AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice coffee aroma, a thick creamy head that hangs on, very smooth throught the finish. Full Sail rocks!!
TAR (2391) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2009 rerate: this is a much fresher sample. exp. date 7/20/02. aroma of espresso and nice roasted grains. Mouthfeel is creamy and simply delectable. Flavors are very much pronounced here; finishes with a very lovely burnt bitter chocolate/hop bite; leaves sticky residue on the lips. nice! One of the best porters I have had. For $7.59 a six pack, how can you beat it? I like the idea of this style. My bottle was 6 months outdated but I could definitely see this beers potential. Huge, sticky head, espresso middle with lingering hop bitter finish.
Terminus (3042) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2004 ReRate-22 oz bottle 2003. This was one of the first craft brews i ever had, but i didn't give it a justified writeup-pours 95% black. nice tan head that dissapeared very fast, but lasted along the rim of the snifter. nice hoppy arome along with the chocolate malts. long roasted finish with some piney hop notes. well balanced and solid.
drm49ers99 (4) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 31, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The name brings thoughts of rome, and african colinization. However the beer brings nothing but bliss. Chocolate Aroma with hints of brown sugar. Chocolatey with coffee, hops pop up to say hellow through out the beer. Crisp, satisfying and warming. Awsome
joet (1991) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 20, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice nose, sweet, bright roasty malty flavors. Robust coffee flavors, between a crisp and creamy mouthfeel, bitter roasty finish.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A lovely, warming beer. I, too love the idea of an Imperial of this style and they pull it off magically.
12-21-2001 UPDATE- alittle more studied this time: thick and black color; descernable head that sustained, deep leafy nose.
This may sound gross, but tobacco was a big player in the palate of this beer. But it works.
foamdaddy99 (6) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2001 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite dark beer. Almost a chocolate aftertaste. I really like the foamy brown head. Try it with Vanilla Ice Cream for an excellent Porter Float. No Iím not crazy this was suggested to me by a Full Sail rep!
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like the idea of making an imperial porter that is distinct in style from an imerial stout. This beer has the smooth chocolately flavour of a porter at first, but ends in a big way with a warming flavour similar to a big stout. Well done.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 3, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very deep, complex, involving libation. Deep bitter chocolate and espresso notes. One of the best porters in the world.