Hangover (1064) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep, dark pour with a thick tan head. Aroma has chocolate, cherry, bourbon and vanilla. Flavor has a lot of bitter chocolate and bourbon flavors up front. Tart cherry middle. Finish has lingering sour notes. Based on the rating of this beer I think i got a bad bottle.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Originally reviewed: 6/28/09. Beautiful little extra received from JohnGalt1 in a recent trade (BA). Thanks, Toby!
Pours a deep black with hints of ruby on the edges. Big frothy tan head on top that retains wonderfully, leaving gorgeous webbing and lacing all over the glass. Smells of cocoa, coffee, bread, and leather...all there, just not bold.
Mouthfeel is creamy smooth. Dries the mouth a bit on the finish. Not bad for a big Porter. Flavor is of black coffee, fresh bread, licorice, and slight black tea finish. I feel dried out a bit when I drink this one. This is pretty good all around though. I’d have it again.
Indra (2656) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. bottle, Dec. 2011 release. Nose of roasty, almost smoky malts, oak, black bread, earthiness, coffee and cocoa, also shows a very faint dark fruit character in the background. Solid black in color with a fine, lasting, dark tan head. Flavor profile is darkly sweet, roasty and oaky, with suggestions of dark chocolate, coffee, tangy, dark, cherryish fruit and a moderately bitter, surprisingly alcoholic finish that shows faint hints of whiskey. Dry, somewhat prickly and warming on the palate, with a lightly viscous feel and a medium-full body. A little rough around the edges perhaps but it’s sure as hell worth the 3 dollars I paid for it.
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
The usual dark with light tan thin head. Aromas are rather faint for me, but what comes through is a bit of unripe fruitiness and black patent. Like really burnt malt that imparts a sourness, similar to a foreign extra stout but with a little extra extra. Flavor? Yep. A definite sourness pervades. Then I got to wondering if it isn’t the grain bill but the pinot noir aging. Assuming that’s contributing the fruity astringency, I’d be more interested in just the bourbon aged stuff.
JoeTheYounger (1153) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from evilinagoodway. Black pour with tan head. This was roasty with a nice oaked finish. Had some vanilla taste but not much barrel aged going on to me.
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a brown head. Chocolate and malt aroma with light vanilla. Dark malt and light whiskey flavor with light vanilla. Medium bodied. Dark malt and light whiskey notes linger with light earthiness and light oak.
djd07 (3879) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown and ruby hue with small tan head. The aroma is roast and oak. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet malt chocolate and bitter finish. Easy to drink a good Imperial porter from Bridgeport.
cstuartj (1009) - Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark black pour, tan thin head. Nose is sweat, dark fruit and sugar. Taste is a bit then, very sweet with a nice slow finish. Pretty good.
PorterPounder (5704) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Savannah, Ga - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 22 oz bomber. Pours a very dark brownish black with a sticky khaki colored head, nice sticky lacing. Aroma is kind of distant, some vanilla, a brief hint of smoldering wood. Flavor is pleasant, but not overpowering. Pick up some creosote notes, a bit of strong black coffee, some oaky notes. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Decent - but expected just a tad more.
ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle - $6.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a black, inky-looking body with an inch of tan-hued foam.
Smell: Dark chocolate enveloped roasted malt joining a vigorous, vinous fruit aroma atop subtle tannic hints of oak barrel.
Taste: Starts off with a sweet, smooth roastiness introducing dark chocolate and a lively blend of fruits: raisins, plums, and sourish dark cherry. There’s a gentle charred oak character, though never much in the way of a bourbon flavor. Earthy, vaguely spicy hops with a balancing medium-low bitterness. Semi-dry, fruity, faintly roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: I actually found it to be rather likable and quaffable.