uniqueness comes out of using brewed coffee rather than simply grinding some beans and tossing them in the kettle. Very drinkable as long as you like black coffee. If not, you might want to move along to something else.
dnstone (2516) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolatey aroma with light vanilla notes. Full bodied chocolatey (with light vanilla notes) and a nice roasty finish that lingers. Pours black with khaki-colored head that settles.
Earlier Rating: 5/9/2010 Total Score: 4.2
Roasty dominance with a bit of wood and a light vanilla tone. Deep brown in color. Vanilla and char with a caramalt and roast flavor.
Notes: GABF í09
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a thick, fluffy tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, creamy, chalky, dry/ Taste is creamy, chocolate, vanilla, long black coffee finish. Surprisingly simple in its execution; amazing in its delivery. This is one of the best porters Iíve ever had the privilege of tasting. If you find it, you must try it.
dirtydrew (1) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 17, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the best imperial Porter Iíve tasted. Its big, bold, sweet, and marries the flavors of coffee and vanilla very well. I cant say enough good things about this beer. My only complaint is that all you can tase after this beer is sweet vanilla and coffee.
DialSquare (4123) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Proof. Black pour. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste is milk chocolate goodness - tinny vibe. Really good.
AskForJenny (1064) - Ontario, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz - If somebody asked me to describe porter, I would use this. Dark but not impenetrably black, lighter body in the glass, roasted notes and a watery, refreshing finish.
hopasaurus_rex (109) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber poured in a snifter. Pours a solid black almost like used motor oil. Nice creamy tan one finger head. Aromas of espresso, chocolate and a fresh cup of black coffee. Definitely a big coffee flavor upfront. Some cocoa with a slight hint of vanilla in the background. Pretty distinct alcohol in there too. Mouthfeel is slightly oily. Overall this is a great beer. Probably one of the best imperial porters Iíve had. If you can find it...pick it up.