QuezXLV (415) - Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very black body with lasting tan suds. Aroma is of roasted coffee beans. A little oily on the palate and light. Alcohol well hidden. Taste is bitter and the vanilla is not noticeable to me, but enjoyable.
ByTheirLimpin (102) - New York, USA - FEB 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared a bottle. Jet black in the glass. Direct sunlight didn’t penetrate this. Lofty caramel head. Nose is all about the coffee. Sweet smelling with some milk chocolate. First taste is coffee, cacao, roasted malt, sweet but not overly. Warming boozy finish in the belly. Very smoothly balanced and tasty malts. Well done.
seymour (1800) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12oz longneck bottle into a snifter goblet, opaque dark brown colour, reddish when held to the light, with beige foam, short-lived but lots of lace. Exactly what you’d expect from an Imperial Porter with Coffee and Vanilla: roasty, toasty, boozy, hop resin, stone fruit esters, etc. I live the grainbill and coffee aspects okay, but the vanilla is too strong for my taste, and it’s a bit too acidic and alcoholic to consider truly balanced. Full-bodied, moderate carbonation, strong bittersweet aftertaste which remains over-powered by vanilla to the end. Worsened as it warmed. Intense, ballsy, I get why people love it so but I’m sure I’d enjoy the base porter at a tamer abv more.
donandres (135) - , Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle poured to wine glass, enjoyed with cheese, mixed nuts, crackers
Appearance: dark brown to black appearance in wine glass, deep brownish red color is viewed against the light, minimal head
Aroma: strong green coffee bean smell, not like brewing coffee, vanilla is not noticeable
Taste: Toasted malt taste, with hint of coffee, dominant lingering alcohol afterwards
Overall: Excellent beer, one of the best porters i have had
Nejhleader (1407) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice brew. Has a nice dark malt aroma. Is a creamy body. Has a hooch chocolate and coffee taste with some toast malt.
Whatup14 (1269) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille 355ml. Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka foncée riche et crémeuse laissant une superbe dentelle. Arôme de vanille, café froid, malt torréfié. Goût de café, vanille, malt torréfié, bonne amertume, alcool, chocolat noir en fin de bouche. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen.
saltyseadog (17) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 2, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Prairie Trail Hy-Vee, in a Sam Smith pint glass. Aromas of roasted malts and medium-roast coffee and coffee grounds masking undertones of vanilla bean and something curious like wet cement. Massive creamy, bubbly head to match or even surpass a perfectly poured pint of Guinness, dissolving quickly into generous lacing. Short-lived effervescence on the glass. Significantly roastier flavor than aroma, dark-roast coffee and dark chocolate up front, roasty malted barley in the middle with lingering chocolate bitterness and vanilla bean on the finish. Full-bodied and creamy, to all outward appearances the carbonation should be more than sufficient, but the mouthfeel still seems heavy and flat for this type of beer. Would benefit from more carbonation or more vanilla. A nice looking beer and fairly textbook example of a roasty stout. Doesn’t seem as special or unique as its score here had me expecting, and doesn’t benefit from the addition of the vanilla beans as several other brews I’ve reviewed lately. At least the price is competitive.
hype (38) - - FEB 1, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great coffee flavor! Like it a lot! Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
flying_pig (1304) - SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle from Brewdog online shop:
An excellent imperial porter with a strong alcohol kick & lots of flavour, particularly at the end when a warming alcohol kick came through. Well-balanced with nice coffee & vanilla flavours on top of the dark malts & roasted flavours, it was an outstanding beer & one of the better porters I’ve tried so far, although Orkney Porter probably still comes out on top.
dbertles (2) - Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2016 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great dark beer with a nice head. The beer is smooth and very flavorful, but no hoppy bitterness.
knasputte78 (284) - SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Svart med ett litet gult skum. Trevlig doft med rostade toner och kallt kaffe. Bra len smak, vaniljen och kaffet ger en fin känsla. Lätt trots hög alkohol, bra porter
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