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Brewed by Central City Brewers + Distillers
Style: Imperial Porter
Surrey, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
available

on tap
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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This original release of this was a 2011 draft-only batch and is retired. In 2013/2014 bottled beer (also on tap at the brewpub) with a black label was the Bourbon Barrel Imperial Porter, but the label was not clear about that. The Autumn 2014 bottling (red label) is the return of the non-bourbon version.

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3.8
fiulijn (20516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2017
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver; 2015
Black color with generous compact beige head. Mild aroma of dried prunes. Full bodied, very smooth, with moderate sweetness, but not sticky; very good flavor of dark malts, some dark chocolate, and pleasant fruity touch that blends well with the malt. Strong bitterness.
Sweet, fruity, chocolatey Imperial Porter; excellent.

3.8
cfrancis (3456) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2016
Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma is light roasted malts with a big pine hop. Taste is a great initial pine hop bitterness punch followed by nice roasty malts and a small dark chocolate. Nice beer thanks to Reimer for this.

3.2
DeanF (2465) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
Always nice to find out what the folks over in Surrey are up to. This stuff has just a leetle bit of head, okay black body, sharp motor oil aroma like you were changing it on your SUV and it spilled all over your face. (Yeah, total fantasy there, we all know Vancouver types don’t stoop to changing their own oil. Ha!). Flavour is sharp barley, let’s say well hopped, no hint of booze. Well done, simple though, but a sessionable imperial porter. If there is such a thing. Oh yeah - there’s this thing, that’s a start I’d suppose.

3.7
TimE (5827) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 1, 2016
Deep brown color. Big frothy light brown head. Big dark fruit, chocolate malt character. Very smooth, full body, dark fruit and chocolate. Pretty damn rounded with lingering dark fruit finish.

3.8
bhensonb (15235) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Bomber from ? Likely Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown with a foamy beige, almost tan, head. Aroma suggests chocolate cola. Which doesn’t seem like a good idea. Near full bodied. Flavor is treacle, a fair amount of hop, and maybe a little chocolate. This is, for me, more treacle than anything else. Arguably dark fruit, but not much typical porter aspect. Yet there’s hop, now coming as stone fruit and floral, and the chocolate is coming out as earthy darkish chocolate. I guess the main thing about this ale is that it is rather complex and has some surprises. Plus it tastes pretty good.

3.1
UXO (1896) - CANADA - SEP 12, 2015
Appearance: clear deep brown with two fingers of dense mocha head, good retention and lacing. (4/5) Aroma: dark roasty malt, pithy citrus, boozy dark fruit, light smoke, faint chocolate and coffee. (6/10) Taste: moderately strong sweet, moderately strong bitter. (6/10) Palate: full body, low carbonation, lingering warming finish. (3/5) A bit... Well... "Harsh" might be overly emphatic. "Enthusiastic", certainly. But there is an edge verging on solvent. It might more accurately be described as citrus, presumably due to a starts-with-C hop choice - which is normally something I’m all in favour of. In this case, though, I think I’d like it better with an earthier noble hop like Tettnanger or Hallertau. (12/20)

1.9
hesatbird (4) - California, USA - AUG 26, 2015 does not count
Not a good beer. It’s a jet black porter, and mine was bitter and not enjoyable at all.

3.7
pictoman (1129) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2015
Poured from the tap. Dark brown with beige head. Bit of dark fruit and mild chocolate.

0.5
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Fuck this beer, and fuck everything about it. When I opened it, the beer exploded - all over me, my keyboard (probably ruining it), the floor, the desk, the chair, and places I can’t even imagine. I probably lost 85% of the beer to the massive explosion, took one sip, and drain-poured the rest. Fuck this shit.

4.1
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
Dark beer with a big brown head. Some bits of sediment. Thick aroma of rich malt and a bit of booze. Very drinkable smooth beer. Lots of malt, light roast and tasty alcohol touch.


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