KevBrew (37) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a hint of red, good light brown head, lacing for Africa. Cocoa bean, coffee, molasses, vanilla (not sure why), burnt toffee, Liquorish, Nana’s sherry. Full body - oily/creamy, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Very bitter/sweet upfront, nice round smooth bitter finish with some burnt toast in the tail.
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
In the glass, from a 750ml bottle. Light scent of roasted nuts and coffee on the nose, over a brown frothy head and black black porter. Surprisingly sweet on the tounge, but overall a bit light. Very smooth, but there is a long bitter coffee finish. Overall, this felt a bit light for what I’d want from an Imperial Porter. Almost watery, which hides the alcohol more than is probably desirable for such a potent brew. I expected more to be honest, this was, well, a good porter - not an exceptional one.
davidm (2068) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 21, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the local taphouse. Great imperial porter. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Black, with an off-white head.