dogfishho (656) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a tad thinner than one might expect for a 13% ABV barrel aged beer. There’s no discernible head on top of this black beer with very dark brown highlights. The aroma is like a peaty scotch whiskey... smokey, savory, and mildly spicy. On the palate, this develops really well. Starts out dominated by a smokey bacon flavor but as you drink more of it, your palate moves past the smoke and you pick up on a very nice, sweet barrel aged porter. There are the typical vanilla, chocolate, whiskey, etc flavors but they’re balanced out by the tang of the savory smokiness. This exceeded my expectations wildly.
SlovakSniper (3720) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Une autre bière foncée qui est assez belle avec son col kaki qui s’impose. Le nez est délicieux avec ses parfums de caramel, de chocolat, de charbon de bois, de rye, de noix de coco et de vanille. Les saveurs ne déplaisent pas. Le caramel et le chocolat sont riches d’une présence délicate de fumée terreuse et de ce qu’apparaît comme des fruits noirs imbibés de rye. En bouche, le corps de moyenne densité montre un pétillement modéré et une texture huileuse. La finale piquante de l’eau-de-vie se combine habilement à cette touche fumée.
tom10101 (3704) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750 ml). Shared by mathieuc, thanks! Split with the Québec crew.
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium brown head, low retention and not much lacing.
Aroma: Quite meaty and smokey with iodine, oak, agave, moderate spiciness, soy sauce, caramel and chocolate.
Taste: Quite meaty here again with smoke, boozy, iodine, soy sauce, mild sweetness, mild acidic presence, agave, chocolate, oak, spices... quite complex, but it’s going in quite a few directions.
Palate: Medium body to full body, but the mild acidic presence make it feel almost thin for a 13% abv Imperial Porter. Moderate carbonation. Meaty finish.
Overall: It’s tasty and quite complex for sure, but it lacks a bit of cohesion. The meaty / smokey features were interesting. Palate was a bit weak. Decent-good.
mathieuc (1976) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to nate321 for that bottle! Pours a dark brown with a partial rim on top that doesn’t leave any traces. Nose is of chocolate, alcohol, soy sauce and smoke. Taste is of grapes, chocolate and alcohol. Body is full, carbonation a bit low and all the alcohol gets tiring after a while. Not nearly enough smoke for me to call it a smoked beer, too. Good one but they could easily package it in 187ml bottles and charge pretty dollars for it, in 750ml format I don’t see myself picking it up again.
czar (5383) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours unclear dark brown with a small beige cap, minimal retention and lacing. aroma of lightly smoked raisins, soy sauce, highland park flambéed/sautéed mushrooms; taste of sweet welcoming peat, umami, fancy molasses, rich chocolatey maltiness, warming alcohol, chilis, other spices, clean wood. low carbonation, full body; sweet, lightly tannic and spicy-gently peaty finish. tad muted aroma, but a very interesting smoky malt bill depth plus a good barrel integration. enjoyed!
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Review #1000! 750ml bottle, reviewed, the morning after: Black with tan, medium-fine 2mm head. Aroma is chocolate, light whiskey/wood, not that much smoke. Body is heavy, syrupy, medium carbonation, light burn. Flavor is sweet, notes of cocoa, malt syrup, some dry woody smoke undertones, a bit of earthy herbs to balance. A very heavy, sweet (not quite cloying) imperial porter with strong whiskey notes. I imagine I would like the bourbon version better, but this is great! Another fine beer from the Bruery.
cards04 (2162) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks so much kathouse for this extra in a recent beer trade. Pours black with mocha head. Aromas of whiskey, campfire. Nice boozy flavours, a bit of smoke, whiskey, vanilla, dark chocolate. Really an awesome beer.
northropfrye (2526) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks cards04 for sharing this. Rich dark chocolate aroma. Bourbon heavy on the nose. Brady malty. Dark body. The smoke comes in on the aftertaste. Abv well masked. Taste is rich cocoa malt bourbon but not overly sweet and subtle smoke. Of course this is rye not bourbon but u get the idea.
RobertDale (4115) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle. Pours almost black with a nice brown head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, fruit, and smoke. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, and smoke. Very good.
RexTalionis (2963) - FINLAND - APR 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black in color with a tan head. Smoked ham, charcoal, sweeter notes, some peat and a nice mix of coffee and vanilla in aroma. A lot is going on here from the start, nice. I get some roasted notes with chocolate and bit of dark fruityness even, not forgetting the oaky barrel notes as well. Wood, smoke, vanilla and bit of vinous dark fruityness in taste. Medium bodied with a oily mouthfeel, the drinkability is really great here. Creamy smokyness and notes of spicy rye in aftertaste. There’s also a nice burning effect in the end. This was a big one, really liked it.
nearbeer (4070) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
750 ml. 13 % abv. Pour is opaque ebony with a small ring of bubbles. Nose is chocolate, caramel, light smoke, vanilla, dried dates and soy. Taste is the same great mix, plus some charred oak and peppery rye in the long finish. Heavy body is smooth with light-medium carbonation, has a great balance from all directions and only a hint of the 13%