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Brewed by Central City Brewers + Distillers
Style: Imperial Porter
Surrey, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (760) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2015
Poured from the tap. Dark brown with beige head. Bit of dark fruit and mild chocolate.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
maxwelldeux (4160) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Fuck this beer, and fuck everything about it. When I opened it, the beer exploded - all over me, my keyboard (probably ruining it), the floor, the desk, the chair, and places I can’t even imagine. I probably lost 85% of the beer to the massive explosion, took one sip, and drain-poured the rest. Fuck this shit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
Dark beer with a big brown head. Some bits of sediment. Thick aroma of rich malt and a bit of booze. Very drinkable smooth beer. Lots of malt, light roast and tasty alcohol touch.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joelwhite (30) - - JAN 28, 2015
The cannery row community beer club enjoyed the smokey yet bitter beer from central city. It had the most impressive label out of the 4 we tasted. It had a nice smooth finish that floated our pallets.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slongie1979 (4) - - JAN 2, 2015 does not count
I think this beer is wonderful. Rich in flavour, coffee, roasted malts, hints of chocolate and dark fruits. I've bought it several times this winter and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (2321) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
650 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with moderate head. Aromas of dark sour fruit, dark caramel, and coconut. Flavors of roasted malts, bitter nuts, and stale coffee with a hint of smoke. Dry. Nice enough but seems a little off balance.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bahumat (134) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3826) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (7579) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1046) - 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.


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