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.
NMC01 (70) - 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.
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.
Hogfather (69) - 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!
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.
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. 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