hopscotch (11180) - 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! kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Imperial Porterafter4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2007
opaque dark brown with ruby edges, wispy beige head, splattered lace,
rich milk chocolate aroma,
rich chocolate flavor, just enough sweetness to bring out the chocolate, light bitterness stays in the background to provide balance,
not much complexity just good solid chocolate from start to finish is the way I like it
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
22 handbottle. Or at least handlabel. Thanks, Boboski! This is great stuff. Black. Thick, perfectly smoothly level, moussy head. Decent webby lace. Rich cocoa chocolatey nose. Thick and creamy medium chalky body. Maybe the all-time great porter body: sessionable but still distactingly good. Rich chocolate, cocoa, and light roast and toast notes across the mid-palate. Lovely stuff. Long, thick, sticky, clinging finish, lightly bitter. This is a great little beer. blankboy (7780) - 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. Radek Kliber (7470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 15, 2006
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Dark brown with light hint of ruby. Light creamy tanned top.
Aroma: good roast, sweet malts then you will be surprised with healthy dose of hops.
Medium bodied, sharp texture, strong roasted dark chocolate character, bitter hoppy end. Green leaf hop touch. Carbonation a bit too sharp .Stylistically reminded me more of Imperial Stout than Baltic Porter. Long lasting flavours in aftertaste.
Bottle thanks to crizay: Pours a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a thin, wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of toasty sweet dark caramel malts with some fresh piny hops and dark chocolate. Body starts lightly sweet with some toasted pale malty notes and fresh resiny flavor hops toward a bittersweet finish with some lingering roasty dark maltiness. A very nicely balanced and complex, yet drinkable imperial porter. ChainGangGuy (4918) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2008
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, red-edged body with a small, wispy white head.
Smell: Dark malts with a touch of scorched grains and some burnt sugar.
Taste: Basically a follow-through of the aroma, with more dark malts, scorched grains, and burnt sugar, though you do get a nice hint of chocolate. Earthy, moderate bitterness to balance that lasts till the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: It’s alright, regardless of the creepy label adorning the bottle. 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. shigadeyo (3764) - 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.Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Draught (7.5% ABV) at Skipper’s in Athens, Ohio during the Ohio Brew Week 2007. Rating #12 for this beer...
On tap at brewpub
I wanted to try at least one beer before making it to miketd’s for a Sunday afternoon tasting. This seemed to be the most interesting thing on offer so I ordered a pint. Since it was a Sunday it was only $2.50 which make it that much better. If this is from the new brewer he is doing a good job already.
Aroma / Appearance - The shaker glass held a deep black body with a thin mocha head. Coffee, spruce, cocoa and a general sweetness form an interesting combination of scents. It reminds me of black coffee with a hint of smoke and pine.
Flavor / Palate - Peat and spruce make the hops the most obvious flavor to hit the senses first. The maltiness follows in the body which is a little thin for my liking. The taste of brownies and expresso make up for it. It is almost like a black and tan done with an IPA and stout.