crossovert (6146) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Definitely plenty of oak, some vinous notes, musty grape, flavor is porterish with a strong dark fruit note.
Beerenberger (1226) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
The aroma is musky. Grape skins, roasted malts, toast, with hints of dark pitted fruit. Pours an opaque brownish black with a robust, mostly diminishing khaki head and abundent lacing. The taste is bitter-sweet. Dark fruit, roasted malts, and grapes, with hints of vanilla with a vinous finish and aftertaste. Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Overall, a very interesting take on an Imperial Porter. I liked it and would drink it again. This is more of an evening sipper.
budznsudz (430) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The cork comes off of this like champagne. Pours dark brown with a long lasting bubbly brown head. Aroma is grape, red wine, roast, and a bit of funk. Taste is sour grapes, wine, and some sour funk. Not bad.
Errl (1278) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Thanks to Wchesser..Pour is dark black with a nice tan head..Nose is grape must,roasted malts, chocolate, fruits, spice..Taste is roast, grape, dark fruit, fig, spice,dry with Nice balance
Ibrew2or3 (6450) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Share courtesy of Gription79. It poured up with a murky mahogany body supporting a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up crushed grape skin and then light blueberry mixed with earthy gravel notes. The taste is nice and rich and chewy with grapes and berry notes mixing with a slight red wine sensation. Into the finish it gets sort of mild earthy gravel road too. Interesting and a nice fruity sipper.
BeerandBlues2 (9005) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home. Pours black, nearly opaque, with a large, frothy and foamy tan head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, somewhat nutty, earthy grape must, nearly dirty with alcohol notes. Flavor is dark malt and lightly tart vinous notes, light hops, light bitterness, peppery alcohol, earthy and woody/starchy grape vines with an abrupt, dry finish. Medium body and moderate to heavy carbonation.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A steady pour into my Teku glass produces a four-finger thick, brown tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown color that shows an opaque, concentrated amber hue when held up to the light. The nose smells of toasted, lightly roasted malt backed by sweet fruit aromatic notes. Lots of toasted whole grain aromatics, rich raisin notes, sort of tannic, dark grape juice aromas, an amply nutty dark malt character, and then, as the beer warms the oak character becomes a bit more noticeable; the latter also accentuates the toasted and nutty notes found here, and there is also a soft woodiness and oak spice character.
The beer is quite sweet, which is surprising given how much simple sugars from the grapes are in here. Once you get past the sweetness there is an almost saltiness, and savory smokiness to this beer. The sweetness accentuates a red-grape-skin stained, sweet, dark grape juice flavor that is found up front. The middle sees more balancing malt character come into play with lightly roasted, amply toasted brown bread, roasted nutty notes, as well as a smokiness that is here somehow. The barrel aging accentuates the toasted malt character, provides a very light woody flavor, and has a hint of a spicy oak character in the finish. As the beer warms up it becomes a bit more balanced between the malt and the upfront sweetness. The fruit character is definitely raisin like, reminds me of a tannic, and dark red stained grape.
Not bad, but a little bit too sweet, though I do like how soft the oak is, but that it still adds so much character to this beer. The beer becomes a bit more balanced as it warms up, in fact this needs to be drunk on the warm side so that it doesn’t come off as overly sweet. My opinion of this beer certainly changed quite a bit once it warmed up, too sweet and unbalanced when cool (~50 degrees F), but once it warmed up a bit it became quite a bit better.
Sledutah (4074) - Utah, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Dallas
Clear brown with a medium beige head and some lacing. Aroma of toasted malts, bready, nutty and fruit. Flavors of toasted malts, woody, chocolate and hot alcohols
kcorum10 (300) - Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown, almost black, with thin tan head. Aromas of roasted malts and mild grapes. Flavors of medium malt character with a finish of the sweet grapes. This is a well balanced beer and one that I would repeat.
EdInSaltLake (510) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grape, chocolate-y roasted aroma. Grape juice flavor, finishing more like red wine; sweet/caramel malt flavor, with subtle roast.