comedybeazle (1) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Barley’s Taprooms in Greenville, SC. Pours an almost impenetrable black. Aromas of coffee and heavy cacao on the nose. Has a sweet scent, yet a heavy alcohol presence. First sip was a delight, having a lot more coffee than I had anticipated. Chocolate rolls off the back of the palate and a decent alcohol burn towards the end. Strong for a porter, and very flavorful in general.
bth122 (1365) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the house of 1k. Black color. Aroma Is dominated by coffee beans. Slight cocoa aroma also. Creamy texture. Warming alcohol. Average carbonation. Slight vanilla notes. A real solid coffee porter.
BiereLuc (1170) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Noire avec un mince col de mousse moka. Nez de café crème et de pain grillé. En bouche, le café se donne en spectacle. Mention spéciale pour l’équilibre parfait amertume / acidité / sucré. L’alcool (10%) intensifie les saveurs sans les éclipser; la chaleur se fait surtout sentir en post-goût.
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the tasting room. Near black pour with a foamy beige head. Aroma of espresso roast, bitter chocolate and dark red wine. Taste is very similar but much more bitter and wine-like than I had expected. Bitter coffee finish.
Jcarb28 (97) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014 Pours dark with a tan head. Right off the bat, there are chocolate sweet roast aromas. Full bodied flavors with a very distinct vanilla flavor throughout the drink. Amazing!
Zeswaft (1505) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very attractive pour and aroma. Black body and tan head aroma dominated by cocoa nibs and coffee. Flavor is a little too much alcohol burn and until it gets to room temp thats all you get. Vanilla shows through and i think bourbon barrel but probably because of the higher alcohol.
TimsRatings (421) - - MAR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Raleigh Times.
Sweeeeet...very sweet. The vanilla really comes out in this beer - a bit too strong got my tastes.
Beautiful dark appearance with little head.
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NeuroPliny (232) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery in San Diego. Served in a tulip glass. Rich creamy brown head over blackness. Coffee, molasses, and hazelnut on the nose.
More bitter hoppy notes than the aroma would suggest giving it a nice surprise. This screams coffee and vanilla throughout but it is well balanced with dry hoppy bitterness. Great imperial porter in its greater than expected complexity.
dreadp (13) - toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared a big bottle with Alden down in Dallas (cheers bud!). I do get this beer...HUGE coffee/chocolate/mocha nose and taste with the vanilla arriving afterwards. Make sure you enjoy this one cool; too cold and you’re robbing yourself of the full delicious experience. Boozy; yes, but not overpowering. I initially thought it about 8% ABV, not the 10% it actually is. This brew ruined my palate...don’t think I can go back to enjoying the Fuller’s London Porter like I once did! And...we found this brew in the grocery store!
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery in San Diego, served in a tulip. Pours deep chestnut with a moderate, rocky tan head that mostly remains and leaves a small amount of fine lace. On the nose there are big notes of coffee and roasted malts, along with a touch of smoke and a hint of chocolate. The flavour is assertive, but well balanced between medium-sweet with roasted malts and moderate coffee and hop bitterness. The finish is long and roasty with coffee and resinous hops. On the palate, it is medium-full in body with a dryish texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice imperial porter; it is complex and roasty, but has a nice blend of assertive hops. 2013-03-22