jduker000 (18) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 year. Aroma is a complex combination of rich, roast notes with hints of sweet caramel mixed in. Reminded me of a toasted marshmallow. Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head that starts at about a half inch and settles slowly. The taste is absolutely fantastic. The coffee notes blend perfectly with the sweetness of the malts. Porters are not usually my cup of tea, but damn... I tasted dark chocolate and cherries mixed in, too. I have to say this is definitely in my to 10 beers.
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of jtclockwork. Deep dark pour. Small khaki head which disappears immediately, leaving nice tan lace. Nose is a perfect, fresh cup of coffee with some chocolate notes. Rich, roasty malt flavor upfront, a bit of sweetness. Like a black, dark roast cup of coffee on the back end, with a bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, true to style. Developed a nice creaminess as it warmed up. Quite tasty coffee porter. Although defined as "imperial" the 7.5% abv was nicely hidden.
TimE (4895) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown color. Creamy light brown head. Fresh cup of coffee with a tootsie roll and dark fruit. Off dry, coffee and chocolate. The nose is a bit more interesting than mouth. Med body. Very malty. Lingering coffee finish.
jstraw (1960) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with big, foamy, brown head / Rich nose of lightly sour malt, coffee, chocolate, and smoke / Medium to full body, chewy, hint of sweetness but dry, with excellent balance and bitter finish / Flavors of dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, smoke, nut, and grass / On dry side, but fine balance and body.
ryecatcher (1320) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber from 2011 bottling. Pours an opaque brown-black with a minimal mocha head, not much retention (could be my glass). Nose is mostly malt with some toffee notes. Mouth is relatively thin, primarily malty with some light roast coffee notes and some caramel. Finish is non-eventful. Would like to do a ’now and then’ comparison with a more recent bottling of this.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle. Small beige head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, some roast, earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, some caramel, light earthy. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation.
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Charleston Beer Exchange, shared at the Richmond Industry Gathering. Pours a dark red-brown color with a medium sized frothy brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, dust and bitter roasted notes. The taste is coffee, sweet roasted malts, chocolate. Medium bodied.
AWISLguy (2408) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Cardinal in Niles. Pours very, very dark brown with a cafe au lait head. Some minor lacing that fades quickly and disappears. Aroma has cocoa powder, caramel, faint coffee, some molasses. Quite roasty. Taste is of sweet caramel, layered molasses, some bitter bakers chocolate, a touch of soy and lactose. Finishes sweet with some roast malts and milk. Nothing too "imperial" about it, and little sense of alcohol, but very drinkable and a solid, tasty porter.
kevinator (1850) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice beer with breakfast. Very roasted aroma. Very dark with maple colored head and a little lacing. Strong roasted and sour malted flavors with added bitterness. The coffee essence was subtle and blended in well. The palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Alcohol not very noticeable.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle, bottled on 9/22/11. Served in a mini tasting snifter.
A: Pours a solid black body with dark brown edges. A thin khaki head forms quickly on the pour and leaves just as quick.
S: Pure ground up coffee beans with a touch of roastiness in there for good measure. Quite dominating.
T: The taste is more of the same with the coffee been and espresso flavors hitting you hard in the beginning, but there is some nice roast in there with a hint of bitter chocolate to give it another layer of flavor.
M: Medium bodied, slightly thin in nature, with decent carbonation. I expecting a little more body with an imperial porter like this.
O: The coffee dominates throughout the whole experience so if you don’t like coffee, or think it’s just "OK", the I would recommend you stay away from this. It’s decent and I’m glad I got to try it, but I probably wouldn’t want to have it again. Slightly one dimensional.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-01-2012