19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Bottle - Very roasty, deep rich drink. Heavy woody component with lots of roasted coffee bean notes. Dark chocolate hints and light bourbon notes. dukefan (215) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Tasted on tap at Bridgeport Brewing. First, a cheat on this one. Our bartender insisted on throwing a shot of espresso into the beer. Gave a huge "pop" to this beer, and made it as aggressive a "coffee" porter as I have ever had. While not into gimmicks, I would recommend trying this one. ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 1, 2008
208 Bottle - Pours an opaque brown black with a sizeable tan head...aroma is roasted wood, grain and coffee...smokey in the mouth, I didn’t get too much of either barrell, but this was a sweet, sweet Imperial Porter... Reid (2609) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Almost completely black ale ( some brown hues do show through, a great thick brown head, followed by luscious lace.
Strong roasted malt aromas,kinds boozy in a good way.
Bitter to begin with but smoothes out quite well, has some fruitiness near end, dark coffee, raisins,liquorice.
Pretty nice and refeshing on the tongue, this feels quite well carbonated but doesnt make it "thin".
Overall a nice Impy Porter from Bridgeport..more drinkable than most but not top of the class hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2008
22oz bottle acquired in trade with riversideAK (thanks!). Poured a dark black color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of roast (lots of), chocolate, woody, earthy, and grapes. Tastes of roast, chocolate, wood, vanilla, and dark fruits (or could also be some pinot?). Barrel aging definitely on the softer side. The label explains why; 59%-8% aged in oak bourbon barrels & 33% aged in oak wine barrels. I can see the wine (in the tastes), but really didn’t get the bourbon. I found this drinkable and liked it the more I got into the bottle.
cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Not up to the standard of its regular Porter, it’s still a solid outing. Musty and fumey throughout, from nose to throat and beyond. Much like an Imperial Stout but with a lighter, cleaner body. bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Bomber from Malt & Vine. First, I gotta say that label just plain kicks ass. What other beer is going to give you a 3-D label with attached 3-D glasses? The label alone is almost worth the price of admission... almost. On to the main event. The beer pours opaque, nearly black with a lacy tan head. Aroma is roasty, vanilla, chocolate, with just a little citrus and pinot pushing through? Medium body and fine carbonation. There’s a little bourbon-y sweetness on the front end of the taste, the chocolate, woody and hoppy influences take over. Dry oaky, somewhat chalky finish. Looks like BridgePort finally found a good use for their stash of pinot noir barrels. This is a dandy beer with a lot going on, and all the flavors seem to be playing nice with each other. If you’re not so fond of hops you should probably cellar a bottle for a year or so... apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2008
Black pour with bubbly tan head. Alcoholic aroma with roasted malt. Tastes of more roasted malt with bitter chocolate and a smooth but nice and hoppy finish. Very good mouthfeel with a chalky finish. Excellent beer, a little bit more like a stout than porter to my taste. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2010 Cask @ Belmont Station... Poured black with a thin, bubbly, light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt-grains and was a little chocolaty. Very smooth in the mouth, almost like juice, with amaretto alcohol flavors and warming malt notes with some hearty, balancing hops. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Pitch black pour, tall tan head. Interesting nose of yeast and hops, sure there is a nice chocolate roastiness underneath, but the hops weren’t expected. Overall very hopped up imperial porter, maybe even a bit to much, covers up some of the malts that I’d like to try. I didn’t get much barrel flavor out of this, but still a delicious porter. On another note, I always enjoyed their porter, where did that go? Some dark fruity flavors build in the finish, sort of chocolate dipped cherry flavor. Overall nicely done, maybe my other bottles will have softer hops as they age.