jcwattsrugger (10000) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle-pours dark brown with a dissipating tan head. Aroma is sweet dark malt-anise, dark fruit-cherry, wood. Taste is sweet dark malt-anise, wood, earthy hops, dark fruit-cherry. Aroma is more malt forward, Taste is more balanced. OK carbonation.
Ron (1989) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aromas of hops, chocolate, roasted malts and some coffee. Flavors of roasted malts, dark chocolate, spicey hops, and some bitter coffee to round things out. Nice balanced flavor. This is a damn good imperial Porter.
sonnycheeba (1915) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 Bottle. Pours dark brown with thin, fizzy beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and light hops. Flavor is earthy, roasted malt, dark chocolate, pine, and dark fruit. Medium/full body with medium carbonation and warmth. Finish is dry with a dark chocolate bitterness. Good beer, but I was disappointed with the finish.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from paul 3/2/11.
typical reddish importer color with a big tan head.
aromas of ash, roast, choco, lactose, earthy/woody, caramel and some spice.
the flavor is the same... sweetness is offset by earthy hops and a touch of pine.
it is medium bodied but a little thinner than i care for in the style. still, quite tasty. 7/4/7/3/15
jb (1809) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very very dark, reddish highlights peek through. Thick head, moderate lacing. Nose is hop flowers, and a touch of coffee. Palate is a bit thin and watery to start, but then rapidly fills in with chocolate malt, oiliness, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, licorice. Nice, not sure if it is well integrated. I prefer the Nordic versions.
wedgie9 (1590) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 10/22/11 from a 650mL bomber bottle obtained in a trade. Pours an opaque, almost black charred brown color with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to thick, rocky lace, leaving lace residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is full of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel, burnt brown sugar, and dark dried fruits (fig, raisin, and prune). The flavor has some sweetness with the dried fruit notes up front, moving to the bitter dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and charred flavors. The body is full with average, but smooth carbonation, and a long dried fruit, dark chocolate, coffee, and molasses finish. Other than the alcohol being a little more perceptible than I would like, this beer is very nice.
Pawola22 (3107) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz, 2011 Vintage bottle from Wegman’s in State College, PA. Pours a black colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is pretty solid. Sweeter dark chocolates with a good amount of roasts and piney hops. Some darker fruits and darker caramel in there too. Flavor is similar. Sweet roasts and darker chocolates up front with some caramel, dark fruit, and a good amount of piney hops giving off a slight grapefruit citrus. A hint of molasses comes out towards the end as well as a few resins from the hops. Roast increases as well with a slightly fruity molasses and chocolate before this finishes dry with a medium-light, coffee and piney bitterness along with a few hops resins. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, smooth body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really nice beer. Solid roast and hop presence with a nice piney resin. Well balanced with a bit of a molasses presence and darker chocolate/caramel. Dry in the finish with no hint of alcohol. Very enjoyable.
BlackIPA (720) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was not too sure about this beer when I reached for it from the shelf, but damn, it far exceeded my expectations once I tasted it. Pours a beautiful dark brown, almost black, with a huge khaki head. Smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolate and piney hops. The taste is bitter chocolate, hops, roast and a touch of anise thrown in. No alcohol detected. This is a great imperial porter.
llcooldave (904) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black in color with a foamy soapy looking head. Big coffee & dark cocoa nose with a sweet nutty notes. Mocha and cream flavors; sweet cocoa and loads of coffee. Overall, this is really delicious; a pleasure to drink. I wish I had regular access to it so I can buy more.
cleverlobo (296) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle; dark brown with red hues moderate pale brown head; aroma-coffee, chocolate, roasty, raisin, molasses; taste-medium sweetness, lightly bitter, warming alcohol, mild carbonation. This is great