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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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An Imperial Porter aged in oak wine barrels accented with juice from Tempranillo grapes grown on the Western Slope of Colorado, this harmonic combination is truly, a must.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EtTuCthulhu (1128) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JUL 12, 2013
The color of this beer is a very, very dark reddish brown color with a large off-white head, and the aroma combines the scents of toasted malts and red grapes despite its subtleness. The taste with its mild umami, slightly sour, and a touch sweet is very enjoyable and indulgent, and the palate mixes a full body, slick texture, soft carbonation, and a long finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2470) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2013
750 ml. caged and corked bottle. Pours deep mahogany with a tan head. Yeast sediment settling at the bottom. A hint of sweetness from the oak, which shows through more as you sip. Sweet on the palate, but finished with a bit of bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (1844) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
Really enjoyed this. Aromas of sweet chocolate, wood, and grape juice. Tastes like a chocolate covered grape. A little boozy but very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2013
(750ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, grapes, vinous, oak, vanilla, and metal. Flavor of roasted malt, cocoa, grapes, caramel, vinous, and oak.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Thanks, Jeff! Interesting move, to double down on the vinous qualities that sometimes come with strong porters. And even more quirky to choose this particular grape. Reddish brown pour, deep and murky but without being mere soup. Light beige head, seems lively despite the apparent heavy depths. Nose is really inviting, with chocolate, yeast, and a pronounced nuttiness that goes well with the vinous notes. Full but not sludgy body, very well done base porter. Taste reveals some vanilla, mildest of coffee, deep lustrous chocolate and very nice, subtly integrated grape. Surprising and quite nice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (6963) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Tap at Muddy Pig. Reddish brown pour with a small spotty head. Vinous grape, slight wood, hint of chocolate, and spice. Wanted this to be better, though. Just okay.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35959) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2013

Bottle 750ml.

Clear dark brown colour with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, tobacco, chocolate, wood. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, chocolate, wood - oak, tobacco - grape. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20130315]

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (7878) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Definitely plenty of oak, some vinous notes, musty grape, flavor is porterish with a strong dark fruit note.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beerenberger (1538) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2013
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
budznsudz (571) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2013
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.


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