ibrubeer (383) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 31, 2017 KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bottle. The pour was a deep dark opaque brown with an average (1-2 finger) medium tan creamy head that receded down to a thin layer of residue and medium collar, which created excellent sheets of sticky lacing.
The aroma was of roasted dark malts, light resin hops and a bold leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, dark fruit (black cherry) and a mild tartness.
The taste was lightly sweet and exceptionally malty with a bold chocolate roastiness which lasted throughout, progressing with a mildly bitter espresso presence along with a slight fruitiness towards the finish. The flavor hung around for a good long time following the swallow, with a lightly tart fruity roasty taste that was left to settle in on the taste buds, as a mild alcohol warming sensation crept in.
Mouthfeel was well beyond medium in body with a dry, oily texture and a somewhat lively carbonation.
Overall as Imperial Porters go, this one is at top of its game. It possessed tons of roasty flavor along with a mild fruity tartness and a superb drinkability. This brew is highly recommended and a must try for anyone who likes a dark roasty brew... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews
Draft @ Red Lion GEG. Slight roast aroma. Dark opaque color with beige head, good lacing. Awesome taste! Initial coffee flavor, a bit of balanced bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel, med body. Overall, a wonderful porter tasty doesn’t taste a strong as it is! hman43 (1545) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2016
It pours black with a dark brown head. There are aromas of coffee and chocolate. The flavors are highlighted by the coffee, roast, and chocolate. There is an ever so subtle hint of dark fruits. As it warms, the dark fruits take a more prominent role in the taste after the initial malt flavoring. It has a full creamy body with a rather smooth texture. It has a moderate bitterness in the finish as well. Overall, this porter is dominate with the initial malt flavors and then the dark fruits become more prominent as part of the aftertaste, especially as the beer warms. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - SEP 9, 2016
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown almost black color with a thin sustaining finger’s worth of white to off white head. Damn, that head must last for a good 3 minutes. Finally, the lacing seems good, slight messiness.
The aroma, well, I think this is a bit aged, though I don’t see any dates anywhere, but this is how I currently feel about this: coffee bean - slightly acidic, dry roasty, subtle vanilla, sly milk chocolate, then some sweet dark fruits (leaning to plums/raisins, mainly).
The flavor takes all of the previously mentioned flavors to combine nicely into a subtle sweet to roasty coffee bean to dark fruitiness. Definitely moves nice and sweet in the aftertaste and slyly touching the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable to sipping quality about it. Carbonation seems to have fallen off a bit, but that’s okay, as I believe this is slightly aged a bit.
Overall, its aged, so, I don’t want to be too harsh on this beer, yes, maybe not as boozy as when it was initially put out on the market. Still, this one has a ton of potential. stevoj (4966) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 3, 2016
Bottle from Boise Co-op. Inky black pour with small beige head. Light, mellow coffee aroma. Taste brings more of the coffee bitterness, faint chocolate notes, burnt toast and roast malts. Imperial-ness not too evident, fairly smooth Porter. More coffee bitterness at the finish. SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2016
Un liquide épais et une mousse qui se résorbe en laissant quelques traces derrière elle. Au nez, café fraîchement torréfié et fève entière écrasée qui n’empêchent pas la mise en place des malts. Au goût, chocolat et caramel combattent le café de façon pacifique. Le mariage est réussi. Tout cela est nuancé par un grain malté rôti costaud, des épices et de la terre (houblons?). Le corps est soyeux et pétillant. La finale est amère par le café mais aussi par les houblons. Un impérial porter qui ne s’adresse pas aux mauviettes.
Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JUL 2, 2016
VEry delicious. Had it at Idaho Falls in an excellent place. Great thickness, features and taste all good. Panzuriel (2199) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2016
Location: 22 oz bottle obtained through Tavour
Appearance: Dark brown to black opaque liquid. Half inch of smaller tan bubbles
Nose: Darker roast coffee bitterness. Hints of chocolate and roasted nuts
Taste: Black coffee bitters, hint of roasted nuts. Dark chocolate. Mildly sweet
Body: medium to full body, but fluid
Parting thoughts: Decent coffee porter. Solid. Middle of the road.
monk191 (1959) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2016
A very nice coffee porter. Pours a deep brown-black with a brown head. Smells great, coffee and vanilla. Taste is vanilla to start, with a bit of bitter coffee in the finish. Had in the bottle. alexsdad06 (10289) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2016
22 oz bottle shared by Amy. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, earthy bitterness, perhaps a touch thin for the big roasted coffee character, but tasty, I get a hint of dark berries, but mostly coffee. I have had this before and didn’t rate it so I was happy to have it again. drsordr (2637) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2016
Bottle shared by Amy pour opaque dark brown with thin tan head. Nose big coffee, chocolate and malt but mostly coffee. Taste dark roast coffee, dark fruit, and some milk chocolate but mostly coffee. I like coffee.