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Flying Fish Imperial Espresso Porter

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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
This robust dark brew has been created in conjunction with Crescent Moon to coffee to come up with a special five bean blend to bring out the depth of the beer. Originally produced to celebrate our 10th anniversary, this has now become our late-winter seasonal. Note the aromas of toffee, licorice and coffee roastiness. Then take a sip–there’s a malty richness on the palate followed by chocolate, coffee, spices and perhaps even some licorice character from the Mount Rainier hops. The beer finishes with a subtle black cherry/berry character from rare Ethiopian Sidamo beans. Oh yeah, it also packs a royal kick at 8% alcohol.

Coffee: Blend of five Estate coffees locally roasted

Malts: Two Row Pale, Munich, Chocolate, Medium Crystal and Cara Malts.
Hops: Magnum and Mount Rainier
Yeast: English Ale
Original Gravity: 18 Plato

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2007
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of Storm. Pours a clear, reddish brown with a beige head. Sweetish, roasted malt aroma - some vanilla also. Medium body with sweetish, roasted malt, lightly burned with some cola notes and a dry, burned bitterness from the malt. 310807

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2012
23rd February 2011
Opaque dark brown beer, not much of a head. Light coffee on the nose. Light palate, a tad dry. Mild mild espresso with light dark malts. Mild minerals. Everything seems pretty light for an Imperial beer at 8.2% but quite quaffable!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (18101) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2007
Dark mahogany color. A beer based on (sweet) caramel, with a respectable body and (IMO) not much bitterness, also some roastedmalt; but lack of complexity and interest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (13276) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2010
UPDATED: APR 18, 2012 Dark brownish black pour. Nose is more caramel chocolate malt than coffee. Taste is chocolate coffee with dryish finish. Rated 8/10/08

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12856) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 27, 2007
(12oz bottle) Small tan head that diminishes rapidly, atop dark cola body. Aroma is medium sweet, rich coffee, some roast, light chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, sugared coffee, some milk, caramel, roast, bourbon, light chocolate. Creamy medium-full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 13, 2008
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of mustiness, chocolate, light smoke, roastiness, and toffee. Flavor of chocolate, caramel malt, light coffee, and roasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 19, 2007
GABF ’07. Pours black with an average, creamy, light brown head, lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, molasses, chocolate), light hops (flowers, grass), average yeast (leather) with notes of tar and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11469) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2007
12oz bottle shared courtesy of Zrrbrrt. Poured a deep brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, some dark fruits, and light coffee/ latte. Almost reminded me of a baltic porter. Tastes of roast, vanilla and light coffee. I love coffee beers and anything with the words ’Imperial Espresso’ in the title gets me excited to try, but I have to admit, I was let down. To me Imperial Espresso should be all about the coffee and I found the coffee aspect to be lacking (that being said, this was still a solid beer).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 02/03/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

hazy dark brown, coffee and chocolate aroma, rich chocolate flavor, just a touch of the coffee, light bitterness in the finish, well balanced

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

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