mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - JUN 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
jet black and hugely carbonated, the brew has woody aroma with a hint of grapefruit. bitter finish.
shrubber85 (10587) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very fruity aroma - orange, grapefruit, peach with moderate hops as well. Opaque black brown color with moderate head. Slightly sweet malt flavor up front, very light apple undertone with an ashy hops finish. Tastes fairly light despite its appearance. A nice smooth beer - I would have liked it better if the fruitiness came out more in the flavor.
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Re-rate, 1/12/08, just ahead of the BA version. All roasty coffe type flavors to accompany the aroma and pitch black appearance. Bitter roast and hops in the finish. Light smoke and ashe appear with warmer temperatures, thoroughly uninviting, it is what it is, an average brew. I stand by my original rating, although I canít believe I came back to it. Stoopid marketing ploys is that BA stuff. Original rating: I wonít return to this one, as it was completely uninspired and boring. Poured pretty pitch black with a small tan head that disappeared quickly, although the lacing was outstanding. The flavor was resinous and had some chocolate to go along with lots of American pine style hops. Significant roasted touch to it all. Ended pretty bitter and just not to my liking.
timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours thick with a half inch dark brown head. Not much retention and no lacing. Jet black liquid. Smells of coffee and heavy roasted malts. Very malty taste with some coffee and a slight hoppy balance. Chewy/bubbly mouthfeel that leaves a heavenly malty feel on the palate and not too much hops. A little thinner than I expected. Pretty easy to drink but I probably should have had a little more on my stomach first.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Dark black body with a large brown head of smallish bubbles. Aroma has some caramel and alcohol with some coffee notes. Flavor is very nice, highlighted by a molassesy sweetness, but offset by a coffee bitterness. Palate is thick but not too thick.
Dorqui (2177) - Brescia, ITALY - JUN 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really darkest color, black, dense and inscrutable. Beautiful dark nut creamy head, nearly coffee type; medium persistence. Complex and decidedly alcoholic scent; notes of liqueur, roast coffee, burned wood and resin. Wrapping and overbearing alcoholic scent but however soft. Very roasty, moderately sweet on the end.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2011 Havenít had one of these in quite some time. Still looks as smoky and delicious as ever, but I was surprised at how live the carbonation was and also that there was a more notable hop presence than Iíd remembered (my recollection was that it was far more smoky and malty). Still a fine, distinctive imperial porter.
Edit: Iím off this beer now, after having had a bottle literally explode while it was sitting on my kitchen table. I posted this somewhere in the forums: bought off the shelf, this was just sitting in my cool cellar and had been brought up to taste. Heard a loud pop from another room, beer and glass everywhere.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head that slowly fades. Very light lacing. Has a light roasted malt and very light citrus hop aroma. Flavor is chocolate and coffee with a decent amount of bitterness to back it up. Medium to full body. This is another beer that will get better with time. A must try.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 This is a very nice porter. Pours a creamy black with nice sticky tan lacing. A great sipping beer. Re-rate - 10-22-06 Perfect appearance. Big tan frothy head. Awesome combination of malts, coca, and hops.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. The nose is very fresh crisp hops, bringing a pungent floural flavor to the nose. There is also a small citrus background with chocolate and espresso notes and no alcohal to be found. The taste is syrupy sweet, brown sugar, french vanilla coffee, with a balance of bitter piney hops. As I let this continue to warm some more vanilla and oak woodiness come to mind. This is a great porter one for sipping and enjoying slowly.