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RATINGS: 95   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
berrya785 (440) - Kansas, USA - APR 26, 2013
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a nearly opaque brown/black with red highlights and a big brown head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is musty with roasted malts and grapes. Taste is caramel, coffee, and grapes with a dry wine like finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGooch510 (13) - Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2013
Full bodied flavor, with a definitely barley "wine" style flavor. Not worth $16 for a bomber in my opinion, but a good beer nontheless ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (2579) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 13, 2013
This is a very nice porter. Smooth, rich, and dark. A dense mouthfeel with the grape and wine barrel flavors adding a splendid subtle touch of tartness. Picked this up at the cork and barrel in Lawrence.

3.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonshawn (264) - - APR 12, 2013
Dark, with small beige head. Good lacing. Fairly Nuetral aroma, but complex taste. Sweet, toffee, well balanced and easy to drink..

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (2232) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2013
On tap at Luck Pie Lodo. Pour is deep brown with a small tan head and great lacing. Toffee, raisins, dark fruits, light cocoa, bread, a touch of vanilla, and brown sugar in the aroma. Taste is roasty, yet tart, somewhat fruity, red grapes, coffee, and malty with a medium roasty finish. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Kind-of a weird brew but not in a bad way. I think I prefer Ska’s Vinifera over this one.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (9835) - DENMARK - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle @ Papsoe tasting. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, little vegetable, medium sweet, hop, little liquorice and a little bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Concealer (649) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2013
A burgundy brown pour with a caramel head. Smells almost like a port wine. Grapes, spice and malt with a little oak in the nose. Tastes of sweet malt and chocolate/toffee, oak, grape, and spice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Tap at Odell - clear dark ruby pour - nose is pretty much all imperial porter - caramelized sugars, chocolate - can’t really detect the barrel - if I didn’t know, I would not guess - body is definitely thin for something of this strength - approach is all chocolate and burnt sugars - middle has a slight hint of grape juice - finish is light roast and char, along with a hint of tartness - again, hard to detect the barrel/wine - seriously disappointing, but not necessarily bad - glad I didn’t spend 14 bucks on a bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CJack (31) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Draft pour rich brown with burgundy hue. Very light aroma. Very sweet taste with lots of caramel malts. Light hop bitterness balances the malts nicely. Complex flavor with woodiness from barrel aging. Despite high gravity, no boozy flavor (ie well-masked). Very unique for an already uncommon style (imperial porter). ---Rated whilst imbibing

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pentaz (915) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2013
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours opaque dark brown with a good lacing and huge beige head. Aroma is toffee, red berreies, wood, roasted malt, grapes, bubblegum, sour berries. Taste is medium sweet, light+ bitter and light tart. Body is medium, carbonation is moderate. Finishes fruity sweet, woody, tart and tannic.


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