douglas88 (8336) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a nice return. Bomber. Pours a dark brown color with a large beige head. A big sweet malty chocolate and mint nose. Creamy. The flavor is big bitter roast, chocolate, minerals, cherry. Awesome big beer. This is right down my alley.
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 thereís a faint sense of smokiness going on as well. Solid robust porter. So glad it was brewed again.
blipp (8030) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted and moderate smoked malts, some chocolate sweetness, and lingering charred bitterness. Fine.
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to the great people at the Bruery tasting. Pours with a dark brown body with no head. Aroma of dark fruits, tar, figs, caramel, dates, chocolate, oak and nuts. Taste of nuts, yeast, chocolate, and oak. Syrupy mouthfeel and light carbonation.
after4ever (7540) - 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 itís 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.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber for a little celebration. Poured coppery deeper brown with only a dusting of beige. The aroma was rich with darker chocolate and molasses supporting ashy smoke and darker, earthy spices.. aged oak and alcohol warmth on the back. The flavor opened with lightly sour smoke and oaky notes rolling into well-roasted dark chocolate, molasses, and light soy on the middle.. smoke had a wet ash character around.. bitterness was light and coffee-inspired.. decadent flourless cake-like chocolate and smoke on the finish. Medium-bodied with little carbonation on the palate.. spicy and warm, with ideal influence from the smoke and the oak.. aged very, very gracefully!
jmgreenuk (7468) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - AUG 8, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Hair of the Dog, Bangkok. Poured a clear dark brown with a frothy off white head. The aroma is light smoke, roasty malt, light caramel. The flavour is moderate liqourice bitter with a big hop bitter, liqourice, light smooth alcohol, light dry coffee, spicy smoke palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Amazing.
Ernest (7286) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (but not opaque). Aroma is moderately hoppy (grapefruit), moderately malty (dark chocolate, toasted dark bread, roasted grain), with a note of cask wood and smoke. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is heavily bitter, lightly sweet, moderately acidic. Medium to full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent, lightly alcoholic. Also known as Stone Grapefruit Porter. The oak smell is readily apparent, but the smoke is about as timid as the regular Stone porter. Ultimately, itís the overhopped quality that kills this one for me, as I prefer hops to take a [distant] back seat in porters and stouts. Quite sour.
radagast83 (7141) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At SAVOR 2016. Poured a dark ruby brown color with an off-white head. Aroma was some earthy notes, bakers chocolate, pine resin. A bit too roasty, bitter chocolate for my liking unfortunately, making this an interesting experience, but not something Iíd probably seek out again, Iím glad theyíre doing this series though, revisiting some old brews. Keep it up.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2004 5/12/2004: Still rich, roasty and sweet with the dark fruit complexity of an imperial stout. Hops have mellowed significantly, as has any hint of smoke. Smooth balanced and enjoyable, this has aged well, and should continue for years to come.
3/4/2003: Rich, deep opaque color with a sandstone head that laces well. Caramel chocolate malt aroma with western hop character. Flavor has good complexity, dark fruit, and a robust, viscous, somewhat silky body. Very drk and bitter for a porter, but this helps to mask the high alcohol. You could've fooled me that this was a smoke beer, because I didn't notice any smokiness whatsoever.