Brigadier (3130) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle
Opening one of two bottles on a quiet evening I found myself faced with a solid imperial porter. The next one may not last long as I continue to whittle down the cellar to a more manageable size. If Ballast Point were available locally I might purchase some other releases from time to time.
Aroma / Appearance - The inky black base slinks into the glass along with a soft cocoa head. Hops, sweet cocoa powder, coffee, and a generous cup of genuine hot chocolate simmer below the surface. Topping it all is a generous dollop of whipped cream.
Flavor / Palate - Subdued hops are probably a result of waiting a few months to open this. The cocoa and black coffee emerge over time. A dash of malt highlights the smooth dry finish. This is a well rounded and robust release that deserves the respect it seems to be getting.
ICEatALAMO (1035) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a coffee color with a nice brown head that fades, but lingers. The aroma is full of roasted malt, some coffee and sweet notes. The coffee and malt hit you right away. Very full bodied beer. Finishes strong and clean. A great porter.
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BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
65cl, American brew, with vanilla and coffee, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex sweet Porter, roasted/sweet and slightly spicy, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, good head, top class!, yet expensive
Lashton529 (7) - - JUN 14, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured out of a 22 ounce bottle. Nice dark color with a dark brown head. You can definitely taste the roasted coffee. I would have another if given a chance.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Undated bottle served in a goblet. Beer is black and forms a thin brown head. Carbonation is low and so is lacing.
There is a nice coffee aroma with a slight hint of vanilla. As the beer warms closer to room temperature the aroma develops more and there is more of a vanilla character to it, also more sweetness.
There is a strong coffee flavor and bitterness in the back palate. The front palate detects a mild sweetness. The beer is smooth, no carbonation on the palate. Beer is lighter in body than expected overall. The bitterness lingers but there is no aftertaste, just a flavor that holds on. Overall, pretty enjoyable and a good porter for sure.
BrewDad (5078) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Craft Brewers Conference 2012
Dark brown in color, clear with a thin tan head. Super nice Vanilla flavor and aroma. This mixes well with the dark malts and chocolate flavors this port gives off. They mix and infuse there brews well here.
Earlier Rating: 12/1/2009 Total Score: 3.8
22oz Bomber – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia WA
Aroma: Big malt and vanilla/coffee and sweet aroma.
Appearance: Dark black in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Big flavors with malt, vanilla and coffee.
Palate: Dry finish with a Super Mouthfeel.
Overall: This was a great beer very sweet this was to be drank as a after dinner drink.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick and dark with a small tan head. Nose is intense coffee, wood, light vanilla and grass. Taste is sweet at first but bitter mixes in for a perfect balance taste through to the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Heavy decadent body with a long aftertaste.
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madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
28th November 2009
Opaque black beer. Palate is silky but also quite crisp. Rich dark malt that is a little creamy. The coffee and vanilla are sparingly used and beautifully judged. Finishes with more smooth dark malt, dark chocolate and dark malt tang. Soft finish. Very deftly brewed beer.
sloth (2554) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large choco brown head with good retention and lace. dark brown in color. Justa big old chocolate,roast monster with a oily mouthfeel, chewy and lasting. Notes of cherry and vanilla in the aroma and flavor, also cocoa, hersheys syrup, faint patent notes and lightly warming alcohol and coffee as it heats up, faint coconut and some smoke as well. Sweet malts balanced out with a nice roastyness. Lil sweet finish. Nice brew. Props to UDBeernut!
JoePeesie (886) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ours a deep dark brown with a fizzy brown head that fades quickly. The nose and taste are of toasted malts, coffee, dry and crisp with a tart rye finish. Quite tasty would go great with French vanilla bean ice cream.