DrnkMcDermott (2977) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Solstice Fest at Oak Forest, during the Blackhawks victory in Game 5). This is a small sample in a big glass, so itís a little hard to catch the full nose. But there is that note of sweet chocolate and java. Blackish brown body with a thin layer of foam. I catch the alcohol immediate,m and am brought up by surprise by the not of chile: I had not known until I asked the brewer that there was indeed cayenne pepper in it! Not so much the pomegranate, but this certainly is a porter with a new dimension or two. A big surprise that stands out in its style.
emusche (150) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2015
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours deep brown, thin head that rims the glass. Aroma is heavy on cayenne, mild smoky scents. Taste is pomegranate up front fading to a slow burn at the back of the throat. Interesting, but not necessarily good. Combination of pomegranate and cayenne don't complement at all.
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superspak (4309) - Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
nuplastikk (5612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BBB63 (6510) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Ughsmash (7504) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
ARH (1100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Beerman6686 (6053) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
Mindwarp (156) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
islay (2038) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Bulk_Carrier (3423) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.