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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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Created in 18th century London, porters were some of the first mass-produced and consumed beers of the industrial revolution. Porter evolved from a blend of brown and darker beers that were precursors to stouts. Tradition has it that these beers were favored by porters and other physical laborers. Ten Ninety Imperial Porter is fiery elegance. Our porter is brewed with ample Munich, mild brown and de-bittered black malts for a chocolaty, espresso base. To contrast this bittersweet backbone, we added an ample dose of cayenne pepper, and tempered this heat with tart pomegranate juice. Ten Ninety Imperial Porter is a perfect match for bold, smoky and cured meats as well as deeply roasted fowl and caramelized seafood.


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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Niners (6) - - FEB 22, 2014
This is one of the most unique beers on the market. It blends the tartness of pomegranate, chocolate roasted malt, and heat from cayenne pepper perfectly. It has a distinct three stage tasting profile. You get the tartness from the pomegranate on the front of your tongue. Then you taste the roasted malts across the middle of your tongue. Finally, you get a kick of hear from the cayenne.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3215) - Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2015
12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Moderate gusher upon opening, didnít loose too much of the bottle. Pours hazy very dark brown color with a small dense tan head with solid retention, that reduces to a spotty cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pomegranate, raisin, plum, cherry, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, cayenne pepper, and fruity/spicy earthiness. Very nice aromas with prominent dark fruit/pepper spice and moderate dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of pomegranate, raisin, plum, cherry, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, cayenne pepper, and fruit/spice earthiness. Moderate pepper spice and light-moderate fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of pomegranate, dark fruit, milk chocolate, cocoa, toast, cayenne pepper, and fruity/spicy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and robustness of dark fruit/pepper spice and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a great tartness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Pepper heat builds up on the finish as you finish the glass, but does not get overwhelming. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly acidic/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no noticeable warming due the heat of the pepper. Overall this is a very nice fruit/spiced imperial porter. All around good balance and robustness of dark fruit/pepper spice and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV, even with the prominent pepper flavor. A very enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4935) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2015
12oz bottle shared by Brad. Unfiltered brown-black. Patchy beige head. The cayenne cuts through and leaves some serious heat. Touch of heat, lol. This is hot! All heat. Wow. Good. But hot. One of the hotter beers Iíve had.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6390) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2015
This is very tasty as the bready and toasted malt meets the twang of the Pomegranate and the spicy slightly warming finish of the Cayenne. Exceeded my expectations and something I wished I would have bought more than one... But alas this is a few months old so I doubt I can find any just laying around.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7322) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Bottled. Poured cloudy dark brown with a short-lived head. The aroma picked up lots of pomegranate and pepperecorns over toasted cocoa.. more fruit than anything else. The flavor found tart pomegranate on the tip of the tongue, with lightly-roasted cocoa and black malts behind.. much more spicy, smoky pepper on the back and through the finish. Heavier-bodied and increasingly spicy as it warmed up.. not enough of the base beer showed up.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ARH (772) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2015 12oz bottle, poured into a snifter. Milk chocolate aromas are noted right off the pour with cayenne undertones. Sweet, tart cherry and pomegranate comes in after that, but fades and leaves a cayenne and milky caramel aroma with a light booziness that doesnít stick around. It pours a dark, murky brown with a dense, foamy tan head that reduces quickly and leaves a thin, sparse, soap ring and a very light lace. The taste is a medium bitter and medium high sweet with a moderate spicy heat throughout. The beer is oily and slightly sticky with a fuzzy carbonation. The full body is spicy, sweet, and tart with notes of cacao, pomegranate, cherry, and, initially, a potent cayenne swell. The cayenne tones down by mid glass (or perhaps there was enough of a cayenne base in my mouth) and shifts towards the fruit flavors and sweet milk chocolate at the finish with caramel notes coming through as it warms. The cayenne heat lingers awhile in the aftertaste, and hide cacao and pomegranate notes that appear late and clash a bit with the spice - could probably be reduced nicely and used in cooking.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (5151) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
This.poured a darker brown with a beige head. Atoms was of Bourbon, fudge, pepper and.tropical fruit. Flavor was similar, really unique with the heat and fruit blending well with the fidgety character of the beer. Loved it

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mindwarp (123) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours a dark muddy brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, spices and something sweet that could be either the chocolate or spices. The flavor is very minimal but the pepper hits the back of your mouth and hangs around long enough to be annoying. It doesnít seem hot though. Overall a really unique porter. Iím always looking forward to finding good porters but this is to strange for me. Not hot and annoying.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
islay (1382) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Approximately 8 ounces from a 12 oz. bottle. Sharp, malty, acidic aroma showcases roasted malts and roasted pepper. Pleasant but not extraordinary smell. Pours a translucent medium brown with a small to moderate amount of tan head. Quite spicy taste, leaving spice heat in the back of the throat, but in far from an off-putting way. Just the right amount of pepper, which is to say a lot, but not an overwhelming amount. The pomegranate is evident in the form of a tangy fruitiness. Iíll count the spicy burn as a strong favorable element in the palate. Medium body. Soft and lively. Good and tasty beer! I like it! The cayenne and pomegranate work very well together in a way I would not have expected.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (2572) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a snifter. Bottle courtesy of JT, thanks man. The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated with about a minute. Light lacing was here and there in a speckled sort of fashion. The smell had a really nice bittersweet pervasive chocolate to coffee delicacy roaming underneath my nose. Thereís a decent peppery spice that slips in to kick it on up a bit. The taste took the chocolate and coffee to let a nice roasty and yet sweet silky smooth flavor all in. Peppery spice adds a bit but not too much. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with more of a sipping aspect to it. The carbonation falls off a bit but is still okay for the style and for me. Peppery spice hits the tongue but doesnít make it submit too much. Overall, this was a strong sweet and peppery imperial porter that I could have again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1776) - Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Decent stout/porter, lots of pepper and chili. Like a Bloody Mary. Had a hint of sweet and tart, but the chili on the back end really took over. It seemed a little thin for the 10.8%


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