nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle, I’m usually not one for the imperial taste, but this one is excellent. Black pour, small tan head, aroma of roasted nut hops,, taste of roasted vanilla, chocolate malts, earthy tones (maybe from the coffee flavors). Well balanced, complexity, warming alcohol, nice brew from Ballast.
bmerz (740) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught. black, syrupy, and little head. The aroma is just sweet vanilla and mediocre coffee. The flavor is way too sweet and bad flavored coffee bitter. Texture is slick with little life and a little drying end. This is terribly balanced and ill conceived. flavored coffee is gross and imperial porters don’t work as a style t
Beerenberger (1567) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of rich coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. An opaque blackish brown pour with a rapidly dissipating tan head and abundant lacing. The taste is amazing! Dark roasted coffee up front, a hoppy bitterness in the middle, and a vanilla chocolatety finish. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Overall, another Ballast Point success!
Gegrographer (21) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pitch black from the bottle, one can definitely taste the intermingling of the coffee and vanilla throughout, pretty crisp tasting with minimal aftertaste
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Roasty malty, coffee, and a more subtle vanilla aroma. Taste is coffee up front, a little alcohol heat, and vanilla on the finish. Moderate amount of carbonation and little to no head. Overall one of my favorite porters and definitely one I’d recommend.
barn0216 (515) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very black color, not much head, moderate lacing. Smell of coffee and vanilla, somewhat faint though. Taste is same with more prominent dark chocolate flavor present and warming alcohol. Bitter finish. Very good.
radio_nowhere (1214) - Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2015 Draft at Alewife in Baltimore. Dark black with brown head. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, chocolate and roasty malt. Taste has big flavor and thick. Oily creamy mouth-feel with dry finish. Very good stuff.
Chudwick (2478) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - pours black with light brown head and good lacing. Nose is dark coffee. Flavor adds chocolate, vanilla, very bitter. Big body.
DesertDevil (655) - Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Whole Foods Chandler’s Watering Hole. Pours the shade of a cloudless midnight sky with a two-finger cardboard-color head. Big vanilla nose (more like vanilla syrup as opposed to the bean) complemented by a deep espresso aroma. The taste goes perfectly from vanilla to chocolate malts to coffee with a subtle touch of molasses. Velvety slick texture with a refreshing long finish. I can’t get enough of this brew.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Simply beautiful on the pour. Opaque with a pillowy head.
Aroma is coffee and roasty with hint of vanilla & chocolate. A twist cone of soft ice cream. Ice cream with no sugar. A real macchiato....espresso with a touch of foam on top. Palate is very dry!
Hoppy finish. Lovely body. I do love a porter but this one is maybe a tad too bitter for me.