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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dhunter151 (523) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
On draft. Pours black with a tan head. Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate with a bitter and dry finish. Good stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9335) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 17, 2014
@Quintessence - quite clear black beer with a little persistent foam; very roasted aroma of ashes, woody with notes of rum and mocha; full-bodied, tasty and fairly bitter, assertive, very dry finish with long roasted chocolatey and woody notes, hints of vanilla and chestnuts - huge and complex, absolutely great stuff !

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (8941) - 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.

4.3
   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

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (10263) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, licorice. Flavour is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, hop, pine, licorice. full body. Pleasent beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (1692) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2014
From sampler tray at the brewery. Dark brown pour. Aroma is smoky, caramelly, bready. Taste is bittersweet with licorice and smoky flavors. Tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (705) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark dark brown without much head. Chocolate aroma and bold chocolate flavor without too much bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (3592) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2014
500 ml. bottle sampled @ Cantillon Quintessence 2014. Dark mahogany with little mocha head. Nose is very grainy and powder like, lots of cacao and mocha powder with some light soy sauce. Very grainy taste and feel, coffee, cocao, mocha, chocolate, soy sauce, liquorish, grainy roast. Satisfactory porter for sure.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielecamo (402) - ITALY - OCT 3, 2013
Alla spina al prewpub. Una Imperial porter veramente morbida e cioccolatosa, si lascia bere bene nonostante la gradazione + che elevata.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2542) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle at home. Appearance in my HF tulip is black with a big frothy brown head and great lacing. Marshmallows, cocoa, woody, coffee, leathery, earthy, molasses, and tar in the aroma. Taste is so smooth and roasty - black licorice, leather, brown sugar, big marshmallow sweetness, dark chocolate, espresso and anise. Syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Seriously tasty beer and right up there with the best of porters. Nice!


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