Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black. Nose is of sweet, creamy chocolate, malt, hint of some dried fruit. Taste is very smooth, chocolate the most but balanced with the malt and maybe some nuts. Almost creamy. Very nice.
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (brewed at Two Roads in Stratford, not Westbrook in Mt. Pleasant).
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly to fully diminishing.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (dark chocolate / fudge, roasted grain, molasses), with notes of vanilla, soy sauce / salt brine, alcohol, leather, blackberry.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy/oily texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
This is kinda like a simpler, sweeter, boozier, more accessible version of the pitifully underrated Harvey’s Imperial Stout. Salty smelling (this is more soy-like than Harvey’s seaweedy character), wine-like tartness, etc. Chocolate kinda dominates the aromatic spectrum, but there’s plenty of interesting stuff beyond that so it’s a joy to sniff. Overall quite enjoyable, but ultimately just too much residual sugar and alcohol to be a 4+ winner. Would recommend that people who like this give the 2008 or later Harvey’s Imperial a try/retry...its low score is probably partly caused by the older vintages being flat due to the plain cork seals. This is yet another pseudo-brewery along with Stillwater that seems to have switched over to Two Roads for several recipes (or perhaps just use them for the western US market?).
Kinz (3467) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Mekong. Poured black, nice head. Conversation around the beer centered on the appropriateness of the "imperial porter" designation. This beer to me summed up the style - big, black, but not roasty. Aroma was chocolate, dark cherry, faint vanilla. Flavor was a match. Really nice beer, liked this a lot.
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Viscous black pour with a nice fluffy light brown head, good retention. Dark fruit, fig, dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla. Starts off oily and thick, mid palate is oily and thick, finish is oily and cleans up nicely. Dry finish with dark chocolate and blueberry residuals. Delish!
Zeswaft (1446) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Jet black and minimal brown head. Strong aroma. Coffee, molasses, and alcohol. Flavor is a tamer compilation of aforementioned things. A bit dry for an imperial porter.
gmellison (426) - Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at black bottle. Pours a deep brown color. Aroma is plum and coffee. Taste is figs, plum, chocolate; a bit bitter. Solid
Inbreak (2638) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 Rerate 02.10.2013, 0,35l bottle @ home:
Nice brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet, dark malts, chocolate pudding, vanilla, dark sugar, toffee, hints of coffee and licorice. Taste is sweet and kind of harsh metallic, sugar, dark malts, chocolate, alcohol, harsh grass, metal can, thinner, oak, burnt coffee. Medium bitterness, dry burnt mouthfeel. Even though it was much better than the bottoms-version, this is still pretty awfull.
20.06.2013, tap @ Tørst:
Turned out to be the bottom of the keg. Hopefullt I’ll be able to rerate this at some point: Big brown slightly fuzzy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly neutral and metallic, dark malts, dark fruits, sour coffee, caramel, chocolate, grass. Taste is dry and sour-ish, dark malts, dark fruits, metal, old sour coffee, wood, cocoa, burnt caramel. Mouthfeel is like drinking the sediments in a Turkish coffee, lots of sandy particles, dry and harsh as hell. Do not like!!
kaser (3793) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from draft at falling rock Taphouse in Denver. Black with brown head. Rich creamy cocoa smell. Taste about the same. Smooth and tasty
reggiedunlop (3410) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with ruby hues and a thi mocha head. Aroma has light smoke, bold roastiness, and a bit of dark fruit. Flavor has some smokiness, loads of roastiness, dark chocolate, and a raisin/prune sweetness that tastes artificial. Mouthfeel is medium but thins out to a raisin/prune/roasty hot finish.
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - SEP 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At first whiff, the aroma reminded me of chocolate cake with raisins and vanilla frosting. On the palate, the beer has a soft, creamy carbonation and full, expansive mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden throughout, with only a bit of warmth coming up from my belly. Flavors of dark dried fruit, prunes, chocolate and vanilla coat the mouth. Lingering flavors of dark fruit, chocolate and sweet coffee. Little to no bitterness. Solid. Flavorful and a good value (all things considered). Quite a alcohol kick for a 12oz bottle. Be careful.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...