Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Poured from tap to glass. Nice dark color with thick tan head. Aroma was huge malt, stone fruits, plum, figs, caramel, molases, chocolate. Pour was a bit cold, but as it warmed the aroma really started to explode. Taste was malty sweet up front with a nice bitterness from the roasted malt and great consistency. A bit ethanol at the end as the brew warmed up, but quite well rounded. Overall, a wonderful bomb of a beer. Super glad that I had the chance to try last year’s release available from the tap. Crispy34 (496) - Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Vertical bottle share. Aroma is booze with some dark malt and some oak. Appearance is dark. Taste is dark fruit that starts sweet that turns spicy and then finishes a dark dry. Overall, a great beer.
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650 ml bottle, thanks Jesse. Pours a pitch black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of rich roasted malts, chocolate, biscuit and licorice. Rich flavour of roasted malts, burnt bread, grass, salt, palm, some soy sauce notes and wood. Nice bitterness too. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lingering bitter, rich and roasty finish. Great. tiong (7452) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2013
650ml bottle. Thanks Jesse!Palme (4812) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2013
Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Aroma of roastiness, dark ripe fruits and berries, chocolate, syrup, wood and vanilla. Taste is strong, roasty and sweetish with notes of dark chocolate, hints of syrup, wood and vanilla. Finish is smooth, heavy and complex with notes of wood, vanilla, syrup, dark chocolate, roastiness and cocoa. Well balanced, tasty and complex imperial porter. Great stuff.
Sampled from a 0.65l bottle @ Top Hops (BA) Bottle Share. A deep dark almost black one with a nice deep brown sidesticking top. Lots of deep dark caramel sweetness in the nose, some spiciness also. I get thick chocolate, cocoa and roasted malts. So nice. It’s really smooth on the tongue this. A little bit of alcohol voice, dark malts with tarmac, dark fruits and roasted malts before I get hints of licorice and even a little bit of gunpowder in the finish and aftertaste. Yeah, this is just fantastic. 15.06.2013
TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark black with brown head. Aroma is bourbon, dates, chocolate and soy sauce. Flavor matches aroma pretty well. Nice creamy beer, lots of bourbon on the tongue and booziness is great at the end. burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2013 Wow, straight hit with figs, dates, and mild chocolate aromatics. Pours deep dark with nice fine head. Taste immediately hits with soft but strong chocolate, followed by more brashness from the fruit. Overall, a wonderful beer! DrnkMcDermott (3123) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Taster at Standard Market. Dang, I missed the fact that Standard was having a Deschutes tap takeover Monday, But I just happened to walk in and find this retired beauty on tap, which I got to side-by-side with the XXV. This one has a heady smell of cocoa and stewed figs. Looks solid black, but then you notice the faint brown highlights along the sides. Taste is dark and a bit grainy, but not highly roasted. Has a slight bourbon note, even though I believe this is not BBA. Carries a light fizz that makes it a great alcohol delivery system. Picks up a little more Kahlua note toward the end. BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Had this on tap at Iron Barley in St. Louis. Very smooth. Very nice. Pours black. Toffee roast chocolate. Slightly sweet. Somewhat alcoholic. Nice. deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
A- pours an opaque cola brown with a light tan head. S- strong roasted malts, dates, marshmallow, pungent licorice, chocolate, grains, molasses, toffee, mincemeat spices, earth and vegetables. M- smooth and oily palate with a medium to heavy body. Carbonation is good and sufficient. T- alcohol, grains, graham crackers to start. Rich licorice, molasses, chocolate, cola, malts and some hop notes in the middle. Ending is long with a nice hop bite and chocolate, alcohol, rhubarb, tobacco and vegetables.