Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2006 Re-rate has turned (the bottom) into a great beer. Truly remarkable. When drinking this 2 other people commented "thats the greatest thing Iíve ever tasted". While that might be a drunken exageration, it is damn good. Age has treated this one well.
Pours a pitch black color, no light gettitn through this one. Almost no light brown head. The bourbon is light on the aroma. Though thats about it as far as whats goin up the schnozz. A little coffee, roasted flavors. And now we drink.. sour, bitter, not much body. Second sip has a little more body, rounded out chocolate flavors, but still the sourness.... bourbon bite sourness... strong and overbearing.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle via trades with DavidP and Duane! - Thanks to you both! - Pours black with a nice tan head that settles back to a film quickly but laces in patterns from then on down. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts. Flavor is a great chocolate, caramel, roasted malt base that is embellished by beautiful subtle bourbon flavor, vanilla, and oak. Nothing overpowering just a smooth drinkable porter with so much nice flavor taken from the barrel that makes this a great beer. Palate is smooth and melts in your mouth like a kraft caramel. Oh this one belongs in the top 50..
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 it poured out a nice dark, rich color. The smell of bourbon with a touch of chocolate. Had it sit out for about a half hour. Why you ask? So I could enjoy the wonderful taste of bourbon heaven. This is my second time I am drinking this and its even beter than the first. I am glad I bought a case of this fine beer. I canít wait to try the other 3 beers from Tyranenaís series of big, bold, ballsy beers. Great job brewing this wonderful imperal poter. Had it again and just gets better. The longer you leave it out, the better it gets.You get all the aroma out there. Coffee, chocolate and the bourbon. What a combo.
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark black body, from which no light can escape (like sating into my soul). Wonderful mild chocolately aroma. Has an excellent roasty and sweet chocolate flavor. Also has a good body and carbonation. Overall, this is very good, A real treat.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled on the 03/10/2006. Pours to a deep brown head atop a very dark brown/blackish body. Nice lacing. The aroma is semi-sweet chocolate chips, cookie dough, vanilla, blondies (the blond-colored brownies). The flavor is a blondie, charred oak barrel, vanilla, and something that comes off as a light strawberry. Quite good. The palate is very rich and creamy, a touch hot. Leaves a lot of tingling on the tongue. Good mouthfeel, however. A damned good porter. I think itís about 10% ABV.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark dark brown body; thin frothy tan head that fades to a lovely tan ring.
Aroma is hard to find... roasty grain with some roasted vanilla bourbon (like burnt vanilla bean).
Bourbon gently graces dark licorice with vanilla... tart fruit... I think I can taste some charred oak barrel. Its hard to find the porter though. And... Imperial Porter? Not to nitpick on the style.... but basically, its a nice, well crafted BA beer. Perfectly aged.
To be continued...
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black with a tall bubbly tan head. For me a rather light aroma. Pale malt and a only a hint of something bigger. Not depth in the scent. Iím not doing a side by side, but I just finished the Founders Kentucky, so there are many similarities in flavor. Light vanilla bourbon in the front again. More pale malt flavors present and in some ways just as good. A mild bourbon presence through the finish and linger. Fairly full, and only lightly silky. Only a touch of black malt acidity. A brew that is more suited to having one or two after a rough day, rather than one to end the day with.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2006 Bottle. Black body under a short but creamy dark tan head - good soapy lacing. Sweet vanilla aroma along with some buttery brownie, light bourbon, and light black roast- fantastic! OMG the flavor - this came from Lake Mills??? I donít even stop there for gas. A bit of tart raspberry kicks off the flavor but itís quickly overpowered by vanilla blended with bourbon-soaked brownies. The finish has chocolate combined with dry oak and a toasted nuts. Lingering roast acidity. Thick, smooth mouthfeel. Great beer here - a sweet choclate and vanilla with a pleasant bourbon addition. Reminds me of the 1st batch of Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a thick,extremely dark color with a tiny tan head.This porter has a wonderful chocolate malt aroma,followed by hint of vannila.Then comes the distinct,but subtle bourbon overtone.Upon first sip,wow!silky smooth velvet-like chocolate/coffee/vanilla flavor that rolls off your tounge,followed by that bourbon overtone.Im not a huge bourbon aged fan,but this brew is wonderful! KUDOS to my favorite brewery!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fuller-bodied with a touch of bitterness that helps to engrain its porterly intensions. Just plain good in the limelight. The breweryís attempt to lower the carbonation of this bottled version should be lauded, applauded and mimicked. Black malts, flame licked oak, dark chocolate and Godiva liqueur leave a tasty finish. Iím so happily bemused and excited for Tyranena to get the recognition that they deserve.