elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, best by October 17, 2013. Served at around 45F and allowed to warm.
Pours thick black with a small light brown head that leaves some spotty lacing behind and recedes to a light cap and ring.
Aroma is big and bold vanilla and coffee, in fact those two are so strong I’m having a hard time picking up much else, maybe some underlying notes of roasted malts, chocolate and caramel. Excellent strength.
Flavor starts with a big wave of vanilla, moving towards some dark baker’s chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, a little dark fruit, very little hop presence, moderate sweetness, some alcohol but well integrated at this level of ABV. Really tasty.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, rich, creamy, somewhat sticky, good carbonation.
Man, this stuff is delicious! A vanilla bomb! Such a treat to get to try this. One of my customers brought me a bottle after a trip to the West Coast, so a big shout-out to Mark for this one!
Rando7 (777) - Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours thick black with beautiful firm thick chocolate head. Aroma chocolate and dark fruits. Taste chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roast, ash, some malty sweetness especially as it warms. Finish prolonged roast and unsweetened chocolate, some alcohol burn. Finish of chocolate brownies at times, palate thick and creamy.
Outstanding imperial porter worthy of the name.
ANGRYCPA (50) - - NOV 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Pours a pitch black with thin tan head. Has a nice coffee grind and vanilla aroma that is heavenly. Smells like candy. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Virtually no trace of the 10% abv which is amazing. Lingering finish. Amazing stuff, wish they made it year round.
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jstraw (1951) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with big, creamy, brown head / Strong nose of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate / Medium to full body, inky and intense, sweet and cloying, malty, with some hop balance and bitter finish / Strong flavors of cold coffee, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, and caramel / Probably for those who like flavored coffee, but for me, too cloying, too much vanilla, and not enough hops.
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours a nice black, good light head, aroma is lots of vanillia and flavour is so as well, this one had a nice roasty body, overall very smooth and flavourful, tasty offering
ekstedt (6234) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (bomber), courtesy of tkrjukoff. Black with beige head. Strong roasted coffee aroma, vanilla, salmiak and gunpowder. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Semi dry with medium bitterness.
_angst_ (4128) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of tkrjukoff. Pours black with a frothy dark chocolate head that slowly dissipates while leaving some trace and lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, vanilla essence, liquorice root, alcohol, roasted nuts and dark honey. Taste is sweet with roasted malts, vanilla essence, "American" coffee, bitter chocolate, alcohol, toffee, hazelnut skins and hints of bergamot. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet and slightly bitter with roasted malts, vanilla fudge, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate and hints of grass. Good but was a bit put off by the intense vanilla.
rlgk (15805) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at USA comes to Skövde. Pitch black beer with a nice brownish head. Coffee and vanilla aroma, hay, peat notes, dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla fudge, raisins, milk, licorice, roasted, almost burnt, bitter notes, caramel. Vanilla flavor, coffee beans, licorice, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, hay, peat notes, fruity, raisins, caramel notes.
Dazz3 (1704) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at UCTS testing. Pours pitch black with a big brown head. Smells vanilla, roasted malt and coffee. Tastes vanilla and smoky roasted malt.
larsniclas (6337) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at USSkovde
Black. Almost no head.
Coffee and coffee-beans in the aroma.
Loads of sweet vanilla in the flavour. Coffee and milky chocolate.
Light body, low bitterness.
Too much vanilla.