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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Strong porter brewed with rye and spruce. As always, unfiltered and re-fermented in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8001) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours nearly black with an attractive tan head and a treacle and spruce aroma. There is a dark molasses and spruce flavor with a bitter chocolate finish. There is a fruity element that is hard to define. Complex and unusual.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
islay (1712) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2012
25.4 oz. bottle labeled as “2011.” Consumed on 8-3-12. Vegetal aroma features dark chocolate, coffee, spice, and Indian food scents. Pours a dark brown / near black with a large amount of long-lasting, dark taupe head. Produces great, thick lacing. Roasted malts are prominent in the meaty, tarry, dry taste. Plum flavor. Medium to full body. Silky and frothy in the palate. Unique twists in aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3679) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Pours a beautiful deep black with a nice tight tan colored head that is well retained and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is roasty & woodsy in the best possible way. Mild notes of pine and coffee are noted as well.

The flavor is big & well balanced, it comes on a little sweet at first but the roasty and hoppy bitterness is just what it needs to be rounded out. Imperial Porter with spruce really sounded like it could be terrible to me, but the spruce is about as prevalent as the hops are and works quite well with those flavors. Some bittersweet chocolate plays heavily into the overall flavor of the beer but nothing about it is overbearing or out of place.

The beer sits heavy on the tongue, perhaps heavier than a 7.5% beer usually does, but it doesn’t have a lot of booziness either in the flavor or palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (3003) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Pours unclear dark coffee with a huge creamy sandy caramel head. The aroma is light almost tart with wheat like notes, not at all typical of the style. The flavor brings light tea notes, pleasant and also almost a bit tart but not at all like the style for that either. The body is creamy like a porter, quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11778) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2012
750 ml swingtop bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of spruce tips, cocoa, toffee and light carmel. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of spruce tips, cocoa, toffee and light earthiness with a crisp lingering spruce tip finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Big thanks to dcschiller for this as it pours darkness with full mocha head. The aroma is yummers with burnt toffee initially and then a whiff or two later I get some smoky rubbery bacon notes, black licorice and dark roasted maltiness. The taste is smooth and creamy and sweet with molasses, sugary malts, black licorice, a touch of smoke and then faint dark roasted malts and pancake syrup. Very cool indeed how these various notes come together so well atop a creamy mouthfeel. I’m not sure I’ve tasted something like this before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Pours a brown-garnet color with a creamy tan head. Aroma had some fudge, brownie, spice and pine. Taste is sweet with a little bitterness. Loved the creamy mouthfeel. Pretty nice stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2012
[Bottle] shared by Caleb. Thanks! Clear deep brown with a creamy light tan head. Aroma is smoky, dusty chocolate, some spruce, and not much else. Flavor is sharp, spruce, smoke, dry and dusty cocoa. Pretty decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (2454) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Bottle shared by Caleb - thanks! Really interesting flavors that work well together. Weird flip-top bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8853) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks Caleb for opening this. Aroma brought notes of rye, slight chocolate, spice notes with a hint of pine and mint, some molasses, toffee notes, hints of chocolate and dark fruits, pretty lemony as well from the rye. Taste is a mix of spruce, molasses, some nice rye, hints of lemon, touch of chocolate and dark fruits with some raisin, finishing fairly sweet but dry. Pretty nice, interesting!

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