olio (4156) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle.
Pours dark brown, almost black color with a small off-white head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, mild chocolate, soy and caramel. Flavor of chocolate, mild toasted malts, molasses, caramel and faint coffee. Some salty licorice also. Quite sweet burnt malty palate with a sweet caramel finish. Nice.
lusikka (4124) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a small white head. Large bubbles. Aroma of roasted malts, subtle coffee, soy sauce and some sweet caramel. Flavour of roasted malts, coffee, soy sauce, chocolate and salty licorice. Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel and a roasty, smooth, salty, roasty finish. Well balanced, but a bit too salty.
laiti (4016) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle @ home, ”best by 26.03.2013”
Aroma has cocoa, soy sauce and licorice. Flavour has soy sauce, lots of salty licorice and hints of cocoa. Finishes with some hops, more salty licorice and distant herbal notes. Way too salty.
doublebock (455) - California, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black brown with tan head. Interesting aroma for an imperial porter-I was expecting a malty aroma but instead I’m smelling more of a Hefeweizen. I’m picking up some of that same Hefe-like yeastiness in the flavor as well as some sassafras. The finish has a anesthetic- peaty flavor.
hotstuff (3350) - Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Backlog rating 1-11-2009 (Bottle) This beer has a small tan creamy head with a poor retention span, mostly opaque body, fizzy carbonation, a dark brown hue, and very little lacing. The Aroma is malty, hoppy, chocolate, alcohol, roasty, and some notes of coffee. The Taste is malty, hoppy, chocolate, roasty and the ABV comes through but it is not overpowering. The Palate is tingly and this is a medium bodied beer. Overall, this is beer is very quaffable, a nice beer on a cold snowy day, worth trying, and a beer that I would drink again.
degbert (810) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Oddly light colored for an impy porter -- red-brown and translucent. There’s a lot of light getting through this. High white head with lace. Nose is mild -- puts me in mind of instant coffee and black forest cake. Again, mild on the palate -- licorice, coffee, some slight sweetness. Alcohol is well-hidden. Thin. Meh -- wouldn’t be bad for a porter, but I wouldn’t call it Imperial at all.
crossovert (4760) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Waxed bottle, unsure of the date, but tastes a few years old. Cherry and cocoa flavors, smooth but slightly thin palate.
wxman (1178) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark cola color that is surprisingly still transparent. A respectable light tan head tops it off. Aroma is vinous, like a barleywine. Taste is smooth, sweet and porterlike, yet full of roasted (burnt) malt bitterness and a bit of dark dried fruit. Interesting brew!
Kingi (302) - - MAR 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lightly roasted chocolate aroma, black beer weak beige head. Licorice taste, light bitter light sweetness. Medium body dryish finish. Nice porter but nothing special.
fidelis83 (1598) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pour with a thin tan head. Chocolate, light roast, and berry notes in the aroma. Flavor is ashy char, chocolate, roast, booze, light pine and odd fruity esters. Strangely light on the palate with a slick feel until the astringent, boozy finish. Didn’t really do it for me, seems sloppy and a little too boozy for an 8% Imperial Porter, not that it is necessarily too boozy for the style, but the other components should stand up to it better, seems almost watered down.