Dogbrick (13133) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Sample at Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV on 10/12/2012. Pours a very dark brown with some amber around the edges and a medium light beige head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is smoky with some sweet malt in the background. Medium-bodied with a smoky character and notes of charred malt and hops. The finish is oaky with a bit of coffee left behind. Good overall. onceblind (9858) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Tap at Falling Rock during GABF. Dark dark brown with a laceful, thin foamy khaki head. Roasty nose with earthy hop resin, and smokey dark maltiness that almost has this red-wine note to it. Flavor is roughly the same, smokey and roasty, with a bit of sweetness from earthy chocolate malts, a touch of rauch malts, mild hop flavors with balancing hop bitterness, and a very slight red wine barrel essence. I think. Didn’t really do it for me. arminjewell (9688) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Pour on tap at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting 2012, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, coffee, slight dark fruits, hints of nice smoke, roast, hints of sweet caramel as well. Taste is a mix of smoke, roast, coffee, slight meaty notes, hints of chocolate, nice dark chocolate and cocoa powder, hints of toffee and caramel, slight vanilla, finishing bitter and smoky. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
On tap. Pours with a crystal clear amber-mahogany hued body with a lasting tan head. Aromas are estery, dark fruits, brown sugar, smoke, raisins, malty, deep. Flavors are smokey, bitter, low roast, beef jerky, peat, musty, earthy, dark fruits, minerals, wood. A touch medicinal with the smoke influence. Very earthy. Higher than expected carbonation that enhances certain harsh elements. Warming, medium to full bodied. egajdzis (6613) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Opaque black with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma or smoked wood, meaty, cocoa,and burnt wood. Taste was smokey, burnt wood, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a dry finish.
JohnnyJ (5570) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Draft at Stone. Dark brown pour, light tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, light smoke, fruit, and a bit of coffee. Medium mouthfeel, actually a little to light. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Sampled at the Bistro 7th Annual Barrel Aged Festival on 11/10/2012. This Imperial Porter pours a dark brown color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, smoky, bourbon and sweet. A medium bodied Imperial Porter. The malts are chocolate, coffee and slightly smoky. The hops are herbal and earthy. Nice carbonation. Nice bourbon flavors. A touch of smoke, a touch of vanilla. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Ktwse (5019) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2013
Pours black with low light tan head. Aroma of oak barrels, smoke, chocolate, dark dried fruit, booze. Taste is creamy chocolate sweet with balancing alcohol bitterness. Body is medium with a sticky port like palate. Pretty much no carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone kryon (3589) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2013
Pours light black with low to no head
Aromas of bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, perfumy
Taste has chocolate malts, dades, figs, whisky
Palate is a bit vinuous and wee bit unbalanced ending
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Tap at Slater’s 50/50 Liberty Station. Clear deep ruby edges, black body and a two finger medium beige head, great retention. Milk chocolate nose with some smoky campfire and roasted char beneath. Flavor follows suit with some spicy alcohol heat, but just enough to let you know this is a bigger beer. Dry finish, bitterness at a 3. Not burnt or ashy at all, hooray. Medium full body with low creamy carbonation. Very nice. Not too burnt or roasty, not too heavy on the smoke, either. Pretty much the flavor profile I like in porters and stouts.