Ibrew2or3 (8989) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2018
750ml pours with a dark mahogany colored body that supports a tan head. The aroma offers up sweet dark fruity esters, chocolate notes, some malt balls and a touch of booze. The taste delivers smooth spicy chocolate malts blended with thin dark roasted malts. It gets a little more spicy toward the finish. Nice. Cimbasso (1087) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2018
This bottle has been in my cellar for more than a year. Pours very black and it’s a tan head. Chocolatey aroma. Taste is Demerara sugar with notes of wood and chocolate. Quite sweet and heavy without much subtlety. Not bad but not great. fiery1 (1818) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2018
650ml bottle @ Matt's. Pours a black shade with a thin tan head. Nose is toasted malt. Flavour is more in depth, molasses, brown sugar, burnt toassted malts. Nice mix of flavours and a clean lingering burnt sugar after taste. Oakes (19549) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2018
Medium brown, thin head. On the nose, it smells kind of sour, touch of chocolate, wouldn't say that this is appetizing. Bitter, toasted, kind of harsh burnt sugars. Lacks refinement. This is a bit harsh and unbalanced. mcberko (20259) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2018
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out brown sugar, molasses, vanilla and a hint of toasted malt. Flavour is along the same lines, with the molasses and burnt brown sugar jumping out on top, with a hint of vanilla and toasted malt. Well-balanced, with a nice depth of flavours. Very good.
Ferris (17776) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2018
Bottle - Dark sweet chocolate. Jet brown with a small light brown head. Rich dark chocolate with a long roast finish and bitterness. beerplace (2393) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2018
650ml bottle at Matt's. Pours a dark broen with a dark beige head. Aroma is roasted malt with slight fruity notes on the back. Similar taste. Good. wekker84 (2610) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2018
Bottle a black colored beer with a white-off head aroma roasted malts coffee spicy fruits dark fruits caramel citrus and bittere hops flavor malts roasted malts coffee chocolate dark fruits fruits citrus spicy yeast and bittere hops drjay44 (3924) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2017
22 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, thick, well retained beige head, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 35) body......nose is cocoa, chocolate, caramel, vanilla......taste is moderately sweet, with cocoa, chocolate, caramel, toffee in the sweetness, with mild roasted malt coffee tones, slight biscuit, cracker tones finishing with mild hop tones.....mouth feel, medium slightly sticky body, alcohol warmth present, moderate carbonation. This is a heavy, rich, nicely balanced Imperial Porter. It is a pleasant cool cold weather beer, the would not work in hot weather. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7 Ernest (7913) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2017
Bottle. Head is initially average small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, fully lasting. Body is dark brown to black (non-opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate syrup, roasted grain), with notes of vanilla and alcohol, light note of blackberry. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
A very ordinary and rather dull impy stout/porter...pretty much just the usual stouty suspects in the aroma with a very mild berry note in the background. Very syrupy sweet in the mouth with just barely enough bitterness to balance in the finish, and lots of alcohol heat...drinkable, but not really enjoyable. No off notes but uninspiring and forgettable. Great name for a stout, but unfortunately it's not apt here since light passes easily through it...if you're gonna name your beer aphotic, achieving opacity would seem to be a prerequisite.