beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Tasted on tap at the 2007 Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. This Imperial Porter pours a medium black color. Medium to small sized tan head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee with a touch of vanilla. A medium bodied Imperial porter. The malts are chocolate and coffee. The hops are earthy. Nice balance. There is a touch of wood and wine as well as vanilla flavors in this beer, but the chocolate and coffee flavors dominate. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. hapjydeuce (1007) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival 07. Damn, this might be one of the most intense aromas Ive ever whiffed off a beer! Insane roasted coffee notes and sweet dark chocolate. Silky black appearance with a small beige head. Coffee and more coffee comprises most of the flavor, with noticeable subtleties of sweet milk chocolate, butterscotch, toffee and a decent hops bite at the end of each sip. I almost had a better time sniffing this stuff than drinking it. Overall, one of my favorite porter’s to date, and a privilege to try at the festival. Awesome, chewy, full-bodied palate that sustains the flavor. Wow, I love this. Also tried the cask version, brewed with whiskey-soaked cinnamon at OBriens in February ’09.. Absolutely incredible! FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Tap at the 11th anniversary. Syrah barrel aged. Opaque black, with a thin film of dark brown head. Buttery coffee and cream aromatics. Heavy coffee flavor, some residual sweetness. Dark alefruit and an earthy roastiness. Ruddy, earthy fruit twang manifests in the finish, peers through fading sweet coffee. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy, rather smooth. bb (9916) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Draft. Blackish beer with a nice tan head. Huge chocolate roast aroma. Chocolatey, roasty, coffee flavor with slight berry fruitiness. Hides alchol well. Body feels like too much oatmeal, but was also really foamy out of the tap, Medium body. Way too drinkable. Lingering chocolate. Let me say again: way to drinkable for 12%. wetherel (1905) - Cupertino, California, USA - AUG 8, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 8/8/07: On tap at Obriens. Waited 4hrs for this baby. 10oz taster/$3. Strong chocolate aroma. Tight creamy 1 finger tan head that dies slowly. Pitches of pitch black liquid. Thick body, kind of oily mouthfeel. Very malty aroma and taste, possibly a bit of caramelized malt. A bit of sourness. This was the first or second pour from the tap, so I wonder if the lines were clean, (possibly residual Nickel Stout?) (Definitely need to rerate). A tiny bit of buttery slickness, but I wouldn’t say diacetyl. Alchohol is reasonable well hidden, but not very drinkable. 8/4/5/3/13:3.3
10/22/07: Tried again at Ballast Points 11th anniversary celebration. I think it was the same beer as before: Syrah barrel aged. Dark. Oily texture. Nicer, now that I know it’s a red wine barrel. 8/4/7/3/15:3.7
Tried again from a growler that Sean at PP bottle shop got: 8,3,7,3,14:3.5
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
I saw this on the make or break, and remembered I had this one and didn’t rate it. I remember the dark pour and the intense flavors of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Pretty intense beer. Definetly worth a try when you see it. Seahandler (11) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2007
On tap at Ballast / Home Brew Mart. Muy Grande! Black as a beer can get. No light through this one. Aroma of roasty sweet coffee. Vanilla has backed off over time. Tan head for how black the beer is. Coffee is evident but no astringency associated. Even with the high alcohol the finish is rather dry. Mouthfeel tastes like it should leave more of a cloying effect. Dangerously drinkable. After dinner, next to a fire, with a bowl of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. mds (2256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2007
Draught. Deep black body with a medium-sized creamy tanned brown head. Superb aroma consisting of maple, bourbon, vanilla, touches of smokey ham, and tonnes of chocolate roast.
Smooth and creamy palate. Chewy flavours including chocolate, espresso beans, vanilla sugars. Unlike the aroma there wasn’t really any smokiness in the flavour. Finishes roasty and sticky with an alcohol bite.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
Enjoyed a pint at The Liars’ Club on March 23, 2007.
Brewery sample and a glass at Liar’s...Damn, this beer is hugggge. A coffee brew on steroids - similar to a Speedway in terms of appearance and mouthfeel. Really good and definately worth a try, as I think it only comes around a few times, if not only once a year. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2007
Tap at the Liar’s Club: Nearly opaque with a small tan head and minimal lacing. The aroma profile displays bourbon, vanilla bean, hint of oak, milky chocolate, quick dash of smoke, some herbal and grassy hop vapours as well. Boy was I disappointed with the flavour combinations in this brew. There were the expected heavy malt and fruity notes at the beginning before a crashing volley of vanilla and oak ruined it for me. Really just too sweet and flat for what was found on the nose. A dash of espresso bitterness on the finish did little to improve my experience. The mouth feel is oily and sticky with a heavy alcohol burn. I am way against the grain here but I found this beer leaning too far towards the malt and not enough hop and coffee bitterness.