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RATINGS: 98   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (2814) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mverity (263) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Good head retention. Pours a nice deep opaque brown with really good creay tan head. Nice thick collar and swirls held until the very end. Pungent earthy wine-like aromas. Some nice sweet roasty malt character. Taste is the wine up front (dry, deep fruit, dark), grape juice right behind that but only for a second, and ends with a nice woody-ness. Great high carbonation and medium-thick body. I really dig this beer!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1075) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Appearance: Pours brown. Atop sits a thin tight beige cap.

Aroma: Dark chocolate covered raspberry, chocolate malt.

Taste: Red wine barrel, dark chocolate,oak.branbles. Long roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation. Full bodied.

Overall: Iím usually not big on these beer/wine hybrids, but this delivered big time.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kdm1984 (627) - Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Pleasant cocoa aroma. Terrific head that sits around for a nice bit. Flavor is IMMENSE - roasted cocoa boozy tangy goodness that goes on for ages. Love how it is lighter bodied than the stouts. Sampled several new styles tonight, but had to pour an extra of this imp porter - a little sample was not enough. Great stuff!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brenn79 (1470) - Idaho, USA - MAR 24, 2013
750 ml. bottle- Pours a hazy dark brown to black with a one finger tan head that reduces to a blanket. aroma is roasted malts, wine grapes, vinegar, almost tart, interesting thatís for sure. The taste is more chocolatey than the aroma led on. But you know what it tastes like, a dark sour ale, New Belgium Clutch is a perfect example, very similar, somewhat tart, chocolate, oak, really tasty and interesting. The grapes of the Tempranillo variety obviously enhanced the taste of this beer, but when I drink this, I donít think wine grapes, I think sour ale mixed with an imperial porter, and I am not complaining, very tasty beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
berrya785 (441) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (1420) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours dark brown with minimal head. Slightly tart and sour fruity. Nice. Finishes dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Deep brown pour, tan head. Roasted malt, prunes, red wine notes, tannins, tartness, tart cherries. Cool beer. Much better as it warms.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2013
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.


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