DeanF (1746) - Nunavut, - JAN 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a bad porter and has a good punch with a flavour of burnt barley and licorice, but it lacks the deep complexity one would expect of a brew like this. And itís expensive! The appearance is okay with a deep body and modest head, and an okay aroma of barley; but the flavour just isnít thick and heavy enough to warrant the price tag or the imperial porter name. Itís a lightweight in a heavyweight category; give it more oooomph to get it where itís supposed to go.
joeneugs (3553) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from The Growler in Danville. It pours dark brown with a massive, rocky light tan head that takes up 2/3 of the glass. The aroma is very strong with bourbon, coffee and lighter notes of fig and prune. The flavor has lots of leather, tobacco, hints of cola and syrup before an earthy and roasted bitter finish. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and it froths a bit too much for a beer like this. Mildly acidic. Pretty decent, but it lacks real depth of flavor.
Errl (1782) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle..Pour is dark black..Nosr is roast, spice, musty, chocolate..Taste is roast, spice, bourbon, chocolate, dusty..
Ernest (6419) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (slow gusher).
Head is initially large, frothy/fizzy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), with strong notes of bourbon and wood, other notes of Play Doh and alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium to full body, syrupy/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic, moderately astringent.
Very strong bourbon and raw wood in the nose, along with a lesser but very weird chemical note that reminds of Play Doh...not a very pleasant to sniff. In the mouth itís equally disappointing...relatively sour, raspy/woody/astringent, and brutishly bitter. Below average.
CObiased (64) - - JAN 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bomber. Nice cola color with a small light tan head. Not a big aroma but it has faint whiskey smell followed by cocoa, vanilla and coffee. Descent roasty flavor. I also taste some chocolate, light coffee, whole leaf tobacco, bourbon and some dark cherry. The 9 % ABV is hidden well.
MaBeer1972 (1374) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Julioís. Poured into a snifter. A very dark opaque reddish brown. Big frothy tan head. Strong aromas of oak, vanilla and smoke. Deep malty flavors. Slightly sweet finish. Medium mouthfeel.
AgentAle (830) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is bourbon, rich malts, toffee, caramel and a slight funkiness. Taste is similar to aroma, the malt profile is deep and pleasant and paired nicely with a slightly earthy and clove like hop profile. The abv isnít apparent. Appearance is blqcl with a fluffy pearl head that retains well.
RCx240 (94) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours pitch black, small tan head with some lacing. Aroma is bourbon, alcohol, clove, butterscotch and smoke. Taste is bittersweet, earthy, smoky, and has a hint of roasted coffee. Finishes with a long, lingering biting bitterness. Full body, oily texture, average carbonation, mouthfeel has a bourbon-like burn to it. Not too crazy about this one, it seems more bourbon than beer.
brainwafer (32) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rotting fruit figgy fruitcake, molasses cones off on the nose. ..reminds me of nasty hebrew brewing high abv concoctions. .pours up dark with lots of head..tastes bitter and boozy hints of aged spirits.. hammers your tongue with intensity..still very light and carbonated on the pallet compared to its heavy boozy taste..
CraigBresett (1) - - DEC 26, 2014 does not count
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
I love imperials. But I donít love the distinct smell and taste of strong alcohol. Iíve had stronger beers in Belgium that are easier drinking than this.
northropfrye (2343) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black body ample lasting foamy brown head some lacing. Sharp roast lactose milk and bourbon aroma. Taste is rich roasty sweet bourbon a touch boozy and hot. Overall a fantastic imperial porter.