arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2005
GABF 2004. Il Vicino "Don’t Call Me Imperial" Porter was pretty good. Butterscotch on the nose. The initial texture was dope: creamy with prickles of hoppy dryness. Good robust roast. Also, good sweetness in the finish. Maybe the best porter I had at GABF? Hard for me to remember... maltman53 (472) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Tap @ Brewery: Pours midnight black with a nice, lacy tan head. Perfect CO2. Deep dark base and roasted malts with a bitter chocolate aroma and palate. A beautifully balanced beer. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
GABF 2004: I believe the person pouring it referred to it as an imperial porter. Nearly opaque black color with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma is loaded with roasty and sweet caramel malts. Body has a full, thick sweetness and milk chocolate palate, with some mild dark fruit complexity. Could’ve used a little more bitter balance, but still a very nice beer. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Dark brown body with a ruddy tone. Rich aroma of semi-sweet chocolate and licorice. Chocolatey flavor with mild roastiness. Considerable depth. Medium-full bodied. A nice big, full-flavored porter. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2005
From a growler courtesy of Dan, who recently returned from NM. Notes of dark chocolate and cocoa on the nose meet roasted hazelnuts and dried currants on the palate. The sweetness is a bit striking as well, molasses and honey-like. A solid porter with a good character profile, but a bit thin of palate.
LilBeerDoctor (4231) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2012
On tap at IVBC. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, lots of chocolate, maybe some oak. Flavor of sweet malt, roast, light piney hops in the finish, earthy notes. Definitely sweet than I expected from the aroma. Flavor is more complex than I can depict here. Interesting stout and quite good!
8/4/8/4/14 (3.8/5) ketchepillar (1208) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 31, 2012
On tap at the location on Central. Grainy, black patent. A bit of fresh fruit, but very little really. Nice malt profile. Somewhat messy though. DuffMan (10751) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
GABF 2008. Dark chestnut brown,medium brown head. Roasty aroma with chocolate and a nutty nuance. Likable flavours of chocolate, a little coffee, and a hint of pruney/raisiny fruit. Very good. Terminus (3739) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2005
tap at taphouse-albuqueque, nm-pours deep brown with a small tan head that was very nice looking. coca, chocolate, dark fruits, with some touch of burnt notes. char, coca and dark chocolate flavors dominate. body was medium with a slightly fizzy mouthfeal, but not overbearing. long dry roasty finish. nice work Brady! blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 18, 2008
On tap at brewery in Albuquerque.
Black, almost totally opaque, thin brown head. Smells sweet, with chocolate and nuts. Taste has layers of honey, bitter chocolate, raisins, smoked malts, coffee, subtle citric hops. Yummy.