johnnnniee (4312) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 3, 2017
Had this on tap at New England Taphouse grille.
Dark brown with a good sized off white head that persists. Rich caramel and toffee maltiness with a bit of dark pitted fruits and a bit of alcohol especially as it warmed. This was an aged barrel put on tap and honestly I didn’t realize it was a porter until I looked it up on here. Feels more like a strong English brown or an old ale than a porter. Still a pretty tasty beer that has a bit of alcohol warming that I assume was pretty harsh when fresh. tapefuzz (533) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2016
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasty malt and chocolate. Taste is chocolate, roasty malt, and coffee bitters. Lightly bitter. Finish is boozy with lingering chocolate. Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Thick, heavy mouthfeel. NikkTwist (3225) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2016 Draft at Eulogy. Clear very dark brown pour. Slim amount of beige foam. No lace. Big and boozy. Black liquorice. Glossy dark chocolate. Blackberries. Vanillin. Burnt coffee. Way too syrupy sweet. Tastes more like brandy. Bricks (1126) - Delaware, USA - APR 2, 2016
Can taste the alcohol in this one... aroma of a standard porter, smooth.. Not the greatest, but solid. cubs (10636) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2016
Bottle @ home, acquired via trade. Clear, dark brown appearance with a thin brown head. Aroma has some anise, dark chocolate, roast, vanilla, and a hint of smoke. Moderate sweetness and moderate low bitterness bitterness. Good balance. Nice clean flavor with mild black licorice, chocolate, a bit of dark fruit, and vanilla. Solid beer.
chinchill (5025) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2016
22 oz bottle, bottled 15 Nov. 2013, served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours with a tiny head, most of which quickly disappears. Clear but very dark brown body is essentially opaque in the glass.
Aroma: dark bread, chocolate, and faint fine liquer.
Flavor malty sweetness nearly balanced with bitterness. Dark roasted grains with hints of roasted nuts, coffee, licorice, cocoa nibs, and dark fruits.
Nicely complex, interesting and balanced. High ABV is evident but not harsh.
Overall: this imperial porter is an engaging sipper. rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2016
Style et résumé: Imperial Chocolate Porter comme son nom l’indique.msalsbury (32) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2016
Comment: En fût chez Long Trail.
Portrait: Une robe très foncée avec une mousse brune. Au nez de notes qui m’ont semblées être du lactose, sorte de lait sucré. Des grains rôtis sont bien présent. Une bouche avec une amertume robuste. Des saveurs bien marquées de café, de grains rôtis et de chocolat.
The beer pours a deep black with finger thick tan head that doesn’t last very long. The aroma is outstanding, loaded with chocolate and a hint of coffee. The flavor, for me, is where this one really falls down. It starts off intensely hoppy and bitter compared to the sweet, chocolatey aroma. For the first few sips, all I get is hops and dark roasted grain bitterness. Chocolate made a brief appearance in the aftertaste. There’s more than a warming note to the finish, too. I’d call it a burn. The notes of fruit and licorice in the deScription can’t really be picked out against all the bitterness. I’m not looking to have this one again. SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2016
En fût sur place. Belle mousse fondante et corps noir. Nez de réglisse, de vanille (lactose?) avec une bonne portion de malts rôtis. Goût robuste, café et grains noirs chocolatés. Bouche huileuse. Finale sur une franche amertume de céréales noires légèrement acides et épicées. superspak (5603) - Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2016
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Awesome appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, fig, licorice, toasted dark bread, herbal, light pepper, light smoke/char, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, fig, licorice, toasted dark bread, herbal, light pepper, light smoke/char, and roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate roast/char and herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, fig, licorice, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bittersweet and hop spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, creamy/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English imperial porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.