tom10101 (5273) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (22 oz) 2012. Traded by Reynold314, thanks Matt! Dark brown (almost black) with a medium brown head and huge lacing. Aroma of vanilla,roasted malt and coffee. Taste is about the same with slight caramel notes. Medium body. Alcohol is well hidden. This Imperial Porter is super tasty and pleasant to drink, but not very complex (vanilla/coffee) and pretty straightforward.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at Coles, Buffalo. dark pour, tan head. roast, vanilla, coffee notes in both aroma and flavor. very drinkable at 10%. Fuller bodied. Very nice porter
crajun (1176) - , Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to glass. Nice roasted aroma with small amount of vanilla. Dark dark pour with beige head. Taste is smooth with slight vanilla. I found the roasted flavor to be too strong. Really was more charred than roasted
rougeau13 (2595) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, with a moderate light brown head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, and light roast. Taste is rich with some sweetness and tons of coffee and dark chocolaty bitterness. Pretty full bodied and creamy with a mild alcohol sting. Excellent.
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 (741) - 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 (1601) - 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 (537) - 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.