oRos (1006) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at california 10k event. Pours black with off white head. Taste is big roasted malts with some sweetness. It was a graveyard smash.
Dodgrblu (563) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Cap Tap at 10 K celebration, hoppy, some water, character limit sucks.
marcus (6022) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Capitol Beer bottle share. Pours dark brown with a modest beige head and a treacle aroma. There is a medium-bodied sweet malt flavor with a dry finish.
jgb9348 (4493) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thin, very fast-dying tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, pumpkin, squash, nuts, earth, pit fruits, prunes and a bit of spices. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong roasty and earthy malts up front with a good dose of coffee and prunes right behind with little else aside from the slightest bit of hops. Aftertaste shows some squash and a faint note of spices and a bit of the sugars. Overall, a fairly watery imperial porter with not as much complexity as a standard porter, but showing a touch more alcohol. Decent to try, but I was expecting more from the brewery and I wouldn’t have brought this back home if I knew it would turn out like this. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Made in Oregon in Portland, Oregon (PDX Airport, Terminal D) on 28-September-2013 for US$5.49 sampled at home in Washington on the other side of the country, two days before halloween on 29-October-2013.
BEENJAMIN (288) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is ridiculous, gram cracker, cinnamon, coffee, molasses. Flavors are similar, lots spice and deep malts, this is a really unique porter and I’m excited to drink it every year.
peteinSD (1281) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a scattering of light tan foam. Roast, chocolate, and thin bitterness with pine in the aroma. Taste is dry roast, off flavors, and a lingering hope bitterness. Light, watery mouthfeel. Okay.
KajII (774) - 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 (10361) - 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 (7005) - 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 (735) - 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+.