beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2005
Pours a pitch black color with a ring of light brown lace. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Flavor of DMS, chocolate and alcohol with some coffee. The palate is light and oily, the carbonation level is low. It has interesting elements but the DMS ruins it for me. DocLock (11109) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2005
I love the periwinkle blue hand waxed top. The pour was burnt umber with a fast dissipating light tan head. Aroma of big dark chocolate and coffee, molasses, some hazelnuts. The flavor was creamy roasty malty, with chocoff, some hoppy black pepper notes, and a very minute cherry tartness. A tad light on the palate for an Impy porter, but not bad at all. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Bottle. Dark, black with small off-white head. Aroma is roasty. Flavor is similar, lots of chocolate/coffee up front. Hops don’t really seem to be there to me, except for a little tongue tingling in the aftertaste. Alcohol seems to be about 5-6% to me as well. S’ok, but not really all that special. MartinT (10102) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2005
The Lure: Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Raisins covered by ample molasses. Roasted malts prevail, but nascent DMS hovers and bothers.
Roasted malt flavor and bitterness surrounds the molasses’ sweetness. Vinous, grapey fruitiness battles the DMS, but resigns. This bottle has many flavors to distract you from the problems, but ultimately the latter catch up and nag you immensely.
One rotten fruit in the basket ruins the picture, doesn’t it?
Bomber. Poured a deep maroon with a quickly-receding beige head. Baker’s chocolate, cherries, coffee, citrus hoppage, and some dark fruit found the nose, however rather subdued for the "wickedly outrageous" description. Flavors were really about the same... with chocolate, coffee, and Cascade hops packing the most punch. Pretty smooth on the palate with hop and coffee bitterness. Nice chocolate and citrus finish. Nice porter that hid its alcohol well.
Dough77 (822) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Dark brown on the verge of blackness, with minimal brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, some dark fruit, and coffee. Flavor is similar, but not quite as....good as I was hoping. not bad, but just average. Suttree (6521) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Purplish black, no head. Mild coffee and prune aroma. Some Flavor. Yes indeed, flavor is in evidence here. My flavor receptors did perceive flavor in this beer. But not much. Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2005
A medium-thick, sticky specimen. Heavy on the coffee, with notes of vanilla, rubbing alcohol, and some kind of fruit. The taste was a quick, roasted flash-in-the-pan, however, followed by lasting bitterness. Ah well. Thanks to TChrome. Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
I’m not a big big fan of SKA brewing. I feel like this brewery is a bit on the gimicky side, but this is still one of their better beers. Beer #44 at the World Beer Festival in Durham, NC. One of the few porters I’ve had lately. Not a bad specimen. 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.