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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 sipĖthereís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 8, 2007
THOUGHTS: Iím not a big Flying Fish fan, but this was great. Nay, incredible. This is the beer equivalent of coffee. It smells like coffee, tastes like coffee and looks like coffee; although Iíve never held coffee upt to a light while in a lear drinking vessle to see if it has red highlights. The flavor is great but a little one sided. It just got better as it warmed. I figured this would be pretty good from what I had read about the beer, but I wasnít expecting anything this great. Almost more like a stout than a porter. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that looked black in the glass with red highlights and a small to average tan head that mostly diminished and left virtually no lacing. The aroma was of dark chocoate, strong coffee and rasted malt. The initial flavor was moderate sweetness and lightly bitter, while the finish was moderately to heavily sweet and moderately bitter with an average duration. The body was medium to full and syrupy and just a little dry with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighlanderOne (1237) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2007
Poured from bottle. Get that coffee aroma, some burnt caramel in there too. Flavor is exquisite - coffee, cocoa, vanilla, alcohol and hops. Creamy feel, like a milk stout. VERY drinkable. Even better as it warmed. Creme de cacao notes. Like a fine dessert. Simply outstanding!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cruzan59 (197) - Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4-pack from Total Wine, River Edge, NJ...bottle pours black with a tan head...rich aroma of coffee bean and semi-sweet dark chocolate...flavor is much of the same with roasted malts and a mild bitterness...I was expecting more of pronounced coffee flavor but it was well balanced...really tasty, good sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2008
12 oz bottle-Poured almost cola looking,with a tall,quickly dissappearing beige head.Aromas were heavy coffee,malt and chocolate.Taste was also coffee and malt with a medium body.Delicious Brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (3032) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Deep dark brown color, light red hues around the edges and through the body in the right light, nice one finger initial head, off white to tan, thins quickliy but retains good thin coverage over the top surface. Aroma was licorice, coffee, raw bitter cocoa beans, very faint peat smoke. Flavor was coffee, chocolate, light tobacco, very nice touch of bittering hop zing and mint in the finish. More tilted to sweet than hoppy, yet hardly a too sweet beer. Mouthfeel was excellent, smooth, silky, velvety, even a touch dry, yet wonderful, nothing sticky or syrupy about it. I canít imagine that there is a better FF beer out there (I donít normally even buy FF anymore).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle from Caponeís. Onxy pour with minimal tan head. Aroma of big roasty malt, molasses, figgy fruit, some rauchy notes. Tastes rich and roasty dark malty, with figs, some bourbon hints, and some chocoff notes. Rich, complex palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (3063) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Picked up the last 4 pack at the local Canalís. An outstanding Porter. Very smooth and complex. I hope I donít have to wait another 10 years for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Pour was a dark dark brown color with nice off colored head. Aroma was of coffee and cocoa. Floave was good coffee, and chocolate some bitterness either from the coffee or hop. Mouthfeel was outstanding smooth. Solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a medium light-brown head. Aroma consists of coffee, caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is full and pleasant. Flavor is mostly dark chocolate with a coffee hint to it. Finish is vanilla and very sweet. An impressive porter. Thanks to Eaglefan538 for the bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (862) - 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....

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