DeanF (1808) - 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 it’s expensive! The appearance is okay with a deep body and modest head, and an okay aroma of barley; but the flavour just isn’t thick and heavy enough to warrant the price tag or the imperial porter name. It’s a lightweight in a heavyweight category; give it more oooomph to get it where it’s supposed to go.
Ratman197 (11097) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of bourbon, cocoa and light vanilla. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, cola, caramel and cocoa with a smooth lingering caramel finish.
Minderbinder (2480) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very dark burgundy with huge beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, perfume, soap, some vegetal notes. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, bitterness. Palate: Medium body. Very high carbonation. Overall: OK, but not 100% relevant (the beer, not the rating. Arhem.) Maybe some carbonic acid?
mathieuc (2085) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich black with a medium offwhite head that leaves some lacing. Nose is of bourbon, coconut and something I would associate with apples (a little off). Carbonic acid? Acetaldehyde? You tell me. Anyway... Taste is moderately sweet and loaded with chocolate and roasted malt. There is also some light ashes and a slight "green apple" acidity again. Body is medium-full, carbonation moderately high and mouthfeel is sticky. Overall an OK beer but not much more.
czar (5568) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro! pours unclear light brown, mahogany tint, with an aerial light beige head, almost abnormal, leaving sticky lacing. torrefied maltiness, bretted cherries, carbonic acid - infection suspicion confirmed; some blackstrap molasses sweetness - eventually a bit cloying; bit of coconut and wood. foamy carbonation, light-medium body; tannic, boozy and spicy finish. o-k i guess.
bb (7382) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a big tan head. Bourbon and caramel aroma with light vanilla. Bourbon and light chocolate flavor with light coffee. Medium bodied. Bourbon and caramel linger with light coffee and light toffee.
drjay44 (2936) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a very thick, gradually diminishing, beige head, with extensive lacing, over a brownish black (SRM 35) body......nose is light Bourbon Whiskey, light vanilla, wood, roasted malts with cocoa, chocolate, light dried fruits, minimal hops, balance to the malts....taste is moderately sweet, with cocoa, chocolate from the roasted malts, light fruit notes with plum, raisin characteristics, light Bourbon, wood, finishing with a light roasted malt hop bitterness, balance to the malts.....mouth feel, thick of medium body, sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation low. This is a rich, thick nourishing brew. The barrel was used with a light hand and adds complexity without dominating. The overall presentation is almost a Baltic Porter in style. BJCP 8/2/15/5/7
furthur (400) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - APR 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, opaque deep brown beer, huge almond colored head, great lacing. Aroma bourbon cherries, roasted barley, vanilla and oak. Initial taste is not that good...plastic and vanilla, second much better?! Flavors cherry cola, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, anise, burnt sugar. This is a bit sweet...where’s that 60IBU’s? There’s a slight astringency at the finish. Palate is good, smooth and rich, carbonation a bit above style, but not bad, and the head it builds is worth it. This would be good with ice cream.
andrewturba (1179) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy brown with some light coming through and a small spotty tan head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, faint booze, and vanilla oak notes. Flavour is booze, chocolate, cocoa, oak, bourbon, vanilla, moderate bitterness, roasted malts, mild dark fruits, and a moderately dry finish. The alcohol is a bit harsh on this barrel aged version.
Reimer96 (1491) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an opaque black with a frothy brown head that leaves lots of lacing up the glass. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, chocolate, roasted malts and cocoa. Taste is bourbon, alcohol(with a bit of an acrid bite), chocolate, vanilla, cocoa and bitter roasted malts. A nice imperial bourbon porter but the acrid bite really hurts this one.
zoucrew102 (839) - - MAR 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, 2014 vintage? Strong roasted malt aroma with chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Pours black with a huge light brown head, including a geyser on one pour with good retention and not much lacing. Starts with good roasted malt and chocolate flavors with slick, smooth mouthfeel. Finishes smooth with some vanilla and bourbon before strong roasted malt re asserts itself. Decent bourbon porter, but lacks the depth of flavor and rich vanilla and bourbon of most similar brews.