GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 Pours black w/ a full, semi creamy, chocolatey froth. Hangtime is Mike like w/ full, textbook lacing . Aromas of bitter chocolate and mild cherry fruit. Full nectar w/ sliky, creamy effers. This stuff is thick and sticks to my palate like melted chocolate. Bakers cocoa is the rule here. Huge, chunky bitter cocoa malts w/ a mild roast component. Hops are defined yet not citrusy, it’s all aspring baby. The kind of asprin that numbs the palate so the decadent malts can be appriciated to the fullest. Man this is like chocolate milk w/ animal crackers. The sweetness factor is very mild. Leather has a cameo appearance and performs well. The finish is bittered mildly w/ asprin and leaves a lingering cocoa flavor. Good balance. Highly recommended. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Sampled a pint of this one on draught at the brewery in Hood River, OR. Pours to a deep brown to black color, with a thick, creamy, tan head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic, with excellent dark chocolate, coffee, and roasty aromas. The palte is firm, with good dark chocolate, coffee, and roast, on a very polished body. This beer finishes with more really excellent dark chocolate, coffee, and roast up front, then ends dry, with some piney hops and more coffee and roasty flavors that lingers. Outstanding porter, very robust, very flavorful, yet very drinkable. This beer is dangerously drinkable at 7.5% abv, so be careful with this one, as you will want to drink more than one of these. BeerFanDan17 (1122) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - FEB 13, 2010
2009 vintage. Pours stout dark woth a thick frothy head. Flavors are bourbon, dark chocolate malts with a hint of espresso. gwpom (298) - Akron, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2011
750 ml This is a great porter. I don’t need to add much to what’s already been written, other than I love porters, and this is a top of the line example. foamdaddy99 (6) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2001 does not count
My favorite dark beer. Almost a chocolate aftertaste. I really like the foamy brown head. Try it with Vanilla Ice Cream for an excellent Porter Float. No I'm not crazy this was suggested to me by a Full Sail rep!
User37895 (3085) - - OCT 21, 2007
Bottle from Topps in Tempe. The pour was dark deep brown-black, very thin initial head, no lacing, only spotty bubbles on the glass edges. The aroma was roasted choco-coffee, bubblegum, licorice. The flavor was roasted choco-coffee, bubble gum, licorice, faint dark fruits, all with a dry, lightly bitter finish. A very nice brew, wonderfully blended, nothing sticky about this one, yet very full of flavor, diverse, smooth. dwyerpg (6582) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 22, 2011
Other than the heavily coffee aroma, this is an excellent beer. Flavor is rich, chocolaty, coffee, with a good heft to it. Really a pretty nice beer. A decent strength and body. Good stuff. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 17, 2011
THOUGHTS: Wow. Way better than I ever could have expected. It was exactly what it said it was — an imperial version of a porter.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was nearly black on the pour and opaque black in the glass. It also had a small, tan to light brown head that mostly diminished and left barely any lacing. The aroma had heavy roasted and burnt malts, dark chocolate and strong coffee; and moderate pine hops. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet and moderately bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet, moderate to rather bitter and lightly sour with an average to long duration. There was chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, burnt malt and pine hops. The medium to full body, which was leaning to full, was oily and then a little dry with fizzy carbonation and a lightly metallic and slightly astringent finish.