ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2009 bomber #1229 from grape & gourmet. pours an oily thick, deep, dark brown with a thin, dark tan head and a great ring of lace. aroma is excellent with huge notes of brown sugar and toffee, dark fruit notes of fig and prune, and touches of chocolate and wood. flavor is great as well with big, dark roasted malts, sweet toffee, slightly sour dark fruit notes, bitter chocolate, and a touch of smoke and coffee on the finish. palate is full bodied and silky smooth with great carbonation and well integrated alcohol. overall, a damn nice imperial porter.
Radek Kliber (6573) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 650 ml 1162/2007
Appearance: thick dark brown, tanned yellow light top. Good stoic presence. 4-
Nose: dark roasted barley, slightly acidic, malt with smoke at end. 7+
Flavor/Palate : Mid full bodied. Sweets with slight sour side. Initially slight warmth that grows. Solid strong porter , straight with solid quality.
Sammy (9190) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Radek. Black with brown head, lacey and soapy head. Aroma with significant chocolate. Taste is sweetish, with toasted barley, big but well integrated chocolate, smoke, a little sourness. Overall good porter with above average mouthfeel.
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber number 1231. This is an excellent porter. Very roasty. Great flavor of caramelized sugar. Creamy mouthfeel. This is an awesome porter. Kudos to Chuck and the Alewerks crew for creating great beers.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Immy for this one! Thick dark pour, fluffy brown head and drippy lace. Chocolate and alcohol on the nose. Silky mouth feel and full bodied. Complex flavor. Earthy, chocolate, toffee, coffee, and molasses. Very solid offering!
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, numbered don’t remember the number though. Psyched this is an imperial porter rather than not, bought it because it looked good and that is all. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is sweet with way too much bitter coffee for my taste. Taste is sweet with coffee and a bit of chocolate. Big old eh if you ask me big chocol coffee bitter mess.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz Bomber-dark brown w/a slight tan head & good lacing which lasted thru the brew. Solid porter, chocolate, caramel. malt, toffee, a little coffee, heavy on the chocolate. Very earthy, a big beer-good night cap/after dinner brew. Long full finish; that’s enough for me now...I can barely type!!!
blklab2007 (2062) - Connecticut, USA - APR 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle poured a dark brown in color with a pretty two finger frothy light brown head. aroma has brown malt, caramel sweetness, light chocolate, dark dried fruit, and some coffee. medium mouth feel with light carbonation. flavor has mellowed malt, earth, chocolate, dark fruit, and molasses. definitely a big beer with plenty of sweetness and has aged out well adding a bourbon wood thing.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man was this good. Thanks Carl. Awesome aroma of fruits and rich malts and sweetness and caramel and cream. Taste is so big and delicious. Creamy. This one going into Bourbon! Man I can’t wait for that.
BBB63 (6346) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (1050 of 2007) received from Captain Cougar, thanks Tom: Extremely dark near opaque hue with an initial creamy tan head which left spotty lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of molasses, toffee, prune, anise, hints of chocolate and coffee along with a dose of resiny hop vapours. The taste does not disappoint where the porter characteristics are there in full force, Lots of molasses and dark fruits work with a hop and espresso bitterness. The alcohol is there but adds to the palate by cleaning up the sweeter malts and sugars. There is some sourness towards the finish which is a tad distracting but goes away quickly enough. The mouth feel is quite lush for the style but it is also quite aggressive around the edges. This is a very well done big porter, Mikey Likey.