bytemesis (8360) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 9, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear ruby black, medium creamy tan head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is heavy roast, hardwood smoke, coffee, chocolate. Flavor is light sweet, light plus bitter, lightly smoky, roasty, cocoa, hints of vanilla. Medium body, lingering bitterness. Solid Porter. radagast83 (8059) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2016
At SAVOR 2016. Poured a dark ruby brown color with an off-white head. Aroma was some earthy notes, bakers chocolate, pine resin. A bit too roasty, bitter chocolate for my liking unfortunately, making this an interesting experience, but not something I’d probably seek out again, I’m glad they’re doing this series though, revisiting some old brews. Keep it up. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2016
Draft at SB. Imperial Porter rating #100 (until they arbitrarily re-classify another one, which is bound to happen...) and it’s hard to imagine a better choice for a milestone rate within the style. Was always a classic. Pours an opaque matte black with a dense and creamy tan head that sticks around pretty much for the duration. Big dark chocolate, campfire, roast, toasty black bread crust, and coffee nose. Pretty much all the goodness you would expect from a rich thick dark beer with a heavy malt base. Creamy thick body with moderate soft carb. Roasty, chocolatey, coffee-ish mid palate with hints of campfire. Beautiful balance of sweet, smoky, dry, roasty, and accenting characteristics. Great stuff. Cunningham (7946) - Halden, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2017
Black as the deepest dungeon, and a fine tan head. Good lacing also. Fine intensity in the aroma. Medium + body and a smooth fine carbonation level. Mellow and fine sweetness, and fine bitterness to back it up. Chocolate, roasted barley, mild smoke and espresso in the flavor. Solid nice evening sipper.BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
[Bottle from Systembolaget in Sweden]
Bottle thanks to the great people at the Bruery tasting. Pours with a dark brown body with no head. Aroma of dark fruits, tar, figs, caramel, dates, chocolate, oak and nuts. Taste of nuts, yeast, chocolate, and oak. Syrupy mouthfeel and light carbonation.
RichTheVillan (7835) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2016
Keg at BrewDog Birmingham; opaque black pour with a bubbly love guy beige head, aroma has dark fruits and chocolate, taste has dark berries, a hint of smoke, coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Ernest (7693) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2002
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (but not opaque). Aroma is moderately hoppy (grapefruit), moderately malty (dark chocolate, toasted dark bread, roasted grain), with a note of cask wood and smoke. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is heavily bitter, lightly sweet, moderately acidic. Medium to full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent, lightly alcoholic. Also known as Stone Grapefruit Porter. The oak smell is readily apparent, but the smoke is about as timid as the regular Stone porter. Ultimately, it’s the overhopped quality that kills this one for me, as I prefer hops to take a [distant] back seat in porters and stouts. Quite sour. AndySnow (7621) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2017
How: Bottle.Finn (7547) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2017
Appearance: Black colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Chocolate, liquorice, roasted malt, some hops.
Body: Full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, some coffee.
Fra flaske på Humle & Bier 17 Mar 17. Svart. Lavt mokkafarget skum. Aroma av lakris. Smaken tørr. Mest lakris. Syrlig ettersmak. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Bomber for a little celebration. Poured coppery deeper brown with only a dusting of beige. The aroma was rich with darker chocolate and molasses supporting ashy smoke and darker, earthy spices.. aged oak and alcohol warmth on the back. The flavor opened with lightly sour smoke and oaky notes rolling into well-roasted dark chocolate, molasses, and light soy on the middle.. smoke had a wet ash character around.. bitterness was light and coffee-inspired.. decadent flourless cake-like chocolate and smoke on the finish. Medium-bodied with little carbonation on the palate.. spicy and warm, with ideal influence from the smoke and the oak.. aged very, very gracefully!