KajII (705) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz Bottle. The pour was a very dark muddy brown with a small (less than 1 finger) light brown bubbly head that receded steadily, eventually becoming nothing more than a small collar which did produce some excellent streaky lacing.
The aroma was of a roasted dark grain malt and an earthy leathery yeast with notes if molasses, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a whiff of smoke.
The taste was reminiscent of the aroma, beginning with a bold malty roasted flavor and just a touch of molasses, and then became mildly bitter with a strong mocha-coffee taste and a mild smokiness towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow with a roasty coffee presence left to linger, along with a mild alcohol warming.
Mouthfeel was a hair past medium in body with a thin oily texture and a prickly carbonation.
Overall this was a bold and tasty roasted brew, with all of the components of a really good Porter, which did a great job of almost totally concealing the high ABV. Thus creating a good smooth drinkability... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews
bhensonb (8997) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Made in Oregon. 8.0% Pours dark brown/black with a slight beige head. Aroma of veg and treacle. And liquorice. Med + body. Flavor is treacle and liquorice with hints of chocolate. I think there’s more in this, but it’s hard to figure it out. Not the common porter. Finishes more dry than not.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Fifth Quadrant (NOL) - 07/11/12 @8.1% ABV.
Mid black in appearance with a thin tan head.
Nose comprises dark roast malts, chocolate, touch of coffee.
Tastes of dark malts, aniseed, molasses, liqourice, sweet dark sugars.
Medium bodied with soft carbonation leading to a sweet and roasty finish.
Decent enough drop.
brian60625 (609) - Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber bottle poured into a pint glass, pitch black, med. bodied, low foam, smooth feel, subtle smell of toasted malts...Overall: Jeez, talk about a tough crowd. This brew scores in the 90s overall, but it’s in the frigid 30s in style points. I enjoyed it a lot. It nicely concealed an 8% abv (that’s how it was labeled on the bomber that I bought, but ratebeer puts it at 7.5), and it was sweet without getting puckering. That’s the trick of an imperial porter. You need to retain the warm smoothness (think bearskin rug before a fireplace) of the porter’s maltiness, without falling prey to the jagged loudmouthed sweetness of a high-abv imperial beverage. They accomplished that here. While it wasn’t distinctive in any particular flavor element (and they don’t offer any compass with a brewer’s description here), they got the basics down right. Despite the abysmal style ratings, I give this a B+.
cmonster (897) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 Bottle. Pours dark brown with a short head. Solid coffee roastiness, semi-sweet and light smoky aroma. Medium sweet, roasty flavor, with a hint of melon. Medium-plus body, good carbonation, and sweet, then roasty finish. Straight-forward and well done porter.
after4ever (5292) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at dog & pony. Pours black with a nice creamy dark tan head. Sheeting lace. Big ashy coffee nose. Creamy medium body with mild carb. Ashy mid palate with cheap coffee. Too much black patent malt. Ashy ascetic finish.
Nikiel (790) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle with Carla. Pours a thin dark brown with minimal tan foam. Smells roasty, bitter and alcoholic. Tastes more alcoholic than it is and of bitter java.
DarkElf (2961) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
29-Apr-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 30-Dec-09 for $4.24 at www.liquidsolutions.net) The problem with a lot of Imperial Porters is the intense maltiness is also very sweet and somewhat cloying, but with this beer, the significant malty sweetness is balanced by a dry roastiness so the beer is drinkable beyond just the first pint. Loaded with rich, milk chocolate, coffee with milk and sugar, moderate roast, caramel, molasses, and earth, rounded out by medium-bitter, grassy hops. Full-bodied and sweet on the palate, but reasonably dry in the finish with medium carbonation. Chocolate, earth, decayed tree bark, molasses, prunes in the nose. Medium-brown in color with some haze in the body and a half-inch, tan head that settles to a thin ring. Only a bit of spotty lace. Not what I was expecting from a beer with a huge, evil pumpkin on the label, but that’s a good thing!
bvc (1103) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from this year. Pours a rich black with a nicely formed light khaki head that settles down to a good size ring. Nose is quite roasty, nutty and full of coffee and chocolate up front. Under that is some detectable pie spice and graham. Mouth feel is quite full bodies and lively carbonated, maybe a bit much on the carb. Very roasty with the malt flavor up front. Plenty of coffee and some char flavor. Under that is light spice and some vegital notes. Not bad, but the carbonation is keeping me from liking this more
BillKismet (3000) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasted chestnut brown body with a flimsy brown head. Wonderful freshly milled dark roasted grain nose with distinct nut character. Roasty malty body, with warming nuttiness.