jonno (2467) - JAPAN - JUL 31, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much like a Black IPA in some ways, this is very straightforward. Not a lot of complex malt character considering the style, but a well made beer, as expected from Stone.
dmac (5479) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 Oz bottle from Spirits Jackson. Poured a medium to fuller density with a huge foamy beige head. Aroma is chocolatey, super old coffee with creamer, wet toast, hint of sugar. Flavor is better than the aroma loads of dusty chocolate, creamer, coffee, earthy, slight soy and cola.
Ibrew2or3 (8099) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This cool 22oz encore bomber pours with a deep mahogany colored body that supports a thin tan head of foam. The aroma offers up roasty malts, a bit of burnt malts, some molasses like sweetness and then a faint dark fruity ester sensation. The taste is nice and bold and integrated with roasty malts, burnt malts, chocolate malts, a woody spicy maltiness and then this gets sweetened up some by a malty slightly molasses like sweetness. This has firm malt roastiness and then toward the finish picks up slivers of sweet dark fruity esters to add just that little extra something. A few more sips and it feels like there’s a faint sense of smokiness going on as well. Solid robust porter. So glad it was brewed again.
dojken (487) - - JUL 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
På fat Bishops Malmö. Doften lovar mycket. Här ligger tångruskorna täta. Finns toner av vanilj samt inslag av läder o lakrits. Smaken är tyvärr något för söt o eftersmaken är för mycket sötlakrits. Hyfsad!!
dfinney23 (2671) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Does not at all drink like an "intensified version of Stone Smoked Porter". It’s tasty but the additional flavors don’t add to the original’s terrific smokiness, they mask it.
allmyvinyl (9358) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours black with a long-lasting beige head. Aromas of chocolate, light smoke, roast. Taste is more dark chocolate, roast, molasses. Light sweet finish.
after4ever (7541) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at SB. Imperial Porter rating #100 (until they arbitrarily re-classify another one, which is bound to happen...) and it’s hard to imagine a better choice for a milestone rate within the style. Was always a classic. Pours an opaque matte black with a dense and creamy tan head that sticks around pretty much for the duration. Big dark chocolate, campfire, roast, toasty black bread crust, and coffee nose. Pretty much all the goodness you would expect from a rich thick dark beer with a heavy malt base. Creamy thick body with moderate soft carb. Roasty, chocolatey, coffee-ish mid palate with hints of campfire. Beautiful balance of sweet, smoky, dry, roasty, and accenting characteristics. Great stuff.
cgarvieuk (21106) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at brew dog Edinburgh... Dark black.. Thick tan head... Dry chocolate roast malts nose... Big dark chocolate.. Bitter roast
Nate (4171) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Knick. Roast malted nose, with chocolate, coffee, and some licorice. Mild hop floral notes. Dark brown-black opaque with creamy light tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts malty and rich but not overly sweet. Roasted toasted malt and grain, coffee and chocolate, mild vanilla and molasses. Big nutty bitter finish and diminishes into a mild roasty bitter after.
kingaugusta (224) - Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours medium brown with a big off white head. Nose is relatively restrained with oddly hoppy character for a porter, along with bits of coffee and oak. Flavor is a solid porter with barrel aging showing strongest on the back. Finish is somewhat sticky and lots of bourbon.