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Imperial Porter - Central City Brewing

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Imperial PorterImperial Porter

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very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: Derek on 05-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mmmm. Good. This is an absolutely delicious beer. Smoke, chocolate, deep coffee and cola sensations. One might think they could rely on this beer as their primary food source because it oozes most of the guilty pleasures in life. I enjoyed this as a follow up to a supercharged Quadrupel on Christmas Eve, and it was the perfect way to cap off a busy day. It's a shame this is not brewed any more, so if you can find a few bottles, I recommend you snap them up!

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3.55/5  rDev -11%

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4.4/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.88/5  rDev +22.3%

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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with two fingers of creamy tan head.

Smell - roasted malts, coffee bean, bittersweet chocolate, earthy hops.

Taste - Similar to the aromas. Initially hit with a nice punch from the roasted malts and coffee bean followed by the bittersweet chocolate and is rounded out with a pleasant bitterness from the earthy hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness from the bittersweet chocolate and earthy hops.

Overall - Central City delivers a porter with an excellent flavour profile. The roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate are the stars of the show with the earthy hops providing a nice supporting cast. This is a definite stand out. Well done, Central City. Look forward to seeing what comes to Cowtown next from these guys!

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber (2013) poured into tulip 25/9/14

A dark cola, enough clarity to almost see the other side under the foam, large tan head sits around for a few sips caking the side with spider-web lace

S coco powder and bakers chocolate, herbal, leafy, notes, quite earthy, almost top soil, some char and a little sour plum, I'm still getting some citric hops on a year old porter? stranger things have happened I suppose

T some coffee and again a little citrus but its faint, earthy, more char then the nose, nutty, burnt sugar, a little different from the nose but just as good

M medium bodied but bubbles cream it up a little, a little gritty, a bitter bite, just a little sticky on the lips, dark roast and a hint of pine on the finish

O this would've been like a BIPA when fresh, still lots of hops holding their own against all the dark malt, not exactly what I was expecting but solid beer nonetheless

2013 vintage bottled Jan,17,2014? A new arrival to Alberta and its already 9 months old? at least their IPA seems to be consistently fresh on the shelf out here, I'd drink this again for sure and would love too try a fresh bottle.

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4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, 2013 vintage - nice that they aged it for us a bit before shipping it east!

This beer pours a seemingly clear, dark cola brown colour, with very slight basal highlights, and two chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent spectral webbed lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of well-roasted, meaty caramel malt, coffee grounds, a very soft lactic sourness, bittersweet cocoa beans, wet ash, a bit of BBQ-d black orchard fruit, and the suggestion of earthy, weedy hops. The taste is quite in line with the aroma, the roasted quality dialing back the backyard meat smoker character, as the bready caramel malt comes out of its shell, alongside the coffee, bitter chocolate, hints of anise and black pepper, a still understated dark boozy fruitiness, cigar ash, and a rising citrusy, floral hoppiness - this is Central City, after all!

The carbonation is fairly sublimated throughout, just a minor fizziness to be found if you really look, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight for the style, and tacitly smooth, the only challenger being a straining at the seams alcohol astringency. It finishes on a strong drying trend - evenly split between hop and booze.

A tasty and enjoyable big-ass porter, the American brewing notes pulling it squarely in that direction after a brief flirtation with those Baltic temptresses. Lots of roasted character from cradle to grave, and maybe it's just the copious pictorial references to barrels on the label, but I'm now starting to wonder about that too - though nothing else overtly encourages that idea so far.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.07/5  rDev +2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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Imperial Porter from Central City Brewing
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