KajII (800) - 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
Bulk_Carrier (3722) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - SEP 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown almost black color with a thin sustaining finger’s worth of white to off white head. Damn, that head must last for a good 3 minutes. Finally, the lacing seems good, slight messiness.
The aroma, well, I think this is a bit aged, though I don’t see any dates anywhere, but this is how I currently feel about this: coffee bean - slightly acidic, dry roasty, subtle vanilla, sly milk chocolate, then some sweet dark fruits (leaning to plums/raisins, mainly).
The flavor takes all of the previously mentioned flavors to combine nicely into a subtle sweet to roasty coffee bean to dark fruitiness. Definitely moves nice and sweet in the aftertaste and slyly touching the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable to sipping quality about it. Carbonation seems to have fallen off a bit, but that’s okay, as I believe this is slightly aged a bit.
Overall, its aged, so, I don’t want to be too harsh on this beer, yes, maybe not as boozy as when it was initially put out on the market. Still, this one has a ton of potential.
stevoj (3931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Boise Co-op. Inky black pour with small beige head. Light, mellow coffee aroma. Taste brings more of the coffee bitterness, faint chocolate notes, burnt toast and roast malts. Imperial-ness not too evident, fairly smooth Porter. More coffee bitterness at the finish.
SlovakSniper (5084) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Un liquide épais et une mousse qui se résorbe en laissant quelques traces derrière elle. Au nez, café fraîchement torréfié et fève entière écrasée qui n’empêchent pas la mise en place des malts. Au goût, chocolat et caramel combattent le café de façon pacifique. Le mariage est réussi. Tout cela est nuancé par un grain malté rôti costaud, des épices et de la terre (houblons?). Le corps est soyeux et pétillant. La finale est amère par le café mais aussi par les houblons. Un impérial porter qui ne s’adresse pas aux mauviettes.
Nekronos (4101) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JUL 2, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
VEry delicious. Had it at Idaho Falls in an excellent place. Great thickness, features and taste all good.
Panzuriel (1952) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: 22 oz bottle obtained through Tavour
Appearance: Dark brown to black opaque liquid. Half inch of smaller tan bubbles
Nose: Darker roast coffee bitterness. Hints of chocolate and roasted nuts
Taste: Black coffee bitters, hint of roasted nuts. Dark chocolate. Mildly sweet
Body: medium to full body, but fluid
Parting thoughts: Decent coffee porter. Solid. Middle of the road.
monk191 (1749) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice coffee porter. Pours a deep brown-black with a brown head. Smells great, coffee and vanilla. Taste is vanilla to start, with a bit of bitter coffee in the finish. Had in the bottle.
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle shared by Amy. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, earthy bitterness, perhaps a touch thin for the big roasted coffee character, but tasty, I get a hint of dark berries, but mostly coffee. I have had this before and didn’t rate it so I was happy to have it again.
drsordr (2336) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Amy pour opaque dark brown with thin tan head. Nose big coffee, chocolate and malt but mostly coffee. Taste dark roast coffee, dark fruit, and some milk chocolate but mostly coffee. I like coffee.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, 5/30/12. Dark brown with a tan head. Nose is caramel, peanut, coffee, raisin and hay. Creamy medium body with a tingle. Taste is stale chocolate, caramel, coffee and fig. I’m guessing the coffee has faded quite a bit since fresh. The result though is beautifully melded and has held up better than many impy stouts I’ve cellared.
DandyWolfFloyd (1037) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma - coffee, alcohol, roast, and dark chocolate
Appearance - pitch black body with a dark brown head that slowly fades to a foam
Taste - roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, and a carmalized sugar.
Palate - full body, texture is slick, average carbonation, long astringent roast
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