MattH (646) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the brewery. Black pour. Aroma of roasted coffee and cocoa powder. Taste is a ton of cocoa, some roasted flavors, and a little alcohol. Medium carbonation and body.
tgncc (2818) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasty, chocolate, molasses, slight alcohol, wood. Deep black in color, light tan head, oily lacing on glass. The flavor is chocolate up front, molasses sweetness, roasted coffee, wood. Very nice. Thick in body, oily mouthfeel. The finish is roast, pine, citrus, alcohol warming. Excellent. Equal to its hype.
toxichop (345) - South Gate, California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2014 Had it on tap at Bluepalms then purchased at Bevmo, had to ask for it the folks at Bevmo where hidding this.
Poured into a snifter
A: Pours rich, creamy with a beautiful 2 finger brown head.
S: Vanila, espresso and roasted malts.
T: Let just say this is super flavourful vanilla upfront lots of vanilla followed by coffee and chocolate with some roasted malt. Vanilla took control out of all the other flavors and I liked it.
M: Creamy and thick, heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation and low bitterness in the end.
O: A dessert beer, so flavorful and creamy very nice. This is my favorite porter.
rangerbeer (4) - - JAN 1, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A porter stronger than most. The flavor really comes out as it gets closer to room temperature. I know this is obvious due to the high abv but the flavor change is even more dramatic than with other strong porters. This beer is smooth considering its high gravity origins. The coffee and vanilla bean add to the flavor. They add to the smoothness and a little complexity. However being a high priced beer it must pass a little extra scrutiny to justify the extra dollars. Well if all that extra cash was for the vanilla and coffee I’ld say leave it out. Its good and while the taste is complex it seems to be missing something.
dagimp (718) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine glass. Some numbers stamped on the neck but I can’t figure out the bottled on or best buy date. Pours with lots of brown frothy head. Little to no lacing. Aroma is of alcohol and vanilla with a little bit o coffee. Mouthfeel is moderate and slightly greasy. Not much carbonation especially after sitting out a while. Taste is really, really hot. Like sniffing rubbing alcohol. Other flavors are vanilla extract and coffee. This could have been a very good beer. All the parts are there but it’s way too hot and has this artificial vanilla flavor to it. As of now, it’s just decent with a very good aroma.
CampesinoTino (761) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Black as the depths of the ocean in appearance with a half-inch of cappuccino foam. Very strong dark roast coffee and espresso notes in the aroma along with a touch of vanilla bean and bittersweet chocolate. The taste is much the same with a strong emphasis on roasted malt, coffee and vanilla flavors in addition to some dark chocolate and rum in the background. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, creamy and slightly viscous with just the right amount of carbonation and alcohol. Overall, it’s a seamless blend of coffee, vanilla and booze that improves with each sip.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) black with tan head. Aroma of roast malt with hints of vanilla, lots of coffee. Flavor is overwhelmingly coffee, some roast malt and hints of vanilla.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from mashmaster. Thanks Tom!! Aroma has notes of vanilla, roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate, caramel and some hidden citrus hops. Very dark brown hue that sits black in the glass. Very small tan head that almost completely diminished and left little lace. Palate is full bodied with average carbonation. Overall a very nice imp porter. Loved the nose and the flavor but would have liked the carbonation to be a little more subdude and the head to be a little more pronounced. Enjoyed it.
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thought this was really good. A little smoother than their imperial stout, and a little thicker too. Dark, roasty, not too hoppy and improves as it warms. Lots of chocolate in the palate, and pretty sweet as well. Note: I had aged this one about a year.
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2012 Simply one of the best out there. As expected the nose is dominated by fresh roasted coffee, a dash of herb-like woodiness and the subtle presence of vanilla. Pours black with some brown hues if held to the light. Off-white foam bordering on a light tan. Taste matches the aromas. Up front there is a lively dose of roasted coffee with a dash of chocolate. The coffee really livens up your palate. The finish is full of dark chocolates and earthy hops which balance this beer nicely. Feels like a porter should on the palate. Full bodied but not syrupy, nice carbonation. Get your hands on this, it is amazing. One of my favorite beers.