NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Chocolate aroma dominates, but I do get some of the cherry the CD mentions. Dark brown with a thin mocha head. Good lacing. Caramel and chocolate malts in the fore. Coffee and chocolate in the middle. Fairly bitter finish. Not a true baltic I suppose. more a high abv american porter. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2005
22 oz, blue waxed caped bottle (2005 version): fairly opaque, charred chestnut with orange highlights. Pours with a light tan, small bubbled cream. Blackberry and toffee-ish aroma with burnt cherries and a good alcohol twinge. Sweet, sticky palate, a little under-carbonated. Roasted chocolate and fruit flavours with a slightly acidic finish. Dark, chewy caramel, and sticky charred red grapes hint at deep flavours, but never gets deeper than the initial thought. The aroma offered more promise than the actual flavours doled outÖnot bad all told. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2005 Pour is deep chestnut brown with thin tan head...smell is toasty with some light chocolate and yeasty notes...taste is sweet with some light nutty flavors and chocolate...seems a little thin, but still pretty good... blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2005
At Argo0ís: Cool name. Lots and lots of dark chocolate. Very thin baltic with a very heavy taste. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Draught. Dark brown/opaque with thin brown head. Nose and flavor are rich in coffee, molasses, and chocolate. No sweetness or hop bitterness.
walleye (1099) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2005
thanks to bbb63 for sharing this at the Kuhnhenn gathering on 6/10. poured coke color with a tan head. aroma coffee, (sorry styles) I like the coffee, roasted malts, chocolate,raisisns and a small amount of hops. flavor ahh the coffee, malts, dark fruits and chocolate. and got just a hint of alcohol. not to bad 3fourths (9331) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2005
22oz bottle. A bit thinner than expected, both in the appearance and on the palate. Thin, oily licorice and light smoke flavor. Overall very light, lacking a robust character. Finishes a bit lactic and acidic. Unimpressive. JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2005
A damn good porter, albeit not sure what makes it Imperial. Along the lines of the classic but ever loved Taddy Porter. Starts off with a deep dark black pour with some smallish tan head that leaves a ring as you guzzle this beauty down. Aromas are very rich. Coffee, molasses, chocolate, raisins, vanilla, brown sugar, and toast are waiting to tingle the nose. Man does this taste good. Smooth, creamy and delcicious. Nice profile of malts with chocolate and coffee dominating, and a nice hint of brown sugar sweetness and vanilla to make things interesting. Finishes with some bitters and a distinct earthiness. So good. Lighter in body thatn expected, but that does not detract at all from this fine concoction. Body is often overated anyhow, and this is not anything out of the ordinary body wise for the style. Yum yum. Ratman197 (14664) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Bomber poured a dark as night black with a short lived brown head. Aromas of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, mollasses, and burnt malt. Palate was thin for the style, but not to bad. Flavors of coffee, mocha, abit of burnt malt with a slightly dry, moderatly bitter finish. Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Deep garnet with a foamy, tan head. Chocolate, pine resin, caramel, coffee, raisin, molasses, burnt grain, cardboard and a hint of vanilla. I really like the aroma; itís got much more going on than I expected. And the 8% ABV is not detectable to my nose. Layers of malt and round, lush hops. Oh, but the body-the body is weak thin and seriously lacking. Unfortunately, itís not much thicker than water and leaves much to de desired. The flavor isnít terrible, but you get the feeling that a more robust body could deliver so much to satisfy the tongue. The layered malts still exist ane the plentiful hops keep the sweetness from overpowering. The alcohol continues to be non-existent. All told, this could be an excellent beer, but as it stands, the lack of body seriously detracts from the overall product. Too bad.