dbhenry (139) - El Paso, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Strong hops, strong vanilla, strong coffee, high alcohol, this beer is high in everything, but it doesn’t taste very good. It is like Kahlua with hops. Perhaps its appeal is to those who like lots of tastes other than good malt and hops, but it isn’t very impressive.
DrewFace (967) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark black with minimal tan head. Aroma has a big roasty note up front, followed by rich chocolate and then the vanilla comes through, almost like vanilla iced cream. Flavor is huge on the vanilla, but almost has an extract like taste to it, roastiness follows and the chocolate character as well. Overall this is a pretty good drinking shelf turd, especially for breakfast.
circinus (279) - SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 65 cl from Systembolaget. Black with a thin brown head. Coffee, vanilla, slight licorice, malty. Full body, low carbonation, bitter coffee finish. Nice!
stephenj007 (121) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A big bomber pour.
Typical appearance of a dark, yummy porter style.
A pleasing, warm alcohol aroma, woody smoke, cinnamon, bittersweet chocolate. I really am not getting any coffee hints, but the vanilla comes through with the alcohol....interesting.
Taste is slightly more hoppy than some other porters, but good.
Definitely some more alcohol on the finish, along with some tootsie roll sweet chocolate flavors.
This was an interesting Imperial Porter....at first, I wasn’t to sure about it...just didn’t quite seem to be all there, a bit off kilter maybe.
As I sat, enjoyed and rated, it became more enjoyable.
My suspicion is that this needs to be served at a bit warmer temp than some other porters for a full experience.
"It was darkly rumoured that the butler, regarding him with favour such as that stern man had never shown before to mortal boy, had sometimes mingled porter with his table beer to make him strong."
Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son, 1848
Handypaul (434) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. If you like effervescent coffee liqueur this is the beer for you. Pours black with a minimal head that’s gone in an instant leaving no lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and wood ash. Taste is very lightly sweet and medium bitter. Medium body, lively to fizzy carbonation (way too much for this beer), burnt malts, bitter chocolate and a long bitter finish. Alcohol is too prominent. I generally like this sort of beer but not this one.
TBone (16191) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught@RNH. Dark black color, small beige head. Chocolate and cocoa in the nose, Medium to full bodied. Lots of milk chocolate, latte, Lingering attacking bitterness in the aftertaste. Nice transition from sweet and roasted to bitter and fruity. Excellent.
Dr_MedievAle (214) - Alabama, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: vanilla, medium roast coffee, cocoa, all in smooth succession. Appearance: espresso body, light brown and foamy head. Taste: sweet vanilla, caramel notes balanced by bitter coffee and bitter dark chocolate. palate: incredibly smooth mouth feel. creamy, like an oatmeal stout, with medium carb. mimics the texture and mouth feel of a barrel aged beer. outstanding.
boydmarq (56) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chewy, chocolatey yumminess. Complex flavors overshadowed a bit by the alcohol. Overall, an outstanding brew
TychoJames (1077) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2013 Flaska från systembolaget . Svart med beigefärgat skum. Doft av vanilj, kaffe och rostad malt. Smaken drar åt mörk choklad, kaffe och vanilj
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2015 Aroma: wood, vanilla at the forefront, fading into coffee and roasted malts. Also present are earth and ash, while caramel tempts and waters the mouth. There’s a prickling alcohol presence, but it blends in with the other notes. The mouthfeel is sublime: perfect combination of a medium-to-viscous body and smooth carbonation. It manages to be as distant from "watery" or "overcarbonated" as it is from "syrupy." On the tongue, it is sweet without being cloying and moderately bitter; it leaves an aftertaste of burnt wood, malts, a motherload of coffee, and just a hint of vanilla. I really wanted it to be a little more vanilla-forward than it is, but then again that’s asking for perfection. It’s a fantastic beer as it is, and I’m glad it finally got to Texas. It’ll be a regular in my fridge for sure.