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Flying Fish Imperial Espresso Porter

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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This robust dark brew has been created using rich Columbian dark roast coffee to celebrate our 10th anniversary in royal fashion. The enticing regal aromas of toffee and licorice lead to the coronation of taste; a palate of malty richness exhibiting chocolate and coffee notes, balanced by the noble and novel Mt. Rainer hop, all topped with a rich creamy crown. This very special offering will warm your soul and lift your spirits. Oh yeah, it also packs a royal kick at 8% alcohol.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (3034) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2009 Tap. Only thing for a long time i liked at a nearby bar, great flavor which gets better as it warms to its correct serving temperature. Best flying fish offering i have had yet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4354) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a wispy, lightly frothed, off-white head. Smell: Sweetish, fruity nose smelling of chocolate, roasted barley, espresso, candied raisins, dark brown sugar, and a small snifter of Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry. Taste: Toasted, chocolaty dark maltiness with some definite sweetish qualities. Enter in a good shot of espresso, but the taste fades all too soon. There are some strong raisiny, and distinct sherry-like notes to the beer, which makes me question the age of this beer, but, as is often the case, there is no born on/expiration dating whatsoever on the bottle. Light earthy bitterness, just enough to show some hops were in use. Tastes of brown sugar and raisins precede the finishes that adds a revisit of coffee and chocolate, but mainly still tatses of brown sugar and raisins. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Sweet and easy-drinking, and, perhaps, showing some oxidation as a ramped up fruitiness, but, it’s still plenty drinkable. On the other hand, it doesn’t really live up to the implied "imperial" promise and feels pretty light, overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2134) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2009
This is probably my favorite NJ beer. However, this year they changed up the recipe a bit and I feel the body is a bit thinner in taste and feel. Still a great beer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2064) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 22, 2009
nice and dark with a head that starts to strong then meanders on down. smell is coffee and sugar and caramel, and cream. roasty notes hit first. strong marshmallow and light burnt finish. nice mild coffee flavorbut the roast bitterness really comes in strong. is this lactic? cause i taste the milk like product. cocoa flavors are there in the background and come to the forfront later in this. the main coffee flavors are very good here, a good beer to have after putting up with some uber slackers and then realizing the depths of my own personal failure due to a mediocre fucking masters english student. there isn’t enough beer in the world right now, luckily i have other connections. damn good coffee notes come out as this warms. that me;lted caramel and toffee note really starts to both make me happy and want more while getting a touch clloying and overwhelming.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - MAY 22, 2009
Aroma heavy on the coffee with a bit of molasses. Thin, creamy head. Flavor definitely dominated by rich black coffee with just faint hints of molasses, chocolate, and hops. An interesting hybrid porter.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (2950) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2009
From a bottlepoured black with a fair amount of head. Flavor, aroma, and lasting finish of black coffee

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2009
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Alraomon. Thanks! Pours a dark ruby tinted brown color with a thin head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is very bitter and lightly sweet espresso with light chocolate notes. Taste is chocolate, bitter coffee and a light fruity finish. Medium-full bodied with strong carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (494) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Chocolate, sweet syrup and yes, burnt coffee mixes with brown sugar to form quite a punch... fierce blackness with a creamy brown head; a slant of light appears only when held to a lamp... medium- to heavy-bodied, with initial heat on the throat and a soft buzz to the teeth (8.2% ABV) that blunts as the glass drains... robust, full-on coffee and chocolate flavor... softer secondary hints of liccorice and caramel add a nice, complex finish... a bit slick and oily in spots, this Fish maintains its intent--a porter that doubles as a warmer coffee features... mellow enough to enjoy straight-up, weighty enough ti warm and move with just one bottle...a tenth anniversary celebration indeed....

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
n49921 (108) - USA - APR 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark, has a nice brown head. Aroma is coffee and a bit roasted. Taste has a nice hint of coffee with a chocolate taste as well.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2009
Thanks to Kevin for this one. Dark brown pour with a thick beige head and minimal lace. Fresh roasted coffee beans on the nose. Creamy mouth-feel. Chocolate, alcohol, roasted malts, and coffee.


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