fidelis83 (2003) - 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.
fiulijn (15310) - 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 (266) - - 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 (1456) - 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 (3360) - 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 (2269) - 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 (1052) - 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 (3718) - 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 (3585) - 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 (201) - 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