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Imperial Porter - Central City Brewing

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 12
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Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of CWVegas
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of drstafford
4.88/5  rDev +22%

Photo of jellikit
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mattsander
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of Aggro
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Idrankthat
4.4/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of Joey209
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Slongie
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of leaddog
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of wordemupg
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of artemh
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Exeter
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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Imperial Porter from Central City Brewing
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