Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Received in trade. Pours black with a three finger tan fluffy head. Smell strong Baltic porter with some sweet vanilla, some roast. Taste FANTASTIC, strong vanilla and roast up front, coffee on the tail. Bit of alcohol but not overpowering. Best Impy Porter Iíve had so far.
BHeart (72) - - AUG 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely drenched in coffee, vanilla, and chocolate aroma and taste. Dark brown, frothy head. Super rich, smooth, huge boozy kick at the end, almost like its bourbon barrel aged. Perhaps some raisin.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Theydon_Bois (16623) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2014 Re-rated at Ballast Point Tasting Room, Little Italy, 13/11/14.
Needed to tone down early amateur rating of 5.0 !!!
Still a solid imperial, lots of coffee and tempered well with roasted notes, drinks way under the ABV.
RR to 4.4.
Poured from a 22oz/650ml bottle into a growler (drank Aprí12) , thanks to Bruce for packing this in his case and shifting it 6,000 miles for me!!!
Looks a real treat - pours a rich black with a decent beige/tan head after a straight glass/vigourous pour into a Belgian snifter. Head thins after a minute but retains. Lots of lacing above the beer line.
Served at room temperature.
Great smelling beer - coffee hits you immediately and when you withdraw your nose and savour the full spectrum you get the vanilla breaching through, sweet chocolate and malts.
Everything I want from an Imperial Porter in the taste! Chocolate, coffee, sweet and roasted malts and a decent hunk of vanilla in there. Iíve had a few vanilla porters where you just donít get that íVí hit, but here you have no choice !!! A well balanced beer packing flavours and strength but disguising them all well.
The mouthfeel is perfection for a beer of this ilk. Full bodied with a little carbonation, every mouthful makes you return.
One of the best beers Iíve had and in my favourite style - the all 5 rating is a real one off but for me this is how it should be as it is right up there for me!!!
Huhzubendah (3440) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottle was a gift from drabmuh. Thanks Matt!
A: A flawless appearance. The beer is jet black and completely opaque. There is a dense, thick, foamy head of a dark tan color. The head retention is great and the glass is coated in lacing.
S: Fresh coffee beans. I am a coffee drinker, and I appreciate the aroma of fresh coffee. We are off to a great start with this beer. Also noted are scents of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol.
T: The beer tastes great. The coffee is more present than the vanilla. The beer leads off with coffee and segues to vanilla and chocolate intertwined in roasted malt. Very impressive. As good as it is, I wish Ballast Point would use authentic vanilla instead of natural flavors. This beer is so close to being amazing. Itís the little things that often make the biggest difference.
M: The beer is very flavorful and smooth. The 10% alcohol is disguised very well. Itís creamy and thick, with the perfect carbonation level.
D: Itís so good, Iím drinking it too fast, but not as fast as last time (see notes). This stuff can catch up to you quickly. I thoroughly enjoy this beer. Iím taking down the bomber by myself tonight, as I have been really looking forward to a good night to enjoy it, but honestly, itís probably best shared a few ways.
Note: Chugging this beer midway through an epic tasting can lead to immediate and irreversible intoxication (even if your friend grills you chicken in the middle of the night) and palate wrecking, causing the imbiber to not be able to differentiate Kate the Great from Alpha Kong. Seriously.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-23-2010
tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thin off white head. Aroma is rich, coffee mostly. Roasted malts, mild sweetness. Flavor is more vanilla with coffee, roasted malts, caramel, marshmallow perhaps. Medium body with decent lacing.
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Brickstore Anniversary party. Pours black with decent tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, sweet vanilla and roasted malt. Tastes are espresso and chocolate, but the vanilla creeps in and really accomodates. Nice full bodied. Overall, a very nice brew that hides the booze and just balances the heavy coffee and chocolate with the delicate vanilla flavors.
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle
Opening one of two bottles on a quiet evening I found myself faced with a solid imperial porter. The next one may not last long as I continue to whittle down the cellar to a more manageable size. If Ballast Point were available locally I might purchase some other releases from time to time.
Aroma / Appearance - The inky black base slinks into the glass along with a soft cocoa head. Hops, sweet cocoa powder, coffee, and a generous cup of genuine hot chocolate simmer below the surface. Topping it all is a generous dollop of whipped cream.
Flavor / Palate - Subdued hops are probably a result of waiting a few months to open this. The cocoa and black coffee emerge over time. A dash of malt highlights the smooth dry finish. This is a well rounded and robust release that deserves the respect it seems to be getting.
ICEatALAMO (1299) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a coffee color with a nice brown head that fades, but lingers. The aroma is full of roasted malt, some coffee and sweet notes. The coffee and malt hit you right away. Very full bodied beer. Finishes strong and clean. A great porter.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
65cl, American brew, with vanilla and coffee, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex sweet Porter, roasted/sweet and slightly spicy, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, good head, top class!, yet expensive
Lashton529 (7) - - JUN 14, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured out of a 22 ounce bottle. Nice dark color with a dark brown head. You can definitely taste the roasted coffee. I would have another if given a chance.