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RATINGS: 765   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Our imperial, Baltic-style porter is inspired by the strong, dark brews exported from Great Britain to Eastern Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. Rich and flavorful with upfront notes of chocolate, caramel and toffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (1053) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2006
XXII Reserve

Provided by orbitalr0x as part of BIF 30, this beer came in a 22 oz. bomber. When poured it looked dark brown to black with a body that appeared opaque at first glance, but revealed ruby highlights when held up against strong light. The beer came out sounding fizzy like a soft drink, and the head was foamy and one inch thick immediately after pouring. It died down to a more modest crown of bubbles shortly afterwards, and ended up as a thin ring by the time the glass was mostly consumed. Not much lacing to speak of either.

The aroma was very pleasing, with chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, and hops is a sweet harmony. The taste was similar, but with dark fruits playing the lead role, followed closely by the caramel. Lactic sourness was a good counterbalance to the sweet malts. Not many burnt or roasty flavors to speak of, except a little bit of burnt toast like astringent bitterness. Alcohol was quite warm and soothing.

The beer was very easy to drink despite the multitude of flavors. If I had to point out one flaw, it would be the thinness of the body when compared to other examples of the style. A well constructed beer that I wouldnít mind having again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Brown colour with red along the edges, but still quite opaque. There was a nice tan head on top. Iím not sure what to think about the aroma, there was some chcoclate and what I felt was a faint roasted coffee. A hint of smoke in the flavour that kind of surprised me a bit, there is definatly some chocolate flavours. In a way, this has some alcohol warmth to it despite the fact the alcohol is comletly hidden in the flavour. The palate is nice and chewey with n ability tolinger on your tongue.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 23, 2007
22oz bomber from Florianís in Auburn, drank out of my brand new Samuel Adams glass. Black body with very slight ruby-red highlights and about a half inch of tan head. Smells roasty, caramel, and chocolate. Tastes malty, chocolatey and caramely with hints of black licorice, and a burnt taste toward the finish. After a few sips the caramel and chocolate roastiness are almost exclusive in the flavor, which are rather pleasant. Relatively full-bodied, though not as full as many stouts and porters, and definitely not full enough to hurt the drinkability. This beer goes down pretty easily. Itís worth mentioning too that the alcohol is virtually non-existent in the aroma, mouthfeel, or flavor. Wow, what a nice beer. I can see myself going back to this one over and over again. Definitely looking forward to trying more beers from this brewery now that theyíre in ME.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mribm (460) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2007
WlOW! What a great tasting porter. It poured a dark black, with ruby hues when held to the light. The aroma was of chocolate and coffee. The flavor was a very interesting chocolate covered coffee flavored licorice?!?! I think this is probably the best porter Iíve ever had. I never heard of an imperial porter before, however this masterpiece deserves the title!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyW68 (1458) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Love it. Dark brown with tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, chocolate and vanilla. Taste follows nose. I could make this a regular.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2693) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Blackened ruby. Creamy frothed foam. Intense roasty aroma, with butter, light hints of coffee and perfume, chocolate covered raisins, vanilla, and leather. Wonderful silky, creamy palate. Flavors of raisins, roasted chocolate, coffee, and chocolate syrup. Lovely rich plum pudding finish. Unlike any Baltic porter I've tasted. Bursting with character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2004
(Brewtopia04) In my book, this was the hit of the festival. Dark brown body topped by tan head. Aroma is mild sweet, coffee, cherry, vanilla. Taste is mild sweet, coffee, vinous, finishing with a nice alcohol warming. Medium full body, very smooth/creamy. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Pours a deep black with a nice head that fades to a slight film. Aroma is moslty chocolate, some toffee, lots of caramel malts, and some coffee, but no roasted malts. The aromas blend together very well. A very slight hint of smoke as it warms. flavor is very malty with a crapload of chocolate malt, some crystal for sweetness and some hops in the end for a nice slight bitterness to balance the flavor. The body is silky smooth and finishes slightly sweet and slightly dry. After a while you can notice just a touch of alcohol in the end. Very smooth in the end. Probably the best baltic Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Bomber - A perfect looking beer. Poured midnight black with thick lasting tan head. Big chocolate, coffee, roasted malt aroma. Damn this beer tastes good. Chocolate, hop, malt flavors with a hint of caramel. Bittersweet finish that is long. At $4 a pop I will be buying many more of these.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Oh man. This is incredible stuff. Aromas very oaked and chocolate. Somewhat like a dry red wine. It pours very dark brown with a tan head that didnít stick around. Flavors abound with chocolate and oak. A bit of vanilla and some sweet finish - almost strawberries a bit. Mm.... I really really like this porter. Itís super smooth and very approachable. Serve this to someone who loves dark chocolate but says they donít like beer. Amazing. Thanks to JHop who sent this to me.

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