crossovert (13724) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Totally not a porter. The spruce dominates. It is more or less a black ipa maybe. bhensonb (15603) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 30, 2012
750 swingtop from Guerde. Thanks! Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is "veg" over smooth burnt malt. Full bodied. Flavor is very chocolate, treacle, light pitted fruit, and some evergreen Very, very smooth. Elegant and brilliant ale. Apricot is the fruit I think. marcus (10560) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours nearly black with an attractive tan head and a treacle and spruce aroma. There is a dark molasses and spruce flavor with a bitter chocolate finish. There is a fruity element that is hard to define. Complex and unusual. islay (2925) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2012
25.4 oz. bottle labeled as “2011.” Consumed on 8-3-12. Vegetal aroma features dark chocolate, coffee, spice, and Indian food scents. Pours a dark brown / near black with a large amount of long-lasting, dark taupe head. Produces great, thick lacing. Roasted malts are prominent in the meaty, tarry, dry taste. Plum flavor. Medium to full body. Silky and frothy in the palate. Unique twists in aroma and flavor. CanIHave4Beers (4207) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Pours a beautiful deep black with a nice tight tan colored head that is well retained and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.
Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2012
The aroma is roasty & woodsy in the best possible way. Mild notes of pine and coffee are noted as well.
The flavor is big & well balanced, it comes on a little sweet at first but the roasty and hoppy bitterness is just what it needs to be rounded out. Imperial Porter with spruce really sounded like it could be terrible to me, but the spruce is about as prevalent as the hops are and works quite well with those flavors. Some bittersweet chocolate plays heavily into the overall flavor of the beer but nothing about it is overbearing or out of place.
The beer sits heavy on the tongue, perhaps heavier than a 7.5% beer usually does, but it doesn’t have a lot of booziness either in the flavor or palate.
Pours unclear dark coffee with a huge creamy sandy caramel head. The aroma is light almost tart with wheat like notes, not at all typical of the style. The flavor brings light tea notes, pleasant and also almost a bit tart but not at all like the style for that either. The body is creamy like a porter, quite nice. Ratman197 (15204) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2012
750 ml swingtop bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of spruce tips, cocoa, toffee and light carmel. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of spruce tips, cocoa, toffee and light earthiness with a crisp lingering spruce tip finish. Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Big thanks to dcschiller for this as it pours darkness with full mocha head. The aroma is yummers with burnt toffee initially and then a whiff or two later I get some smoky rubbery bacon notes, black licorice and dark roasted maltiness. The taste is smooth and creamy and sweet with molasses, sugary malts, black licorice, a touch of smoke and then faint dark roasted malts and pancake syrup. Very cool indeed how these various notes come together so well atop a creamy mouthfeel. I’m not sure I’ve tasted something like this before. dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Pours a brown-garnet color with a creamy tan head. Aroma had some fudge, brownie, spice and pine. Taste is sweet with a little bitterness. Loved the creamy mouthfeel. Pretty nice stuff! MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2012
[Bottle] shared by Caleb. Thanks! Clear deep brown with a creamy light tan head. Aroma is smoky, dusty chocolate, some spruce, and not much else. Flavor is sharp, spruce, smoke, dry and dusty cocoa. Pretty decent.
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