Bonfire - Imperial Porter - Napa Smith Brewery
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3.88/5 rDev +8.7%
The beer itself is brown-black colored with no real head at all. The smell is red wine , dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, alcohol. Taste is roasty malts,dark fruits, red wine, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel. mouthfeel - alc present a little too much, aftertaste is alcohol. Body too thin for a porter. Woudnt buy again.
01-08-2014 03:02:39 | More by ISmith87
2.8/5 rDev -21.6%
Just a quickie review. Poured from a bottle into a tulip. An off white head fades quickly and leaves little lacing in the glass. The major problem with this brew hits you with the first deep sniff and that is the sniff of alcohol. Unfortunately, that is precisely what I get in taste as well. The alcohol simply overwhelms the beer. At 8.5%, it really shouldn't be all that noticeable but it is. I compare it to something like several good Imperial Stouts with a.b.v's in excess of 10% but the alcohol is almost completely hidden. Mouthfeel is fairly thin in this beer. Quite honestly, it's nearly impossible to assess the quality of the underlying porter because the alcohol is so noticeable.
I haven't had other imperial porters so I don't know how well other beers of the style stand up to the higher alcohol but this is a disappointment.
10-31-2013 01:17:49 | More by HerdNo1
4.06/5 rDev +13.7%
12 fl.oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a small head that stays strong throughout. Lacing is sporadic at best.
Smell: On the nose expect roasted malt, coffee, molasses, caramel, and chocolate. There is also a distinct, albeit subtle hop presence.
Taste: The same as the nose. The hop presence really helps provide a good balance in this beer. The alcohol comes forward, but for me is never a nuisance.
Mouthfeel: Smooth over the palate with a sweet finish. Medium-bodied.
Overall: I liked this beer. A beer of the month selection. The first beer I have tried from this California brewery.
08-29-2013 17:24:13 | More by MarvinSnyder
2.96/5 rDev -17.1%
Nabbed this'n at Wine Expo in Santa Monica. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and branded pry-off cap acquired for $2.39 USD and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; Napa Smith has turned out some decent brews and it sounds appealing. Label identifies it as an "Imperial Porter" so I'm reviewing as such. 8.0% ABV confirmed per the label.
Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a one finger wide head of khaki-tan colour. Nice creaminess. Decent frothiness. Soft smooth complexion. Retention is above average, about 3 minutes. Even consistent lacing as the head recedes.
Body colour is an opaque dark black; not quite a jet black but dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Overall, it's appealing, if standard fare for the style. No overt flaws are obvious. Not unique or special.
Sm: Caramel, vanilla, chocolate malt, marshmallow, sticky sweet dark malts. I also get some toffee and biscuit notes redolent more of an old ale or wee heavy than a porter. In any case, it's surprisingly appealing. Not getting any hops, yeast, or alcohol from the aroma. Slightly toasty. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.
T: Dark fruits, with some prune and maybe date. Raisin. Vague dark grape notes. Caramel, toffee. Some toasted malt. Sweet dark malts and chocolate malts form the simple body. No real hop profile is noticeable. Duration, intensity, and depth of flavour are all average for the style. Singed pecan. Caramelized walnut. Toffee. Biscuit. A bit of alcohol does creep in. I don't get any yeast character. Balance is okay. Average complexity and subtlety, though there's not much going on here compared to other Imperial Porters. I like it in a general sense, but it's nothing to write home about. I'd love a roasty character.
The nutty notes are a definite highlight.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Lightly creamy. A bit syrupy. Sticky. Chewy. Unrefreshing, but approachable. Decent presence on the palate. Strange thickness isn't uniform; inconsistent. Not oily, harsh, or gushed. Facilitates delivery of the flavours, but it's not custom-tailored to them. Pretty run of the mill. Not unique or special.
Dr: Drinkable but pedestrian. The aroma promised a lot more than the taste delivered. I wouldn't trifle with this again, especially at its high price point for the quality. A middling effort from Napa Smith. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or get another.
07-21-2013 23:54:14 | More by kojevergas
2.75/5 rDev -23%
Appearance: black body with no head and a spot here or there on the lacing
Aroma: lightly boozy, some roasted malts, I was expecting some coffee or chocolate
Flavors: medium roast coffee with a touch of alcohol coming through and a bit of licorice
Mouthfeel: a little flat, not much on the carbonation, little medicinal like on the aftertaste,
To the Point: rather boring Porter, I am really disappointed I was looking forward to trying this Imperial Porter. I would never buy this again.
05-16-2013 03:15:42 | More by hackmann
Bonfire - Imperial Porter from Napa Smith Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.