KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The pour was a murky pitch black with a large (2-3 finger) medium brown creamy head that had awesome retention, lasting until the end and producing some excellent clingy spotty lacing.
The aroma was nice and robust of a roasted chocolate malt, a mild resin hop and an earthy leathery yeast with notes of bitter-sweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee, molasses and a quite pronounced scent of alcohol.
The taste was bold and roasty with a sweet acidic malty flavor that had hints of molasses and chocolate at first and then having a nice bitter sweet coffee flavor take hold with a very strong alcohol presence at the end. The flavor hung on for a decently long time letting one enjoy the nice mocha coffee flavor and a nice alcohol warming sensation.
Mouthfeel was a solid medium in body with the texture being a bit oily yet a little dry towards the end with the carbonation being quite lively.
Overall a nice strong, bold and roasty brew with a good rounding of flavors and a kickin’ alcohol finish.
altonbrownd (3752) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brown body with slight head. Toasty nose with caramel, sugar and chocolate. Taste is caramel, coffee, quite strong with nice bitter notes. Thin texture. Enjoyable.
gegwilson (1843) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep brown, almost black with a tan head. The taste is bitter with liquorice and pine before smooth coffee and chocolate flavours. Some sticky sweetness. Velvety mouth feel. Excellent.
likeatrainwreck (91) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with tan/brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, taste of burnt sugar, roasted, dark chocolate, bitter coffee. Quite bitter for a strong porter, maybe a touch too much for me. Nice alcohol warmth but quite thin. Decent, but I’ve had much nicer strong porters.
huineman (252) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 7, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Darkest brown with thick tan head.
Aroma is coffe, cocoa, iodine, caramel, toffee, orange...
Very creamy and even oily, with fresh sourness. Full body and a great final bitterness that lasts long. Delicious.
Johnstledger8 (127) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a mostly lasting smooth light brown head. Lots of lacing around the glass. Aroma of pine, grassy, coffee, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, dark fruits. Taste is of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, some roasted malt, burnt notes, slight warming notes of the alcohol. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation. Very nice.
BroadestTom (91) - - 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 (390) - 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 (1111) - 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 (376) - 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 (1535) - 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.