fidelis83 (2001) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near black pour with a 2 finger, creamy tan head. Aroma is mostly chocolate, roasted nuts and char, there are some sweet berry and stone fruit notes, but they are pretty faint comparatively. Flavor is similarly full of chocolate, roast nuts and lots of musty char throughout, some dark roast coffee, and sweet fruity notes toward the finish, I suppose they taste like plum, but if that wasn’t in the name, I probably would have just thought they came from the yeast. The char continues to get stronger in the aftertaste. Medium, sticky body, with a strong, sharp carbonation. I don’t think the plums really do much for it, and don’t really blend all that great with the other stuff going on. I tend to like some char in my roasty beers, but this is a little overpowering in regards to the other flavors and doesn’t mix well with the delicate fruitiness of the plums and overall syrupy sweetness of the beer. Still, pretty good overall.
Bulk_Carrier (2229) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Grumbler purchase from Breeze-IN, Juneau AK.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds leaving a nice clingy and somewhat stringy lacing that shows a nice slide to it as well.
The smell was a deep dark fruity / dried plum to slight dark chocolate.
The taste was mainly dried sweet dark fruit (plum) and a ripe slight vinous quality.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat subdued but mostly just giving off a decent dry quality rolling over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Imperial iced porter I think I could return to.
berntholer (996) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
beige head leaves structured lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is sweet, fruity, quad esters, bit of anise. taste is bitter chocolate, roasted malts, dried fruits with a long bitter sweet finish. medium body and carbonation.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Even without the plum, this would be a very nice imperial porter. The plums really came out more as it warmed.
TECHNICAL: Drank 5/11/2013. Bottle. Poured a very dark brown that was pretty much black in the glass with an average, tan head. The aroma had moderate roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee; plum, prune, something floral and hints of spices. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was lightly acidic and moderately sweet and bitter with an average duration. There was plum, coffee, roasted malt, prune, dark chocolate and some yeast. The medium to full body was silky then dry with sort of soft but tingly carbonation and a dry and ever-so-slightly alcoholic finish.
mkel07 (3641) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Archive Beer Boutique October 2013. Very good porter with thin body but a lot of substance.
zach8270 (3520) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark brown pour with a puffy tan head. Light chocolate and dark plum aroma. A bit mild. Fruity flavor with a good hint of plum and a nice roasted aftertaste. A bit sweet at the end as well.
AKORN (162) - Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown pour with a thin white head. Char, chocolate, sweet dark fruitiness aroma. Char, light bitterness, plum sweetness, taste and chocolate, bitterness on the end. Nice
Countbeer (4676) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Thanks Joes: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Lively brown head. Deep dark al ost black beer with a ruby shine coming through.
Aromas of malts, prunes, light marzipan, some some straw an hay, roast and raisin.
Flavours of prunes, raisin, some figs, some roast, sweeter malts, bitters, bread, some wood toast and light dry yeasty touch.
Aftertaste is a mix of malts, roat, prunes, figs and hay/wood ish tones.
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium to fuller bodied and a creamy oily texture.
Decent beer, not that exciting but decent enough!
Darkmagus82 (1786) - - SEP 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 6-15-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with red highlights seen shinning through when held to the light. Upon pouring there is a two finger cream colored head that fades quite fast leaving only a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is roasted and sweet with smells of toasted barley malt, chocolate, and caramel. Mixed with these aromas is a moderate showing of a dark fruit smell, consisting mostly of plum and raisin but containing a bit of cherry mixed within as well.
Taste – The taste begins sweet and roasted. While a plum accentuated brew (at last in name), upfront it is mainly roasted malt, chocolate and caramel in flavor. As the flavor advances however some of the fruit begins coming to the tongue. These plum and raisin flavors bring a new level of sweetness to the beer. Toward the end, the chocolate flavor takes on a more milk chocolate like taste with the plum getting even more potent to leave a rather fruit sweetened chocolaty flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was rather thick and creamy with a carbonation level that was a little on the lower side. Both were rather appropriate for the fruity-chocolaty flavors of the brew.
Overall- It was tasty but is nothing to out of the ordinary in comparison to most standard porters of its strength. A good tryer but not a real standard go-to.
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[5603-20130722] Bottle. Mild grainy coffee fruit aroma. Hazy, dark bright red body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Grainy toasted wood leaf flavour has a coffee fruit aftertaste. Medium-full body. Good. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(c/o mds, w/ him, jercraigs)
Beer4000 (4576) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle @ Christianssand Brygghus. Black body with a big, creamy, long lasting beige head. Not very strong, but nice aroma of roasted dark malt, coffee and some dry fruit. Flavor is nice, quit sweet, more dark fruit than malt actually, mild roast and a bit harsh bitterness, but not in a bad way. It’s nice and smooth. Full body and good aftertaste. A very pleasant one, nothing extreme at all.