MartinT (7523) - 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.
thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
( 330ml bottle best by 8/13 batch #14 thanks to BMan1113VR, rating #700!) Pours cloudy dark brown with some oily bubbles. Nose of Belgian yeast, brown sugar, dark fruits and chocolate. Taste of dark fruit, prunes, vinous, chocolate, alcohol and candi sugar.
altonbrownd (4611) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Deep dark brown with no head. Nice nose of chocolate and raisins. Oily texture. Up front taste of dark fruits, berries and caramel and toffee. Quite sweet. With some spicyness in the end. Interesting and quite all over the place.
Borresteijn (4402) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 12/20/2009 33cl Bottle from De Molen. Black colour with red edges, very thin creamy beige head. Aroma of earthy liquorice root, oak, sour fruits, light vanilla and roasted malts. Flavour is sweet, roasted malts and a bit of chocolate, tart/sour fruits, a bit wine-like, wood, powdery liquorice in the finish. Light to medium bodied, thin mouthfeel. Sourness and thin mouthfeel ruin the beer completely imo. Didn’t finish it. 53429=2.3 Re-rate 16/12/2012 : 75cl Bottle at Sloshfest, Port-barrel aged. Black colour, beige head. Aroma of hard roasted malts, coffee, berries. Flavour is thin, watery, light coffee, light chocolate, overcarbonated, light coffee finish. Light-bodied. Disappointing, once more. 735212
Joakgust (763) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 33cl - Opaque black beer with no head. Aroma is malty with sour, vinous notes of licorice, vanilla, raisins and wood. Flavor is sourish fruity with notes of overripe fruit, vanilla, licorice and yet again wine like substances, perhaps oak. Very enjoyable, tastes like it would be stronger alcohol wise.
mar (4653) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. Deep brown almost black with a khaki head. Nose is dried fruits, caramel and chocolate. Nice thickness with a rich roasted chocolate flavor and some slight coffee.
travita (3692) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Bman. The smell is malts, alchol, dark fruits, wood, and nuts. The look is red brown in color with a tan colored head. The taste is fruits, wood, caramel, sweet, and chocolate.
Cavie (3671) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of BMan1113VR. I got the very bottom of this bottle. Murky brown pour. Smells very bready. Sweet malts with some coffee notes. Very very sharp taste. Upfront coffee that is so sweet it hurts. Would like to try again with a better sample.
BMan1113VR (7787) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via a trade with daknole. Pours with a fading tan head over a clear, deep brown body. Aroma of oak, raisins, chocolate, and coffee (rich espresso). Taste is raisins, dirt, chocolate, coffee, plums, slightly vinous, and nutty. Light bubbles and a creamy mouthfeel.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thanks to bman1113vr, deep brown color with no head, chalky chocolate fruity aroma, flavor has some smoke, raisins, cocoa, nice body and finish