BroadestTom (158) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma caramel, chocolate, roasty, alcohol,
Appearance black, tan foam, brown foam, frothy,
Taste medium bitterness,
Palate medium body, full body, creamy,
Overall a nice imperial porter that I would suggest to a friend
Thechasm442 (400) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle to a tulip glass. It was delivered to my store today and says vingate15 so I assume it’s fresh. The beer pours an opaque black with a thick and frothy tan head that slowly shrinks down and leaves tons of lacing. Aroma is coffee, roasted barley, dark chocolate, and a faint sweet hoppy smell. It’s kind of like sweet cream with a touch of orange zest. Taste is rich and very heavy up front. Cocoa, espresso, licorice, coffee with too much cream, and a ton of roasted dark grains are dominant. There is also a lingering bitterness that reminds me of chewing on dark roasted coffee beans. I also get some woody flavors, which is weird considering this is not a cask aged beer. Pleasant, nonetheless. Overall mouthfeel is on the thicker side, but alcohol is just about invisible in the taste, which is remarkable for a 9.2% abv beer. Well done for the style.
dlovell2 (1219) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a brown head. Big roasted malt aroma with coffee and cocoa. Dark roasted malt flavor with sweet caramel and vanilla. Dark fruit flavors in the middle with a hint of liquorice. Finish is coffee and cocoa powder.
mikeyo1 (418) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles @ home. Vertical of bottles bought 2011 vs 2015 (BB dates 2013 and 2016).
While 2011 has a medium head, 2015 has a large and large bubbled head. Color is dark brown to black.
2011 A: vinous with cocoa & delicious milk chocolate O’boy, dates, wood and some caramel, dark bread.
2015 A: Roasted smooth maltiness, red fruits, caramel, tropical fruits.
2011 T: Sweet taste with medium carbonation, notes of milk chocolate O’boy up front, red fruits, dates, hints of vanilla & raisins (but not as vinous as aroma). Lingering cocoa and dark bread, earth and a hint of oranges.
2015 T: Roasted and sweet with medium to high carbonation. notes of dark chocolate, raisins, plums. Lingering red fruits, oranges, dark chocolate and a refreshing and assertive grape bitterness.
While i doubt the recipe is exactly the same it’s suffice to say that the 2011 vintage has aged really well and receive the higher score
TEJA (1617) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2015
0.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottle from systembolaget sweden. Big and long lastning brown head. Fresh hoppy aroma but only tiny roasted malt aroma. Mild roasted malt taste and a mild and light body for an imperial porter.
willisread (829) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Aromas of roasted coffee, roasted malts, licorice, toffee and cacao are all present. Bitter on the palate with a touch of sweetness. Great bitter finish.
axl (172) - Lund, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle. Brown-black with one finger beige-brown head. Aroma of butterscotch, caramel, roasted coffee and piny, resiny hops. Nice hop punch in the taste, citrus and grapefruit mostly, followed by roasted malts and coffee. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation, some alcohol noticeable.
clockk (192) - Lada / Langreo, SPAIN - APR 12, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Alto Amargor. Con olores a chocolate y ron. Sabores a chocolate y alcohol que se nota en boca
murran (379) - - APR 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown body with a medium beige head. Hoppy aroma with malty tones. Rich taste with a nice bitterness and complex tones.
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Hopmaestro (481) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is slightly burnt malts, strong coffee and hard liquor. Taste is like a porter on steroids, with all the characteristics that apply to that. What I like mainly with this one is that it’s so powerful and tasty, yet balanced and held back, it never tips over to the super-extreme side. The touch of salty licorice that comes in the end is magnificent and when the aftertaste sets in with that subtle bitterness, I touch myself inappropriately.