Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of KimJohansen. Pours black with a warm reddish/orangey note and a creamy light brown head. Hard roasted malts in the nose. Solid body, massive hard roasted malt - almost charcoal - that eventually manages to battle and win the cloyingly sweet and unpleasant vanilla notes. Ends with a warming alcohol and a massive malt bitterness - almost astringent. 141109
MiP (12839) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 10%. Vinous aroma, a little fresh coffee and some vanilla. Almost black colour, red shine. Distinct vanilla flavour, sweet, but not as sweet as other barrel aged ones. Distinct alcohol note, a bit rough, but balances the vanilla and sweetness off nicely.
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, thanks nimbleprop. Medium tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, light sugar, vanilla, roast. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, some vanilla, alcohol, light roast. Smooth medium-full body with low carbonation.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the release of Flaming Fury. Pours black with a medium tanned beige head. Coffee and vanilla abound. A touch of acrid bitterness keeps the coffee and vanilla from being overpowering and the result is delicious. Very smooth, and very tasty.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Stefanje, iirc. Pours a nice black/brown with a dark tan head. Nose is peanuts, cordial cherries, ovaltine and roast. Taste jumps out like dark rum laced with cocoa and vanilla, finishing remarkably dry for as sweet as it is going in. Damn this is some fine stuff.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing porter with tons of redeeming qualities. Large frothy brown head forms on top of a thick, black body which leaves plenty of hearty lacing. Abundant aroma of roasted nuts, vanilla, cherries, chocolate, and a great woody after scent. Sweet and creamy with a filling and sturdy body. Very malty flavor dominated by dark roasted goodness. Plenty of dark fruits with hints of black strap molasses, coffee and cream as well as a subtle chocolate flavor.
HonkeyBra (2857) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at GABF. This was one of the highlights. Black pour with creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, light roast. Flavor is smooth: nice dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Really, really tasty. Smooth, delicious beer.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2009 Sampled at GABF several times over and also at Boonville, once out of the bottle, then again on tap at Rose & Crown in Palo Alto. Pours black with a small creamy tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and roast. Flavor is incredible with fresh, creamy, chocolatey mocha, vanilla, and some caramel and roasted malt. Great balance. This is pretty much to imperial porters what Sculpin is to IPAs. Medium-full body with a smooth palate, somewhat low carbonation, and only mild coffee astringency. Overall an amazing beer.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to alexanderj. Black pour with very little head. Aroma is strong coffee grounds, some bitter chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor is pretty acidic, mostly from the coffee flavor; vanilla is noticable, and there is just a sliver of sweetness. Bitter coffee aftertaste. I thougth the coffee was a little too overpowering in this.
drjay44 (2339) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitcher pour at 2009 GABF. Pours a tiny mocha head, over a black/brown (SRM 38) clear body....nose of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, minimal hop tones....taste heavy coffee, chocolate, cocoa with loads of vanilla....mouth feel thick heavy, carbonation added creaminess. A big, heavy, rich, satisfying brew. Tasting 9/26/09.