Sierra Nevada Imperial Smoked Porter
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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 14, 2010
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Pours clear ruby brown with a nice lasting ecru head. Smells like an Irish Car Bomb tastes. Light roast, cream, caramel. Barely any smoke. Tastes like a mediocre porter, nothing close to an ’imperial smoked’ porter. Expected sour mash black malt with some acidity but also a watery chocolate sweetness. Not getting any smoke here. Too thin in body, carbonation is low but that’s not a problem. I made a mistake when ordering; I asked for a Sam Adams Imperial Smoked Porter and when confronted by a puzzled bartender, quickly corrected myself. But upon drinking it, this really tastes more like Sam Adams made it. Watery, thinnish, aromas and flavors aren’t really all there. Had higher hopes for this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Draught at the Red. Black with a creamy tan head. Shows some ruby against the light. Sheets of lace linger. The aroma has a strong toasted bread character with some light berry fruitiness. The flavor is lightly smokey and sweet with moderate acidity in the finish, a touch of smokiness, and moderate bitterness. Medium bodied with lower carbonation. A little light for an imperial porter, and severely lacking in smoke. Decent as a robust porter but not really as advertised.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Cask at the White Horse Old Ale Festival, 27th Nov 09. Very near black . Toasted marshmallows on the nose. Strong rich blackcurrant flavour with a subtle smokiness. Balancing hops and a bit of a Belgian character too. Feels rather thin at the finish though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2009
Cask (handpump) at the White Horse American Beer Festival, July 2009. Dark red. Mainly thin milky chocolate. Where’s the smoke? Slight woody feel. Seemed rather underpowered. Nothing particularly wrong with it but I expected rather more. Perhaps didn’t survive the trip in cask too well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (12888) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2009
Cask at The Rake, August 2009. Brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of toffee and licorice with a touch of smoke. Sweet and somewhat thin flavour, fruity and roast with a mild wood smoke note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7850) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2009
(Cask, by gravity, at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 29 Nov 2009) Pitch black colour with brief head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of dark bread, chocolate and hints of smoke. Malty, smoky taste with ashes, bacon, roasted black malt, dark rye bread and some piney hops in the finish. Full body, slightly sweet. Flavours are dominated by smoke and ashes, making it a bit different. Still a very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Darkmalts and smoke were the prevelant items in the aroma, flavors were an array of all that makes porters interesting, bitter chocolate,smoke,definite whiskey, and some roastedness, body was a little on the thin side,which made no sense, as this is strictly a sipper,so you may as well beef up the body. On tap at Romans in Milwaukee

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2009
Cask (gravity) @ The Rake, 14 Winchester Walk, London, Greater London, England SE1 9AG.
Clear dark dark black color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, smoke - ash, wood, light chocolate, burnt notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20090808]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alphadelic (2165) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2010 Cask @ The White Horse: (was pretty far gone) Easy, smoked and creamy, She’s light and smooth. Very milky, not a huge amount of smokey flavours. Deep roast but mellow as a devil.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2009
Cask Stillage at Edgeley Park, Stockport 29/05/2009 Fruit and hop aromas. Mid to dark brown coloured a little rich and sweet on the palate. Fruity bubble gum flavour. Some bitterness in a dry roast finish.

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