glennmastrange (2359) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of dark bread, burnt and molasses, light herbs and resin for the hops, moderate yeast notes of dough and earth, with port wine, tar, licorice and alcohol in the background. Head is small, creamy leaving behind larger bubbles, light brown with some spotty lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is black. Flavor starts heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is full bodied, syrupy and has an almost flat carbonation. It finishes chalky, lightly astringent, moderately alcoholic, and dry. Complex, deep, dark, earthy aromas abound from this Imperial Porter and the flavor goes to all extremes.
Leighton (12615) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Mes Tasting. Pours dark brown with a medium beige head. Dark malt aroma with some modest cocoa and light roast. Rich flavor, quite sweet, has a strong peat presence with coffee grounds and pungent booze. Full bodied with average carbonation. Warming finish, lots of burnt sugar, mild caramel, roasted malts, peat, licorice, faint hard alcohol notes and some wood. Very good.
after4ever (6397) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, capped. Pours black with a dense and creamy dark tan head. Nice big roasty nose, lots of chocolate with some anise showing and bits of dark pitted tree fruit. Creamy thick body, a little sticky in spots but very approachable. Chocolate, coffee, fruit, and black licorice on the mid-palate, very complex and satisfying. Would definitely buy again.
AmEricanbrew (6171) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color/ rich tan head. Vanilla, dark fruit, dry wood, dark roast aromas. medium bodied. Sugar sweetened black coffee, vanilla, deep roast malt flavors. mildly boozy warming finish.
edwardbass (589) - Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasty malt, bourbon. Taste is lots of dried fruit, bourbon, bit of coffee, alcohol bite. Very tasty. Haven’t tried many black ales, but this makes me want to try more.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: cork releases with zero pop though miniscule bubbles do rise to the surface. Pours clear pitch blacks and browns; not quite liquid oil but close. Settles solid black in glass with no head, no foam, no lace – like a black slick.
Nose: wood and charcoal, tar and char. Dry burnt chocolates. Rooty, black earth. Faint hint of vanillin and especially vanilla root still covered in moist dank black earth. Chopped firewood, raw and rough. Tickle of heat in the back reminds me of dried cayenne.
Palate: raw and hot from first quaff to last, lingering with an almost burning heat in the tummy akin to supping on liquid cayenne peppers coated in chocolate, earth, wood, vanilla, and melted caramel. Burnt chocolates are up front with burnt wood in the finish. Heat tinges the breath, like a campfire crackling hot whites and glowing embers. Long brittle ashen charcoal finish lingers long atop the tongue. Cinnamon sticks in with the cayenne. The edges of burnt fudge squares. Slowly sucks moister from mouth. Black root and black earth underneath.
Final Thoughts: great potential but extremely hot. The beer could have easily sat for a couple years, allowing the heat to smooth and settle while allowing all her lusciously dark flavors to meld and shine. Other than the heat, a black labyrinth I’d gladly get lost in time and time again.
jstraw (1941) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with massive, foamy, brown head / Nose of tobacco, chocolate, and coffee / Full body, chewy and some sweetness, with good hoppy balance and long, slightly hot, finish / Flavors of cigar box, licorice, bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, coconut, oak, all the usual suspects / Excellent. Who are these guys?
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with a thin beige head. Aroma is roasty, smokey, creamy, nutty and hoppy. Flavor not as complex as the aroma but still decent none the less. Light metallic finish and licorice aftertaste
bhensonb (11796) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 c&c from Malt & Vine. Pours very black with a slight dark tan head. Licorice/anise aroma simply from the pour. In the glass there’s chocolate and arguably oak. Full bodied with foamy carb. Flavor is anise/chocolate. Notes of vanilla/oak. It’s lightly sweet, but somewhat bitter. Maybe near balanced. Pretty tasty thing.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, brown head. Molasses, milk chocolate, pumpernickel bread. Flavor is sweet and very malty. Lactose, molasses and sweet espresso. Nice.