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No.13 Tennessee Imperial Porter - Microbrasserie Pit Caribou

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No.13 Tennessee Imperial PorterNo.13 Tennessee Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
83
good

15 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Pit Caribou visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 01-25-2013)
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Reviews by ThickNStout:
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2.69/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

500mL bottle from La Duchesse D'Aiguillon (Quebec City). 5.59. No bottling info. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours deep brown with dark ruby edges and a full three finger pillow of light tan head. Lots of lace.

Smells of musty grapes, roasted malts and sour yeast. Not what I was expecting and not very good.

There's an initial sour twinge followed by an interesting blend of rich chocolate, roast coffee and burnt caramel. There may have been bourbon flavors at some point but this is strait up barrel funk. Not entirely off putting but far from ideal for me. A little alcohol kick towards the back end.

Medium body, creamy feel with soft but present carbonation. Sweet & sour finish.

From the feel and some of the flavors it seems like this could have been a pretty darn good beer. Unfortunately it was ruined by overwhelming sourness. I might try this again if I ever saw it on tap but I'm not even sure about that.

ThickNStout, Apr 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

chickenm, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a black color porter with a small dark brown foamy head with light retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt with dry notes and quite distinct woody notes with light warming alcohol. Taste is a mix of light roasted malt with some quite dominant notes of wood and light warming alcohol. Body is a bit thin for style with medium carbonation and some apparent alcohol. Very well brewed overall though a fuller body and a bit less apparent alcohol would have provided better enjoyment of this beer.

Phyl21ca, Jan 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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Photo of 4ster
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No bottle date. Poured into a large wine glass. Let warm a bit before serving.

A: Dark brown, decent initial head that foams a medium brown, dies off to a nice froth around the edges, with some decent lacing retention.

S: Slightly sweet, oaky, and with a slightly astringent alcohol aroma.

T: Light malt this is quickly taken over by fruit/wood/oak flavours. Not overly sweet, finishes with a mildly bitter, sour, alcoholic aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation, light body, some alcohol, somewhat easy drinking for 10%.

O: As it goes with barrel aged beers, you're often not sure if you're going to get additional complexity that adds to the beer, or too much of the barrel flavours overtaking the original brew. I fear that this porter suffers from the latter; here the oak and smells/flavours that come with the barrels have ended up dominating the original beer. For me this tastes too much like wood, and also the alcohol is too present for a porter that is on the light side. Time has not added to it but instead taken away the nice malty/roasted/hop profile of an American Porter and replaced it with what might have been a cheap Tennessee bourbon, or old barrels. Too bad, I couldn't get enough of Pit's Wee Heavy, but this one misses the mark, and if they used the Gaspesienne base, also lost all of the originals' flavours. Gets better slightly as it warms.

4ster, Mar 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

belleisa_losteo, Sep 01, 2014
No.13 Tennessee Imperial Porter from Microbrasserie Pit Caribou
83 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.