patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from the table at DL day - Thanks to whoever brought this now hard to find beer. The aroma was of strong roasted malt with a touch of smoke. The flavor was of heavy roasted malts with an intense hops balance. The finish was dry and in my opinion a bit off. Unfortunately I think this one is past its prime. It’s good, but I bet a year or two ago it was great.
thegreenrooster (3893) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a very dark black with a small tan head. Aroma is woody, smoky and a stong dose of alcohol. Flavor has lots going for it. Lots of caramal and chocolate malts with some toffee and a nice strong amount of hops. Very tasty and warming. Thanks Beerdrenched!
stevoj (3716) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Albertsons. Just about the time I convince myself I’m not that keen on porters, along comes a beauty like this to restore my faith in the style. Milky brown pour with creamy beige head. Aroma leads you into some roast malts, earthy, peaty scents. Taste kicks it up a notch, adding a nice sharp bitterness from the roast grains, with subtle hints of chocolate. Excellent mouthfeel and finish.
BelgianBeerGal (3708) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle of the re-release picked up at Hop City Birmingham but enjoyed in TN. Dark brown pour with a big, foamy tan head. Dark malt and chocolate in the aroma with a faint whiff of hops. Big porter flavor of dark malt but also aggressively hopped. A fairly "American imperialized" take on a porter. Good and the hops mellow out into some rich milk chocolate as it warms.
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shigadeyo (3612) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma has cocoa, smoky malt, caramel, semi-sweet chocolate covered cherries and a hint of alcohol, more and more comes out as the beer warms; near black color, opaque, large and lasting khaki-colored head; nice smoke and chocolate caramel malt, roasted malt and ash/charred wood, cocoa powder, robust overall; medium-full body, smooth and slightly creamy, enough carbonation to open up the flavor and keep it from feeling too heavy; very good, love the smokiness and wood flavors, doesn’t drink like an 8%er, but sure feels like it later... 22 fl oz bottle from Binny’s in Chicago, IL.
johnnnniee (3604) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from North End
Pours a clear dark brown with garnet at the edges and a creamy bubbly tan head that persists. Big hoppy nose filled with earth and pine. Light caramel and chocolate maltiness deep underneath, hints of smoke oak tannin and light vanilla round this out nicely.
IndianaRed (3556) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours dark brown.black with a frothy tan head. Aroma is terrific nice rich smokey coffee and dark pitted fruit. Very strong smoked flavor with extra hops as Stone’s description states. The higher ABV is noticeable as well as the coffee flavors and charcoal. Quite bitter actually. Feel is very rich and smooth, thanks to the extra malt. Finish is a bitter charcoal taste that lingers a long time.
Terminus (3544) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber-Well, i finally decided to crack this puppy open the other night. I cracked it open and the aroma was huge-i could smell it 5 feet away! it poured with a light beige head with large bubbles in the head-dissapeared fast-Very dark for a porter. Robust palate full of chocolate, coffee, roasted notes, vanilla, molassis, and a hint of smoke(very little)-think and rich. alcohol was detected, especially when the brew was colder, but it did not diminish the palate of the brew. hops are subtle, maybe due to the year old bottle. awesome finish-long lasting! Can we say Imperial porter? This is the best porter i have had to date!
(while drinking this brew, i was watching VH1 classic and they played 2 classic Genesis videos-"Thats all" and "Mama"-so bad ass!!!)
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mysteriously dark brown and wafting with enticing aromas. In-fricken-credible mouthfeel; intensely rich and rewarding, with a chocolaty texture. Big notes of dark chocolate and lesser notes of peat, wood, smoke, coffee cake, milk and brown sugar. The teeter-totter is steady and level, with bitter hops and dark chocolate on one end and a syrupy sweetness on the other. The perfect hint of alcohol and a healthy amount of hops (but definitely not overdone) round it out. Oh, man, great beer! Thanks, Dave!
Bulk_Carrier (3470) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAY 21, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at McGillicuddy’s, Williston, VT.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a slim off white to tan foamy head that quickly dissipated. Light lacing.
The smell started off with some sweet meaty smokiness. Light roast. Edged with some sweet milk chocolate and some dark chocolate as well.
The taste was moderately sweet adding in a light dry woodiness, subtle vanilla, and roasted coffee beans. Semi-sweet to roasty aftertaste - nice. Moderately sweet and roasty finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation feels good for what it is - somewhat low which is good because the bitterness hits my tongue just as I had hoped it would.
Overall, fantastic Imperial Porter hitting all of the right spots. Would love to have again.