fidelis83 (2125) - 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.
WABeerFiend (301) - - APR 25, 2015
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled 05.02.13. Poured from a bomber into a chalice on 02.20.15.
A: Cocoa, powdery chalk, and prunes.
A: 1 finger light tan head that recedes to spots of fluff.
T: Woodiness and dark berry dominate.
P: Very thin and watery even for a porter.
O: This was underwhelming. There was no flavor here. Maybe it was too old, but it should have held up at 8.0% ABV. It wasn’t undrinkable, but it wasn’t worth drinking.
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at All Pints North, dark reddish brown pour with white head, aroma brought notes of big dark fruit, toffee, caramel into a bit of yeast, touch of coffee into a bit of earth, spice. Taste was a mix of spice, earth, big dark fruit, toffee into some coffee, cocoa, slight yeast, finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry.
katrinaez (368) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
My notes show it is lighter than expected but I enjoyed the flavors. Good color and had in the bottle
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is a tad below average and no lacing is left.
4.25 S: This smells pretty damn great. The plums work so well in this. Soft, but potent roastiness. Chocolate up front with caramel undertones. Plum fruitiness foremost then black currant and grape. It’s not overly complex, but what is there fits together so well.
3.75 T: Taste is very good, but it can’t compete with the beauty that is the nose. Same flavors overall. Supple roastiness, chocolate and caramel, plum, currant, grape, and a peppery spiciness.
3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This is missing creaminess. With it, this would fit just perfectly.
3.5 D: Tasty brew with a great nose. Pick this up if you find it.
DavoleBomb, Jun 04, 2013
johnnymusky (470) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Monday beer tastings...thx dusty...taste and mouth as advertised...solid tasty beer...
fiulijn (16003) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Haggen’s Grocery, Burlington; bottled 05/02/13, 1½ years old
Black color with thin persistent beige layer. Delicate notes or roasted malts and cream. The body is drier and thinner than expected; dark flavors, roasted malt, burnt caramel, a hint of coffee, and a light sourness that could be from the fruit.
Smooth but not impressive.
Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bomber into snifter. Pours a thin black with moderate head. Pretty muted aroma with a bit of roastiness and some sweet herbalness. Taste is fairly gentle, with a background roast, complementary hops and a soft fruity sweetness. The fruity sweetness doesn't come across as plums but it's still lighter than the dark fruits you generally encounter in dark beers. In fact, this whole beer feels a bit light. It could be seen as a weakness depending on your expectations/desires, but I think it works well. Easy drinking and smooth.
gramity (1530) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark mohogany pour with a thick light brown head. Aroma is fruity, chocolate. Taste is creamy, chocolate malt, fruit, dry, little bisquit. Not much plum flavor. Roasted malt aftertaste.
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body with a thinnish dark cocoa head. The nose is a lovely mix of smooth, mostly debittered black malts and plummy fruit notes intermixed with chocolate. Smooth, full body, understated plummy fruit tones shimmer across the chocolate backbone. Just enough bitterness to provide balance this modestly sweet brew. Tasty stuff.
Bulk_Carrier (2532) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, 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.