Flying Fish Imperial Espresso Porter

Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
This robust dark brew has been created in conjunction with Crescent Moon to coffee to come up with a special five bean blend to bring out the depth of the beer. Originally produced to celebrate our 10th anniversary, this has now become our late-winter seasonal. Note the aromas of toffee, licorice and coffee roastiness. Then take a siptheres a malty richness on the palate followed by chocolate, coffee, spices and perhaps even some licorice character from the Mount Rainier hops. The beer finishes with a subtle black cherry/berry character from rare Ethiopian Sidamo beans. Oh yeah, it also packs a royal kick at 8% alcohol.

Coffee: Blend of five Estate coffees locally roasted

Malts: Two Row Pale, Munich, Chocolate, Medium Crystal and Cara Malts.
Hops: Magnum and Mount Rainier
Yeast: English Ale
Original Gravity: 18 Plato

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2010
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The color is actually dark brown and not black like I expected. The head was minimal. The smell was roasty but no coffee oddly enough. The taste also did not contain much coffee which I appreciated. This tasted more like a standard Baltic porter to me. Drink-ability was pretty good also. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-02-2007 19:50:29

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (3039) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Dark pour tan head roasted chocolatey and coffe like aroma ..... light roasted taste coffee chocolate licorice light and mellow nothing overbearing hid the ABV very well a good imperial porter nice and creamy not bad for Flying Fish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2009
12oz Bottle: Very dark brown w/ a small light brown head. Nice roasted malt aroma: Coffee, chocolate, caramel & a bit of nuttiness. Heavy roasted malts in the flavor, seems just a little astringent. Coffee, dark chocolate & a touch of caramel. Full, robust beer, leaves a oily coffee flavor behind. Older bottle, about 1.5 years, held up pretty well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (3021) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Dark leather pour with a creamy eggshell colored head that left a touch of lacing. Aroma is cocoa powder, molasses, and roasted coffee. Quite flavorful and rich with brown sugar, caramel, chocolate and coffee present. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty good beer!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 25, 2009
From dmac via trade. Poured super dark brown, bordered on black. A nice brown head formed. Spots of lacing hung around. The aroma was mostly coffee (espresso) with some sweeter sugars cutting through. The flavor was coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. A touch of sourness crept in towards the finish. The mouthfeel was average and the finish was fairly succinct. OK. If this had said "stout" instead of "imperial porter" I would have believed them. Hard to tell much difference.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Smells of burnt coffee grounds and raisins with a sharp black licorice bite. Flavor is upfront deep roast earthy coffee beans and a lactose like sweetness. This beer is not smooth nor is it balanced but its strangely endearing somehow. Mouthfeel flimsy and terribly average. Wierd attempt here. Thanks Flying Fish. 2009 12oz.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Dark brown with medium head. Freaking beautiful espresso and chocolate malt aroma. Slightly sweet chocolate malts and light espresso throughout the taste. Espresso is more intense in the aroma. Rich malt keeps going. Drinks light for its 8.2% ABV. Big thanks to mpollack for this one. A bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Sample from July Beer Club Meeting. Amber-brown color... dark, but thin-looking. Aroma is nutty, almost of hazelnut. Flavor of lite espresso. Very well-flavored. Well done...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2009
12 oz. bottle - thanks riverside!! pours thin and dark brown with trace tan head; nutty aromas mixed with sweet chocolate and mild coffee notes; coffee fade so seems aged; drinks smooth and thin; decent though and glad to have tried;imperial porters or FO!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (1057) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Pours a deep brown-black with a small dark tan head that was gone quickly. Strong aroma of coffee with a slight malty-sweet undertone. Slightly oily on the tongue. Strong flavor of coffee that lingers on the tongue. Noted a slight acidity to the finish, possibly also due to the coffee. Very nice.

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