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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2009
Big thanks to daknole. Dark brown, thick beige head. Roasted, cherry, oat aromas. The dark fruits from the roast malt combine wonderfully with the oily coffee here. I like coffee beer but this is really a good one. Full bodied, smooth palate. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2009
12 oz bottle. Deep dark brown beer with a creamy tan head. Aroma is lighlty coffeeish with a fairly herbal component as well. There is a touch of light cola character to the malts. Lightly sweet with a rich coffee flavour as well as a nice rich dark maltiness. The body is quite light, but it doesnt really come across as watery. Mocha flavoured finish. Its a pretty solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Tap and bottle. Sweet and roasty. Pretty good FF offering. Smooth and a liitle bittering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2009
12oz bottle from larry.....pours just slightly darker than cola with a thin wispy off-white head....aroma of cocoa and roasted malt. thought that the coffee would be a little more assertive though..... chocolate and roasted malt mostly in the flavor. light smoke in the finish with a lingering sweetness. soft carbonation and decent mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (9007) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Draft. Pours near black with a creamy beige head. Roasted malt aroma with creamy espresso coffee. The flavor has roasted malts, coffee, cream, and a light espresso sweetness. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hapjydeuce (999) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle, sent as an extra in trade with Jabic. Thanks! Black center with clear, dark brown edges. Initial dark tan head that fades to a light ring. Soft carbonation releases lots of smoke, charred wood and caramelized sugars. Some plum and vanilla extract mixed in with the coffee notes. Easy-drinking flavor of smoke and dry cocoa powder with burnt sugar and coffee. Ends pretty dry for the style, with no lingering flavors. Alcohol is hardly noticeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
suchen (81) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 Pours a very deep brown, not quite black with a medium sized tan head that faded rapidly. Aroma was of spicy black coffee with some roasted malt and dark chocolate as well. Flavor was delicious dark coffee beans, though it was a little thin and bubbly. A wonderful after dinner beer! I strongly recommend enjoying this with a chocolatey dessert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
njbfr (113) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Pours dark red/brown with a thick, tan, quickly dissipating head. Nose is heavy, heavy roasted coffee. Flavor is mostly coffee with a slight chocolate note. Basically tastes like iced coffee or Kahlua on the rocks. Pretty thin mouthfeel, but a very clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
reggiedunlop (3709) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2009
color is a burnt caramel color with a thin mocha colored head. very nice aroma is dominated by coffee and light grassy hops. tastes of lightly roasted coffee but is a bit chalky and leaves me wanting something more out of it. the mouthfeel is a bit watery and the finish is a bit boring and lacks something...maybe more coffee or roastiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4720) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Amber brown in color. Aroma is of maple, malt and chocolate. Taste is of cocoa, chocolate, caramel, tea, and toffee.

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