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Central City Imperial Porter

Brewed by Central City Brewing
Style: Imperial/Strong Porter
Surrey, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This original release of this was a 2011 draft-only batch and is retired. In 2013/2014 bottled beer (also on tap at the brewpub) with a black label was the Bourbon Barrel Imperial Porter, but the label was not clear about that. The Autumn 2014 bottling (red label) is the return of the non-bourbon version.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bahumat (124) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
Look, Central City Brewing? Are you guys using Cascade hops or Chinook? Either way... please, stop. While I commend the fact that you good folks actually balanced this beer around a hops choice that lends itself to that grapefruit taste, you’re just not doing yourself any favours here. CHANGE THE HOPS. It’s a well-balanced beer, but the citrusey grapefruit notes take away from this beer, and the IBU is simply too high for a porter, much less a so-called Imperial Porter. On the flipside, your maltwork is very nice and I really do commend you on balancing this beer around a 60 IBU, but you’re not doing yourself any favours with the hops. Stop hobbling this champion, ditch the Cascade/Chinook(?), lose the grapefruit, and this thing would shoot up the charts hard. 3.3/5, would have been a happy 4.1 without the grapefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3360) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2014
Vintage 2013. Étiquette rouge. Robe presque noire et belle mousse brune qui laisse énormément de traces. Les arômes sont riches de malts rôtis et torréfiés. Traces de café. Traces de fumée. Chocolat noir. Effet fruité. Je pense à des prunes ou des raisins. Les saveurs de café, de malts rôtis et de grains calcinés laissent un peu de place à la sensation fruitée et aux impressions de chocolat et de caramel noir. Robuste. Manque un peu de gentillesse maltée. En bouche, le corps est tout juste de moyenne densité. La texture est un peu mince. Le pétillement est assez vif. La finale amère est assez chaude et même un peu trop. Expérience somme toute agréable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (4988) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle -Roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate and a nice sweetness. Jet black with a nice brown head. Lots of roast, some peat and smoke with a bit of molasses. Really bold and quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (789) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
Aroma is rich malts, raisins, caramel and espresso. Taste is deep rich malts with hints of coffee and vanilla beans. A slightly earthy hoppiness follows and is pretty well balanced. Light bitterness remains. Appearance is black with a pearl head that retains fairly poorly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7028) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2014
Bottle, shared with Parksy, Grippitis, JJ. Very dark brown, copper highlights. Very chocolatey profile, fudgey, some coffee too. Lighter body for 9%, but nice flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (1898) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
65 cl bottle, Calgary, AB, Canada via highlander. Almost opaque black brown. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Quite carbonated. Sweet, more cocoa and some bitter raisin. Long pepper hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (1074) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 12, 2014
Pours a very dark brown bordering opaque, a small dense long lasting tan head and a decent amount of lace. Aroma is rich dark/roasted malts, plums, prunes, caramel, and kinda port like. Flavour is rich dark maltiness, nutty, toast, plums, prunes, currants, very smooth and very faint alcohol. Great well balanced strong Porter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
stantheman (675) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
On tap at Alibi Room in Vancouver. Very similar to the barrel aged version, which is to say simply heavenly. A fabulous imperial Porter. 3.9.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (2696) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2014
650ml brown bottle. Deep brown colour, finely bubbled beige head with a lot of lacing. Nose has chocolately malts. Taste has bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, smoke. Dry finish, bitter roasted malts. Surprisingly light in the mouth. A nice strong porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (1758) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 29, 2014
An interesting brew overall but finishes a bit thin and light in the body for the style. Pours a dark brown verging on black with a thick beige head. The nose is roasted heavily with mild fruity and dried prune notes. A nice robust and roasted malt in the middle with mild bitterness and a watery slightly alcoholic finish. Overall, a nice brew but a bit odd on the palate.

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