shadey (2136) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2011 22oz bottle. Perhaps one year old. Black oily pour with a thick dark brown heavy head. Very interesting aroma. Actually its absolutely delicious. I could sit here and sniff this beer all night. Chocolate and roast blended to perfection. Palate is smooth and clean. It continues to get better sip after sip. My ONLY complaint is that the body isn’t quite thick enough. But I am not sure how fair that is. It is supposed to be a porter, not a stout. It really breaks my heart that this brewery is closed and this beer may never be brewed again. kmpitz2 (21) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 8, 2005
RERATE: 22oz bottle. November 06. Little over 2 years old. Black oily pour with no head unless vigorously poured in which case I get a very thin dark tan film. The aroma is very rich dark chocolate and bitter roast. The flavor is still very well blended with no one character dominating except maybe the dark chocolate. Body seems less thick than I remember but that could be the age. Still a fantastic beer. 9/4/9/4/19
RERATE: 22oz bottle. Almost 3 years old. The pour is a beautiful thing. So attractive. Dark tan mocha head. Aroma is still an enticing mix of chocolate, vanilla, and just a touch of roast. I can’t wait to taste, it’s been 8 months since my last taste. The upfront flavor is chocolate, smooth and rich, but the vanilla appears as it rolls over the tongue. Finally the cleansing bitterness of the roast kicks in on the back of the tongue and in the finish. This beer is truly elegant. The body is about the same as around 2 years old. A little thinner than fresh, but still substantial and a little chewy. Every time I drink this beer it’s an absolute pleasure. A true masterpiece. 9/4/9/4/19
22oz Consumed in February 2009. Very smooth and silky in body with no oxidation in the flavor. Still fantastic and a pure pleasure to drink.
22oz bottle - last of my stock. Consumed July 2011. Aromas are still vibrant, rich and smooth. For a beer that is around 7 years old, this is amazing. It is truly a shame that this brewer went out of business. The flavors might be barely oxidized, but still delicious. There is vanilla and raisins, and wood and early. Bread, cereal, chocolate, coffee... it’s all here.
Thanks to MRomero548 for this brew.
It pours an incredible black color wtih a finger of tan head that falls to a slight coating over the beer. The aroma is incredible, with a big chocolate blast, followed by powerful fig, and a slight coffee playing in the background. Damn nice. The flavor is more chocolate on the start, moving to a very nice sweet coffee and cream on the finish. Only a slight bitter comes through with the finish. Between the chocolate and coffee, there is just a hint of the fig. This beer is divine. The palate is nice and thick, almost syrupy. OVerall, this is an excellent beer. And to think, I got this for letting a fellow use my phone. That encounter led me to signing up for Ratebeer. Thanks again for this brew MRomero548. I’ll be buying your first beer when you are back in the area.
JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2006
Thanks to goldtwins for the chance to sample this gem. Pours thick and pitch black with a thin but very dark brown head. Deep dark toasty aroma, chocolate and slightly salty licorice notes. Cold coffee, dark bitter chocolate. Roasty and toasty with heavily darkened malts over some cherry and berry character. As it begins to warm, the chocolate heads toward a richer, more milk chocolate sort of aroma. Light rum along with some earthy/leathery aroma. Flavour is unbelievably smooth, rich milk chocolate, licorice with a soft woodiness and sweet dark cherry flavour in back. No roasty flavour, just sweet chocolate, coffee, light smoke and toasted rye bread. Finish is herbal and chocolatey with some appley character that comes out as the temperature keeps rising. One of the most delicious brews I’ve had the pleasure of tasting. Dogbrick (13026) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2004
Much thanks to goldtwins and skaughty for bottles of this. I can say that this is hands-down the best Porter I have had, I liked it even more than the preeminent Fuller’s. Pours a rich dark brown color with a thin chocolate-brown head. Thin lacing. Intensely roasty aroma, with chocolate, alcohol (like Bailey’s) and a touch of tart fruit. The body is borderline Stout, with a great mix of coffee, chocolate, malt and cocoa flavors. The finish is satisfying and lightly bitter with coffee and a nip of hops. An outstanding beer that will be missed. Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Dark black with a small dark brown head. Rich aroma of roast and dark chocolate. Flavor of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Long coffee finish. Thanks Dogbrick.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2005
bottle from goldtwins...pitch black pour with a nice milk chocolate head. Vineous aroma with some smokiness also. Burnt coffee hidden under the vineous tones. Wonderfully smokey, roasted malt and some wine. This is very luxurious. Silky smooth on the palate, coercingly bitter to finish. This is a class act, I am becoming a very big fan of Imperial Porters. Thanks Larry for this gem. sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: APR 2, 2005 Black as night!! Deep nutty malty and oh so slight on the roast. Thick and viscous. Mouthfeel is great,big upfront molassas then tapers down to a nice bitter chocolate. Need to get some more. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2007 22 oz bottle via trade with kramer17801(thanks jason!). Pours out a motor oil thick midnight black with SMALL 2 IN" head. Wonderful aroma of espresso, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, and plums. Creamy mouthfeel. Starts off chcolately sweet and ends in a roasted burnt espresso finish. Strong bitter licorice aftertaste. Medium carbonation. This is a great Baltic Porter and the most perfectly balanced between dry roasted bitter espresso and still retaining a little chocolate sweetness. Yummy stuff. Oh, and give it 20 minutes to warm, and it is groovilicious and out of sight! silvershadow (1) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2004 does not count
Teriffic example of what Georgia had been missing int he ’dark ages.’ An excellent harbinger of what is to come out of the excellent, creative breweries in the Atlanta area.
This beer is big, with just enough heft. I dont miss the rosted flavor here, which is overused in other beers of this style. The maltiness is perfectly balanced with the slight hop and chocolately flavors.
Must try! Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2004 Just about jet black with small yet lasting brownish head. Aroma is a huge toasted malt thing with some hints of chocolate. The taste is the star of the show with quality roasted coffee, cocoa, chocolate, caramel and vanilla. This is friggin awesome. Big thanks to Rajendra for this.
A real malt bomb.