gbdub (73) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark, syrupy-looking red-black with a medium brown head that leaves thick lacing. Aroma is strong roasty coffee malt, with some chocolate, hops, and a hint of fruit. Coffee and chocolate flavor, lightly sweet but with some good hoppy bitterness. Leaves a dense roasted, smoky aftertaste. Full mouthfeel. Tasty.
aletales (73) - , Oklahoma, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love it when light canít make it through the glass and the creamy head crowns it like it is royalty. The aroma is rich and sweet just like its flavor. This porter seems to be just right.
iggynelix (72) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap sampler. Opaque dark brown with a cream thin head. Aromas of cereal and Caramel. Round mouthfeel with a short finish.
brianairb85 (72) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle- Pours a dark brown with a brown head that does not last to long. It smells hoppy with malty characteristics too. a rich malty body the hop has a kick. The alcohol is hidden perfectly! Good unique porter.
ismith87 (71) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance - 4/5 - Nice dark brown/black beer with a big mocha head on it, leaves nice lacing.
Aroma - 8/10 - Roasty coffee, espresso, chocolate, oatmeal.
Taste - 9/10 - Chocolate, coffee, espresso, cafe mocha, vanilla, cream, oatmeal. Very wholesome and smooth. Reminds me of Bellís Expedition Stout.
Palate - 4/5 - very nice thick mouthfeel, like a chocolate milkshake, alc is completely covered. Aftertaste is roasty malts, coffee, and milk chocolate.
Overall - 15/20 - Great imperial porter! I think what some other people said about the alcohol taste may be changed due to this being the 2013 vintage. But then again maybe not. Itís a great imperial porter, with no harsh bitter or alcohol flavors whatsoever.
IvoR (70) - 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 couldnít. That doesnít 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.
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.
NMC01 (69) - DENMARK - OCT 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark (like wasted oil) and very foamy when poured. Imperial porter with complex palate and flavour including chocolate. Very delicious and one of the best porters Iíve ever experienced. Pour carefully in wide-opened, big glass.
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, itís 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!
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíll preface this with the fact that Iíve 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.