GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Bottle shared by Georgiabeer poured into a goblet.
Pours dark brown with almost no head and very little lacing. The smell is not much bigger than a standard porter with some sweet chocolate malts and a hint of coffee. There is also hints of dark fruit on top of caramel malts. The taste is a bit more complex than the aroma with lots more chocolate with roasted malts in the background and a slight coffee bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty light for a Baltic porter with decent carbonation. This is a very drinkable porter but not one that I would categorize as a Baltic. Still, a good beer. Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 15, 2010
Cola like pour, not super dark. The head was tan, creamy and short. The aroma was chocolate and slightly burnt malts. The burnt quality carried over to the flavor. Some chocolate sweetness tried to pull it up out of its one-dimensional nosedive, but sadly this one didn’t do much for me. The mouthfeel, like the pour was lighter than one would expect. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Tap at Monks. Poured near black with a thick, dense, brown head that had okay retention but refused to lace. Aroma was a little oxidized with lots of red delicious apple slices. Taste was sweet, fairly rich with milk chocolate, slight roast. Overall light-bodied and creamy on the palate. Pretty powerful carbonation. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2010
[Bottle] Pours a dark shade of brown with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts and caramel. The taste is of sweet caramel, molasses, bitter hops, some chocolate and vanilla. The mouthfeel was a bit light and the alcohol was therefore noticeable. Not a bad beer flavorwise, but I was hoping for something a little stronger with the word ’Imperial’ in the name. ben4321 (6827) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 2/27/11
Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Aroma: The nose is fairly subtle with notes of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and coffee
Appearance: The pour is basically black, with slight hints of red and brown, and a small beige head
Flavor: The flavor is similar to the note, roasted, light sweetness, minimal bitterness
Palate: The body is light-medium (leaning light for the style), smooth feel, soft carbonation
Overall, this beer is solid, but not particularly exciting. I’m not sure what it is missing, but it is definitely lacking something. It’s not a huge knock by any means, this beer is quite drinkable, but it just doesn’t come off to me as top notch. I would drink this one again, but I wouldn’t rush out for it.
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a decent light tan head. The nose has some alcohol, roasted malt, and a slight vegetal note. The flavor is slightly roasty but mostly flat with some mineral notes and bitterness on the back end. A slight ashy note comes out as the beer warms. Medium body with average carbonation leading to a slightly burnt finish. I wasn’t real impressed with this one. I certainly wouldn’t consider it rich and got no notes of chocolate, caramel or toffee. It’s okay, but not one I would go back to. Marsiblursi (3083) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2012
(Bottle, quite old) Pours dark brown with nougat coloured head. The aroma holds dark bread, leather, earth, tobacco, dark fruits/raisins, liquorice root, roasted grains and dark berries. Oxidized and light vinous on the nose. The flavour is light sweet, light to medium bitter and tiny acidic with notes of dark bread, mild roast, leather, earthy tobacco, dark fruits, dark berries and watery brown sugar. The mouthfeel is soft and light watery with a light carbonation. Bready and light oxidized finish. Light to medium bodied. wheresyourball (575) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 30, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Pretty simple flavor, not particularly complex or notable. Just ok. joebudzjoe (677) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Draft @ Coalhouse Pizza. Lots of dark fruit aromas, muddy more than silky. Pretty average porter, lacks the soft pillowy feel of top shelf porters. cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle @ home, courtesy of my secret santa. Muchas gracias, Santa! Pours a hazy, deep brown appearance with a big brown head. A bit smoky, somewhat metallic, burnt malty, chocolate, light caramel aroma. Chocolate syrupy, light coffee, anise, vanilla, cola, a bit burnt/smoky flavor. Not as good as I was hoping for.