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RATINGS: 101   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (502) - Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2013
On draft at World of Beer - Tempe. Pours a very dark brown with a hint of purple and a tan one-finger head. Aroma of oak, light vinous tones, roasted malts, biscuit, and coffee. Mellow vinous flavor up front (though the grape tones build toward the end) with caramel, prunes, toffee, and a slight bitter coffee finish. Medium body with faint puckering tart mouthfeel. No surprises here; this brew tastes exactly like I expected based on the description.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2013
At Avery Strong Ale Fest 2013--clear black with a thin light beige head. Aroma is deceptive, with notes of smokey dark chocolate, as well as fruity wine tones like grapes and sweet berries. Flavor has a nice sweet foundation with roasty chocolaty maltiness, leading to a fruity body and finish that doesn’t really feel or taste like wine, lending more to Belgian stone fruits like cranberry and dark cherry, perhaps a bit of raisins.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (13360) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Pitch black - offwhite head. Fruity, grape fruity, high malty, toasted, ok high malty, burned malts, sweetness, light caramel, dark chocolate. OK.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1155) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Very nice wine-infused porter. Pours like a wine. Aroma is all wine grape. Taste is wine upfront, followed by porter, and then lingering wine. A curiously successful "hybrid." The porter is imperial, so high ABV, but is definitely not a stout (not as rich or roasty for example). Many porters I think would've been better off as stouts; this one is perfect as a porter. A stout would've overwhelmed the balance with the grapes, which is nearly perfect here. Bravo! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metallion66 (104) - - MAR 17, 2013
Faint wine aroma. The taste of the porter base really comes through on the front end. Nice and roasty, slight chocolate. Sweet wine like finish though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
camborne (655) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Wine like aroma. Can really taste the grapes. Blends in some porter notes like chocolate to balance it out. Overall interesting brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20656) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle at Papsø. Hazy red-brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and spices. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, hay and dark chocolate. Fruity finish.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1282) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a big fluffy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet winey grapes and roast chocolate malts with some earthiness.

The flavor is sweet sugary grapes and vinous alcohol with some roast malt that gives it some bitterness in the finish. It’s a little chalky and acidic. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with sharp bubbly carbonation.

Overall, it’s interesting with the winey grapes, but a bit off.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (30908) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2013
75 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty. Fruity, toasted malty and light caramelish. Mild citric. Lingering roasted and chocolate dark malty. Smooth fruity and roasted finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2013
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of Doodler. Pours a reddish brown with a rich, frothy and lacing beige head leaving quite some lacework. Sweet, subtle roast in the nose. Medium body only, very soft on the palate, subtle roast, some vanilla. Subdued bitterness. 150313


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