ryecatcher (1459) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bomber from 2011 bottling. Pours an opaque brown-black with a minimal mocha head, not much retention (could be my glass). Nose is mostly malt with some toffee notes. Mouth is relatively thin, primarily malty with some light roast coffee notes and some caramel. Finish is non-eventful. Would like to do a ’now and then’ comparison with a more recent bottling of this. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2012
75cl bottle. Small beige head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, some roast, earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, some caramel, light earthy. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation. Drake (14059) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle from Charleston Beer Exchange, shared at the Richmond Industry Gathering. Pours a dark red-brown color with a medium sized frothy brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, dust and bitter roasted notes. The taste is coffee, sweet roasted malts, chocolate. Medium bodied. AWISLguy (3283) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Bomber from Cardinal in Niles. Pours very, very dark brown with a cafe au lait head. Some minor lacing that fades quickly and disappears. Aroma has cocoa powder, caramel, faint coffee, some molasses. Quite roasty. Taste is of sweet caramel, layered molasses, some bitter bakers chocolate, a touch of soy and lactose. Finishes sweet with some roast malts and milk. Nothing too "imperial" about it, and little sense of alcohol, but very drinkable and a solid, tasty porter. kevinator (2607) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Nice beer with breakfast. Very roasted aroma. Very dark with maple colored head and a little lacing. Strong roasted and sour malted flavors with added bitterness. The coffee essence was subtle and blended in well. The palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Alcohol not very noticeable.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2012
750 ml bottle, bottled on 9/22/11. Served in a mini tasting snifter.
A: Pours a solid black body with dark brown edges. A thin khaki head forms quickly on the pour and leaves just as quick.
S: Pure ground up coffee beans with a touch of roastiness in there for good measure. Quite dominating.
T: The taste is more of the same with the coffee been and espresso flavors hitting you hard in the beginning, but there is some nice roast in there with a hint of bitter chocolate to give it another layer of flavor.
M: Medium bodied, slightly thin in nature, with decent carbonation. I expecting a little more body with an imperial porter like this.
O: The coffee dominates throughout the whole experience so if you don’t like coffee, or think it’s just "OK", the I would recommend you stay away from this. It’s decent and I’m glad I got to try it, but I probably wouldn’t want to have it again. Slightly one dimensional.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-01-2012 obguthr (6590) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Charred oak nose. Dark mahogany, thin yellow head. Oak and mulberry flavor. Tasty and medium bodied. Coffee barely noticeable in the finish only. Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2012
This beer has some interesting qualities including chocolate, vanilla and some mild creamy to it. the beer is quite smooth and yet its strong in ABV. faults asides its quite enjoyably. nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2012
The aroma is coffee like with burnt malt, chocolate, pumpernickel bread, and hops. The appearance is almost black with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma with a strong bitterness. The palate is typical. Overall interesting but not a favorite. nuplastikk (6414) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2012
2011 Cellar Reserve opened in September of 2012. Holds up quite well. Deep unfiltered brown-black, fluffy beige head. Sublime, sweet, delicious. Big chocolate and coffee flavors, but they balance each other out well. Some cocoa and mellow hop bitterness holds the whole thing together. It’s certainly not so Imperial, this is pretty mild and tame, and while still bodied, is quite drinkable...maintaining it’s Porter characteristics quite well. Quite an impressive, enjoyable offering, bonus points for not falling apart with age.