jkwalking05 (3070) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of oak, roasted malt, smoke and chocolate. Taste is of roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, wood and caramel.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle; wow, thanks to kkearn for the sweet bonus bottle; pours clear dark brown with muddy tan head lingering along the edges; mix of ashy, chocolate, creamy malt on the nose; some boosy phenols too with very faint red wine-like note to it; creamy roast, chocolate, coffee and oak; texture is creamy with some Belgian yeast, spice and chocolate roast; very faint sour and red wine notes detract from the overall beer and become slightly more pronounced as it warms
Travlr (9942) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Kulminator shared with tarheels86. Black, edge head, scant lacing. Aroma of prune, port wine, raisins. Taste is dark fruit, hint of cocoa. Smooth with no bitterness. Very nice brew.
GT2 (7106) - Riverslime, California, USA - MAR 16, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330mL at the Kulminator. Pours almost pitch black with light carbonation- some thin brown bubbles create a miniature head. Little retention. Aroma is very rice with artisan milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, dark cherries, spring time florals. Taste is velvety smooth with rich milk chocolate. Really awesome session porter. One of my favorites for the style! Glad I could find it. Shouldn’t be under the imperial porter category in my opinion.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Per
Black color; the head reduces to a thin persistent and creamy layer. Aroma of roasted malt, rhum, cheese rind, feet, light chemicals and phenol; quite messy. The mouthfeel is smooth, but with a sour trace that I would like not to feel; quite good roasted malt and coffee flavor, but also some paper. The body is not strong, and this is more evident in the final, where there is a mix of mildly roasted malt and its sourness. This combination of flavors, even if not amazing, increases its drinkability.
It’s confusing; apprecieted if looking for a semi-sour medium-bodied Porter.
TaktikMTL (5396) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bouteille de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez MartinT. Arôme: Légère odeur de torréfaction et de caramel avec une pointe vinaigrée. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Saveur: Léger goût de caramel et de café avec une pointe fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est mince avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruitée. (Rating #2865)
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(33cl bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, and raisins. Flavor of raisins, vinous, chocolate, and roasted malt.
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
In short: A roasted porter showing signs of infection.
How: Bottle. Exact age unknown but consumed only a few weeks after purchase
The look: Near black body topped by a short-lived off-white head
In long: Nose is roasted and unpleasantly vinegary. Taste has roasted malts, caramel, cardboard, cork. Lifeless body. Bad. … 2.1 … deci-Black-Jack!!!
KimJohansen (10341) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a tiny off white head. Aroma was sweet with hard roasted malt, coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Flavour was sweet with hard roasted malt, chocolate, wood and overripe fruits. Finished sweet. Quite vinious. Finished sweet with warming alcohol.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
My Bottom Line:
Intrusive pickle vinegar emanations undermine this Imperial Porter’s generous roasted and caramel malts, greatly diminishing the effect of its huggable body.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A circle of foam is formed atop the black gown with brown sleeves.
-Carbonation is relatively low, making this even harder to drink.
-Time seems to be showing us there was a problem with this beer’s root.
-The potential malt complexity are hindered by these nascent problems.