ads135 (3173) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
commonshawn (484) - Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, with small beige head. Good lacing. Fairly Nuetral aroma, but complex taste. Sweet, toffee, well balanced and easy to drink..
Steve_0 (2968) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
chrisv10 (11799) - DENMARK - MAR 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Concealer (866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
notalush (5119) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
CJack (48) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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).
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pentaz (1253) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Brouwerij (947) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark, opaque, maroon brown with a finger and a half of fine tan head. Great retention, pillowyh head, with sheets of lacing. Aroma is grape, oaky, roasted, dark, and chocolate malts. Flavor is grapy, oaky, vinous, with a roasted, chocolate finish, mild alcohol. Flavor has grape and wine character on the nose while retaining good porter character. Was afraid the fruit flavor might be overbearing between the juice and the wine barrels. Moderate carbonation, medium body, slightly oily and chewy texture, and mildly dry finish. An interesting porter, rich, roasted, chocolatey, with a nice fruity character. Well balanced, unique, excellent.
flylikeabanana (179) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a dark opaque brown with a medium tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, espresso, brown sugar, and oak. Taste is smoky, chocolate, and classic porter with a bit of tart grape on the finish. The grape juice is not as present as I had expected, but the overall product is very palatable.