bhensonb (12952) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from ? Likely Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown with a foamy beige, almost tan, head. Aroma suggests chocolate cola. Which doesnít seem like a good idea. Near full bodied. Flavor is treacle, a fair amount of hop, and maybe a little chocolate. This is, for me, more treacle than anything else. Arguably dark fruit, but not much typical porter aspect. Yet thereís hop, now coming as stone fruit and floral, and the chocolate is coming out as earthy darkish chocolate. I guess the main thing about this ale is that it is rather complex and has some surprises. Plus it tastes pretty good.
UXO (1000) - CANADA - SEP 12, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: clear deep brown with two fingers of dense mocha head, good retention and lacing. (4/5) Aroma: dark roasty malt, pithy citrus, boozy dark fruit, light smoke, faint chocolate and coffee. (6/10) Taste: moderately strong sweet, moderately strong bitter. (6/10) Palate: full body, low carbonation, lingering warming finish. (3/5)
A bit... Well... "Harsh" might be overly emphatic. "Enthusiastic", certainly. But there is an edge verging on solvent. It might more accurately be described as citrus, presumably due to a starts-with-C hop choice - which is normally something Iím all in favour of. In this case, though, I think Iíd like it better with an earthier noble hop like Tettnanger or Hallertau. (12/20)
hesatbird (2) - California, USA - AUG 26, 2015 does not count
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Not a good beer. Itís a jet black porter, and mine was bitter and not enjoyable at all.
pictoman (826) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the tap. Dark brown with beige head. Bit of dark fruit and mild chocolate.
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2015
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
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 canít even imagine. I probably lost 85% of the beer to the massive explosion, took one sip, and drain-poured the rest. Fuck this shit.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
joelwhite (32) - - JAN 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
slongie1979 (4) - - JAN 2, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Gerbeer (2567) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Bahumat (139) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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, youíre just not doing yourself any favours here. CHANGE THE HOPS.
Itís 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 youíre 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.