DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Surprisingly smooth milk chocolate flavor. No cherry detected here yet still quite sweet but then turns the other way as the roast bitterness lingers on the palate. Definitely bordering on a stout but the sugary chocolate that balances out the bitterness keeps things in check without going to the extremely malty side.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with a tall, dense brown head. Pours rather sweet with lots of cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit and burnt caramel. Taste is also rather sweet with lots of roasted malt, burnt caramel, molasses, vanilla notes dark chocolate and light coffee notes. Body is medium-full and chewy with a dense, creamy carbonation. Rather sticky bodied as well. Not a lot of warmth from the 11.5% ABV, which was unexpected. Finishes with more burnt caramel, molasses, vanilla, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt and dark fruit. Nice!
boxofrane (1695) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at bistro on bridge. Pours thick inky black. The aroma is mostly coffee and roasted malt. The taste is sweet coffee, light bitterness, dark chocolate and very light alcohol.
wchesser (890) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep thick pour. Like a viscous stout. Black with coffee crema rim from medium low carbonation. Nose of figs, other dark dried fruits, molasses, burnt malts. Taste follows. Finish slightly sweet then bitter malt at the very end. Nice tension here, if not complex. Pretty hefty for $4 as 12 oz.
crazyvin (1799) - New York, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A black body with a tan head that had good retention but no lacing. Aroma had notes of chocolate malts, leather and alcohol. Flavor was initially sweet and although there was some nice roasted flavors alcohol seemed to dominate the flavor. Nice mouthfeel and a smooth finish.
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Imperial_Scout (282) - 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 (5880) - 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 (3104) - 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 (1315) - Seattle, Washington, 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.