BeerGolem (829) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle 660 ml. Pitch black with tiny beige head. Aroma: amazing vanilla touch, coffee, chocolate, nuts, malt and a tad of alcohol. Awesome mix, but the taste is even more impressive. Robust beer, full bodied. Pleasant warming feeling. Among the best in the style. Nische (2432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2014
Dark brown, almost black, colour with a large brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and liquorice. Same taste. Full bodied. merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Aroma: Burnt Coffee, Dark Chocolate
Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing
Taste: Burnt Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Mild Vanilla
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Drying scotchzombie (608) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Pours black with a massive foamy and noisy tan head. Aroma is lightly toasted grains and a touch of cocoa. Taste is wow! Vanilla, roasted chocolate and coffee. Truly wonderful. Made quite an impression. Kavu (5025) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 11, 2014
0,65l bottle @ Pikkulintu. Pours very dark brown with a low tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and coffee with a hint of vanilla. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol and hops. Wow! Exquisite!
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Black pour with a brown head. Aroma was very light; coffee, toasted malt, and just a tiny bit of vanilla. Flavor is 10x stronger than aroma, very bold coffee notes and rich dark chocolate with a bit of vanilla at the end. proxident (3) - SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2014 does not count
aroma is vanilla, coffee. Black appearance with a dark brown heading. Kind of bitter-ish taste with a heavy oily body. Soft to medium carbonated.
Overall a really good looking and tasting beer. Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2014
650ml bottle. Black pour, brown head. Coffee is abundant in the aroma. I’m not a huge coffee lover but high marks for delivering on its promise. It’s mixed in with a chocolatey, nutty roastedness. No vanilla as of yet though. Taste is more bold coffee and this time the vanilla meshing with it. Chocolate brownie midway through. Ending with coffee bitterness. I can see why this is so highly rated. rosenbergh (11753) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 28, 2014
Draught at the Argonaut, Washington, DC. UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Pitch black colour with a small tan head.
Roasted malt, spices, pepper, chili, mild sweetness and vanilla in the aroma.
Very roasted malty flavour with ashy dryness, coffee and chili warmth.
Rich, heavy and tasty.
22 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 45 degrees F.
A: Pours a deep, dark brown, verging on black. Once in the glass, no light whatsoever filters through the brew - it almost seems as though light rays that stray too close are sucked in and absorbed. A thick, fluffy dark tan head forms and hangs around for a while, slowly dying down to a cap and ring which leave clumps of lacing on the glass.
S: The aroma opens with dark, dark, dark roasted grain, not unlike burned bread, wreathed through with black coffee-espresso to form a miasma of the color black. Underlying that is a sort of earthen bitterness.
T: Oh, that thick, heavy, blunt, blackened roasted grain! The flavor opens with a veritable club of blackened, burned bread and grain, with traces of smoke and char. Unfiltered dark roast coffee takes not merely center stage, but also left, right, and the orchestral pit at times. There are notes to the flavor quite reminiscent of burnt firewood or campfire ashes, mixed with the scorched earth from the bottom of a firepit dug in the deep woods. Vanilla is hinted at, bringing no sweetness along with it whatsoever, not unlike sipping extract right from the bottle. Alcohol heat comes in during the bitter, slightly astringent finish.
M: Thin, far thinner than one might expect for a brew this heavy, dark, flavorful, and high ABV. It verges on watery at times as it moves across the palate.
O: While I’d have preferred a little more malt sweetness to come through the blackened flavorstorm, and a little more body and heft to the feel, this is definitely a tasty example of an imperial porter!