CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2008
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. 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. hopscotch (11181) - 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! after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2007
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. redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2008
Thanks to crizay for this in a trade. Chocolatey, roasty, creamy, with a slight resin aroma. This beer pours dark brown with thin head. The beer is thick on the palate, its very chocolatey and roasty, earthy.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 22 oz bomber, also available on tap @ Brew Kettle as of 12/1/06: Dark brown, almost black opaque w/ a lasting tan head. Initial aroma is roasty malt, but chocolate and light herbal/floral hop as well. Chocolate and nutty w/ a hint of caramel and oddly enough, vanilla and just a mild burnt finish in the aroma. Almost like chocolate chip cookie dough. Clean of most hop and fruitiness as well as yeast character otherwise. Flavor is well balanced w/ a coffee malt flavor and a lightly dry finish that is lightly bitter. Coffee roastiness throughout, and even though dominant, very rounded, not harsh or biting. Light toasty and nutty malt flavor. A light bit of dry resiny hop and dark grainy flavors, but again, not harsh. Lighter medium m/f, medium carbonation, very well hidden alcohol, dry at first, but smooths out as it get swished around the mouth, then dries out again as swallowed. Just MHO, but another winner from Brew Kettle!
CASK VERSION: A lot of the similar flavors/aromas, but much smoother and more rounded w/ a lack of carbonation! I’d give it about a 4.0 to 4.1 for this version! 11th anniversary, and a free pint at that!
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2006
650ml Bottle @ Decemberfest 2006: I’m pretty sure this is the one we tried, labeled as "The Brew Kettle Im’perle’ial Porter". Poured black, like Wilma’s frying pan eyes, with a good brown head. Aroma is all chocolate and roasted malt, very nice. Flavour is loads of chocolate and then a surprising hit of hops, lots of roasty notes. I’d call it a bit one-dimensional but the additional hopping was interesting. 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. 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. kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Imperial Porter
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