badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2005
dark brown with no head....aroma is of roasted coffee, coffee, alcohol, nuts, and cream; flavor is of nuts, coffee, chocolate, milk, with a wonderful aftertaste (slight alcohol to the flavor)...perfect smooth and creamy palate....ive concluded that imperial porters are my favorite style Silphium (3198) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Hand-bottled from growler and sent my way via Zac (hellomynameis)- thanks for this gem! Deep brown/black body, thin cream head. Substantial aroma of bourbon (oak, vanilla), charred malts, licorice, and molasses. The flavor hits hard with immediate bourbon fire, soon subsiding and leaving pockets of ethanol on the palate. Hiding behind the barrel heat are chocolate notes that give way to hints of fermented dark fruits, molasses, and coffee, finishing with a touch of circus peanuts, leather, and salt. Very faint carbonation. This beer is one inky morass. It’s very good, too. SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Home bottled by footbalm courtesy of badgerben - thanks for the opportunity to sample this one guys! Ths pours absolutely opaque, black and viscous with virtually no head, save for a thn ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma is dominated by chocolate, coffee and alcohol aromas. Flavor is a sweet syrupy mix of overripe dark dried fruity malts, dark chocolate and espresso with a definite alcohol twang. Interestingly enough, it leaves a relatively dry taste in the mouth. Mouth feel is full bodied with no carbonation and a rich, lubricious quality. Might be better fresh from the tap at Barley Johns, but this was still a memorable beer experience. Thanks again Ben. SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Oh my Oh my, what a beer. Thanks a lot go out to BrooklynBoy (Edward). Okay, here is the deal, Baltic Porters just dont do it for me. In fact, In many cases I would rather just be kicked in the back of the head than drink a Porter anything. Sure, I have had good ones before but after having this, I dont think that I really enjoyed those past ones. This is the absolute-unquestioned champion of porters. In fact, just get rid of all other porters because they just dont have the right to exist up next to this thing. Now, onto the rating. Dark as night with a thin tan head. The nose was wow alcohol with a huge blow of malts and fruit (cherry syrup). The taste is alcohol through and through with oak and bourbon floating around in there. Alcohol destroys the body very heavy but great. Maybe too much for some people, but the way this thing goes I dont think you can have enough. I am in awe with this thing. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2004
From a growler. Pours out jet black. Delayed tan head. Aroma was intensely alcoholic, notes of chocolate and vanilla and some cherry. Almost no carbonation, medium to full bodied. Smooth and almost syrupy in the mouth. The taste was more of spirits than beer. That warm feeling in the esophagus as it goes down. Taste of dark chocolate and whiskey. This was a good drink but way too expensive.
jgb9348 (6480) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Dark brown coloured body with a thin light brown head that stays for the duration of the beer. Aroma of pure scotch (whiskey), roasted malt and strong wood (oak). Medium-bodied; Strong oaky flavour with scotch and toffee floating by. Overall, one of the best beers of the evening and one I was really happy i got to sample! Thank you to whomever brought this beer-I never got to thank you in person! I sampled this beer poured from tap into a twelve ounce bottle (if my memory serves me correctly) at the November RB party at Founder’s in Alexandria, Virginia on 20-November-2004. Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2004
I’ve had Perkuno’s Hammer on tap and found the experience to be one of the most enjoyable I’ve had as a beer lover. So I am definitly a fan of the style. This version, however, was a let down both because I enjoy the style and because of the hype.
Because of its thinness on the palate and over the top alcohol vapor in the nose this could have passed as a liquor. There was so much alcoholic vanilla that if someone had blindfolded me and had me taste it, I might have thought it was meant for cooking, not quaffing. I tried to take small sips and let it sit in my mouth. I tried a gulp to see if I could get into it that way. Nope. Just boozy. I prefer Perkuno’s (or Synebrychoff for that matter) with less alcohol and a much bigger and stickier malt profile. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Thanks Eric. Dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Rich malty aroma with some chocolate. Palate is thin. Dry finish. Enjoyable beer. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2006 Shared hand bottled from mid-west courtesy of egajdzis (thanks!). This arrived via UPS as we were sitting around enjoying other beers. Poured a very dark black color with a small brown head. Aromas and tastes of dark fruits (plums and raisins), vanilla, apples, and a little woody and smokey. Sweet. Molasses. A lot going on here.9 4 8 4 17MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Retasted from Growler I acquired in a trade on BA. Aromas of vanilla, wood, raisins, prunes, light bourbon, and caramel. Tastes of stong raisins and plums, light bourbon, vanilla, some wood and coffee. On the sweet side but not cloyingly sweet. Increased the numbers a little bit. My only downside is how much $ it is per Growler!
Thanks Eric. This arrived in the middle of our wild tasting session. Hand bottled by a mid-west rater. Dark brown, tan head. Rich malty "smarties" aroma, with some apples and chocolate. Thinish malty chocolate malt palate. Plum and prune as well. Dry finish. This is a real winner.