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


on tap

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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeanF (2227) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
Always nice to find out what the folks over in Surrey are up to. This stuff has just a leetle bit of head, okay black body, sharp motor oil aroma like you were changing it on your SUV and it spilled all over your face. (Yeah, total fantasy there, we all know Vancouver types donít stoop to changing their own oil. Ha!). Flavour is sharp barley, letís say well hopped, no hint of booze. Well done, simple though, but a sessionable imperial porter. If there is such a thing. Oh yeah - thereís this thing, thatís a start Iíd suppose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4773) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 1, 2016
Deep brown color. Big frothy light brown head. Big dark fruit, chocolate malt character. Very smooth, full body, dark fruit and chocolate. Pretty damn rounded with lingering dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13612) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 29, 2015
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UXO (1300) - CANADA - SEP 12, 2015
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)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
hesatbird (2) - California, USA - AUG 26, 2015 does not count
Not a good beer. Itís a jet black porter, and mine was bitter and not enjoyable at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (869) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2015
Poured from the tap. Dark brown with beige head. Bit of dark fruit and mild chocolate.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
maxwelldeux (4292) - 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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4902) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joelwhite (32) - - 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.

   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.

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