maxwelldeux (4182) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a smallish light tan head on it. Nose is very smokey, but in a richer way that reminds me a lot of the peatiness you get in older scotches. I can also get some subtler roasting and chocolate notes underneath. Taste is actually a little sweeter, and has some chocolate really coming through. Pretty smooth, too, and slightly warming. Really interesting.
60minuteman (1090) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mildly sweet, somewhat bitter, lightly fruity, heavy on the malt, a touch of coffee and smoke all roasted together. Dark chocolate brown, soft off white heading. Oily texture.
edgallow (2963) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber pours deep brown with a off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, smoke and chocolate. Taste is malts, chocolate and smoky.
crajun (1090) - , Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle purch in CO drank in TX. best by date of 04/14. It is smoky - some smoked meat in aroma but as much smoke in taste as I have had; maybe too much. a little thin. ok beer
ASak10 (56) - Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet, vanilla and roasted malt smell. Bitter and earthy taste with smoke penetrating throughout. Caramel, coffee, and chocolate also come through in the taste. Light and silky mouthfeel, almost a syrupy coating. Not bad, not great, better than average but probably wouldn't buy another.
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JStax (3980) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
matthewjk (1003) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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%
DocLock (8699) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
tmoreau (3054) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.