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Imperial Porter - Central City Brewing

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Imperial Porter
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very good

21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Derek on 05-15-2011)
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Photo of jellikit
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown with a very small amount of red when held up to light. Light brown, light foam head.

S: coffee. Chocolate. Nutty, caramel/burnt sugars. Faint.

T: predominantly coffee, toffee and chocolate with alcohol notes. Roasty. Not too roasty. I like roasted barley and black patent in small doses. This is well balanced.

M: medium high carbonation. Medium high body like Mel B. Dry.

O: very nicely done. Extremely Well balance of malt, roast, and alcohol. Will buy again. Just wish the aroma was a little more robust. But a great beer.

jellikit, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of CWVegas
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

CWVegas, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of woemad
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle purchased at Mid Columbia Wine & Spirits in Kennewick, WA, for under $6 (right now I’m too lazy to hunt for the receipt). I picked this up on my way home from camping in the Umatilla Mountains. I have not yet seen this in my neck of the woods, but hopefully that will change, as Red Betty (or whatever it’s called in the U.S.) has been turning up in various places locally.

Poured into a shaker glass, this was a mahogany-ish color that took on a more ruby-like hue when held up to direct light. There was an inch or so of tan, bubbly foam that left lots of lace.

Initially, this smelled of molasses and booze. As it warmed up, things became more complex, with elements of dark fruits and smoke.

A little more bitter than the nose lets on, but it’s nowhere near to be to an objectionable degree. The bitterness, along with some dark fruit flavors, balances the mollassesy notes, with tobacco and whiskey hovering in the background. Although there’s a little alcohol heat, it’s more restrained than the initial sniff led me to expect. Moderate, dry hoppy zap to the palate at the swallow.

Relatively full bodied, with a sticky, coating mouthfeel.

This could pass as a mellow Imperial Stout. It doesn’t have the hops or bitterness in the strength associated with the great ones of that style, but there’s more similarities than differences. Very tasty. I hope this becomes available in Spokane, as I could see having this after dinner or as a nightcap. Incidentally, I noticed on the label that CC also claims to be a distillery, which makes me wonder if this was barrel-aged.

woemad, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

DeanMoriarty, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

BeerForMuscle, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +2%

NickThePyro, May 19, 2014
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

EyePeeAyBryan, May 11, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed 12 oz. tulip glass on tap at Irish Times pub in Victoria BC. A nearly pitch black brew, no colored halo that I can discern, with a light khaki colored head. Very nice honeycomb-like lacing left on the glass. Aroma is smoky, charred, and vaguely sweet, some hints of dark fruit and caramel toffee reveal themselves but deep, dark, and smoky for the most part. Taste is an interesting juxtaposition of massive bready malts, wood char, dark fruit, and floral/citrus hops, although the latter are obviously very downplayed vis a vis Central City's other brews. Black and red licorice, dark chocolate, campfire ash, ladyfinger biscuit, booze-soaked raisins, and cigar each put in appearances, with some burnt caramel putting in a late appearance. One can taste the high ABV but this does not detract. Warms one up nicely. The rich doughy malts evoke an imperial pilsener, truth be told, albeit much darker. Smooth and slick mouthfeel, body lighter than expected (light to moderate in the broader scheme), and finishes bready and herbal/medicinal, with some faint grapefruit and caramel lingering. A slow sipper and in my view captures enough complexity to partially justify the price point (bottles sound a tad steep, if the reviewers below are to be believed). Cool find for this denizen of Alberta. Gotta get closer to the source.

CalgaryFMC, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

chickenm, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Aggro
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Aggro, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Hoptoria
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from 650ml bottle purchased for 7.99.

A- Pours a murky and dark brown (near black) with a slight ruby tinge. Slight brown head which leaves some lacing.

S- The best part of this beer. Great nose for a big BA porter. Smoky, with the expectation of a bit of alcohol burn.

T- Licorice, smoke, molasses, a little bit of a dark fruit character. I like.

M- Smooth, with an ever-so-slight creaminess and a lingering alcohol finish.

O- I was lucky to get a bottle at nearly half-off (original list price 15.99). For 7.99 this was a GREAT beer, and I should have bought a few more bottles. If I however, had paid $13-16, as it seems other have had to do, I would have been a little disappointed that this beer wasn't more complex. But this is another super solid offering and Central City are quickly climbing my brewery rankings.

Hoptoria, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Central City Brewing 'Imperial Porter' @9.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $13

A-pour is a very dark brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with a hint of crimson red peeking thru a small tan head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-a definate certain smokeyness !

T-the bourbon aging has given this beer a certain smoke taste , yet smooth enough to consider cellaring perhaps ... hmm

MF-ok/good carbonation , definate full body

Ov-nice beer , good porter , worth the big price , NO ,

prost LampertLand

LampertLand, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of FondueVoodoo
4/5  rDev +2%

FondueVoodoo, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of EspressoGuy
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

650ML bottle
A: black
S: sharp liquorice root, blended whisky; intense but not very broad or complex
T: black liquorice, black molasses, not a broad flavour; a sour finish that makes me pucker! That finish is really not very enjoyable.
M: full-bodied
O: a BIG BOLD beer but not complex or overly enjoyable.

EspressoGuy, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Erik-P, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Niceroad77
4/5  rDev +2%

Niceroad77, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of ZachT
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

ZachT, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Rutager, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +2%

EskimoDave, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only offered as a seasonal on site at the Surrey Central Brewing Co.

A: As dark as brown can be without being considered black with a creamy colored head that reaches about 1/2" and hangs around slightly on top for a while.

S: Boozy but inviting. Some malt.

T: One of the smoothest tasting porters I have ever had. Especially considering the alcohol content. Boozy finish that isn't overpowering. I could see people who could not get into more prolific dark beers like Murphy's and Guinness liking this one because of how well balanced the taste is.

M: Very slippery with medium carbonation and medium thickness. Extremely pleasant.

O: Excellent. The best and most balanced porter I have ever tried and will have one of these any chance I get.

DaftCaskBC, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is really more of a (north) American Double Porter, perhaps leaning towards an English Old Ale.

Dark Brown with a light tan head, some retention & lace.

The alcohol is readily apparent on the nose, some light hop spicing (willamette?), a little biscuity nut and a hint of coffee roast.

Alcohol is up front in the flavour as well, more whiskey-like than wine, the bitterness, roasted malts & american hopping are all surprisingly delicate. I expected a little more punch, but this is a pleasant sipper for a rainy day on the coast.

Very well-attenuated with a drying alcohol finish.

This is a good brew, but surprisingly subtle for its strength.

Derek, May 15, 2011
Imperial Porter from Central City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.