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.
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.
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. Thereís 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.
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!
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!
Maltador (63) - Paris, FRANCE - MAY 15, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Disappointing brew that remains stuck in-between. It has roasted malt like classical porter but also hoppiness keyed to IPA. Coffee and citrus do not necessarily mingle harmoniously. In fact they cancel each other. Itís bitter, but not enough to attract attention from IPA lover. It is roasted, but not enough to blow the porter fans mind. The best part in this beer : his name and his label. Hunter Thomson deserves a better tribute.
peteysmu (63) - USA - APR 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This imperial porter has a rich, thick, smokey taste with a nice strong bitter kick.