ration (1840) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This review is exported from olutopas.info with no comment. Original rating date 25.4.2009
michaelinwa (534) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with umich03jm. Pours black with a brown, low, dense head that sticks to the glass. Aroma is pretty light for such a substantial brew, consisting of sweet and roasted malt and dark chocolate notes. Flavor is roasty, dark chocolate, and bitterness, with a hint to alcohol. Palate is substantial and fits the beer, but not thick. Finish really shines on this as the flavors almost seem to build, with dark bitter chocolate coming in strong and lingering a long time. Interesting and nice porter, with legs enough to cellar.
crajun (820) - , Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle to glass; rec’d in trade from umich03jm. nice cocoa and dark chocolate + malt in aroma; darrrrrk black pour. med. palate. taste was multi leveled - chocolate, slight roast; to nitpick the end was a little too bitter (hops or bitter chocolate?) for me; still a good porter! THanks Jason.
olio (4815) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20090425.
Pours pitch black color with a small head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, cocoa powder, some licorice notes and caramel. Flavor of roasted malts, caramel, cocoa and some fruit notes. Excellent.
574deadzone (759) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black, opaque with a dark mocha-toffee head that leaves behind touches of soapy lace. Nose involves deep dark chocolate in droves, roasted barley and toast notes, faint dark fruit (raisins), toffee, vanilla, a hint of licorice. Taste is very sweet with some bitterness attempting to balance. Creamy, velvetty mouthfeel, a touch oily, with a rich, sweet, roasty finish. A natural to pair with dark chocolate. An awesome brew, glad I could try it.
Mittenator (872) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer makes me want to try more porters. Usually I would always prefer a stout but this has enough bite to back up the strong and toasty malt flavors.
DrSilverworm (4017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, huge thanks to umich03jm for hooking me up with extras from one of my favorite breweries. Black color. Good thin lighter brown head. Leaves good lace. WOW, 9.15%? I didn’t even realize this was an imperial porter until I looked at the specs here. Now that I’m looking for it, I get a little alc. warmth in the finish, but this isn’t my first beer of the night, so I didn’t really notice it (I was trying to slow down!). It’s making a great pairing with my lamb-meat meatball sub right now, though. Bigger, chewier body. Light, smooth, and even crisp carbonation. Alcohol taste might be noticeable when I think about it, but like I mentioned, for the first couple sips I had no idea that this was even an imperial. Just a bigger bodied ale, which works for great for the porter style. Light alcohol warmth, big bitter taste, light sweet - more what you’d call bittersweet. In the way that bittersweet chocolate is. There’s a nice dark chocolate aroma here. Good darker roast coffee aromas. Minimal dark fruit. I get the little herbal hops. Great imperial porter. Huge, big delicious taste. Yet the 9.15% still managed to sneak up on me. Classic Shorts..
bpar73 (289) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown almost black. dark tan head. Heavy roasted aroma. Pleasing burnt overtone. Just the right amount of bitterness in the finish.
fattybladdy (359) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, pours thick oily black. Pretty nice aroma of chocolate, dark fruit. Taste is roasted coffee, dark chocolate, bitterness in the finish. Damn good brew.
blklab2007 (1777) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle through trade. Pour has a very very dark brown color and initially a covering of dark tan head but it fell off quickly to a ring on the glass. Aroma has sweet nuts, cocoa powder, and light malt. Mouth feel is medium light and the carbonation medium low. Flavor has thick malts, light roast, mild bitterness, chocolate, and a nice sweetness throughout. Bottled 12/15/11 stamped on the glass. Very impressive for a beer a year out!