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RATINGS: 759   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2007
From a 22 oz. bottle with no freshness date, a short blurb on the neck label, stored at cellar temperature and allowed to warm up a bit before sampling in a pint glass. Poured a reddish hued dark porter brown with a small foamy tan head that quickly settled into a thin lacing, very little sticking. Fruity nose, sweet berries and ripe raisins with a light backing of caramel toffee, the alcohol meshes with fruity esters. Moderate carbonation and a malty crisp, slightly slick, smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. Tastes of light roasted grains and chocolate and caramel malts, a soft malty bitterness, berries and prune juice fruity, the hops are very subdued, the alcohol provides only a low warmth in palate and has a solvent/fruity flavor, the acidity is low too, and at the end, a softly bitter chocolate malty finish. Smooth, easy drinkability, this is a decent Baltic Porter, but for me, not a first trier one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Bottle. Pitch black in color. 1/2" tan head. Milky. Barley scent is strong, like a domestic pilsener. Surprising. Tar. Prunes. Thin, acidic, sharp, raisin-like in flavoring. The most non-porter porter Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Aroma: light floral hops with faint aromas of cocoa and alcohol. Appearance: In the glass it looks pitch black but is actually deep brown when held to a strong light source. Tight off-white head that faded quickly to bubbles riming the glass. Flavor: Initially bittersweet chocolate, raisins, coca & dark fruits, yields to caramel/toffee with a slight tangy & grassy finish. Palate is a bit thin but none of the alcohol in the aroma is present outside of the slight warming sensation as you near the bottom of your glass. As the beer warms, the alcohol aroma becomes stronger & the bittersweet chocolate & tangy flavors begin to dominate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Bottle shared by Georgiabeer poured into a goblet. Pours dark brown with almost no head and very little lacing. The smell is not much bigger than a standard porter with some sweet chocolate malts and a hint of coffee. There is also hints of dark fruit on top of caramel malts. The taste is a bit more complex than the aroma with lots more chocolate with roasted malts in the background and a slight coffee bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty light for a Baltic porter with decent carbonation. This is a very drinkable porter but not one that I would categorize as a Baltic. Still, a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4315) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2010 The aroma is not very strong but it is to style. Itís got a little bit of toastiness, with vanilla, dust, grass, and molasses. The appearance is brown with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin but OK. Overall this is better tasting than it is smelling.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOLTZ7555 (2979) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2009
A little amazed that this one is categorized as an "Imperial Porter" because nothing about this beer screams that: ABV, aroma, flavor...nothing. Dark mahogany pour with a 1/4 inch khaki head. Aroma is dark and roasty; burnt caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Flavor is milk chocolate and ash. Not a bad beer, just not an Imperial.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 15, 2010
Cola like pour, not super dark. The head was tan, creamy and short. The aroma was chocolate and slightly burnt malts. The burnt quality carried over to the flavor. Some chocolate sweetness tried to pull it up out of its one-dimensional nosedive, but sadly this one didnít do much for me. The mouthfeel, like the pour was lighter than one would expect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9408) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Tap at Monks. Poured near black with a thick, dense, brown head that had okay retention but refused to lace. Aroma was a little oxidized with lots of red delicious apple slices. Taste was sweet, fairly rich with milk chocolate, slight roast. Overall light-bodied and creamy on the palate. Pretty powerful carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2010
[Bottle] Pours a dark shade of brown with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts and caramel. The taste is of sweet caramel, molasses, bitter hops, some chocolate and vanilla. The mouthfeel was a bit light and the alcohol was therefore noticeable. Not a bad beer flavorwise, but I was hoping for something a little stronger with the word íImperialí in the name.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4826) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 2/27/11

Aroma: The nose is fairly subtle with notes of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and coffee
Appearance: The pour is basically black, with slight hints of red and brown, and a small beige head
Flavor: The flavor is similar to the note, roasted, light sweetness, minimal bitterness
Palate: The body is light-medium (leaning light for the style), smooth feel, soft carbonation
Overall Impression: Overall, this beer is solid, but not particularly exciting. Iím not sure what it is missing, but it is definitely lacking something. Itís not a huge knock by any means, this beer is quite drinkable, but it just doesnít come off to me as top notch. I would drink this one again, but I wouldnít rush out for it.

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