BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very alcoholic aroma, but a rich raspberry chocolate flavor, some caramel as well. Dark brown color.
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This sample was bottled off of a growler. Potent aroma, very fruity, lots of higher alcohols, rich chocolate. Intense flavor, very sweet, caramel and chocolate, lots of alcohol. Full bodied and syrupy, warming. Very nice. Thanks to Silphium!
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 (Dark Knight) First of all, HUGE props go out to Footbalm for getting me this beer. Tasted side by side with its non-aged brother, Alfred’s Porter. 12oz hand bottled bottle. 54.6°. NB worthy glass. Poured a dark, dark black color with no head to speak of except for some bubbles and a slight khaki-colored haze. Upon swirling, I find it coats the glass. You can smell the bourbon barrel on the nose. Along with the dark malt, you pick up the wood with its vanilla and woodsy flavors with some sourish notes early on. Flavor is overly influenced by the barrel. The flavor is very woodsy, with an abundance of oakish tannins. Sourish dark malt comes through at first; then the hops impart their flavor, giving a spicy feel. The finish is more of the same barrel flavors, the wood and to a lesser extent, vanilla, with some hops coming through and fading into roasty barrel flavors. The barrel flavors, in this beer, overwhelm its great flavor. Nice mouthfeel. The Alfred’s Porters was much more complex and was a clear favorite. I finished the last few sips @ 63°; it had a huge alcoholic burn.
Pailhead (6144) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Great aroma. Malt, wine, vanilla, and oatmeal cookie. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, with almost no head (just tiny bubbles around the edges). Lightly sweet up front. Lots of chocolate in the middle. Light coffee in the finish that lingers into the aftertaste. Wine makes it’s presence in the middle, but really fades in the finish. There’s a light alcohol burn in the finish. Thanks to Styles for sharing this great brew. Excellent!!
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark brown with no head....aroma is of roasted coffee, coffee, alcohol, nuts, and cream; flavor is of nuts, coffee, chocolate, milk, with a wonderful aftertaste (slight alcohol to the flavor)...perfect smooth and creamy palate....ive concluded that imperial porters are my favorite style
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand-bottled from growler and sent my way via Zac (hellomynameis)- thanks for this gem! Deep brown/black body, thin cream head. Substantial aroma of bourbon (oak, vanilla), charred malts, licorice, and molasses. The flavor hits hard with immediate bourbon fire, soon subsiding and leaving pockets of ethanol on the palate. Hiding behind the barrel heat are chocolate notes that give way to hints of fermented dark fruits, molasses, and coffee, finishing with a touch of circus peanuts, leather, and salt. Very faint carbonation. This beer is one inky morass. It’s very good, too.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Home bottled by footbalm courtesy of badgerben - thanks for the opportunity to sample this one guys! Ths pours absolutely opaque, black and viscous with virtually no head, save for a thn ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma is dominated by chocolate, coffee and alcohol aromas. Flavor is a sweet syrupy mix of overripe dark dried fruity malts, dark chocolate and espresso with a definite alcohol twang. Interestingly enough, it leaves a relatively dry taste in the mouth. Mouth feel is full bodied with no carbonation and a rich, lubricious quality. Might be better fresh from the tap at Barley Johns, but this was still a memorable beer experience. Thanks again Ben.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh my Oh my, what a beer. Thanks a lot go out to BrooklynBoy (Edward). Okay, here is the deal, Baltic Porters just dont do it for me. In fact, In many cases I would rather just be kicked in the back of the head than drink a Porter anything. Sure, I have had good ones before but after having this, I dont think that I really enjoyed those past ones. This is the absolute-unquestioned champion of porters. In fact, just get rid of all other porters because they just dont have the right to exist up next to this thing. Now, onto the rating. Dark as night with a thin tan head. The nose was wow alcohol with a huge blow of malts and fruit (cherry syrup). The taste is alcohol through and through with oak and bourbon floating around in there. Alcohol destroys the body very heavy but great. Maybe too much for some people, but the way this thing goes I dont think you can have enough. I am in awe with this thing.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a growler. Pours out jet black. Delayed tan head. Aroma was intensely alcoholic, notes of chocolate and vanilla and some cherry. Almost no carbonation, medium to full bodied. Smooth and almost syrupy in the mouth. The taste was more of spirits than beer. That warm feeling in the esophagus as it goes down. Taste of dark chocolate and whiskey. This was a good drink but way too expensive.
jgb9348 (5321) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown coloured body with a thin light brown head that stays for the duration of the beer. Aroma of pure scotch (whiskey), roasted malt and strong wood (oak). Medium-bodied; Strong oaky flavour with scotch and toffee floating by. Overall, one of the best beers of the evening and one I was really happy i got to sample! Thank you to whomever brought this beer-I never got to thank you in person! I sampled this beer poured from tap into a twelve ounce bottle (if my memory serves me correctly) at the November RB party at Founder’s in Alexandria, Virginia on 20-November-2004.