KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a very dark brown, almost black with a large (2-3 finger) dark beige rocky head that lasted a good amount of time, leaving behind a large frothy collar and a bit of puddling creating some excellent sticky lacing.
The aroma was screaming of milk chocolate along with a strong dark roasted malt and a sweet doughy yeast and had notes of roasted coffee, molasses, and a bit of vanilla.
The taste was bitter sweet and quite malty with notes of molasses and a good bit of coffee early on. Then it became a slight bitterer and really smooth and creamy with notes of milk chocolate and a very distinct vanilla presence at the end. The flavor lasted a decent duration with a nice mocha coffee flavor left lying on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was just a bit under full in body with a smooth creamy texture and a soft carbonation.
Overall an exceptional Imperial Porter that is so well put together you can hardly notice the high alcohol content. Shame this brew is now retired...
hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2012
22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, some vanilla, and a touch of smoke. Tastes of roast, chocolate, some caramel, and the same light smoke. Some what thin. coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Bomber, cellared for nearly a year. Pours just about black with a smallish tan head. Aroma and flavor are quite smooth and rich: quite a lot of chocolate and vanilla, some coffee, lots of roast malt. Sweet up front; fairly dry finish. Bitterness from the roast malt is pretty muted. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick, nice and smooth. crajun (1259) - , Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2012
shared bottle with brother; deep black pour. aroma of roasted malts choc; etc. taste similar solid porter FROTHINGSLOSH (8069) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized creamy brown head that lingered and left incredible lacing. The aroma was faint vanilla, chocolate and a touch of hickory. The flavor was light toasty and wood y malts with notes of chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla and a bit of cherry. The finish was medium length toasty malts, wood and vanilla. Medium body but creamy. Too subdued overall. Decent.
jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle courtesy of TheCheeseman’s cellar. Labeled as Full Sail Imperial Porter. Pours almost black with very little head. Aroma is chocolate and sweet. Flavor hampered by being thin bodied, but mellow chocolate and malt with the hop bitterness being mostly aged out. Held up well. abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Awesome brew! Pours black with minimal head/lacing. Light smokey coffee aroma. Taste is very smooth smoke/coffee with a little chocolate. Finishes long and smokey. Would probably be a great cigar beer. Ron (4107) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle. Poured very dark, black with a creamy tan head. Nose of roasted malt, chocolate & coffee, light sweet malt, and some mild hops. Taste is also roasted malt, light hops, warming finish. Pretty typical imperial porter. Overall, a decent brew. jb (3346) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle from Ron, thanks Ron! Very dark, could see no highlights, thick foamy head. Big dark chocolate nose with roasted malt notes. Nutty and malty palate complete with chocolate and a touch of coffee. Very nice. cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2011
2007 22oz, reviewed last year. Pours out really black, tan head, looks really good. Nose is very roasted, sweeter fruits, dried apricot, chocolate, cocoa powder. First sip is decent, bitterness from a coffee flavor rips the mid to finish, sweetness up front, complexity isn’t that great pretty light. I thought this one might have had more of a cocoa influence, but overall solid considering the age. The bitterness lingers as you continue to drink it. Solid for the money.