ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2009
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. zizzybalubba (1873) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2009
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet (bottle 1169 of 2007). Pours black with a tan head. Dark fruit, chocolate, and brown sugar aroma. Slick mouthfeel, but a slightly chalky texture as well. Tastes of prune and raisin which fades into baker’s chocolate and smoke. Lingering chalky dark chocolate flavor; alcohol barely noticeable. A great beer. wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 27, 2010
bottle courtesy of ksurkin, thanks! pours black with a nice spongy brown head that fades quickly. aroma is very sweet and earthy, lots of spices and vanilla, hints of bourbon even in this one. the taste is cloying sweetness at first, bit the finish and aftertaste make up for it with a really nice blend of flavors. the aftertaste is dry and bitter butter, which is nice after the cloying. nice progression of sweet to bold to bitter, all with a meduim full creamy body. good stuff, goes down easy. Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
shared by cbkschubert. deep oily brown small brown head. aroma roast choco coffee flavor coffee chocolate roast. bitter choco finish. hellbilly (3248) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2010
bottle 314/2007 courtesy of mr. cbk on 3/21/2010.
dark orange tinted brown with a small tannish head.
the nose is full on brown sugar ... mixed with roast, chocolate, vanilla, coffee-like toasted nuttiness and a touch of hoppy spice.
the flavor follows the same route... brown sugar, vanilla, cream, cocoa, coffee, warming spices and peppery with a mild bitterness on the finish. it is surprisingly quite dry.
the medium body is crisp and creamy. that combo makes it very drunkable... 8/4/8/4/17/4.1
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle shared by cbk. Deep brown pour with a creamy head. Roasty aroma with coffee, caramel and molasses. Nice bitter roasty flavor. Great brew! davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Date stamp of 6 2 14. 22 oz bomber into a tulip. Pours a pitch black with a finger of clinging khaki foam. Nose is roast, chocolate, sweet vanilla, faint dark fruits and some caramel. Taste is a nice balance of light roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet vanilla and some earthy toffee. Creamy body but doesn’t linger forever. This is a very good porter. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Poured into a pint glass. Bottle.
3.75 A: Black color. Two fingers of fizzy light brown head. Retention starts our poor but the last half finger stuck around for quite a while. A short ring of lacing is left.
4.25 S: Really nice aroma on this. This definitely has a nice caramel and brown sugar component to it. I’m not really sure how much of this is due to the rapadou and how much if from the base beer, but I’m guessing quite a bit. Roasted barley, cocoa, and a slight molasses component.
4.5 T: Taste is just as good as the nose. Thick, creamy malty sweetness. Again layers of caramel. Brown sugar, roasted barley, chocolate, molasses. Desert beer sweetness without being at all cloying. Quite nice.
4.5 M: Heavy body. Creamy, velvety mouthfeel. Good moderate carbonation. Supremely smooth and not overly chewy.
4.5 D: Really tasty beer. Probably the best beer I’ve had from Alewerks.
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DavoleBomb, Nov 29, 2014 hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2008
22oz bottle acquired in trade with The_Beer_God (thanks!). Bottle # 1859 of 2007. Poured a dark black color with a large sized brown head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, some dark fruits, smoke, sugary, and caramel. Tastes of dark fruits, chocolate, some caramel, roast, and light coffee. Alcohol content well hidden. BrewmeisterEd (61) - USA - MAR 1, 2008
Bottle 185 of 2007. Poured dark and thick with a creamy, tan head. Smells of burnt grain and molasses. Sweeter up front taste than a lot of porters - maybe due to the eponymous Rapadou sugar?? Tastes thick and leaves a nice, bitter after taste and a bit of coating on the tongue. A good choice for a cold/cool evening.