sebwaw (16) - POLAND - MAR 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, served in snifter. Pours deep black (like crude oil) with moderate, a little bit brown head. Looks very encouraging. Aroma is rich, but mostly caramel, coffee, dried fruits, some toffee and roasted malts. Very pleasant, however, not too intense to be frank. Full-bodied, in the beginning seems quite sweet, but finish is definitely bitter and long. Beer is very silky and smooth with lots dark chocolate taste, I expected some sourness, but didnt find one. Soft carbonation and well-hidden alcohol makes it easier to drink. Overall, its not the top imperial porter, but being reasonably priced makes it great choice. I definitely buy another one on the occasion.
GraveAtSea (139) - Lublin, POLAND - MAR 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color, against the light dark brown. Small brown head, lacing glass. Aroma: roasted dark malts, coffee, coffee beans, dark chocolate, dark fruits like plums, raisins little intense, but nice. Taste: coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee liqueur. Semi-dry, slight acidity and bitter from dark malts. Medium body with medium carbonation, a bit watery but smooth. Warming coffee finish. Good beer, well drinkable.
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @All My Vinyl Tasting, Edinburgh. Pours brown, nose of coffee and oak. Taste of chocolate, spices/pepper warming alcohol without it being overkill, nice, v.nice.
Ragnampiza (386) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - MAR 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle from ArtigianBeer served in nonic pint glass. Dark brown with a decent light beige head which doesn’t last very long, leaving no lacing. On the nose watered down coffee, cocoa powder, lots of vanilla and almost rhum notes, toasted malts and a mild hint of smoke. Good taste, silky smooth with the same coffee and chocolate notes, but with an interesting hoppy aftertaste. Nice and pleasent bitterness. Unfortunately, it’s way over carbonated, reducing the drinkability and the overall experience with this beer. It gets tolerable after a lot of swirling, but not satisfying enough. Medium body and oily texture, well masked alchool. So so.
Defreni (2603) - Husum, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaske> Lidt for soed imperial porter. Igen bare hvad man kan forvente, Ikke noget ud over det saedvanlige. Fin oel men ikke mere.
allmyvinyl (3140) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown, thin tan head. Rich aromas, roast coffee, treacle, wood. Lots of dark fruit on the taste and a light sourness which works really well. Surprised this wasn’t barreled at all. Good stuff.
McNeillR (1140) - SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy fazed light brown, no head. Light oakiness, un-stewed laphsong smokiness. Oaky dryness, token smoked but very rich. Impressively imperial. Chunk oiliness, soft and peppery. Tight coffee bitterness on the finish. Vee nice.
Bottle, James via Beers Of Europe, All My Vinyl Tasting
JohnRMurdoch (3246) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
330ml bottle from Hipo Beers. Almost black, good head. Resin coffee alcohol aroma. Toasted coffee flavour. Sour treacle alcohol aftertaste. Tasles like many of BrewDog’s strong beers. Not my thing.
oliodnb (277) - ITALY - FEB 17, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2014 Black beer, beautiful thick creamy beige head. Smells of roasted malts and coffee, taste is very rich with a pleasant sour finish. Slightly bitter palate with some coffee and chocolate. I couldn?t honestly tell the difference between an Imperial Porter like this and a Stout.
Moscicki (129) - Tarnow, POLAND - FEB 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh, I like this one mainly for the complex and multilayered aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, toffee and caramel. I like how it changes when a drink changes temperature. Pours deep black with nice brown head. The taste is sweet, body is full, palate is very oily and sticky. You feel as if you were eating this beverage. Soft carbonation makes this beer very drinkable which in combination with 8.5% can end up really bad.
Nice slow sipper, I would pair it with carrot cake or with chocolate muffins.