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BridgePort Raven Mad Imperial Porter

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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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This is a blend of whiskey barrel aged Porter with a batch of unbarreled Stout. It has a maximum of roasty malt flavor, hop bitterness, wood/oak overtones and bourbon-vanilla notes.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocJitsu (1020) - Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Pours a dark brown and a gigantic, rich tan head. A lot of cherry on the nose. Medium roasted malt and a medicinal aroma in the nose as well. Moderately thick mouthfeel. Flavors approximate the nose.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5767) - Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle sample from a 2012 tasting. Pours dark brown in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, char, bourbon, wood, vanilla, earthy notes, hint of chocolate, flavors are decent, but the body is thin and at times seems a bit watery.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imaena (1868) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle. This is a really nicely roasted porter with some serous dryness edging on bitterness going on. Dark chocolate, dark unripe stone fruit, and a faint hint of bourbon. Very interesting brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Appearance: Pours like liquid obsidian under a tight crema head that fades into a thin blanket. Swirls with a few arcs of lace.
Nose: Lots of black root. Whole green peppercorns. Pumpernickel. Figs and prunes. Twigs and Autumn leaves. Slight tart lactic twang along the sides.
Palate: Fleshy meaty prunes and dates in the middle with vinous tannic notes along the edges. Oily tobacco and wood varnish notes in the middle. A bit leathery and papery underneath. Quick nip of lactic sourness in the very back swallow.
Final Thoughts: A unique beer that is a blend of whiskey barrel aged porter and un-barreled stout that ultimately reminded me of a Baltic Porter. I enjoyed the slight lactic tang but it doesnít quite fit with the style which lands on Imperial/Strong Porter. Good but the recipe could use a few tweaks.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3359) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2013
22oz bottle 8/13/13 (Binnyís Naperville)-40į in Shaker-Pours black with ruby tints. Aroma of sweetness, vanilla, chocolate, oak, and slight coffee. Taste of malt, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, oak, and slight sweetness. This medium bodied brew is not too shabby. I feel a little light in the body and lacking more of the barrel aged characteristics.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 28, 2013
A - Pours black with red highlights when held to the light. An active 1.5 fingers of cola head. S - Roasted malts, vanilla, oak, coffee beans, dark chocolate, raisins, bourbon comes out more and more as it warms. T - Follows the nose with roasted malts, roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, smoked oak is present as well as some bourbon booziness. Thereís an unknown fruity character. Leafy hops provide bitterness and finishes very dry. M - Moderate carbonation, light to medium body, somewhat creamy, warming. Very interesting beer. The components work together and do not overpower each other. The bourbon compliments the coffee and chocolate. Serving type: bottle 01-22-2012

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 1/20
Boothead (26) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Pours a thick black. Not much aroma to speak of, but what there is is slightly roasty. Although it is a 50/50 split between porter and stout, the porter seems to overwhelm. Very slight carbonation bite--mostly flat.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1416) - Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2012
From 22 ounce bottle. Oakey, smokey aroma and flavor. Opened up nicely after being a little too strong. Overall pleasing beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shiva109 (2) - USA - NOV 22, 2012 does not count
I may need to come back to this one; the smell of fish sauce from dinner is overpowering everything else in the house. Sorry, aroma score. What I can gather: vanilla and whiskey barrels and a woody thing going on not unlike a campfire. That makes sense since this half of this beer was aged with oak. Visually, Things I can tell: A) The color is raven dark, and the head runs away at a Jamaican runnerís speed. Shoom! B) Lack of bubbles on the ring, but thereís some La Brea stuff going on in the middle of the pond. Hot! Lookiní good, Raven! Iím not a huge barrel aged guy; theyíre usually too sweet. This is not. There is a sweetness to it, but Bridgeport has done a rather fine job blending the barrel sweets with the oak wood (almost smokey). Taste reminds me of gathering wood on a wet, cloudy day with a reward glass of whiskey sitting on the rail of the deck that gets a sip after each pile accumulated. Thereís definitely a strong alcohol essence going on too. Earthy. Palate. The whiskey likes to hang out in the center of the tongue and leave some barrel flavor behind. The liquid dissipates quickly; itís not a thick beer. Upper middle of the logging road in terms of thickness. I referenced a logger road because itís woody. Quite easy to drink. Syrupy residuals and then gone. itís still a lighter, as in less dense, porter. Itís a satisfying beer at 7.5%, but itís not blowing me away with the flavor. I like the less sweet compared to other barrel aged beers, yes, and the oakís nice. The beer they started with was around average, and even with all the smokey and woody bells and whistles, itís still an above average beer.

2.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2012 Very dark brown with a big brown head. Aroma of sweet roasted malts and whiskey. Taste is sour with lots sweet roasted malts. Roasty finish. Too sour I ended up pouring it out.


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