hopscotch (11161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Bottle… Pours a very dark, clear, crimson with a small, fizzy, white head. Restrained notes of caramel and milk chocolate along with berry esters and smoky phenols constitute the aroma. Burnt, medium to heavily bitter flavor produces low residual sweetness and hints heavily at cocoa and coffee grounds. Full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Crisp, bitter finish. Thanks to crizay for sending this bottle from Ohio to his old stomping grounds in Florida! shigadeyo (3749) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2007
7/20/2007: Ringneck Im-Perle-ial Porter pours clear dark brown with an off-white head. Roasted malt, citrus, and alcohol tickle the nose. The flavor is is strong with roasted malt, but a somewhat misplaced (for my tastes/preferences) citrus flavor and bitterness. The hops are definitely evident in this porter. The body is medium to medium-full and quite robust on the palate. Overall this is an interesting interpretation of the style and one that hop lovers would enjoy even if they aren’t big porter fans.mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Draught (7.5% ABV) at Skipper’s in Athens, Ohio during the Ohio Brew Week 2007. Rating #12 for this beer...
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a very dark brown, with a small off white head. Smells of dark fruits, mild chocolate, with a slight nuttiness and roasty character. All quite mild, and unexciting. The taste is very hoppy, almost surprisingly so. Mixes in uncomfortably with the roast and mildchocolate flavors that break through the hops. The taste is kind of bland and thin bodied. Not really impressed by this brew. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Tan head, very thin, immediately receding to a ring of fat bubbles. Translucent but very dark chestnut brown body with soft ruby hints. Lightly nutty aroma, diminutive, with light chocolate notes and very light dark fruit(raspberry and blackberry). Caramel malt flutters in and out of the nose. This does seem nice enough, though there is really no sign of hops. Alcohol is concealed well. The flavor is immediately astringent as hoppy bitterness takes the stage. Light-medium hoppiness, heavy astringency, medium-high sweetness and loads of caramel. The finish is lightly bitter, modest in duration and lightly astringent, hops and bitter chocolate notes lingering for a brief while. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, balanced, lightly spicy and lowly carbonated. Average. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Growler: Poured almost opaque black with a ruby hue. The aroma is roasty and milk chocolatey with a fair amount of smokey notes. The flavor has a good amount of chocolate. Dark chocolate start and milk chocolate finish. Some roasted malt flavors as well. Hoppy flavor at the very finish with a good stiff bitterness and decent warmth. The mouthfeel is soft and almost creamy.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2007
On tap at Skippers during Ohio Brew week - Pours dark brown with mahogony highlights and a nice big tan head. Aromas of chocolate, and slight coffee. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, roast, and some hops. Smooth with a good soft mouthfeel. Really quite an impressive brew in my opinion. DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
My first thought: a homebrew version of Stone’s Smoked Porter. A robust, fire-roasted-malt and more-than-expected bittering hops porter...just with a bit of roughness around the edges. I liked it...but was hoping for more. (In all fairness, my expectations were probably unreasonably high--becuase I’ve had some darn good Ringneck brews...and because I have this notion that when I find the perfect Imperial Porter I will have finally achieved beer nirvana.) brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2007
22 oz bottle. Pours dark walnut to black with minimal head. The aroma is mostly burnt and roasted malt with just a bit of a metallic hint. The flavor is again all roasted malt with notes of unsweetened coco and plenty of bitterness (hops of some type). The body is medium and semi-dry. This is OK. blankboy (7714) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2006
Bottle shared with the gang at Decemberfest 2006 -- courtesy of mr_kimchee. Labelled "The Brew Kettle Im’perle’ial Porter". Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with an average size tan head. Malty aroma with chocolate, some coffee and hops. Flavour of dark chocolate, roasted malt and quite a significant amount of hops in the finish. For 7.7% I found the flavour overly boozy making it a little hard to drink. Medium bodied. A little too carbonated and boozy but still a very good Porter. mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2006
Bottle. Deep black with a small white head. Cookies, metal, nutty and roasty coffee also prevail. Light chocolate flavour along with bitter coffee and hops. A nice powerful change of pace.