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Brewed by Central City Brewing
Style: Imperial/Strong Porter
Surrey, Canada
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeanF (1716) - Nunavut, - JAN 4, 2014
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.


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
books2brl (9) - - JUL 27, 2014 does not count
At first I didn't care for this beer but it grows on you. Nice finish. Lovely dark color that looks like a stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jur (299) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2014
Draught @ Alibi Room, Vancouver. Opaque chestnut pour, with little head. Starts of rich dark chocolate, when the hop creeps in and keeps coming. Mild vanilla, maybe from the layering. Nice balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4183) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 6, 2014
650ml bottle pours almost black in color (some amber when held to a light source) with a finger of light beige head that leaves some spotted lacing behind. Aroma is dark pitted fruits with notes of roasted grains and chocolate. Taste is a dark pitted fruity and chocolate malty sweetness balanced nicely with a roasted grain bitterness. Well executed brew that is well suited to the style and very enjoyable to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vadie (709) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2014
Noir sombre avec une petite mousse marron. L’arôme est du malt torréfié, un peu du chocolat, mais surtout du réglisse. Le goût est du chocolat, café, bourbon, et un peu de réglisse. Il y a un amertume légèr dans la finale avec un peu d’alcool. C’est bonne, mais pas aussi bonne que l’arôme. C’est une nouvelle bière et avec un peu de temps en bouteille peut-être il sera mieux.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (12552) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2014
UPDATED: APR 19, 2014 Very dark brown, rich malty aroma with a lot of toffee, dates, burnt fruits, and baked apples. Quite rich, with a splash of booze cutting through intense malts and fruits that have been boiled down into something between sirop de Liège and light molasses. The barrel is subtle, the body lively, and everything in great balance.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pictoman (513) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
Poured from 650mL bottle. Dark brown with tan head. Aroma of bourbon and smoke with mild chocolate and roast. Taste of chocolate and coffee with some bourbon overlay. Alcohol mostly hidden. Lighter body. The look and aroma gave me hope, but it didn’t quite deliver when I drank it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1296) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 1, 2014
On draught at Moon Under Water, Victoria. Pours black, opaque, beige head. Nose is licorice-chocolate, somewhat powdery. Full flavoured, IS with lower roast I guess, leaning toward bitter black coffee. Not a smack-yo-in-the-face 9%er but definitely an intense sipper. Hop character is somewhat metallic. Alcohol is quite apparent and somewhat well integrated but not enough for this to be a 4.x-er for me. And not enough for a bomber to cost $14+... oddly it’s cheaper on tap.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdobbs (380) - New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
This is an important beer as imperial porters are harder to find than imperial stouts, and I warrant this one is rather more interesting than most impy stouts in that the coffee and chocolate impressions are there, but not as pronounced, and further enhanced by a sweeter, somewhat fruity impression.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagerboy (1231) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
Bomber as 10th Anniversary In-House Collaboration Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter. Clear deep dark ruby brown, off-white foam head settles quickly and mostly lasts. Singed dark roast aroma, treacle and a whiff of smoke. Bittersweet chocolate, dark roast taste, toffee, oaky whiskiness, some dark fruit. Average carbonation, fuller bodied, moderately hopped. ABV is well hidden, lightly bitter finish. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrFecesious (959) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014
Bomber. The pour is thick, clear, deep dark brown/ruby with a nice frothy cap that laces well. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, cereal, oats. Taste is upfront sweetness, followed with a solid bitterness that isn't overpowering. Medium carbonation, and medium dry, sticky mouthfeel.
Earlier Rating: 1/6/2014 Total Score: 3.6
Bomber. The pour is thick, clear, deep dark brown/ruby with a nice frothy cap that laces well. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, cereal, oats. Taste is upfront sweetness, followed with a solid bitterness that isn't overpowering. Medium carbonation, and medium dry, sticky mouthfeel.


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