Brewed by Mike’s Brewery
Style: Imperial Porter
Taranaki, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
There are times that you choose to drink beer without compromise. The beer you’re holding has been hand crafted by true brewers for the true beer enthusiast. The origins of this unique beer style are shrouded in mystery. with legends of the London street porters and regal decrees, all a bit unclear. One thing however is clear, its been left up to the new world brewers to show the world what an Imperial Porter should taste like, enjoy with good company.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (17132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2013
Med brown. Fudgey aroma, lightly nutty. Thin for the style, but with some sweetness and a hint of that nuttiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (5712) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 25, 2011
Light bodied, not that great, especially after just having the Elemental. Mediocre porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2011
Light tan head only small though medium carbonation very dark brown pour aromas vanilla chocolate smooth coffee expresso like liquorice light cough mixture note irish moss dry cocoa taste finish dry tasting cocoa mild but noticeable tastes the bitter and sweetness both on the palate a fizz good porter just seems a little thin

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2011
On tap at Beervana. Dark pour, very dark brown almost black with a small off white head on top. Cocoa powder and toasted biscuit at the forefront of the aroma. Slight vanilla note through it. Dark chocolate and roasted malts in the taste with a sweetness behind it all. Little thin on the palate. Solid

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2079) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 21, 2011
On tap at the local taphouse. Great imperial porter. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Black, with an off-white head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 26, 2011
Tasted on tap at Cassel’s in Christchurch. Big, dark and smells inviting: vanilla, char and chocolate. A big, black pint with a small white head that subsided in short order. Tasty, licorice and vanilla to the fore, lip smacking and tasty with a finish that verges toward the sweet. Not a bad effort this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ComradeK (1200) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2012
750ml bottle. Pours an opaque intense black, with a smallish beige head, which lasts reasonably well, leaving some lacing. Sweet milk chocolate, cream and a touch of custard mix with some faint floral hops in the aroma. It is quite hoppy to begin, with floral and leafy hop flavours dominant. These give way to sweeter almonds and custard, which are in turn soon overcome by by bitter dark malt notes of coffee and dark chocolate. A fairly brief finish has some cream and milk chocolate. The interesting combination of hoppy flavours and dark malt notes makes for a quite pleasant beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2011
On tap at warners on the bay festival. Pours dark brown with dense and creamy tan coloured head. Nose is really nice with lots of dark chocolate, milk coffee and vanilla. Really nice. Flavours are some what muted by comparison. Some sweetness and a little roasted grain and not much else. Mouthfeel is on the fine side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
explosivedog (915) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 15, 2016
Pint at brewer’s cooperative. A bit of coffee and lots of malts. It’s nice, but I was expecting more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pdubyah (709) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 15, 2016
Nice, the very first time you try this is an explosion, full creamy chocolate coffee it’s all happening all at once, superb. Then you get a magnificent lingering taste which is offset by a dryness on the tongue that I didn’t expect. Lovely beer.

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