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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 296   ABV: 9.86%
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Named after the great Hitchcock movie filmed in Santa Rosa in 1943. This Imperial Porter packs a rich chocolate and light smoked malt character with a very soft, dry finish.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10255) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2013
GABF. Dark brown pour, brown head. Really nice beer! Roasty and some smoke. The smoke isn’t over the top at all. Molasses, raisins, dark bread. Damn fine brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5798) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Sampled at GABF 2013. Pours a watery black with some creamy tan head. Nose is nutty, malty, brown bread, molasses, licorice. Flavor is malty, cereal brown sugar, cake icing, caramel, molasses. Clean, dry finish. Super drinkable. Solid for the style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
On tap at GABF 2013, big malty and roast aroma, taste was a great roasted malt and nice body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (6013) - Utah, USA - OCT 14, 2013
GABF 2013
Aroma of toasted malts and chocolate. Flavors of roasted malts, rich chocolate, some coffee
Nice, clean and tasty

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (12909) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 13, 2013
On tap @ GABF. Black pour with a large tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and licorice. Some mild ash, toffee sweetness, and a hint of graham cracker. Maybe some dark fruits. Nice vanilla, toffee, and graham cracker sweetness to the flavor. Some dark fruit, bitter chocolate, ash, and roasted malt. Nice coffee, too.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Poured at GABF. Incredible fresh, roasted malts and coffee on nose. Bitter chocolate and punchy roasty flavor. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with clean finish. An excellent fresh beer. My love of barrel aged stuff made me forget the virtues of fresh beer. RR made me remember.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4189) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle... Poured dense, pitch black with a moderate khaki head. Nose aroma of cocoa and grains. Not overly roasty, thick mouthfeel, yet any alcohol heat was tame on this one. Hint of char and smoke too that gave way to some coffee and mild chocolate. Really tasted nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - OCT 4, 2013
On tap at the brewery in Santa Rosa, CA. Pours a dark brown with a good sized head. Nice creamy mouth feel with chocolate and coffee being the main flavors. I knew it was going to be good, but it exceeded expectations. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielecamo (773) - ITALY - OCT 3, 2013
Alla spina al prewpub. Una Imperial porter veramente morbida e cioccolatosa, si lascia bere bene nonostante la gradazione + che elevata.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (4468) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Tap @RR. Pours deep black with a medium brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is quite light, roasty, cigarettes, coffee, ashtray. Flavor is light sweet and medium bitter, much the same as nose, not really doing much for me. Medium light body, ABV is well masked, but isnt really adding anything to make it worth its presence either.


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