SirSlarty (68) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, dark, dark! Not only that, it’s creamy and smooth. Very delicious porter after the initial shock of a medicinal flavor. The finish is exquisite with a roasted malt and chocolate taste. This was a early birthday gift for me and what a gift is is!
IvoR (68) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Rated 09/12/2009] Bottle. Pours dark like coffee with a thick tan head. A little low on aroma -- some alcohol smell and hints of malt, but nothing that catches the breath. Flavor is of roasted barley and chocolate. I was trying hard to find another discerning feature, but I couldn’t. That doesn’t make it bad as there is a very warm overall feeling that lasts well into the finish. Finish is again of roasted barley with some bitterness from the host that shows through the malt. A very decent brew.
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ll preface this with the fact that I’ve only sampled 7 or so porters. This one has the most perfect looking head. It has a freakishly complex aroma. Tastes like free jazz sounds when everything coaleses Great mothfeel and finish despite the 9.5% ABV. I have to get this again. Soon.
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark brown to black with a huge, light brown head. The aroma is pretty hoppy with a little coffee and some raisin. Hoppy, grapefruit flavor balanced by sweet, roasted malts and a nice bitter finish but nothing too harsh. Very good but more hoppy than most porters.
cdeaton (66) - Madison, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, small head. Robust aroma, with malt, coffee, chocolate. Salty, nutty, coffee, earthy flavor; quite strong. Not a ton going on, but what is going on works very well. Full-flavored and lingers slightly.
Sephiroth (66) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Into a tulip it goes the darkest ruby brown possible without being black. There is a chocolatey head of about an inch and a half. Sticky lace clings to the glass. The nose is of piney hops and roasted malt.
The taste is great, albeit hoppy for a porter. The piney hops make their presence felt, with the onslaught of roasted malt following. There is chocolate, and a sweetness at the very end that makes me want to age a few. Mouthfeel is great and somewhat grainy. I seem to have drank over half of this in ten minutes. I am not content with mere sips. I am gulping this. There’s still foam!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-20-2005 04:42:16
gabrielsyme (66) - Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours very very dark brown, almost black and very opaque, with little to no head. The roasted malts dominate the initial taste, smokey and toffee-ish. Bitter finish. Very good
ExSpectator (65) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown, almost black with a light brown head. Aroma of hops and malt, flavor is malty, hops, coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Very good.
aaaaaaaaaah (64) - Warren, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A wonderful example of an Imperial Porter. Abounding aromas of roasted molasses, chocolate and coffee, finishing with butterscotch and vanilla. Smooth, sweet and easy to drink. A nice after dinner "sit and sip" beer with a soft creamy palate and a little alcohol heat at the end. OK! LET’S PARTY!
Hogfather (64) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - SEP 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at BeerStore, Thessaloniki: The on-tap version gives more aromas and a fresher taste, than its bottled version. Dark brown colour with small tan head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, nuts, roasted malt, butterscotch. The taste is pretty much the same. Light to medium carbonation, full body with an oily texture and a long bitter finish. Great beer, I loved it from the first time! The tap version rocks!