LadySusan (720) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at D.D.C.. The color is a dark brown with a beige head. The taste is bitter and grainy and also in the taste is also roasted malt and some hops. The alcohol is noticable but not overpowering..The finish is of sweet fruits like cherries.Good but not the best from D.D.C.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ DDC. Pours pitch black, medium head, short retention. Nose of roasted malt, caramel and hops. Aroma feels oily. Taste is quite alcoholic, sugar, nuts and hints of cherries. Finish is dry and bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt. Alcohol quite present but tasty and rich. Very enjoyable.
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, dark brown beer. Thin head. The aroma is lightly hoppy with a touch of light citrus over the dark brown malts. A bit of peppery booziness and some lingering toasty/earthy bitterness. Fairly lean body without a whole lot of malty sweetness at all. Thin and light bodied with a lot of hoppiness apparent. It’s more like an India Dark Ale than anything... the malts are just not intense or cocoaish enough to even come close to being a regular porter, much less an imperial version. It’s not unpleasant, but it’s not what it could be.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A straightforward boozy roasted hoppy sipper of some kind. Just ok.
How: Tap at brewpub. First batch of this new beer (summer 2009)
The look: Clear dark brown body topped by a medium tan head
In long: Nose of baked cake and alcohol. Taste is hard-hitting. Burnt malts, caramel and roasted almonds. Woody bitter hops. The body is not rich for a 9% brew and the alcohol has no place to hide. The alcohol is not well hidden at all and became bothersome before the end of my glass. Not a bad brew at all but it is just too boozy and straightforward. Below average for DDC. Did taste like a Strong Porter to me, more like a strong style-less sipper. But what is a “One Night Stand Number 2” anyway? A meaningless sex encounter involving anal play?
Agaguk (122) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black ruby appearance with a light creamy head and lacing. Aroma: water melon bubblegum, grape fruit and light black licorice. Flavor: molasses, alcohol, white pepper, burnt malts, hops and honey. Palate: full body, soft carbonation, thick oily with a pasty finish.
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown with red and ruby tints, almost no head. Aroma is strong with caramel, grapefruit and citrus hops; nicely balanced, and has some boozy notes as well. Resembles more of an American Strong than an Imperial Porter in the flavor, with a big hop character. Also has a clover honey flavor, and floral ideas. A tasty brew, and well done by DDC.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly a complete black pour with reddish tints. Head is small but lasts well. Aroma is caramel malt, grassy grapefruit, and an excellently rounded hop character. Flavor is quite similar, following trends of grapefruit, and caramel molasses and honey malt. Finish is dry, body is medium. Perhaps too hoppy to warrant the style in which it was placed. Gratuitous hop character drowns out the malt character to some extent. All the facets that come from the residual sugars could be better accentuated with a bit of a balance tweak. To me this tasted more like an American Strong Ale.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This pleasant Imperial Porter showcases caramel and roasted malts atop an earthy, grassy bitterness which easily lasts until the following sip.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the darkest brown, producing some lacing.
-The mouthfeel is not of the usual DDC luxury.
-The bitter finish is also resinous.
-Malts are not as complex or satisfying as I expect from the usual DDC brew, but then again they are quite enjoyable.
-Alcohol is well hidden by the bitterness.
On tap at the brewpub.
Quevillon (2549) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bu sur place en fut (12 oz), le 14 juin 2009. Brune très foncée, patit collet beige pale. Arome de malte torrifié et légèrement fumé, avec des notes de réglisses. Goût d’alcool sec, des raisins licoreux, peu malté et une arrière-goût de médicamant. Trop abrésive, elle ne dura pas la soirée!