Kinz (3103) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, brown at the edges. Aroma is absolutely fantastic, blend of vanilla and some coffee. Great. Could sniff this all night. Flavor is a match. Vanilla and astringency is the tiniest bit too high for me to go totally up for this, but it is a heck of a good beer. Richmond 10th, courtesy of stevo.
Butters (3562) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Maniacís Richmond Tenth Gathering. Nice dark brown pour with some brown head. Nose is not a particularly good coffee for my taste. But the flavor is great. Vanilla and coffee blend nicely. Lots of roast, almost burnt. Tasty. Awesome label art to boot!
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle courtesy of decaturstevo. Thanks! Pours a dark brown color with a thin head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of rich dark coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is dark roasted malts, caramel, rich coffee and fairly strong vanilla notes, which as a vanilla freak I enjoy greatly. Some leather notes as well. Medium-full bodied.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep brownish black with a large light brown head. Aroma is vanilla beans, coffee, chocolate, roasted barley. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, roasted grains, cocoa nibs, a touch of vanilla. Good amount of chocolate and coffee bitterness but not too chalky like many coffee beers. The coffee is very present and compliments the beer nicely. Good stuff.
phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from a trade with fidelis83- thanks, Jeremiah! Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head. Aroma is heavy on coffee and vanilla, with notes of chocolate, roasted malts, earthy hops, and brown sugar. The flavor is also coffee and vanilla (this thing delivers what it promises), and also has some earthy notes, hops, roasted malts, and chocolate. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a flat cola mouthfeel. The vanilla pops more and more as this gets lower and warmer, and the alcohol is hidden. This was the 8th beer of 10 in a tasting I held for some friends, and we paired it with some homemade brownies; turned out to be a great dessert beer. I could also do it with dinner, but it would have to be a hearty, simple meal. Great imperial porter.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Samís in Durham. Nice to see this one available around here. Pours nice and black with a softly foamy light mocha head. Nose is beautiful... lots of vanilla, for sure, but not just mild vanilla spice -- more like the bean. Fruity in a way I didnít expect. Some chocolate and coffee. But this is different than most imperial stouts/porters. Canít get over how fruity the vanilla character is. Silky smooth palate. Yum.
gorditoabd (606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampler at the brewery. Aroma is coffee and leather. These two are so strong in the nose that the vanila gets shouted down. Flavor is outstanding; smokey, strongly of rich dark coffee beans, leather, cocoa, and vanilla. Just plain awesome.
MrBunn (2320) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Ballast Point. This was a very pleasant surprise. Dark brown pour with a little bit of a beige/tan head and aromas of coffee and leather. First sip reveals much more, however... loads of coffee and chocolate up front (but itís got a fairly creamy texture and not abrasive at all) with a vanilla and cream flavor showing up in the finish. Amazing stuff...
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Simply outstanding. One of the best porters Iíve ever had. The aroma is terrific. Coffee grind, vanilla, and chocolate. The taste is something to behold as well. The first sip is very much like a coffee stout, but finishes like a porter. Sweet and robust. Full of flavor, that lingers on the tongue well after it has gone down.
bhensonb (9811) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beverages4Less. Pours black with a 3-finger tan head. Aroma of coffee. Full bodied with creamy carbonation Coombination of coffe and vanilla leads to a nice dose of bitter chocolate. Just excellent.