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RATINGS: 546   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
King of the alley — this Imperial Porter reigns supreme with a mighty 8% Alcohol by Volume and 60 IBUs.Creamy, chocolaty sweet, with hints of coffee and Bing cherry, the Nefarious is wickedly outrageous.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2006
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2646) - GERMANY - APR 22, 2006
Roasted nose, black color, frothy beige head. Chocolate notes, coffee end. Napkin, papery touch in the finish too. Thinish with a creamy feel. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
frankenkitty (1984) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2006
When I cut the wax and pop the cap, I notice some rust on the inside of the cap! Isn’t wax supposed to prevent this kind of thing from happening? Sure enough, I detect oxidation in the aroma. What happened here? (And a better question... why did I sit on this bottle for six months before opening it? Seems like I hatched a lemon.) Pours near-black with garnet highlights, but it takes a long time for my glass to fill due to the enormous tan head that towers over the rim and settles slow in a rocky mass. Dank, dusty, roasted malts with prune and a helping of piney hops in the aroma, harsh alcohol when warm. Flavor finds chocolate and roasted bitterness, but alcohol is hot and adds to a metallic taste. The mouthfeel, however, is smooth and creamy. I don’t know... I hate to say it, but the best thing about this beer may be it’s name and label (although Ska’s original <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/ska-ten-pin-port Pin was none-too-impressive, either.)

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2006
(draught sample at Clark Street Ale House, Chicago) Deeb black-brown with very little brown head.. Malt aroma. Flavors of roast malt and dark fruits. A bit thin in body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3289) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Thanks to Whaleman for this one! This pours dark brown and lifts up a light-brown head that disappates quickly. Nutty malt aroma with chocolate and some caramel. Smooth sweet start and the roast malts add to some bitterness at the finish. A bit thin bodied for a Baltic Porter to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Black, creamy tan head. Nose held nice notes of cocoa, berry, chocolate and cream, with lighter tones of espresso and nut. Flavor had a cherry coffee tang up front, milk chocolate notes in the middle, and ended with a decent hop bitterness to round it out. Medium bodied, but a tad thin in the mouthfeel, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. If you run across it, then certainly worth a try...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2008 Bottle... Black ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. The nutty, earthy nose is of chocolate creme with a hint of black cherry. Perfectly balanced flavor. Roasted maltiness with medium hop bitterness. A touch chocolaty. Thin for the style. Medium-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Finishes chocolaty and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Finally, a beer by these guys you can get your teeth into. Very rich, rounded mouthfeel with a pleasureable creaminess in palate. Rich roasted caramel malts...with some strong chocolate, vanilla, and brown sugar action going on. Maybe some espresso, too. Potent hop bite. And a big alcohol presence in the peppery finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2688) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Small light brown head, good retention and lace.Black brown Porter with a tinge of ruby edging.. Chocolatey nose, touch of roast and a shot of licorice. Body is fully medium, lightly oily. Chocolatey, cookie flavors, caramel, some malt balls, mildly sweet malts with some bourbon and vanilla notes hiding down there. Medium sweet finish, lightly fruity. A Baltic Porter? I had no idea! Come,ohhhnnn,,,,, Props to CaptainCougar for this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
waolsen (1373) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Clean syrup colored pour with small tan head. NIce smell of hops and coffee. Smoked coffee, hops and some chocolate. Nice finish, not too dry. I enjoyed this beer very much. It was easy to drink, not too heavy.

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