AmEricanbrew (4868) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with tan sheen. earthy dirt, vegetal, medium roast coffee, chocolate aromas. medium body, soft carbonation. Nice chocolate, roasty malt, brewed coffee flavors----good.
jkwood04 (2293) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle in a plastic cup. Pours dark brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted and dark malts, caramel malts, dough, and light hops. Flavor the same, a little light on the flavors. Average texture. A decent porter.
Fritz123 (239) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share. Snifter pour. Aroma was light overall of coffee, malts and toffee. Kind of smelled as a barley wine. Taste was very good with chocolate, coffee, sweet vanilla, cinnamon, and roasted nuts. Smooth mouth. Spice aftertaste.
UDBeernut (870) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from smith4498 split with wife. Also a new state rating. Pours obaque jet black with an impressive tan head. Nose of black coffee, hint of chocolate. Taste with very coffee forward but is not overwhelming or astringent. Slight flowery bitterness flows at the end and keeps this choo-choo chugging down the tracks. Body is solid but seems a bit watery at times. Overall I am very impressed and enjoyed it very much.
BOLTZ7555 (2378) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really enjoyed this one. Freshly brewed Kona coffee bean, dark bitter chocolate, and a touch of vanilla. Brown sugar and caramel base. Not terribly interesting but well executed...and the ABV is beautifully hidden.
beerbastard (501) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. bottle. I must have gotten a bad one, i see that it rates well among my fellow ratebeerians. Just for my own notes, I didnít like it. Nose was dominated by some kind of organic solvent. The taste wasnít much better. Vinegar and acetone comes to mind. Had to drain pour it. Hope to try again and rerate. I will keep my score neutral.
Hawksfan79 (2) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glass: Nonic pint glass
Opaque black in color with no highlights, two fingers worth of thick rocky brown head.
Sweet molasses in the front of the aroma followed by vanilla, coffee, and alcohol. Slight hint of chocolate syrup, magnificent smelling beer.
Tastes of coffee, chocolate, alcohol, and there is some other warming aside from the alcohol. Some kind of pepper maybe.
Full bodied, thick creamy in texture yet seems to go down really smoothly. A lot of warming in this beer that really lingers in the finish.
Serving type: bottle
GT2 (5661) - Riverslime, California, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring MD. Pours a clear deep brown to black with wispy tan lacing. Nose is a bit green but as it warms there is a ton of hazelnut and vanilla sharp coffee. Taste had excellent hop balance, dense bitter bitter chocolate, more sharp vanilla hazelnut coffee. Much better than I expected. Their was some odd vegetal green coffee overpowering for awhile but it warmed up nicely.
KajII (705) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bottle. The pour was a deep dark opaque brown with an average (1-2 finger) medium tan creamy head that receded down to a thin layer of residue and medium collar, which created excellent sheets of sticky lacing.
The aroma was of roasted dark malts, light resin hops and a bold leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, dark fruit (black cherry) and a mild tartness.
The taste was lightly sweet and exceptionally malty with a bold chocolate roastiness which lasted throughout, progressing with a mildly bitter espresso presence along with a slight fruitiness towards the finish. The flavor hung around for a good long time following the swallow, with a lightly tart fruity roasty taste that was left to settle in on the taste buds, as a mild alcohol warming sensation crept in.
Mouthfeel was well beyond medium in body with a dry, oily texture and a somewhat lively carbonation.
Overall as Imperial Porters go, this one is at top of its game. It possessed tons of roasty flavor along with a mild fruity tartness and a superb drinkability. This brew is highly recommended and a must try for anyone who likes a dark roasty brew... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews
thechandler (526) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark creamy brown. Aroma is roasty, dark with a hint of espresso. Flavor is strongly coffee bitter, but pleasing. Mouthfeel is decently smooth.