strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clearly a hybrid within the style. Perfect balance of vanilla, coffee, and roasted malt? Most beers that attempt this, e.g., breckenridge vanilla porter, miss the boat by over-emphasizing one of the three flavors (vanilla in that case, leaving a medicinal and unbalanced taste). This beer melds them perfectly. Awesome!
mojoman (123) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Publicity Nashville: strong nose of cocoa; great lacing; taste of dark chocolate. A beer brownie for sure. A stellar chocolate porter!
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Beerman6686 (3781) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was of roasted malt, chocolate, cherries, and light smoke. Flavor was smokey chocolate, and silky smooth. Pretty nice.
Bransm (9) - Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good porter. Drinking it along with some artichoke, red pepper pizza and I regret absolutely nothing. 10/10 would drink this again!
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Drake (7846) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from East End Liquors, Knoxville. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized fizzy brown head that fades in a hurry. Aroma of brownie batter, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, faint bit of roast. The taste is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, brownie batter, mild notes of nuts, roast, hops. Thin bodied, high carbonation, faintest hit of booze. Really nice, could be world class with some refinement.
nathan30533 (530) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good tasting porter. Sweet nutty and malty taste and aroma. Good look and great taste. Not too smoky. That always turns me away from a porter.
Drjohnrock (416) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle sample at 2014 Price Hill Beer Fest, tasted on February 16, 2014. Almost opaque brown/ruby color, really nice malty/vanilla/coffee/malty nose, fine complex taste with flavors like the aroma. About time I tried this great local brew. Even better than its good reputation. The best of Rivertown’s regular year round offerings.
tmongoose (1034) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
taster @ tailspin beer fest. poured a dark brown color. the aroma was very good, notes of chocolate and coffee and roasted malts typical for a porter but just seemed a bit intense. the flavor was mostly chocolate and roasted malts. with hints of coffee. my thoughts are this is a pretty good porter now does it belong in the strong porter/imperial I don’t really know. was pretty solid.
cgarvieuk (12793) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in hotel room orlando... Deep black... Thinest tan lacing... Dark chocolate roast... Soft vanilla roast nose... Over fizzy... Dark rich sweet chocolate... Bit too much vanilla... But nice
chinchill (1265) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours clear reddish-brown but looks nearly black in the glass.
Aroma: vanilla, dark roasted malts and hints of smoke and dark chocolate.
The flavor is a bit sweet, and probably seems more so due to the ample use of vanilla, but there is a clear if mild bitterness too, and some coffee in the finish and aftertaste.
O: well crafted and tasty but not as robust as an "Imperial Robust Porter" should be.
jcartamdg (1599) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours jet black with a thin off white head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. Taste is bitter roast, chocolate, coffee and some alcohol heat. Light body, decent flavor.