iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber, no date. Pours basically black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, a little coffee, some oak. Taste is the same with a little bit of sour acidic fruits. Too watery with too much chalkiness, and too flat. Not very spectacular.
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2006 Dark color, thin tan head. Low carbonation, not very thick in consistency, would like it to be much creamier than it is. Roasty, fruity, some chocolatey, very sweet, a bit milky. The alcohol is there in the flavour.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours like dark porter, blackish with red hues in the light, with a decent though thin head. The nose is roasty and slightly sweet, with some definite stone fruit/raspberry and acidity. Not quite balanced. The palate is middle of the road with good CO2 level, and alright viscosity, but less than I expect from a beer that bares the modifier "imperial". Roast with obvious sour milk/raspberry acidity in the flavor. thereís definitely cherry, but I get very little chocolate (the natural match for cherry in stouts) until the residual bitter aftertaste. The roasty acidity lingers on well past the fruit and chocolate. A decent beer, but next time Iím not going to smuggle onto a plane and back home. The more I drank, the less I liked this beer, which in and of itself, caused me to knock it down a point in flavor and overall.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev - my bottle. Pours black with an average beige creamy lasting head. Creamy deep roast malt aroma, coffee, sour cherry, cream and dry hops. Taste is extremely bitter - hops and alcohol in quantity - very roasty, almost burnt - nuts, a hint of cola, molasses - almost syrup-like, very thick body, acidic yet sweet, a little flat - excellent porter, strong and sweet, like a turkish coffee with lots of sweetener.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2006 (05.02.06) One pint, 6 oz brown bottle from Archer Liquors, Chicago, IL. 8% ABV. Poured opaque black with giant tan head. No discernable carbonation. Roasted malt aroma. Medium bodied porter that starts dry with light malt sweetness. Roasted malt and expresso coffee flavors. Finished dry with light roasted malt fade. Some lingering bitterness. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Too thin and watery flavored for an imperial porter, this is a very good porter nonetheless. UPDATE (05.06.06) On tap at Firkinís, Libertyville, IL. Poured opaque brown black with small tan head. Medium bodied porter that started dry with roasted malt and licorice flavors. Finished with light malt fade. The tap version lacked the complex character of the bottled version and deserved a lower rating but I will keep the original bottle rating as is.
mynie (44) - Waterloo, Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ww, garsh. I just canít resist a wax-covered bottle head and I also love skeletons and so even though I wasnít really bowled over (a hur hur) by the regular Ten Pin Porter and other beers I had from Ska, I decided to fork over a decent chunk of change for a bomber of this here brew.
Pours a very dark ruby with a small white head. Rather pedestrian pour, but itís saved by good lacing.
Smells of deep coffee and light roasted malts. Not very strong at all, not very complex at all. Nice, but weak.
Tastes great. Very complex roasted malt starts off with coffee and hazelnut, like a fine cafť latte, getting chocolately sweet near the middle and ending with a light, bittersweet hop. Good, but not as intense I as I had expected.
I would have merely thought this a good, borderline very good, regular porter were the word "imperial" not so present on the bottle. As is, itís a good beer, but it loses points for not being potent enough to rank as a good example of either an imeperial or Batlic porter. Still, well worth a try.
ElGaucho (2387) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong, chalky, rich aroma with some lactose. Nice. Completely opaque body. Good sized yellowish tan head. Slight dark brown hues at the bottom of the glass. Some lace. Initially strong alcohol profile that tastes stronger than 8%, but then the palate gets used to it and the alcoholís not as strong. A little too dry. Light to moderate hop profile at the back of the tongue. A very good brew. The appearance (lace, head) isnít there, but otherwise, very solid.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a small, frothy, tan head. Aroma of roasty, burnt chocoffee, licorice, and subtle alcohol. Same flavor only the alcohol is no longer subtle. Full, smooth body. Solid porter.
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Map Room, Chicago: pitch black color with a small tan head on top. Light roasted malt nose with a bit chocolate. Some sour milk in the taste at first followed by a burnt malt taste - papery finish. Kind of dry and cardboardy.
pivo (2660) - GERMANY - APR 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted nose, black color, frothy beige head. Chocolate notes, coffee end. Napkin, papery touch in the finish too. Thinish with a creamy feel. Decent.