SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoying a 750 ml bottle on my own tonight via of Secret Santa - thanks!!!! Pours a dense black into my Uinta Crooked Line steamed glass (also thanks to Secret Santa!!!) and a huge, dark chocolate head pushes up filling 2/3 of the glass; head settles slowly and in the meantime I enjoy aromas of sweet roast, chocolate, vanilla, dry malt, graham crackers and cookie dough; damn good nose; pretty much zero astringency or anything unpleasant and a chewy mix of chocolate cookies, roasted malt and almost tangy/orangy hops; some slight bitterness definitely pokes its way out in the finish, but the overall drinking experience is smooth, somewhat thick and chewy, and a little dry ash in the finish; wow, I am a big time fan of this beer; the amount of body, level of sweetness and intense flavor profile are just about perfect; people wonder what an imperial porter is vs an imperial stout, but this is one impy porter that shows how different they really are; a good level of hops for sure here, but the body is light, flavor profile complex and while quite sweet, remains drinkable and silky smooth; a great, great beer all around and easily at the top of all impy porters; drinks more like 9% t me rather than the 13.2% listed; wowzers!!
Original rating 12/17/10 (Score - 4.2) - 750 ml bottle; thanks scrizzz; dense black pour with dark chocolate head; yummy nose of chocolate, creamy chocolate and ashy malt; cookies, vanilla, a little band aid; creamy body; been a while since I’ve had a really good imperial porter; rich coffee and light chocolate; delish; and secret santa just sent me another bottle – oh yea!!
zebra (1672) - Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2014 delicious. roasty. wasn’t looking forward to licorice and thankfully didn’t taste any.
bumped the rating after trying it on another occasion. still delicious. ashy.
Sleeper (91) - Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome beer. Great flavor and appearance. Strong ABV meant to be shared. I’m really impressed off this impulse buy. I’ll def try more in the "crooked" line.
glennmastrange (2623) - 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 (18082) - 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 (7490) - 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 (6659) - 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 (778) - 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 (1960) - 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?