tmoreau (4432) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2016
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co. and snifter served showing a black/brown hue with some amber highlighting, a presentable layer of tan head foam, and sheeting, wavy spray to the lacing. The nose was a roasted, mocha blend of coffee & cocoa, some hints of dark fruit, and decent maltiness. Medium bodied, with okay carbonation, the taste added a very pronounced, roasted, peppery, earthy, rind, & char-like bitterness that lingered past the finish. Too much bite, low drinkability, and difficult to finish. mcberko (18081) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2016
On tap at Bailey’s, pours a deep dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma brings out a lot of tart vinous notes, a little perfume and some peated malt - strange nose. Flavour reveals a ton of peated malt upfront - mixed with the barrels, it gives off a weird perfumey, varnish-like quality which isn’t pleasing. Some stale coffee grounds as well. I’m surprised at the high ratings for this; either that, or this keg is off. Not a fan. Theydon_Bois (19784) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2016
Keg at BD Sheps Bush, 27/06/16.
Light black with a decent beige cap.
Nose is roast malt, light spice, discernible hop presence, subtle smoke, charr.
Taste comprises light coffee grinds, earthy hop, cocoa powder, very light smoke, dark fruit rinds, toffee, pinch of black pepper.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Decent porter. willisread (3395) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Tap at Stone in Asagaya (5th year anniversary event). Big milk chocolate forward nose with cacao nib, coffee and light smoke. Some light fruity sourness comes out as it warms. The smoke and chocolate work really well together. Creamy on the palate with some light oak notes. Finish is smooth and not overly bitter like a lot of Stone beers are. Great stuff. Chalumeaux (1570) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer Gratz on beer 2112 Ala Rush black with a beige head. Aromas of coca smoky malt dark chocolate fig. Taste is dark chocolate burnt coffee dark fruit and a lingering bitterness.
WillRunForBeer (2675) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 25, 2016
This rate is dedicated to Rush. Number 2112. Encore! Bomber. Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, fig, light smoke. Flavor is dark chocolate, overextracted coffee, oak, smoke. A bit too much bitterness in the finish for my taste. bnokk (536) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2016
APPEARANCE- very dark, when held up to the light, you can see it’s dark brown. Beige head with great lacing.
NOSE- slightly bitter, almost acrid when it’s cold. As it warms up, i smell more of the smokiness that it’s based on.
FLAVOR- Similar to the smell, slightly acrid - perhaps owing to the oak. Not much smokiness. Overall not what i expected. shigadeyo (3749) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2016
Aroma has cocoa, smoky malt, caramel, semi-sweet chocolate covered cherries and a hint of alcohol, more and more comes out as the beer warms; near black color, opaque, large and lasting khaki-colored head; nice smoke and chocolate caramel malt, roasted malt and ash/charred wood, cocoa powder, robust overall; medium-full body, smooth and slightly creamy, enough carbonation to open up the flavor and keep it from feeling too heavy; very good, love the smokiness and wood flavors, doesn’t drink like an 8%er, but sure feels like it later... 22 fl oz bottle from Binny’s in Chicago, IL. AWISLguy (3180) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2016
On tap at Champps in Brookfield. Really been looking forward to this - one of my favorite brewers making one of my favorite styles, so really pleased they re-released it. Pour is very dark brown with little head. Nose is tangy ashy with smoke. Taste better; ashy, chocolate, light smoke. Medium to full bodied, with alcohol. Blend is decent. Finishes well blended between bitter and sweet. Solid enough, but actually a disappointment. 13.8 davidezdonz (511) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - JUN 20, 2016
A 22 fl oz bomber bottled on 3rd April 2016 and poured into a Moonzen teku glass. It poured a clear dark brown colour with a one finger tanned head good retention and moderate lacing. Aromas of toasted malts, cherry and vanilla with a hint of smoke and chocolate. Roasted malts and smoky char dominate taste with bittersweet chocolate in the background and a hint of vanilla. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall a pretty good Imperial Porter that’s balanced and surprisingly easy to drink. Glad I got to try it.