ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Pours a dark black with a hint of brown and a finger of frothy chocolate-khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, coffee, vanilla, smoke, oak, red wine, black licorice, dark fruits, and some booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some vanilla, dark fruits, and black licorice. Through the middle, oak and red wine come through with some good smoke and some coffee. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, red wine, smoke, vanilla, oak, coffee, black licorice, and dark fruits with some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a smokey, sweet, and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. The red wine really adds some nice complex flavors on top of the big base porter and balances it out.
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that I took to Blippsmas! Pours a deep black with a thin to medium sized beige tan head. Huge peaty rubbery smoke. Medium-bodied, a bit of vinous barrel, chocolate, roast, huge smoke that lingers long into the finish. Wood, a bit of roast, chocolate, lingering campfire smoke. For some reason I never had this three years ago when it came out and the bottle has sitting in my cellar since then. Still a ton of smoke, quite lovely.
blipp (7904) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Big smoked malts, lighter sweetness, light barrel presence, faint notes of the wine, with lingering chocolate and smoked malts. Good stuff.
merc7186 (2875) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Off White Head, Some Lacing
S: Dark Malts, Mild Red Wine
T: Merlot, Dark Mildly Roasted Malts, Mild Chocolate
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter
Overall, a very nice mildly wine barrel porter, even balanced.
Marheb (4564) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extase de feu de camp, chocolat au lait, torréfaction, tanin délicat et une finale où le vin rouge se superpose à merveille au bois brûlé.
TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from dmac. Thanks, dude. Shared in succession with the deyholla agenda. Pours a richer deep blackish brown hue, opaque qualities, with deeper hues. Frothy tannish head laces as a ring, mellow lacing. Aromas are oaky and smokey, some campfire, oak, toffee. Gentle cherrywood and some peaty elements connect. Some oak, gentle tannic oak, red wine. Initial is medium bodied, a touch bigger with some toasty malts, gentle roast. Nicer red wine elements, oak is more mellow. Less oxidized with some red wine oak, gentle tannic grape. The red wine barrel really integrates well, smokey elements into middle and backend. Some cocoa, roast, and toffee. Caramel, biscuits, and toast. Backend is a bit more roasty, some cocoa, and red wine. Gentle yet inviting tannic presence. Backend is a bit dry, toasty, and some red wine. A bit toasty, oaky, vanilla, and some nice roasty qualities, red wine and tannic prsence lingers, not assertive. Really well integrated flavors. Best of the the 3 Imperial Oak versions.
deyholla (9913) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Adam, thanks! Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of smoke with some dark grains and just a bit of underlying bourbon. Flavor is similarly smokey throughout with a bit of bourbon and some dark grains.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A very smoky roasted black ale with very well integrated oaky vinous flavors. Very good.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed approximately one year after its release (first and only batch so far). Bottle from my man Jay as part of the gift-set.
The look: Black body topped by a persistent small bubbly tan head.
In long: Nose is heavily smoky (campfire), burnt cereals, fruity notes. Taste has a crisp and highly roasted malts reminiscent of burnt croissant, well integrated flavor of very woody red wine, nice oak, fruity notes going beyond red-wine, unexplainable light cinnamon bun sensation. Very barrel treatment quite obviastringent finish. The ous but somehow doesn’t overwhelm CL’s excellent smoked porter character, I’m almost suspecting a reblending with a fresh base beer. Whatever they did to get that result they need to do it again, this was pretty damn good. Another 750ml of strong beer that was too easy to drink, and apparently I could add years to my life by drinking less beer, by not jumping in front of trains and by no mooning bulls with my butt painted red… so I’m doing mostly good.
tgncc (3086) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is smoke, wine, chocolate. The appearance is deep blacjk, tan head. The flavor is wine, grapes, chocolate, smoke. Least smoky of the series. The finish is smoke, roast, wine. Medium/thick in body. Nice.
brokensail (15600) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is black with a small tan head. Nose is highly vinous and tart. Lots of dark fruits, wine, and a bit of balsamic vinegar. Some oak, smoke, and roasted malt. Mild sweetness, too. The flavor is highly tart. A definite balsamic vinegar flavor, a bit of red wine vinegar, too. Very vinous, some dark fruits, oak, and roasted malt. Not all that smokey. Some berries, a touch of vanilla. Really nice.