KajII (763) - 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
dbeatdano (8) - - MAR 2, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black coffee with tan, thick creamy head.
Aroma - Brown bread, French roast coffee, hint of dark fruit
Taste - Brown bread taste, very dark roasted coffee and malt, raisins, slight chocolate note but quickly over taken by coffee.
Palate - very bready mouthfeel with a nice tart coffee finish that lingers.
Very excellent beer with a great strong flavor. I’m a big fan of the coffee in the taste, but the aroma is dominated by coffee and not very balanced. Very enjoyable for sipping, but also very drinkable if hanging out with friends. Highly recommended.
chinchill (1264) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle served in a Porter Bar goblet.
A: Pours very dark brown, coffee colored, with a small tan head that quickly reduces to a thin partial coat. Decent lacing.
S: Aromas of sweet and dark roasted grains and coffee dominate. Some fruit and alcohol esters.
Flavor: Sweet and chocolate malts with a solid dark roasted grain taste yet minimal burnt elements. A mildly bitter finish with both roasted malts and coffee.
M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and very smooth.
O: A good coffee porter but neither the porter base nor the coffee are exceptional.
DocLock (7428) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brownish black with tan head. Nose was roasty dark malt, coffee, cacao, hops. Tasted roasty malty, with medium palate density and complexity, and flavors of cacao, coffee, hops, and some nuttiness.
shadey (1845) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Very dark bown pour with webs of dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate coffee and smooth. Flavors are also well blended and smooth. Good body. I would love to drink more of this if the alcohol wasnt so high.
arminjewell (5587) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, roast, slight coffee, hints of earth, slight grain, hints of acidic malt. Taste is a mix of acidic malt, roast, green coffee, hints of chocolate, roast, slight earth, finishing fairly bitter, dry.
drjay44 (2446) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, tiny bubbled, well retained, beige head, with extensive lacing, over a clear dark brown (SRM 30) body......nose is medium coffee, lighter chocolate, minimal esters and hops......taste is moderate coffee, hints of chocolate, leading to a dry, moderately bitter, roasted malt, hop bitter finish......mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation makes a light acid. As is so typical in beers with added coffee, which although used cautiously compared to many, is still somewhat too dominant. The result, hiding some of the other characteristics of both aroma and flavor. It is a good beer, but just too much coffee. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7
ljstephenson (247) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep opaque pour with dark tan thinning head. Aroma is strong dark coffee & raisin. Flavor is very sweet with brown sugar, chocolate and coffee undertones. Finish remains sweet, slight alcohol presence, a touch of hoppyness. Wonderful coffee porter.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Buddy has always raved about this one since working at the brewery. Pours a dark brown with a transient quilt of mocha foam, which falls to an etched surface with a slightly rising central dome. Smells of coffee, leather, cocoa, some roasted and toasted malts and a hint of fig - nice nose. Really soft flavor up front, not nearly as assertive as I’d anticipated; the beer shares coffee with a sharp bitterness, some slight woody oxidation and hunks of cigarette, cocoa, and soil. Silky smooth with low carb at the medium on heavy mark of thickness. This is a pretty decent offering. I’d like a bit more coffee, which surprises me as I’m usually a hint only kinda guy. Wife would like this one quite a bit.
Serving type: bottle
jeremugohio (91) - springboro, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma has hint of coffee and booze. Very nice frothy head and lacing lays well. Taste has is a roasted malt flavor, light bitter booziness, slight chocolate and coffee flavor. Coffee flavor is light, but has a nice coffe grain taste on the finish.
mbgrayson (487) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pitch dark brown, with a dark tan head. Aroma of coffee and malt. Taste is rich and smooth, with heavy notes of coffee. I like this beer, thumbs up!