BeerSensi (119) - California, USA - APR 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My neighbor and I split this last night. It was one of the best beers that I have had. It pours black with a lite brown head, aroma of vanilla and cocoa beans with a creamy chocolate/roasted coffee taste. i get a more chocolate finish than coffee. Like have Vanilla ice cream with chocoloate.
Can not wait to get another one.
ADfan (616) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of my next door neighbor, it pours almost black in color with a beige head. It has vanilla and cocoa beans in the nose. There are some other things that iím picking up but canít quite identify. Iíll have to try again when I open my bottle. The taste is fantastic. Very creamy with molasses and vanilla. The coffee notes them come through and then it has big chocolate finish. Very long and silky. This is a beer that Iíll definitely grab some extra bottles next time.
Jlo7399 (217) - Florida, USA - APR 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with very little brown head, medium lacing. Aroma is coffee and sweet caramel. Taste is well-balanced between sweet and bitter with vanilla, caramel and coffee all coming through really well. Thick mouthfeel. This stuff is amazing.
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Vintner. Pours out pitch black with a tan head on it. Smell is roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch of alcohol. Little bit of coffee present as well. Tastes sweet and smooth, no alcohol noted, but a little bit of a hop kick to it. What a great porter, I am really glad they had this one on tap. I did not get to see the cool label though...
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is sweet, milky vanilla, roasted coffee bean (with no astringency).
Taste is slightly coffee astringent, vanilla, sweetened condensed milk, a slight sourness, cocoa, and some pine bitterness.
Finish is a lingering alcohol sting that is quite surprising, considering it makes almost no appearance previously, and a slick, oily coffee.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark with a light to medium tan head. Aroma is vanilla, coffee, roasted malts. Flavor is big time coffee with hints of vanilla and roasted malts. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Little too much coffee for me, but overall a good beer.
djd07 (3896) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown and ruby hue with medium tan head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is choclate. Thin mouthfeel with sweet vanilla and chocolate. Very good Imperial porter from Ballast Point.†
blipp (6358) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted coffee aroma with some light sweet malty notes. The flavor has sweet mocha coffee, milk chocolate, and lightly roasted malts. Good stuff.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber with a pretty sweet label I might add. Pours a thick syrupy brown that looks near black when its all said and done. Massive two finger tan foamy head. Perfect looking porter.
Aroma is big on the coffee and vanilla notes. Rich and malty. Even picking up some maple syrup aromas.
Taste is on point here. Strong vanilla and coffee flavors here. Lots of roasted malts. Some chocholate. Great balance of coffee bitterness and vanilla sweetness.
Itís medium bodied. A little thinner than I would have expected. Light carbonation. Lingering coffee finish. ABV hidden VERY well. Not even a trace.
Iím really enjoying this. Not a beer you can easily find in the area. But Iíd def. seek out again. One of my favorite porters now.
deekyn (1261) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2012 A - pours opaque coffee brown with very high fine bubbled head, almost frothy. S - smells amazing. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla up front. Hints of smoke and oak and toasted malts. M - creamy strong bodied brew. Nice strong nose, complex and bold palate. Lingering bitter maltiness with vanilla and oak. T - espresso, chocolate and toasted malts up front. Palate is nice and complex. Vanilla, oak, coffee, rye/grains , marshmallow. Lingering bitter rye, espresso, oak, and vanilla. O - easily the best porter Iíve had ( ok itís an imperial porter, but still). Very bold coffee chocolate vanilla porter. 8