AndyW68 (1641) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 2, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2013 Black with mocha head. Aroma is vanilla chocolate and coffee. Maybe a touch of heaven. Taste is rich roast chocolate and coffee. This is what baby seal tastes like to a polar bear. adeishaqra (45) - - JUL 2, 2013
Thick, thick, thick. Nice coffee and vanilla bean very visible in the palate. Nice light aroma. beertholomeus (1814) - California, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Pours black with thick dark tan head. Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla aromas. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malt flavors. Some alcohol taste present. Sweet chocolate finish and full body. Very good. Nuffield (4245) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Really excellent beer. Not at its best when it is too cold (but that’s usually true), there is just such excellence in the balance of the coffee within the porter--not overdone, with vanilla and caramel appearing, too. Rich palate. On tap at the Publican, Chicago. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.
Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter comes out of the bottle looking dark and brooding. The beer itself pours a dark obsidian color. The head starts as a dark tan foam, bubbling up through the beer and rising up the glass. The foam eventually rises a few inches to reach the top of the glass. A slow recession leaves plenty of lace sticking to the glass.
The aroma provides a blast of roasted malt notes and deep, full coffee. There is a little bit of bitter dark chocolate in the back, but the aroma is mainly a blast of roasted malt and bitter coffee.
My first impression is that this beer is big, bold, and makes no apologies for being so. Dark roasted malt has hints of smoke and dark chocolate. A jolt of vanilla breaks up the bitter transition from fully roasted malt to intense coffee. The coffee starts strong, with the bitterness coming after. With each sip the cumulative bitterness grows, reminding me of just how intense of a beer this is.
Perhaps it is some kind of magic trick, but this beer does not drink like it has 10% alcohol. There is almost no alcohol present in the taste; it is only noticeable in a slight tingle on my tongue and gums. There is a great creamy nature to the carbonation, more so that the beer. If anything, the flaw with this beer is how light the body feels compared to the robustness of the flavor and carbonation. There is a little bit of bitter and sweet sticky residue left on my lips.
This is truly a great beer and may be the best porter I have had so far. The combination of flavors and level of intensity really do it for me.
snoworsummer (6273) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Draft. Pours opaque black with a beige head. Aroma is rich roasted malts, dark chocolate, light citrus, and some caramel. Tastes like roasted malts, licorice, dark chocolate, cherries, wood, caramel, coffee and vanilla. Smooth, thick feel. Full body and low carbonation. Roasty, vanilla, grassy finish with mellow sweetness. Prufrockstar (2259) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle, finally available in Seattle market. Pours nearly black with full, dense tan head. No lacing. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and I'm feeling generous so vanilla is (barely) present. Taste is big on the coffee - ample bitterness reminiscent of black coffee in the finish, along with some caramel notes, vaguely tangy finish as well. Medium body, slick texture, soft carb. Overall: this is pretty nice, and decent price point compared to other great imperial porters.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Jjg226 (86) - Staten Island, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Appearance - Black with ruby highlights. Thin mocha head that settles into a lace cap that remains throughout.
Aroma - Coffee, can’t smell anything past all that coffee.
Taste - Coffee, with a hint of vanilla. Bitter, but in a coffee way, not hops.
Mouthfeel - Full body with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.
Overall - Well crafted porter, seek this one out! dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2013
On tap at The Common Table. Pours black with a thick tan head. The aromas are vanilla, roasted coffee, chocolate. The mouthfeel is dry, bitter and has a heavy body with light carbonation. Lots of roasty goodness going on here! Cheers! Markkind (44) - - JUN 16, 2013
Black as the bottom of the sea. Split this with dad in Father's Day after a great meal. Would've gone great with a cigar but neither if us were holding. Can definitely taste the coffee and vanilla. Balanced perfectly with malt.
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