camay1997 (77) - patton, California, USA - SEP 24, 2017 beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a growler, thanks to JoetheYounger. Pours ebony with a tall khaki head. Rich nose of caramel and cocoa. As it warms a soft licorice and vanilla note bring out complexity. Some definite diacetyl, but not off putting with the chocolate flavors. Finish has some perceived dryness from the cocoa powder notes. Body is heavy and smooth, nice creamy texture enhances the chocolate notes. Maybe a touch on the bitter side and could use a bit of black malt for some grit, but a really tasty porter none the less.
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2017 Creamy thick head, tan in color. Smells of roasted malts and coffee (pray for raven). Tastes bitter, like coffee which I do not like. The vanilla cuts the impact but still not feeling it. It’s the style I’m not fond of, the beer is rather drinkable and probably very good; if one is a fan of the style. Yeah the IPA-ish finish on palette is what kills it. AirForceHops (8026) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 2, 2017
650 ml bottle, spilt 4 ways. Thank you HuskerTan for the gifted bottle! Almost clear brown color, fast dying head. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, vanilla beans. Flavor is spot on the flavor. I get a lot of caramel candy, light vanilla center, and a lasting Tootsie Roll finish. Sweet but nice. ShivanDragon (4697) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2017
Rood/bruin met fijne lichtbruine kraag. Aroma van mout, chocolade en lactose. Smaken van redelijke chocolade, zoet, lactose, melkchocolade, geroosterde en gebrande mouten, iets scherps, flad zacht, vanille, cacaobonen, matig bitter, lekker MetalNHopHead (2257) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUL 15, 2017
I tend to value balance and technique in brewing instead of the intense-flavors-at-all-costs endgame. Still, if your beer is called Chocolate Bomber, I’m expecting (and hoping) to be hit over the head with chocolate. Yes, this Imperial Porter does have chocolate character, but not a lot more than a mild-tempered Amber Ale. I do really appreciate the spiciness added by cocoa and vanilla - nothing artificial about any of those elements. And I like that the roasty component is redolent of bold, dark coffee. In the end, though, it seems like bitterness has the upper hand over sweetness. While that isn’t inherently bad, it wasn’t what I expected. That said, I’m excited to try lots more from Hangar 24. laiti (8531) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 7, 2017
35,5 cl bottle @ Timo A
CObiased (561) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2017
Aroma has malty tones and chocolate – smells like a german doppelbock. Flavour has artifical chocolate, malty tones, minerals and some licorice tones. Also nuts. As said, feels rather artifical but I like it. ABV is well hidden – in fact so well that I find it hard to believe this is 8%.
Bomber - it pours a clear medium to dark brown with a thin light tan head but it does have some suspended particles floating around. Nice aroma of cocoa, cookies and light roastiness throughout. Not awesome but good layered flavors of cocoa, mocha, roasted grain and long aftertaste of baking chocolate. J_man (1025) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 8, 2017
Delicious dark chocolate and wood aromas from a deep amber body with orange/red highlights. The head is almost non-existent which was a surprise, but it was completely appropriate for a porter. Sweet Hershey’s syrup chocolate flavor hits immediately followed by a drier cocoa powder flavor which tames the sweetness. There’s a woody, earthy flavor behind this which I’m assuming is the hops kicking in and this provides more balance for what would be an out of control chocolate assault without it. The milk and dark chocolate flavor keeps coming in delicious waves. There is a bite of alcohol vapor in the taste, but it certainly doesn’t seem like 8%. This is a true dessert beer and would be excellent with chocolate cake or vanilla ice cream. HuskerTan (2449) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - APR 28, 2017
A- Bland, roasty, cocoa.
A- Dark brown color, dark liquid, light brown head.
T- Roasty, slightly bitter, dry cocoa, leather, subtle anise.
P- Medium body, slightly thin texture, average carbonation, roasty finish.
O- This will hurt Imperial Porter being my top style. Not bad but I thought I’d get lots of vanilla, chocolate, and some sweetness. This was roasty overload. Not really a fan. kevinator63 (36) - California, USA - APR 3, 2017
Awesome aroma, and nice, dark appearance too. Chocolate, malt and a hint of vanilla in every sip. I really enjoyed this, from a bottle in my cellar. Now I need another. Well done. Dfonorow (2318) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2017
On tap. Pour is black with a medium beige head. Notes of roasted malt, toast, chocolate, molasses, and sweet coffee.