BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Simply beautiful on the pour. Opaque with a pillowy head.
Aroma is coffee and roasty with hint of vanilla & chocolate. A twist cone of soft ice cream. Ice cream with no sugar. A real macchiato....espresso with a touch of foam on top. Palate is very dry!
Hoppy finish. Lovely body. I do love a porter but this one is maybe a tad too bitter for me. Noggleam (1) - Fort worth, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2013 does not count
Simply the best imperial porter I have ever tasted. I joined BA just to make a comment on this beer. QuezXLV (423) - Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Very black body with lasting tan suds. Aroma is of roasted coffee beans. A little oily on the palate and light. Alcohol well hidden. Taste is bitter and the vanilla is not noticeable to me, but enjoyable. boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Draft at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with a big tan head that sticks around. Gorgeous looking beer. The aroma has big chocolate, coffee, coffee grinds, caramel. The taste is big coffee, mocha, milk chocolate, big bitter finish.. Warming alcohol. RobertDale (6393) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 9, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Thanks Peter! Pours almost black with a nice reddish brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Great balance. Wow!
oldgrumpy (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2013
One of the best from Ballast Point. Smooth, rich, tasty. Full body beer. Bring on more and lots of it .
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What a beautiful beer! Thereís something about a beer poured into a short glass. If not the "small packages carry big punches" factor, thereís also, simply, how good it looks in the glass. This is a very dark, almost black beer with a thin, dense cream/light-brown colored head. The aroma is of roasted malts, with sweet coffee and fresh cocoa, but much more dense and concentrated than what youíd expect from your everyday porter or stout. Where this impresses is in the mouth. Itís not only smooth and silky, but also offers a warm, dessert-like sweetness that Iíve never experienced before. Thereís something about it thatís a cross between Belgian candi sugar, chocolate, and peppers. In fact, itís very reminiscent of mole sauce. Thereís a smoothness in the body that makes the roasted and chocolate sweetness palatable, but keeps it sharp. I donít think Iíve ever had an imperial porter so smooth and (extremely) tasty with hardly any obviousness of an alcohol presence. Cybercat (5747) - Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Comes out of the bottle a rich sable just a skeezix above black with a thick and fine-bubbled tan head. Rich, smoky aroma has notes of sweet chocolate, fine coffee, vanilla and caramel and just a hint of molasses. Mouth-filling flavor delights the palate with roast malt, chocolate, nutty, vanilla, coffee and caramel tones with more than a hint of bitter, woody hops. Each sip seems to be subtly different. Itís a little like drinking cold quality coffee that has a kick like an angry mule. Smooth, rich texture has a firm tingle that persists; finish is smoky, hoppy and a little chocolate-sweet. I havenít given out a perfect score in some time. Love the bottle - Iíll keep it and use it as a Halloween decoration. (Yes, I use beer bottles for Halloween deco!) kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2013
dark opaque brown. tan head. spotty lacing. Rich, milky coffee aroma with cocoa. rich coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate on the finish. so smooth it doesnít even taste alcoholic. someone talented brewed this. Keg_Juggler (193) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Strong authentic coffee flavor, roasted malt holds its own I'm getting some hop bitterness, alcohol well hidden, maybe just a little too much carbonation, otherwise a very very good imperial porter
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