Chudwick (2250) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - pours black with light brown head and good lacing. Nose is dark coffee. Flavor adds chocolate, vanilla, very bitter. Big body.
DesertDevil (561) - Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Whole Foods Chandlerís Watering Hole. Pours the shade of a cloudless midnight sky with a two-finger cardboard-color head. Big vanilla nose (more like vanilla syrup as opposed to the bean) complemented by a deep espresso aroma. The taste goes perfectly from vanilla to chocolate malts to coffee with a subtle touch of molasses. Velvety slick texture with a refreshing long finish. I canít get enough of this brew.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Simply beautiful on the pour. Opaque with a pillowy head.
Aroma is coffee and roasty with hint of vanilla & chocolate. A twist cone of soft ice cream. Ice cream with no sugar. A real macchiato....espresso with a touch of foam on top. Palate is very dry!
Hoppy finish. Lovely body. I do love a porter but this one is maybe a tad too bitter for me.
Noggleam (1) - Fort worth, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Simply the best imperial porter I have ever tasted. I joined BA just to make a comment on this beer.
QuezXLV (405) - Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very black body with lasting tan suds. Aroma is of roasted coffee beans. A little oily on the palate and light. Alcohol well hidden. Taste is bitter and the vanilla is not noticeable to me, but enjoyable.
boxofrane (2272) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with a big tan head that sticks around. Gorgeous looking beer. The aroma has big chocolate, coffee, coffee grinds, caramel. The taste is big coffee, mocha, milk chocolate, big bitter finish.. Warming alcohol.
RobertDale (3778) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Thanks Peter! Pours almost black with a nice reddish brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Great balance. Wow!
oldgrumpy (104) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best from Ballast Point. Smooth, rich, tasty. Full body beer. Bring on more and lots of it .
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ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a beautiful beer! Thereís something about a beer poured into a short glass. If not the "small packages carry big punches" factor, thereís also, simply, how good it looks in the glass. This is a very dark, almost black beer with a thin, dense cream/light-brown colored head. The aroma is of roasted malts, with sweet coffee and fresh cocoa, but much more dense and concentrated than what youíd expect from your everyday porter or stout. Where this impresses is in the mouth. Itís not only smooth and silky, but also offers a warm, dessert-like sweetness that Iíve never experienced before. Thereís something about it thatís a cross between Belgian candi sugar, chocolate, and peppers. In fact, itís very reminiscent of mole sauce. Thereís a smoothness in the body that makes the roasted and chocolate sweetness palatable, but keeps it sharp. I donít think Iíve ever had an imperial porter so smooth and (extremely) tasty with hardly any obviousness of an alcohol presence.
Cybercat (3571) - Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Comes out of the bottle a rich sable just a skeezix above black with a thick and fine-bubbled tan head. Rich, smoky aroma has notes of sweet chocolate, fine coffee, vanilla and caramel and just a hint of molasses. Mouth-filling flavor delights the palate with roast malt, chocolate, nutty, vanilla, coffee and caramel tones with more than a hint of bitter, woody hops. Each sip seems to be subtly different. Itís a little like drinking cold quality coffee that has a kick like an angry mule. Smooth, rich texture has a firm tingle that persists; finish is smoky, hoppy and a little chocolate-sweet. I havenít given out a perfect score in some time. Love the bottle - Iíll keep it and use it as a Halloween decoration. (Yes, I use beer bottles for Halloween deco!)