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Bonfire - Imperial Porter - Napa Smith Brewery

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Bonfire - Imperial PorterBonfire - Imperial Porter

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 107
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: clickpush on 12-05-2008

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3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/26/09- Purchased at Mollie Stones in Burlingame, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my 20oz Pizza Port glass.

Appearance- Deep brown color with some dark cherry-ruby highlights around the edges. 1/2 inch head upon pour...fades after about a minute. Leaves some light watery lace markings behind.

Smell- Detected a light metallic scent in the nose upon first smell. A tiny bit of this remains throughout the entire consumption of the beer, though the end is less noticeable. Dark roasted malt and watery chocolate nose. A touch of alcohol as well.

Taste- Metalic notes are present in the first few sips and then they pretty much disappear. Malt is mid range to darker roasted. Chocolate comes out and pairs nicely. As do the hops which assert themselves nicely. Well rounded flavors.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level...a bit less as the beer breathes. A somewhat lasting hoppy and malt aftertaste. About a medium thickness per the abv level.

Drikability- Minus the metallic notes in the beginning; you have a perfectly good baltic porter here. Not really too many flaws. Holds togther nicely.

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Photo of bbothen
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into snifter.

Pours a deep & dark brown color with a small & bubbly 1 finger deep head. Virtually no lacing left on glass.

Some sweet malts, toasted aromas, smoky, coffee, chocolate, faint bitterness.

Tastes like the aroma suggests, along with some hop bitterness, sweet caramel, plum, and fig.

Smooth, medium bodied, low carbonation, somewhat thin.

Easy to drink, the 8% is nicely hidden.

Somewhat of a miss for me, not bad by any means. Just nothing grabs me here.

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Photo of mj001jk
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Toronado, SF.

My notes for this beer are a little thin so I apologize, but the main characteristics that stood out for me was:

A very fresh feeling with nice fruity esters such as pear and quince with light and crisp malts. Hints of coffee, chocolate and tobacco.

I really liked this beer and almost thought it was a schwartz lager before I knew it was an imperial porter. The alcohol is well hidden and it is waaay too easy to drink.

Kudos for another great beer.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.24/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Nugget in Roseville.

A - Pours a deep mahogany hew, with 1 finger of chocolate head, dissipates moderately.

S - Chocolate, smoke, roast coffee, plums, and bitter hops.

T - See above, not much difference.

M - IMO, beer may be over-hopped as the bitterness slightly dominates the malts. Slightly dry too.

D - Good overall. No smell or taste from alcohol.

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Photo of clickpush
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at City Beer Store in SF for $4.99. Great price for a bomber these days, though two years ago it was much easier to find big beers for that price.

Poured into a pint glass with a dark brown, ruby hued body like the exterior of a horse-chestnut. Plenty of big bubbles throughout the beer and about one finger's worth of head that recedes slowly to nice lacing. Definitely an appetizing looking beer. The aroma is rich with caramel and dark fruits, along with the expected roasty notes of coffee & toast. Flavor is much the same, though not at all sweet. The 8% is masked very nicely and this drinks like a much lighter beer. Flavors of roasted grains, coffee, and chocolate all in a very drinkable beer. Mouth feel is slightly less crisp than I would have liked, being creamy instead, but it is well suited for this beer. I look forward to finding this one on a nitro pour somewhere for something really special.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Woodstock's, which was exciting because i'd only seen the pale ale, amber and wheat in bottles so this must be a current draft-only offering. Poured a dark brown with reddish notes, and a nice soft light brown head. Smelled of mildly roasted malts, vague dark fruits and dark chocolate. Flavor was a nice full roasted malt punch, a little touch of charcoal, dark chocolate, and then a nice grassy hop tang, followed by an encore of the roasty flavors. Very clean and easy to drink. All of the Napa Smith brews are well-crafted to the style, which i like. This one was very, very good and i look forward to seeing it in bottles.

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Bonfire - Imperial Porter from Napa Smith Brewery
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