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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.


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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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berntholer (801) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2014
beige head fades with some lacing. coffee coloured. aroma of coffee, chocolate, bit vegetal and yeasty also. taste like aroma with slight bitterness from roasted malts. medium body and carbonation. ok porter, abv well hidden, but not that special. bottle @ cantillon quintenssence ’14

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElManana (205) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2014
Pours a deep brown black .. . mild foam .. . nice roast level, a touch boozy but only s touch .. . deep mouth, cut line finish .. . a nice brew, amazingly subtle though

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 !

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (2744) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2014
Black brown colour, tan head. Coffee aroma, roasted, dark chocolate. Light sweet flavour, bitter roasted malts, hops, loads of coffee. Finish coffee, roasted malts, lingering bitter. Nice. (from 50cL bottle @ Cantillon Quintessence)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mmahut (909) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 12, 2014
Deep dark body with tan espresso head. Aroma has coffee profile, roasty, high toffee, very balanced. Taste has coffee bitterness, light roasty sweetness, taste is as balanced as the aroma. Body is full, medium to low carbonation. I love it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (968) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 6, 2014
At quintessence. Black colour with beige head. Vanilla, roasted and slightly smoked aroma. Roasted, vanilla, chocolate and sweet taste, slightly smoked. Medium to full body.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (185) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAY 6, 2014
@ Quintessence - pours brown black, with a decent head. Toffee, sweet malts, along with hints of smoke and salt, preventing the beer from becoming too sweet. Fantastic smell of burned malts, toffee, chocolate, wood, brownies and leather. Tastes grainy and roasty, bitter chocolate, sweet malts, bread and fluffy marshmellows. Salt adds an unexpected, pleasant punch to the beer, staying in contrast to raisins and sugary sweetness. Convincing finish, sweetness vanishes in favour of a smooth earthiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1658) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2014
At Cantillon Quintessence. APPEARANCE: black beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: caramel, coffee, alcohol, mocha, nice. TASTE: coffee, mocha, some vanilla. Tasted even better between all the sour beers on Quintessence!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (2797) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2014
@quintessence 14 Pours almost black Not much foam Smell is roasted malts . taste is very burnt malts . Dark coffee , almost smoke-like taste Nice thickness . Ok .

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ST247 (363) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle sample @Cantillon Quintessence 2014. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, coffee. Taste strong coffee flavour, bit sweet, chocolate.


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