Gatekeeper - Indigo Imp Brewery
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3.75/5 rDev +15%
No date bottle at cellar temo into goblet
Aroma slightly milky
Head small (! cm), light brown, frothy, fully diminishing
Body dark brown, hazy (bottle conditioned)
Initial flavor moderately sweet, slight coffee aftertaste without bitterness, no diacetyl
Medium body, creamy, carbonation soft
This is an interesting beer which always puzzles me; it seems to be a "real ale", if not by CAMRA definition at least by taste. Some of II's beer is produced in a stainless steel coolship, a process used by both Theakston and Sam Smith.
If you're ever in Cleveland on Friday afternoon, check out the brewery and try what's on tap.
12-22-2013 10:29:47 | More by Ozzylizard
3.41/5 rDev +4.6%
Pours jet black, dark tan head is thin and dissipates to a lacing.
Smells of cocoa, roasted coffee, oak, and a hint of brine.
Tastes of roasted coffee, nutty oak and a grape tartness. A bit of brine saltiness.
Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.
This is a weird one. Not sure II's open brewing suits a porter, but it's not terrible. Just different. I like it okay, not sure I would have it again, but I'm enjoying it. Worth a try. Strangely tends towards an oyster stout.
12-09-2013 23:29:13 | More by Cylinsier
3.83/5 rDev +17.5%
Gatekeeper is dark brown with some lighter edges. It's in a good range for a porter, not as heavy as a stout. A good-sized medium-brown head keeps itself moderately well and leaves similarly moderate lacing.
The aroma is robust, with a strong malt foundation showing a bit of roast leaning toward char. It balances against the sweet and mildly tangy notes of dark fruits.
More of that melding of sweet and tart dark fruits blends really well on the palate. It remains robust in the flavor and offers up that bit of charred wood with absolutely no acridity. It's well done all in all.
The medium body may be a little light for a robust porter but it's still pretty rich. It also is light on the crispness (carbonation could lay off just a notch), and smoothness is in every sip.
06-11-2013 21:55:26 | More by Brenden
1.95/5 rDev -40.2%
A- a thick and viscous lookin brew, nearly black with ruby highlights and topped by a thin tan head. The surface of the brew bubbles and swirls, this one does indeed look alive.
S- coffee and cocoa with a fruity tartness and unexpected fruit blossom type floral character. A quick swirl of the glass reveals a deeply roasted bitter chicory coffee edge with underlying carob sweetness.
T- boing! overly sour and not cool. Tartness overwhelms nearly all other flavors leaving only weak coffee standing, ashamed and alone. Blah. Sour like bile.
MF- finely bubbled carbonation and ok body I guess
D- thankfully my last imp probably ever. Their open fermentation style just doesn't agree with me or with the porter style. Drain pour.
03-25-2013 01:50:57 | More by hustlesworth
1.2/5 rDev -63.2%
This is thankfully my last (for now) bottle of open-fermented Cleveland goodness from Ryan011235. Poured into a Maudite snifter, Gatekeeper is a decent looking beer, deep brown with an initial fizzy head that settles into a thick skim that's in no hurry to leave. No lace.
Flashback city, as this smells almost exactly like I remember my first homebrewed stout: sure, there's some roasted malt in there, but the overwhelming aroma is that of "uh oh". What do you know, it tastes pretty much the same as well. (Although I had the good sense to tidy up my sanitation after a couple of homebrew batches. I would have been embarrassed to serve that putrid mess to anyone. Then you've got the Imp, who actually routinely put this kind of crap in the public's hands on purpose. But I digress...) Sourness and astringency completely overwhelms any roasted malts aside from a hint of espresso in the finish. The watery feel, while unpleasant enough, is far from the worst problems with this beer. Atrocious.
10-13-2012 00:11:27 | More by PDXHops
3.43/5 rDev +5.2%
Very lively ale. Probably a bit too much. The carbonation interferes quite a bit with the flavor delivery at the start. But it tones down slightly pretty soon into things. Molasses and sweet malt tones. But again, lots of carbonation. Too much for me, really. A nice brew with some good character, but too much bubble getting in on the mix. I feel like this would be a Belgian stout, if it was intentional with the carbonation.
08-19-2012 23:55:01 | More by RblWthACoz
3.75/5 rDev +15%
12 oz. Picked up in Columbus. Dark brown pour, light tan head .
Aroma, malt and milk chocolate.
Taste, chocolate, malt up front, fades to a tart cherry. A nice roast, light coffee, heavy cocoa finish.
A little over carbonated, light side of medium. A little dry, but drinks pretty easy still. Obviously abv is not a problem.
Thought this was pretty good.
03-28-2012 01:44:32 | More by Bung
4.1/5 rDev +25.8%
Appearance: Pours a deep brown, darker than black coffee. Small, darker head.
Smell: Smell is coffee, with a few caramel notes.
Taste: Taste is very heavy coffee, with some caramel backing. There is also this lingering taste that I can only describe as campfire ash, but it adds a dimension that I enjoy.
Mouthfeel: Thin, but I don't like heavy porters. If I was in a porter mood, I would drink this all night.
Overall: I really enjoyed this brew and would buy it again for a porter friendly crowd.
03-17-2012 22:20:08 | More by JCrazy84
Gatekeeper from Indigo Imp Brewery
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