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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This strong porter features a solid smoke presence, a rich malt character and a smooth, rounded mouthfeel. Additions of dark muscovado sugar, oats and wheat contribute to its complexity.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3237) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2014
22 ounce bottle poured at the Deschutes tasting. Pours a near black with a beige head of foam. The aroma is sweet, roasty, and smoky. The taste has more of a roasty character, but there are nuances of some barbecue and burnt wood coming through at the back end, especially after the swallow. Big body, but for it being a smoked imperial porter, I think it’s a little thinner than I would like it to be. Medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewjk (938) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2014
A good showing from this collaboration brew. It is quite sweet initially, but yields to drier characteristics. As it warms, other flavors appear, I believe there is some plum in there. I’m still amazed this thing weighs in at over 9%

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle from Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting. Pours turbid blackish with some slight ruby edges through direct light. The head is splotchy and khaki. Nose is oaky, cacaoey, charred malt, some walnut, prune. Tastes roasty dark malty, with heavy rauchy flavor, cacao, oak, and a complex and smooth finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle @ yespr. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty smoky caramel aroma with weak hints of chocolate. Roasted malty smoky spicy caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty smoky caramel finish with hints of chocolate.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmoreau (2563) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Shared bomber poured to snifters, showing a deep brown/mahogany color, with a modest layer of tan head foam, and dots & dashes of lacing. An initial phenolic scent of band-aid was more prevalent than the smoke, as the aroma proceeded with some roastiness, chocolate, a touch of sweetness, and vanilla. The taste continued the roasted notes, and added a low, earthy hop bitterness, soft carbonation, and a medium body, with a bit of silkiness to the mouthfeel, along with some syrupy texture. Besides the rude intro, not as much "imperial" character as I would have expected from an anniversary brew, but did possess decent enough drinkability.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (883) - California, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Pours a deep brown color with a thin, short lived off white head. Smoke, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, chocolate and vanilla aroma. Caramel, toffee, coffee, roasted malt, smoke, vanilla, brown sugar, raisin and chocolate flavors. Medium body with a mild bitter taste. Medium carbonation and a smoke and toffee finish.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
frank0830 (68) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Hello smoke, nice of you to join my tasty impy p. The aroma in my snifter seems to be almost offensive. The smoke has pretty much taken over the entire beer. Hints of other flavors like raisin, nuts and the like try to come through but seem to lack because of the smoke. I will let the others buy this one on the shelf. I don't regret buying it, but won't be grabbing another bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kathouse (1106) - Nevada, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Deep mahogany with a very thin edging of foam. Combination of smoke and toasted malt aromas mix well. Smoked black malts tip the balance towards a dry malt bitterness and lingering mouthfeel. Oats make it smooth, but still unbalanced.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brnandersen (2027) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2014
Sample from 66 cl. bottle. Dark amber colour with a small, off-white head. Roasted aroma with vanilla, fruits, caramel malts, toffee and light smoke. Taste is sweet. Medium body with a soft carbonation. Very pleasant. Finishes bitter and roasted with light chocolate. Nice Porter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (21507) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle at yespr. Clear orange-red coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet and light roasted aroma of smoke and caramel. Sweet and light roasted flavour of smoke, hops and caramel. Hoppy finish.


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